Monday, May 23, 2011

Couch burning and relationship torching

Hello again, all of my adoring readers.

Bryan made a great discovery yesterday. He found a couch in a dumpster. This happened once before just over a year ago. We grabbed it and burned it. Here's a picture.

We expect just as much fun the second time around. In other news, Nik broke up with his girlfriend of 5 months. She lives in Idaho and he lives down here and it was hard. She eventually told him basically that it had to go somewhere or it had to stop. By go somewhere I mean, she wanted him to propose or she didn't see any point in dating any more. He didn't feel like he could propose yet and didn't know how long he would need to figure it out, and he let it go. They broke up a few times before but he said this one was pretty final. Dating is so gut wrenching. I feel bad for him. And I'm really glad I'm back with Lauren, all at the same time. Okay, well I don't have much else to say except that we're going to go pick up the couch from the dumpster today. The ensuing fire will probably be later this week. Here is the funny video I've chosen for this post.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Shoes


So I'm thinking about getting a new pair of shoes. Anyone who has gone shoe shopping with me probably remembers how particular I am about my shoes. Bryan thinks I'm ridiculous for the shoes I have. If at the end of this post you also think so, let me know in the comments. If you understand and agree with me, let me know. I'm curious what the reality of this situation is from a removed, dispassionate viewpoint. And I'm going to gauge reality from everyone's comments. Remember that only the family reads this blog so it's not like there will be tens of comments, so make sure to not skip the comments. The purpose of this particular entry is more like a survey than an update on Tyler's awesome life in Provo.
Some background on the shoes I own. Like I said, Bryan doesn't think I need as many as I have. Here they are-
-I have some left over black shoes from my mission. I use these for the MTC.
-Cheap but nice looking black shoes from ROSS. Used for sundays and nice occassions only, since they aren't very durable.
-I have some nice brown shoes for when I go to work or church in brown slacks.
-Running Shoes. I'm training for my tri-athalon and I use these exclusively for running since I don't want to lose them any earlier than I have to. I don't want to get injured during my runs, and a good way to prevent that is good shoes.
-Cleats. I use these for very competitive games of soccer/frisbee, etc.
-Rock climbing shoes. These are specialized and are only used on rock.
-Suede Puma tennis shoes. I use these when I want to look nice on a daily basis. They are one of two pairs of shoes that I wear to school or anything else besides school/work/sports. They are a lot wider than regular tennis shoes and are more like Puma's style of skater shoe. I can't really use them to run around.
-Doc Martins. I wear these when the ground is wet and I don't want to wear my suede Pumas, or if I want a dressier look. This is the second pair that I wear on a daily basis.
-Old tennis shoes. These are 3 years old. I wear these for all sports whenever I'm not wearing my cleats. They are starting to split out the sides.
As you can see, I use all of these shoes for a specific purpose and they do all get used. The biggest problem comes with my 3 year old tennis shoes. It's not uncommon for me to wear tennis shoes this long but once they split out the sides I usually shift my other and newer pair of tennis shoes into a dual role for a few months. However, as you see from the descriptions above, my other pair of tennis shoes, the suede pumas, can't really be used for sports. That is why I want to get a new pair of shoes. Tennis shoes, to be specific. Is that ridiculous? I could probably get through one more summer on these old tennis shoes because they have only begun to split. That is the problem. I have a hard time buying another pair and having THREE pairs of tennis shoes, even if they all have a use. I just have a hard time saying, "this is my pair for hiking" "this is my pair for sports" "this is my pair for school" Here is a picture of the kicks I'm eyeing.



Please leave your thoughts on what you think reality is. Thanks.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Survival

So this last week I was over at Lauren's on monday night and as a result I went to FHE with her. They happened to be having a ward FHE that night and it was on emergency preparedness. Since that FHE, 4 or 5 days ago, it's been on my mind. If anyone needs things to put on a christmas list or wish list or anything, just remember--you can't go wrong with gear. I know I've said that before with regards to climbing equipment but I'm adding outdoor camping and emergency equipment to that list too. Basically, the store REI is a place where you could buy anything and make me happy. One of the counselors brought in his emergency pack and explained the things in there. He said that for 72 hours you should not only be able to survive, but thrive. He had warm clothes as well as work clothes, including work gloves. It all looked very well packed and inspired me to get a good emergency pack. The guy said boots are invaluable to have because you don't know where you'll have to go or what you'll have to do. You want to be able to be stable and also be able to help others until more help comes.

Let me share some of the interesting things I learned. If a person has hypothermia you should not attempt to warm their body. The blood in their body has started to go to their core to keep them warm, making their extremities go cold, but also bringing the temperature of the remaining blood out there down. If you start warming up limbs, their body will think that it is okay to start circulating blood regularly again and will start pumping more aggressively which will bring all that cold blood into the core and chill the formerly warm blood. You also shouldn't wrap up in a blanket with that person to fix it all because recent studies have shown that you can't put off enough body heat to help the other person. You should make sure that any wet clothes are off, wrap them in a blanket to capture their own body heat, let them continue to shiver (it helps warm them up), and give them something warm to drink (helping to warm their core. You want to warm them up slowly so that the blood in their extremities is warm before it goes back into the core.

How about frostbite? In frostbite, the water in the cells of the skin has started to freeze so rubbing a frozen limb for someone is likely to rip those cells up inside and be extremely painful for the person. The best thing to do is to warm them up in a bucket of water that is 98-105 degrees or so. That is just a touch colder than the hottest tap water. At least the BYU tap water comes out at 120, so a touch colder than that. You don't want to use a fire, stove, or something like that because the person with frostbite can't feel their frostbitten appendages and can't tell when they are burning themselves. Don't defrost the frozen skin if there is a chance that it could refreeze. Refreezing will cause more damage than if you had left it frozen for a few extra hours. Treat within 24 hours if at all possible.

Cotton is horrible for survival. If it gets wet it doesn't dry easily. Nylon and fleece both breathe easily and dry easily. You should dress in layers. On the skin go with a layer that is moisture wicking. In the middle you want to insulate, and on the outside you want a water resistant layer. Not water proof, because then it won't breathe, but water resistant.

In the event of an earthquake, no longer is the advice to get under a table or doorway. A falling roof can collapse these things down on you and crush you. Now they say to get to the side of a sturdy object. If a roof falls it will hit that first and then often create a void to the side of the object where a person could survive. If you are in your car, get out and on the side of it. If you're in bed, roll out onto the ground next to your bed, not under. That is what they taught us. I looked online for a source and could only find this- http://www.jeffersonreview.com/2011/03/where-to-go-during-an-earthquake/ The government's website with advice about earthquakes still says to find cover. Do what you will.

Back to well established procedures. For shock, raise the feet, keep them warm, and put a pillow under their head. make them comfortable and just talk with them. Assign one person to just keep talking to the person, it is one of the most critical factors in keeping the person from having more severe complications.

If a person gets something stuck in them, don't take it out. You don't know how much it will bleed after it gets taken out. Wrap around it to keep it stable and take the person to the doctor. If blood soaks through a bandage, add more bandage, don't remove and replace the old stuff. This is because blood has begun to coagulate and removing the bandage will rip all of that off.

Okay, that's it for now. Here is the latest cool video that I've seen. If the people reading this blog ever get tired of reading my posts, hopefully you'll still come for the videos.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What I used to think

So here is a story that I forgot to include in my e-mail to stephen but I think is kind of humorous. It happened freshman year of college. I remembered it when Erin said that Carly's comments reminded her of when she was younger and she had ideas of how things would be and how things wouldn't be. I used to make a lot of those comments. I remember being in Daniel and Erin's wymount apartment during my freshman year and someone was pregnant. I know Erin was pregnant with Ashley but I don't remember if it was her or someone else that sparked the conversation, but what I do remember is that it came up that some women have a harder time than others being pregnant. Conversely, some women have an easier time. I often would say what I thought the future would hold and I said, "I'm going to make sure I marry a girl that isn't going to have rough pregnancies." Daniel's return question was, "How are you going to make sure of that and still keep a temple recommend?" Good question. I retracted my statement.

Another one of those this-is-how-it's-going-to-be statements that I remember is also about marriage. I said, "I'm going to get married at 21, or at least engaged by 21." I remember the first semester I was home there was a guy in my FHE group that was 23. I thought, "What is wrong with this guy?" I thought that there might be a case here or there were a good catch is unable to go for that long without getting married, but largely everyone who went two years without getting married had some serious flaws. I'm now 24, turning 25 this year and as of yet unmarried. I'm left with one of two conclusions. Either I have some serious flaws and not a good catch, or my previous judgment was wrong. I've chosen to accept that I was wrong.

Here is the latest funny video I've seen.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

So the Oscars are tonight. I don't know who will win what. Of those nominated for best picture I've seen Toy Story 3, The Social Network, and Inception. Of the others that I haven't seen the only two that I'd like to see are True Grit and The King's Speech. I've heard that the King's Speech is a lock for the win so I'd especially like to see that to see what the hype is. I've heard that there are only a few minor parts where swearing is heavy, so I would think that the clearplay would turn it into a veritable PG movie. But let's return to those that I have seen- I thought the social network was good, but not the best movie of the year. I actually didn't think that about any of those three. But in all fairness, let's look at other movies I saw from 2010. Megamind, Prince of Persia, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, and How to Train Your Dragon. Prince of Persia was easily the worst of that list, but an equally clear choice is the second to last movie-Alice in Wonderland. Let's look at my rankings for these movies. 1 being best.
1. Social Network
2. How to train your dragon
3. Harry Potter
4. Inception
5. Toy Story 3
6. Megamind
7. Alice in Wonderland
8. Prince of Persia

Other movies from 2010 that I still want to see besides the two I mentioned above include: Tangled, and Tron. Maybe Red. Anyway, those are my thoughts. I'd like to start watching more new movies because it always seems like there are a million that I want to see. Always feel free to let me know about movies you'd recommend. (Thanks Erin and Daniel for the recommendation about Waiting For "Superman."

Here is a song on youtube that I like called "Teach Me How to Jimmer"

Monday, February 14, 2011

Rocky

So I think I want to start posting my favorite youtube videos as I come across them. Here is one about some guy from France who goes around pulling pranks. If you search more of him just be cautious, I ran into a couple of his that weren't appropriate. Also, even though only family views this blog, I've decided to grab Jessica's button for this post.



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Monday, January 17, 2011

MLK jr. day

I'd like to say I appreciate your comments, Erin and Jessica. I know that I have two people that read my blog. So I thought I'd let you know that I played racquetball again with Lauren a few days ago, on Saturday. As I was beating her in the first game she said, "how about we play to 21, not 15?" I ended up beating her 21-9, 21-6, and 21-18. She said, "You shouldn't be this good." I guess I looked confused or said something because then she said, "if you've only played 3 or 4 times in your life, you shouldn't be this good!" I apologized, but I don't think it changed anything. But she wasn't too mad because afterwards she invited me over for dinner and made this breaded chicken that was just amazing.
I decided to post some videos from my mission up here that relate to my most recent letter to Stephen. My memory card had problems so it would skip around a lot. I have 4 videos, so I'll post all of them.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Raquetball

I'll start off with a quote from Calvin and Hobbes,

"if your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life"

I played raquetball yesterday and this quote reminds me of it. Though I obviously wasn't playing on grass I did play hard enough to come away with green knees if it had been possible. I have scraped elbows and bruised hips. I haven't played since before my mission, a little over 5 years. As you all know, if my opponent wants me to give the game my best, I will. I was playing a friend, Lauren, who plays consistently. She told me that she would go easy on me because she didn't want me to be too tired afterward. She told me that she's had guys say before that they would be fine, and then they're sweat is dripping all over the floor. Well, she gave me the first serve, which was kind of her, and I proceeded to take a 3-1 lead. She then said to watch out because she plays on a different level when she's behind, and she wasn't going to take it easy anymore. A few minutes later I had a 6-1 lead. The game got a little bit more tough and the game was tied at 9, I believe. I told her at that point that I didn't know if I could win, I was slipping all over the sweat on the floor. Her response, "whatever. You're not even sweating." I got a good laugh out of that before I served it and scored a point. I went up 12-9 before she got on a run and won 15-12. It was a really fun game. I've only played racquetball maybe 4 or 5 times in my life, but I can't think of a time I haven't enjoyed it.
On another note, Condoleezza Rice is coming to speak tomorrow in the Marriott center and I'm very excited to hear it.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

This week not too much happened. My classes started for a new semester as well as my training program. I'm in a furniture design class that I'm pretty excited for. I'm not sure what I'll build yet, I'll let you all know once I decide. Another consideration is how much money am I willing to spend on this thing? If I went with nice thick pieces of lots of rare wood it could add up pretty quickly. One piece of that stuff isn't too bad, but if the entire piece had rare wood, it could end up around 2K pretty quick. I'm hoping to keep it under $500, and however much lower than that I'm able to keep it, so much the better.
As for the training program, this week I began training in earnest for the triathlon I'd like to do this year. I'll be swimming on Monday and Wednesday, running and lifting on Tuesday and Thursday, biking on Friday, and Saturday will be my combo day. Like I said, I started training in earnest this week, and it was enjoyable. Exercising really does make you feel great. On a side note that I'm sure is completely unrelated, I ate like a horse this week. I was just so hungry, I ate 4 or 5 meals every day. Okay, since I know how interesting that is, I'll try to shift gears and tell a better story.
On Wednesday night we played UNLV in basketball, at UNLV. Our basketball team is ranked 14th in the nation and UNLV is ranked 25th, so they have a good team. Another point of interest is that our basketball team hasn't won a game against UNLV at their court since before Dave Rose's time as BYU bball coach. That translates into something like 5 years. The game was a kinda big deal but not too huge, so ESPN didn't pick it up, but CBS college sports did, which we don't have on our TV. So what we all did, we went to legends grill, and they have an upstairs room where they set up a big TV and probably 100 chairs or more. Bryan and I were there, and it the game started out with us having a slim lead (This was wednesday yet I just heard Bryan mention the game on the phone to Analisa in the other room). So we were up 15-12. Then they went up 24-15 or so. It was really nerve racking. As the buzzer for the first half went off they took a last shot which missed, so we went into the break 38-35 with us in the lead. Bryan promptly got up out of his seat and tried to make his way out of the room without a word to anyone. As he tried to get past a fold up chair that was in his way he grabbed the back of the chair, and threw it, it landed on the ground with a bang. Everyone in that area kind of looked over and he just hustled through the rest of the crowd looking like he had just been notified that he had been kicked out of school. He was white in the face, walking as fast as he possibly could, knocking into people's shoulders, etc. When he came back, we asked him what was wrong, and he said that the game was too tense for him. I made mention to the chair, and he said that his hands weren't working well, they were too shaky, so it was the only thing he could do to get it out of his way. I thought it was a little humorous.