Last year was surprisingly great. I hope I can maintain a bit of momentum into 2007. So here are a few areas I have setup some plans.


  • Triathlons: 4 April, June, August and September.
  • Half-marathons: 2 June and October.
  • Swim a mile at my kids Summer Camp.
  • Just get regular again.


  • 2 classes this Spring: Astronomy and Race & Ethnicity.smile_sarcastic
  • 2 or 3 classes this Fall: College Intermediate Algebra and Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Online learning: Blog technical.
  • Work: It's a constant learning environment.


  • Write more: at least 3 posts a week.
  • Better Design.
  • Add more value to the Blog.


  • Run with my son more.
  • Read more stories to the little ones.
  • Spend more time with my lovely wife.smile_teeth

It's gonna be a bumpy ride, but hey I like adventure!

New Years Eve was spent at the Conference Center here in Salt Lake. There was music and singing from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with a few guest performers; Peter Breinholt, William Joseph, and Ryan Tani. They sang some traditional hymns as well as a few more current pieces. They performed, with help from the Orchestra at Temple Square, a song from "Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring." I don't know the young mans name but he was about 12 and did an excellent solo.

There were 3 speakers. Susan Tanner, Jeffery Holland, and Gordon B. Hinckley. I enjoyed all of the talks, however President Hinckley's talk seemed to carry more relevance to me. He directed his talk to the youth. (It was a Youth event.) However, in light of the fact that President Hinckley is 97 and I am 37 years old, I have 60 years left, possibly. That is a lifetime practically. Here are his 4 points.

  1. Be Grateful.
  2. Be Smart.
  3. Be Clean.
  4. Be Prayerful.

1st. I know we have much to be grateful for. This holiday season we were able to give more. We also received more. (Maybe the two are connected?!) We had a really good year, challenging yet rewarding.

2nd. I won't say I am smart, just not as stupid as I used to be.

3rd. I have been fortunate to not have had a drug or alcohol problem. I could lead a "cleaner" life with less donuts, chocolate, and Soda. I have kicked the caffeine habit but it hasn't been easy. I will get a headache 24 hours after I have a dose of caffeinated soda, without fail.

4th. This is an area I plan on increasing by about 50% this year. I'm pretty good about saying a prayer at night, mornings aren't near as good. Whether you believe in a higher power or not it doesn't hurt to ask for help or express appreciation.

I know I probably haven't done the talk justice. You can listen to the audio at .

Have a happy New Year!