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March 23rd, 2007

rain in Arizona and hanging with family @ 08:18 pm

Current Location: Phoenix, AZ
Current Mood: happy happy

I’ve been in Arizona now since Wednesday and I’ve had a really good time. I’m actually writing from my Grandma’s house which is where I’m staying. It’s a cool day today; cold for Phoenix standards, and yesterday we actually got rain several times throughout the day. I kept asking myself if I actually was in fact in the valley of the sun or not. The sun did come out several times as well, but it actually rained! Amazing! I didn’t expect having such a good time, mostly because I hadn’t seen the extended family since I had joined the LDS church, but they have been very supportive about that, and I’m very glad that is the case.

Today I haven’t been doing too much. For some reason, probably because of the pain medication I took before lunch, I feel tired, perhaps I’ll have to take a nap to remedy that problem. I went to lunch with my financial advisor at a place called Houston’s. I had a salad with crunchy chicken, greens, bacon, eggs, and tomatoes. I also had some really tasty clam chowder soup, and pollished it all off with a freaking huge sundae.

Last night, I got to see my uncle Paul which was good. The main purpose of him coming was that I could get all of his genaeological data he’s got for our family. The actual conversion of his family tree file to a file I could use went pretty painlessly, but since I was stupid and didn’t bring a flash drive, and he didn’t have anything that I could copy from, we decided to try to get wireless sharing working. We tried forever to get my computer to allow his to connect to me. His computer was seeing mine, but it wasn’t allowing him to actually access files. I don’t know why we didn’t try this first, probably because I thought I’d done it already, but I turned on file sharing on my computer and we were in. I’ve got my miniscule file (family members that I could remember) linked with his huge file with about 660 records, and all is well. Now I can start work on it and try to get things expanded.

Before that, I got to see my cousins Faye and Allie and we had tea together and talked about life in general and the difficulties that have been happening .

Pretty much the whole day I spent hanging out with Jean Schmal, my third grade teacher. We had lunch at Rchardson’s, a New Mexican food restaurant. I had a smoked turkey enchilada which was extremely cheesy but OK. It was actually pretty cool yesterday in Phoenix as it is today, but definitely not cool enough, in my humble opinion to have a fire. Richardson’s not only had a blazing fire, but they alsohad the air conditioning on. Only in Arizona! After that, we had ice cream at Mary Coyle’s and that was good, but the neat thing was when we met Albert.
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I’ve been in Arizona now since Wednesday and I’ve had a really good time. I’m actually writing from my Grandma’s house which is where I’m staying. It’s a cool day today; cold for Phoenix standards, and yesterday we actually got rain several times throughout the day. I kept asking myself if I actually was in fact in the valley of the sun or not. The sun did come out several times as well, but it actually rained! Amazing! I didn’t expect having such a good time, mostly because I hadn’t seen the extended family since I had joined the LDS church, but they have been very supportive about that, and I’m very glad that is the case.

Today I haven’t been doing too much. For some reason, probably because of the pain medication I took before lunch, I feel tired, perhaps I’ll have to take a nap to remedy that problem. I went to lunch with my financial advisor at a place called Houston’s. I had a salad with crunchy chicken, greens, bacon, eggs, and tomatoes. I also had some really tasty clam chowder soup, and pollished it all off with a freaking huge sundae.

Last night, I got to see my uncle Paul which was good. The main purpose of him coming was that I could get all of his genaeological data he’s got for our family. The actual conversion of his family tree file to a file I could use went pretty painlessly, but since I was stupid and didn’t bring a flash drive, and he didn’t have anything that I could copy from, we decided to try to get wireless sharing working. We tried forever to get my computer to allow his to connect to me. His computer was seeing mine, but it wasn’t allowing him to actually access files. I don’t know why we didn’t try this first, probably because I thought I’d done it already, but I turned on file sharing on my computer and we were in. I’ve got my miniscule file (family members that I could remember) linked with his huge file with about 660 records, and all is well. Now I can start work on it and try to get things expanded.

Before that, I got to see my cousins Faye and Allie and we had tea together and talked about life in general and the difficulties that have been happening .

Pretty much the whole day I spent hanging out with Jean Schmal, my third grade teacher. We had lunch at Rchardson’s, a New Mexican food restaurant. I had a smoked turkey enchilada which was extremely cheesy but OK. It was actually pretty cool yesterday in Phoenix as it is today, but definitely not cool enough, in my humble opinion to have a fire. Richardson’s not only had a blazing fire, but they alsohad the air conditioning on. Only in Arizona! After that, we had ice cream at Mary Coyle’s and that was good, but the neat thing was when we met Albert. <elk-cut text="”Albert’s" story”="Story”"> Albert’s main job is to clean and clear up tables. His secondary job is to try to be friendly with the people there. Albert is a Vietnam vet who served in 1967. He was hit by a grenade that year, and sustained a major brain injury which causes him some impairment n speech and cognition, but hasn’t dampened his nice nature, or his amazing ability to be positive attitude. Apparently, and we couldn’t figure it out completely because though I think he actually knew exactly what he wanted to say, he couldn’t get it all out correctly, he was in a coma for eleven months, and then wheelchair for about 20 years. Then one day, he woke up and started walking and talking again. He must have been hit mainly in the head, but had other problems with his right side. His favorite phrase to describe what happened was “heartbreak hotel”, but his attitude was one of the best I’ve ever seen from someone who had been transformed as a twenty year old soldier by one grenade, into a vegetable. We talked about the “heartbreak hotel war” both today and a long time ago, and he made sure that I knew that I could do anything I put my mind to. I’m not sure how many people actually talk about Albert; many people don’t have time to sit and talk to someone who has problems, but we had time, and it was amazing to talk to someone who had been through so much and yet had progressed. It saddens me that the vets who will come back from the Iraq conflict will most likely have much worse injuries than the ones Albert sustained 40 years ago. That’s the price we must pay in fighting a war and having access to so much technology. We all know about the numbers of dead that are coming back in flag draped coffins (over 3200 now), but how many countless others are coming home with much more serious injuries, many more challenges, and more heartbreaks than one can think of. Heartbreak hotel! It’s a sad yet I think true description of what’s happened to these guys in this war. We made sure to thank Albert for his service, and I’m going to try to make it a point to thank others who are serving now. </elk-cut>

Tonight we’re going to have a family dinner at my Aunt Carol’s house. I bought a game called Apples to Apples, and that should be pretty fun to play. Tomorrow, the plan is to have my aunt take me up to about the halfway point between here and Strawberry (the place where my Grandma lives), and then I’ll be able to be there until I leave on Wednesday. It’s been really great to see his part of the family, but it will be good to also see my Grandma and the rest of the Strawberry people I know. Aunt Cathy is going to make fried chicken on Sunday night, and that’s going to be more than awesome. It’s so awesome that I had to stop myself from trying to capitalize it, ha-ha.

Meant to talk about Tuesday, the day before I left. <lj-cut text="”Tuesday”"> We got up early and got ready to go to the dentist to check out the gum situation. This was a difficult thing, especially since we’d stayed up way too late for our own good, analyzing everything that had happened previously for John. The dentist was pretty cool, but the outcome wasn’t too good. Apparently, the gums aren’t going to heal completely n their own, so I’ll probably have to see a periodontist (a gum specialist) and have a graft of new gum (from somewhere else in my mouth) put on the lower part of my jaw. It It probably won’t be the most painless thing in the world, but it will be better than what I’m having to deal with now. I think the pain is getting better, but it still isn’t back to normal by any means. So I’m going to be going on on Thursday.

We pretty much hung out with the old receptionist at the quad, Janine, all day after my dental appointment. It was neat to be able to catch up with her again, and it was a definitely fortuitous occasion, that we all got to meet at the time that we did.
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Well that’s about it from here. If I can think of somethingelse , I’ll write it.
 
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