Wednesday, November 9, 2016

My personal presidential voting history

Someday when I'm old and in a wheelchair I may look back on my life and my role in the history books and the events of the times, so I'm adding it here with a few thoughts:

I turned 18 on May 26, 1990, so that made me eligible for voting for the following presidential elections:


YearCandidate I voted forWho won
1992George H. BushBill Clinton
1996Bob DoleBill Clinton
2000George W. BushGeorge W. Bush
2004John KerryGeorge W. Bush
2008Barack ObamaBarack Obama
2012Gary JohnsonBarack Obama
2016Evan McMullinDonald Trump

Some of my reasoning:

2016
Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton - Donald Trump was running his campaign with a lot of racial and extremist comments, and Hillary was under investigation by the FBI for her handling of classified email being sent/received on a private server. Not to mention her handling of Benghazi.

Then Donald Trump a month before the election had a video leaked of him saying some very disturbing statements bragging about his sexual abusing women. Definitely had to stay with my independent vote.

Gary Johnson came across as a moron, so I went with Evan McMullin which actually did very well in Davis County. He actually came in second place behind Donald Trump in Davis County, UT. With Hillary taking third place. But ultimately Donald Trump won Utah, and Hillary took second for Utah.

I was unable to convince Cathi to join me in my vote.  My second oldest son Jacob had influenced her to pinch her nose and vote trump which she did.

2012
At this point I realized that the two party system is greatly flawed as I noticed that our government was resembling two big kids in a playground chest bumping for power rather than protecting the little kids (their constituents). So I realized that my independent vote would mean little, but at this point, I was voting on principle. Despite the fact that I really liked Mitt Romney much better than Gary Johnson.  Didn't know squat about Gary Johnson (which I realize was bad that I voted for him), but I was so angry at the two party system that I didn't care.

2008
I actually voted for (and contributed $25) to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries. Still angry with President Bush re: Iraq, at this point in time I associated with the Democratic party.

2004
I was extremely upset with George Bush over the Iraq invasion. The "Weapons of Mass Destruction" was not the case, and I was very angry about him going to war over something that was completely false.

1996
Bill Clinton with his Monica Lewinski scandal, made him the worst possible president in my eyes. Video of his denial, and eventual admission. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

It's Salty!

(Taken from a letter I wrote to Austin on his mission)

Last Friday I took the day off work to attend Jacob's CHS Graduation.  He sure has done well in school his senior year.  The last two semesters he got straight A's.  Pretty awesome.  Not bad for a kid who did his fair share of sluffing, and sleeping in a few times missing his first period.  

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This last Saturday was the Great Salt Lake Race that I help Josh Green manage.  We had 15 one mile swimmers, and 13 10K swimmers.  I was able to talk Isaac into swimming the one-mile the night before the race.  At first, he was reluctant, but I used a little bit of reverse psychology on him.  I mentioned that it sure would be cool if he could swim it.  He instantly said no way.  And then Mom perked up, "C'mon Isaac you could do it!".  I paused and said, "Maybe he's right Mom.  I mean he's never swam in the Great Salt Lake and a mile sure is a long way."  After a few seconds, he said, "I could do it.  OK.  Sure.  Yeah, I'll swim it."  Pure awesome.

It was funny after he and the other swimmers did their 100 yard jog in the ankle deep water at the start to get to a swimmable depth, I heard Isaac yell out at the top of his lungs, "It's Salty!"  Haha.  You think?

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Can you find Isaac in this group picture?

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Cathi helped me paddle for a 10K swimmer.  That race consisted of three big loops that started and ended at the marina.  I paddled the first loop (which took about 1.5 hours).  I also had Sam and Oliver on the kayak with me.  It was tough.  Then Cathi took the second loop, while I took pictures of the one-mile swimmers.  Then relieved Cathi for the final loop.  Everyone was dead tired, including the race volunteers.  Cathi, Oliver, and Sam were zonked out on the way home in the van.  Isaac, however, was on a "swimmers high", as he sat in the back thinking about the race and every once in a while talk about what he was thinking/feeling during the race.  I'm so proud of him.  

As soon as we got home, Cathi took Jacob and 5 of his friends up to the cabin for the weekend. Grandma and Grandpa also being up there.  Mom spent like 5 hours preparing food on Friday night for this.  Jacob was gone and had no idea how much effort she put into making his "Senior trip" a success.  He's getting pretty serious with this girl from Spain, Natalia.  

Last Sunday Sam bore his testimony.  He did so right after one of Slagle girls did.  He always does it right after her.  So I knew he's got a little thing for her.  But he said something in his testimony that demonstrated his lack of understanding of Heavenly Father and Jesus.  So we had a family home evening lesson helping the kids understand the difference between them, and the common misunderstanding that people have on what role they have, and the names they go by.  With their purpose all being the same it is understandable how they can be intermingled.

Yesterday, Mom received an email about someone in the family that renounced their faith in the gospel and left the church.  While I'm not bringing this up to judge, it made me think. Sometimes I wonder about Cathi's spirit.  This might be considered blasphemous probably by Catholics, but I think she may be made of the similar spiritual strength as Mary.  Almost every day I catch her sitting on the toilet reading her scriptures out of her very worn quad, with printed programs, and pamphlets intermingled in the pages.  Or finding her kneeling beside the bed in prayer for seriously 10-15 minutes.  What the heck!  And she is constantly building people up around her and saying kind things.  I totally married up.  I joke every once in a while, that I totally have a free pass to heaven as long as I hold her hand nice and tight.  What an angel.  I'm so glad she's so strong in the church because there are a few things I've determined in my life that I will never even consider:

1) Divorce
2) Going inactive

They are both actually interdependent.  If my faith in the gospel diminished, then so would my belief in our eternal marriage.  If I turned my back on my marriage, then my dedication to the gospel would obviously go to pot.  Both go hand in hand.  I love my wife with all my heart, and I love this gospel with every (pardon the cheesy cliche) "fiber of my being".  haha.  Seriously, though.  Not a chance I'll turn my back on either my wife or the church.  

Please do me a favor and listen (or read) this conference talk:  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/10/faith-is-not-by-chance-but-by-choice?lang=eng

Some thoughts to consider:

  1. When we are obedient we strengthen our faith.  When we justify disobedience we plant a little thorny black stinky seed, compared to the tiny mustard seed of faith.  This thorny black stinky seed grows to be a nasty old weed that bears all sorts of gross fruit:  Cynicism, Justification, Pride, Gluttony, Lasciviousness, Worldliness, and Idolatry.  
  2. I love the statement he makes, "Your faith is either growing stronger or becoming weaker."

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Kroger - selling drugs and then leaving the addicts high and dry

So I've been buying literally dozens of boxes of this energy drink over the past year.  I've tried several different flavors and brands, and after finding one that is just perfect.  I used to clean out various stores of their inventory as I'd stockpile this flavor.  I especially like this drink because it keeps me awake in the morning.  Getting up at 3-4am to swim and then go to work requires a pick me up, and being Mormon, I can't exactly start drinking coffee, except I might as well with the amount of caffeine this stuff packed.

I've gone to 6 different Smiths stores in the valley, and none of them have it.  I called and talked to a Smith's buyer and it's confirmed.  They are officially discontinuing this product. This is probably the last unopened box in the state.

I've tried to find an alternative similar to it, and can't find anything. Typically Kroger brand is some knock off of another more expensive brand.  Not so in this case.

Don't know whether to save this for the day when predatory aliens arrive, or to save it and sell it on Ebay for hundreds a year from now, or what.

I want to cry....

UPC: 01111084567



Monday, November 16, 2015

Cathi's decision to be obedient

For many years Cathi has had a dream to work for an airline as a call-center employee working from home.  Why?  Because it meant she could get tickets to travel to marathons at a fraction of the cost it would take to purchase a ticket.

She applied several times, and failed to capture the job.  But this time around she did.  It even involved a background check which required her to prove that she was unemployed while she was a mother.  I can understand proving that you were employed at a specific place, but to prove you were unemployed?  How and why in the heck is that an issue?  She had to get a letter from the dentist explaining that she was a mother working as a mother for her children and was not employed during the times in question.  Dumb.

But after all this work to get the job, she ultimately turned it down.

She looked at the shift she would be required to take for the first year.  They all included working on Sunday.  She immediately was heartbroken.

Of the nearly 120 marathons Cathi has completed so far, only one involved running on a Sunday, the San Diego Marathon back in 2004.  She has never trained on Sunday leading up to that marathon, and this experience made her feel so guilty that she vowed to never run on the Sabbath again.  This requirement to work on Sunday even though it could be done from home, was still breaking the Sabbath.  Why does the Lord ask us to keep the Sabbath Day Holy?

According to Elder James E. Faust in this talk, he suggests:

  1. To allow our bodies to physically recover.
  2. To renew and strengthen our spirits by attending our Sunday meetings
  3. To respect his commandment to rest on this day.  To be obedient.
Even the Savior rested after the creation.

Surely answering phones can't be all that physically straining, and she would probably be able to work a shift that allowed her to still attend Sacrament meeting.  It would be fairly easy to justify moving forward with the job.  But those two justifications wouldn't be able to explain away the fact that it would still be disobedient to a commandment.

I'm proud of her decision to turn the job down despite her overwhelming desire to get that job with the special perk of free airline travel.  It shows a great level of trust in the Lord, and she is a great example to our children of faith and obedience.  I feel very blessed to have such a strong woman as my companion!  She definitely is the center of our family!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Isaac's 12 year old birthday poem

By Grandma and Grandpa Low -

Dear Isaac,

We know it is your birthday -
And want to wish you well
Because you are our grandson
And because you are SO SWELL.

This is a SPECIAL BIRTHDAY
For you've just turned 12 YEARS OLD
And you're going to have the Priesthood
Which is "worth its weight in GOLD!"

You've learned so much in primary
And given service too.
The Articles of Faith you learned
And been a Cub Scout too!

You delight in helping others
And you seem to always know
The perfect way to lend a hand
And then your love you show.

You are so very organized
And a hard worker too.
There's no job that's too much for you
And nothing you can't do.

For once you set to mind to it,
You're off and running fast,
And leaving others in the dust
Until the job is past.

You're taking swimming lessons
 And are getting very good.
And that's because you practice
And do the things you should.

You've learned to be a swimmer
Who can really stay afloat.
And we hope that you'll be with us
If we ever sink a boat.

We think if you keep swimming
And learning from your Dad,
You'll be a CHAMPIOIN SWIMMER,
THE BEST THIS FAMILY'S HAD!

You're ONE GREAT FOOTBALL PLAYER
Who can really "KNOCK 'EM DOWN"
And we love to watch you playing!
YOU'RE THE BEST PLAYER IN TOWN!!!!!

Your smile is truly radiant
And your face is handsome too.
You radiate the Savior's light
In all you say and do.

Our poetry is lacking
But somehow we had to tell
HOW VERY MUCH WE LOVE YOU!
& HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOO AS WELL!!!!!

We couldn't have asked for a more wonderful grandson than you, ISAAC!
All our love,
Grandpa and Grandma

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Rex Singing Telegram

Halloween was a hoot at our house.  Practically all the boys (including myself) got "Morph Suits".  They're full body suits.  Most of the suits are just one color (like black so you look like a shadow), but some have a design.  Sam for instance picked one that made him look like a mummy.  The rest of the boys had all black.  I found one that looked like a farmer, a redneck.  I wore it to work and scared quite a few people.  The face is pretty disturbing.  Not scary in a gory kind of way, just really weird looking.  I was roaming the halls at work talking like a redneck holding my chicken in my arms.  Got laughed at pretty good.  The front yard I setup a large caged area with the turkeys and handed out the candy while bluegrass music was playing.  Fun times. The day after Halloween Jacob was asked to a girls choice dance.  He asked me to answer for him by doing a singing telegram.  Here it is

Cathi loved it.  She didn't think I would be able to act that well.  Guess I'm a redneck at heart.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Good clean fun

I went undefeated against all my competitors.  The boys
were always on my tail though.
Last Saturday the South Davis Masters team
which I help coach had their end of summer party. They've held this party every year for many years, but this was my first time attending.  I heard it was a great party for families and since Cathi didn't have a marathon (she's cutting back this year to go to all of Isaac's football games) we were in town to be able to go.

They setup an big inflatable platform called a "Wibbit".  That looked fun, but it wasn't until I had raced Sam that I realized how fun it really was.  It was wobbly in the water and it's basically a 60 foot inflatable obstacle course on the water.  I raced all the kids and even one of my friends on the team.  I played along acting like I was pretending to be competitive about it.  But secretly, I kinda was.
Trying to mess up Jonas by "rocking the boat" as I cross the cliff
ledge.

Isaac had a great game earlier in the day.  He's had two games now and both games were a complete shut out.  34-0 or something like that.  He's pretty big for his age, but not so much that he's an "X man".  They tape a big "X" on the helmet of the real big kids.  Each team is only allotted so many "X" men which are typically lineman.
Isaac gets a good start while Sam tries to catch him.


Isaac (#27) cuts off the tackle on his right side so Jackson,
the running back can merge to his left for some big yardage.
This last week we've gone through the consultations on solar power with a company.  I did some research the past few months and long story short, yesterday we made the leap of faith and have started the process for engineering, permitting and installation.  This past month we had to pay over $250 in electricity to Rocky Mountain Power.  Granted its the peak of the year for us, but based on the arrays we have planned next year this time assuming the same usage, our bill is expected to be less than $10.  It's pretty sweet technology that I've had my eye on for many years.  But with the fantastic incentives that Demandware has offered, and the State and Federal government rebates available, it's finally possible and I'm excited to see that energy independence come to pass.

This next week for Labor Day a group of friends and I are swimming a relay across the length of Bear Lake. It'll be fun to do this as a relay which I've never done before.  Less stressful, and more fun than I've had before I expect.