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Archive for the month “April, 2014”

Caving

Yamaha C7 – super dusty key bed
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YM activity caves behind rock canyon park:

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“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

Napoleon Hill
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Want. Need.

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“True Leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leaders.”

Robert Townsend

“The grass is greener on the other side of the fence because there is more manure.”

– a wise man

Downtown Anniversary Day 2 of 2

Breakfast at Eva’s Boulangerie

(Gina’s pics r the amazing!)
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Went through the 12 noon SLC Temple endowment session.

After picking up the girls we had to go get more pastries at Eva’s:
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And here’s a pic that Chloe drew tonight on the way home on the iPad:
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Thanks for dinner Gary ‘n Karen Henderson.

Downtown Anniversary Day 1 of 2

Brought girls to Chad ‘n Maizie’s for the night so we could celebrate our 7th anniversary.

Really cool house (459 N Pugsley St., Salt Lake City, UT) we saw as we were driving around. Gina loves the porch and the yellow door. Me too.

Found a before pic online:
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And this current pic I took:

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Peery Hotel: not recommended.

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Looks nice in pictures,  but the rooms are small, heating doesn’t work well, parking accommodations were discouraging ($12/day and we were ticketed within 15 minutes having just gone inside to check in and inquire about parking), has an old feeling (it is on the historic registry, so I guess that’s to be expected…ish) and  the customer service was, well, sub part to put it nicely. The tempurpedic bed was quite comfy however…I’ll give them that. Maybe next time we’ll go to the Grand America…

Because the hotel was a downer we decided to treat ourselves out to dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse; and it was exquisite.!  (About $150 after tip).  Attention to detail, rose petals to celebrate our anniversary, incredible steak, salad, desserts, service…wow…
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Ribeye…to die for!
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Tres nice.

Then we went to City Creek:
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And got an intro to the world of Rolex watches (ranging from $5k-$80k+).
My favorite was the Daytona (approx $26,000). Precision!
Want. Need.
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Thanks to Daron Cameron for spending an extra 1/2 hr educating us AFTER the store closed (not to mention all the time before it closed!)
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“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone else planted a tree a long time ago.”

Warren Buffett

My conclusion from the SLC PTG meeting tonight:
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Home ideas…

“To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.”

Seneca

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It’s fun (and frustrating at times) to look through homes compiling dreams of things we think we want but for which it isn’t the right timing.

It is simply amazing though to meet people who are open and friendly and sharing like Dr. Dan and Lisa Thomas.  He gave us a tour of their entire house top to bottom – very cool.  Had a lot of aspects that we would/will/may incorporate when we buy or build a home. 

So fun gathering ideas – does require a bunch of patience though!  I guess any dream that’s still in the dream stage does require some patience to achieve…Lord bless us with patience…
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Shop/3rd garage 20×20 plus add-on:
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Garden:
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Mudroom:
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Kitchen:
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Front rooms:
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Upstairs dormitory (3bd shared bedroom):
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Master bedroom:
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Attic (accessible by hidden staircase behind the bookshelf):
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~4,000 total total sf including the unfinished basement, ~2,500 living sf (410 yrs ago – 400k house, 100k lot).

We’d definitely go smaller, but all in all very nice house – thanks for the tour Dr. Dan!

Tuned Chad & Maizie’s piano today:
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Parker and I talked yesterday about what he envisions building on his Woodland property.   He described a barn with the lower level intended as a workshop (approx 3,000 s/f), with an upstairs 2bd apartment (approx 1,100 s/f).  Then over time build a small house next to it.

Well I passed what I thought looked strikingly like what he had described to me on 1800 N in Pleasant Grove (pic above) to I clicked a pic. 

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