Sunday, May 20, 2012

Circle of Trust

This week I went to a neat conference for student leaders from all across Utah’s college campuses. The first class I attended was given by David Coleman, a pretty famous relationships speaker. At the beginning of the class he said, “at the end of this class, you will all feel more unified than you have with almost any other group you’ve ever been in.” I of course was skeptical. No way after an hour could you feel so close to a bunch of strangers you've never met before. There were maybe 60 of us in the room and after doing some team building games we all got into a circle. By this point we all felt decently comfortable around each other and agreed to do the next activity and put ourselves out there a bit. As part of the activity, David would say something that we had done or believed, and we would step into the middle and look out at everyone else if it were true. So at first he asked basic stuff like “You did marching band in high school” and people would step in, “you were valedictorian” and two kids were in the middle, “you are a democrat”, and so on. But then he started saying things like “you have a bad relationship with your parents”, “you are not a virgin”, “you have used drugs”, “you have cheated on a college test”, "you have contemplated suicide", etc, and so on and so on. And people really stepped into the circle during those things. It was intense and it was amazing. I had friends step in that completely surprised me. I stepped in for things I hadn’t told people before. And by the end there was so much love and trust and understanding in that circle. We realized how much there is that we don’t tell people, how much we are similar to each other, and how much capacity there is to love another person if given the opportunity. And as we left that circle, David’s promise came true, and our little group felt more unified than most groups I have ever been with. We realized that we're really all humans. We're all in this together. And we weren't afraid to communicate.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

2 Nerds In A Box

I abandoned the blogging world. And I am sorry....

But I have joined the youtube world!! I recently started a new channel called "2 Nerds In A Box". Basically I toss my brother Braden and my roommate Tom (two of the smartest people I know) in a cement room in my Uncle Ken's basement for 30 minutes. Each episode I give them a new object and then see what they do with it. It's been fun! Links are:

Balloons Episode:

Shaving Cream Episode:

Aluminum Foil Episode:

We've already made 14 cents from ads. Whoot! So we're trying to gather subscribers and get lots of views. It's been a really fun experience so far, putting my business and film skills to use.

Hope March is going just dandily for everyone!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Blue Jeans

Why are blue jeans the default? It's true, they are comfortable, but It seems random that the thing that people generally wear everyday is something relatively new to the clothing world. And something that is blue, not a more neutral black, white, or gray. And something that always tears in the knees after only a few hundred uses. And something that lets the cold and heat in easily. Is it a cheap material? Is that why? Was there some movie star that experimented with them long ago that created this standard of normal.

WHY are we using this blue, easily-tearable, strange fabric for 90% of our daily pants needs? Just an observation.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Love At Third Sight

October 19, 2010 (about a year ago): I attend a banquet for the Masters of Social Work program. I wasn’t really interested in the program, but they invited the top GPAs of each college and I wanted free food. There were maybe 40 students in attendance. Sitting at my table was a Jeff Whitlock. We became friends, eventually were accepted into the Strategy program together, and also see each other in the BYUSA office. After the banquet, Jeff and I walked to campus together. There was also a girl with us, but I didn’t remember very much about her, just that we talked about one of our mutual friends Emily. I remembered she had done folk dance as well.

Fast forward to November 2, 2011. I am now dating an awesome, beautiful girl named Kelli. We are talking and eventually find out that she was also in attendance at the banquet. We find out that she also knows Jeff Whitlock. We also find out that she walked with Jeff to campus after the banquet. She talked to a boy that she didn’t remember very well about a mutual friend named Emily. And about the fact that he was in folk dance.

WE TALKED!!! A year before we started dating, we talked, sort of met each other, and didn’t think anything of it! We barely remembered each other! Not til a year later did Kelli try out for murder mystery and we got to know each other and got to really start liking each other. I learned three things from this:

1. Love at first sight is probably over-rated.

Kelli and I are really liking/leading to loving each other. And we’re both extremely attracted to each other (or so she tells me ☺). But obviously, there wasn’t a magical rushing of the wind when we first met. Heck, we hardly remember the other person at all! Same thing when she walked into the audition room. I thought she was cute, but I didn’t right away envision it going as far as it has. It wasn't until our third encounter (in the taco bell line, haha) that I really started feeling major attraction/interest in her.

2. Who knows who you’re running into?

I have always loved thinking about who you’ve run into in your life without realizing it. Or finding your friend from kindergarten in your college business class. Stuff like that. I really hope that after we die we can see a video of all the funny coincidences and circumstances of running into people. It’s just so fun having a real-life example with my girlfriend!

3. Our lives are being guided.

Kelli and I started dating pretty quick; because we were ready and because it felt right. I don’t think a year ago we would have been ready. At that time she was in a pretty up and down relationship and I was about to start the longest relationship of my life. From both we learned a ton. We learned lessons and had experiences that really shaped who we are and how we view relationships. What IF Kelli and I had clicked a year ago and started dating? Maybe it would have worked out. But maybe we weren’t supposed to date yet, and were being taught and prepared for something to happen when it was supposed to. I’m a big believer in timing, and I know that God is as well. It’s awesome to see him orchestrate things.

So today as you go out, look around at those strangers walking by. You might be dating one of them in a year!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jamie Rose

The other day my car Jamie Rose was in a dark parking lot and she was nudged by a dark pole. It got her tire axel just right to warrant a $400 repair (you’ll see below why it wasn’t financially worth it to repair). And somehow I knew right away, this was goodbye.

Jamie Rose has been the perfect first car. Red and sparkly black and too cool to believe. There’s something so liberating and exciting about buying getting the first one. I’ve always felt that your first car has got to be quirky out the wazoo, and Jamie certainly fit the bill. She:

-Doesn’t start with the key. I had to get it hotwired and push a switch by my knee to start it.
-Sometimes turns completely off when I turned left. Added a bit of excitement to the driving experience.
-Clicks whenever the steering wheel is turned.
-Leaks air out of her tires pretty bad, but never got a flat!
-Has a trunk that slams, and sometimes breaks the taillights when she does.
-Doesn’t lock. At all. Well, that’s not true. She locks, but doesn’t unlock. So, I never locked her ☺.
-Has a right windshield wiper that stopped working.
-Sometimes scrapes the road when going over bumps.
-Floods the floor of the back seat if the AC goes too long. That is, when the AC worked.

Jamie Rose was also full of stories. I remember when:
-I had 24 hours to make a 22 hour drive from Ogden, Utah to San Antonio, Texas. Jamie and I did a great job and made it! We got a ticket in New Mexico (it was a cheap-shot), and she flooded (see AC issue above), but we had quite a time.
-Her muffler went out in Arkansas. That was a loud journey ☺.
-At 3 in the morning in the middle of Illinois I opened her door after getting gas and her ALARM started going off. My first thought, “this thing has an ALARM SYSTEM?!” Eventually the police came, the alarm stopped, I slept in Jamie since she wouldn’t start, and I got her fixed in the morning.
-She sputtered to a stop right off an exit to American Fork with Eliza on my birthday. We tried jumping her and we set the cables on fire!
-One winter day the driver door stopped opening. So I had to climb out the passenger side. Then the next day it worked again. Silly Jamie playing tricks.

Yesterday I called several junkyards and used car places to find the best deal. Eventually I landed on a nice guy from Orem who fixes up cars. He offered me $300, which is a lot more than I was expecting, considering I bought it for $1000, had put almost two years in it, and it had some major replacements to be done. The Orem man was a really solid gent, and the thing I like most about it is that he’s going to try to fix Jamie up and re-sell her. Most of the other places were just going to use her for parts. I’m glad that Jamie is maybe going to get another chance and give some other young college guy the time of his life.

After the man buying the car told me he would pick it up in the morning and I pulled my stuff out of the trunk and the CDs out of the front, I had a few minutes alone with Jamie. It was sad. It felt very similar to the time I buried one of my good friends Xela, our parakeet. I told Jamie how much I loved her, and I ended up crying pretty bad. I know that cars are inanimate objects, but with how much we had seen together, I really felt like I was saying goodbye to a friend. A friend who had defied the odds and the laughter and shaped a big part of my college experience.

I’ll miss you Jamie Rose. Thanks for the memories!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Power Outage

Power Outages are the best. They make me want to play murder in the dark, eat vanilla pudding, tell scary stories with flashlights, and talk to everyone in the room.

Power Outages are great/unifying because all of a sudden you can't really do anything productive. You have the perfect excuse to do nothing! And to eat pudding and yadda yadda. I think it's also great because everyone has something in common all at once. Today when it happened I was in the bathroom and struck up a great conversation with a complete stranger, simply because we felt the common bond of the outage. It's like how big disasters unite countries, just that this one is a fun/harmless one.

So bring on the snow days, the AC failures, and the power outages. They're great!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Time Thought

My friend Eliza mentioned a great point the other day. Time is man-made. The fact that there are 24 hours in a day is not an eternal principle. Time was invented by mankind. Minutes, Seconds, Clocks, Weeks, Years, and Days are just made-up measurements. I know that the sun goes up and down and that seasons come and go, but time really is a stress that we’ve placed upon ourselves.

This “week”, with starting school, time seemed to slow way way down. Like, if time didn’t exist I would almost swear to the fact that the past “168 hour week” felt almost twice as long as the “168 hours” before that. Could it be that it really was longer? My time has been more busy and full and somehow it’s just felt different. Would a man in a log cabin without a watch or a calendar view each “day” so much differently? Probably. Things would happen when they happened without a schedule or a stressed forced time or a day and minute assignment.