Monday, June 28, 2010

David Letterman's show knew I was watching!

So, I don't think I've watched more than 5 minutes of David Letterman in about a year.  That's not because I don't like his show, I do.  I hate Jay Leno.  Won't watch his show.  Anyway, I've forgotten how much I love his writers' and his humor.

Tonight I decided to watch because John Isner is going to be on.  I'm curious to see how he'll handle all this attention, and what-not.  Anyway, as they were cutting to the first commercial, the announcer did a couple jokes that also appeared on the screen.  First he said, "If you'd like a free transcript of the show, write down everything that is said."  Then he randomly said, "Stay tuned, Jeff."  I couldn't stop laughing that they picked my name, and I haven't watched in months.  Cool, eh?

K, see ya.

UPDATE:  Isner was funny on the Top 10.  Although the stupid Emergency Broadcast thing came on and made me miss the last half.  Fortunately, about 10 seconds later I pulled it up online.  Ah, the wonders of the interweb.  I thought he was actually going to get interviewed, but I guess not.  Then Kristen Stewart came out and tanked in her interview.  I changed the channel.  Aren't you so happy you read this so you could know my every move.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

I Like Mike

Yeah, I'm cool.  I hang out with future United States Senators.  Realistically, I don't think Mike knows my name, but I'm pretty sure he at least knows that I'm a full-time volunteer.

I wish I still had a lot to do for the campaign, but I'm not sure they need me nearly as much anymore.  I may still participate in parades and what-not, but that's about all I can think of that they would really need.

Ya know, I can't get enough Whose Line Is It Anyway reruns.  It's the best.

Now that I've changed the subject randomly...

see ya.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Epic Wimbledon, I love it. Oh yeah, Remember Mike Lee? He WON!!!

Originally uploaded by venneriteau
So, I probably should have already posted this, but Mike Lee won! Here in Utah if you win the Republican primary, you're pretty much a shoe in in November. (Unless you're running against Jim Matheson.) Anyway, it was so fun going to the results party. We started out ahead right out of the gate, and then Tim slowly slowly crept closer and closer. It ended up being 51% to 49%. So close! But we WON!! WOOT!

As for now, I'm mostly just chilling, and watching the longest tennis match of all time! I love tennis, and I especially love Wimbledon, and I REALLY love this match! It's between John Isner (an awesome American guy who's really tall, (6'9'') and who I've been a fan of for a while.) and a French guy named Nicolas Mahut. They're playing their 129th game in the fifth set right now. This match has lasted longer than 10 hours! It's nuts! But I love it! John Isner has become a household name overnight because of this. This match even kind of overshadowed the queen visiting Wimbledon for the first time in 33 years.

I really love tennis. I LOVED the campaign. (I think I'm pretty much done with it, but I'll go in if they request my help.) And I love getting to sleep as much as I want!

K, bye. Tennis to watch.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Get Away From That! Dale Peterson, Round 2!

OH, don't you fret. Dale Peterson may have lost, but his endorsement surely made a difference. Hey! Get away from that!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Dale Peterson is the bomb. This is REAL!

This has to be the funniest political ad I've ever seen!

It's totally real, too! This guy lost in his primary, but I'm shocked about that.

I love it!

Campaign fun! Bridgewater v. Lee

Originally uploaded by Bridgewater for Senate
This campaign has been fun to watch, but it stinks when people get away with low-blows. There have been a lot of these low-blows by Lee's opponents. For Instance:

1. Ten days before the convention a robocall falsely accused Lee of accepting $150,000 in illegal support from an out-of-state source. No one took credit and no one has found the source of the calls.
2. A mailer was sent to delegates claiming the illegal contributions as well.
3. A day before the convention the infamous “temple” mailer hit and one-third of the delegates thought it came from Lee.
4. Earlier this week, an unidentified robocall said Chaffetz had endorsed Lee. Both Lee and Chaffetz denied it.

With this pattern there is almost certain to be one more dirty trick. Whereas there's only one candidate left facing Mike Lee, there's little question in my mind who will be behind it. It seems that Bridgewater is getting pretty desperate. He apparently got pummeled by Mike this morning on KSL, as the poll on their site is HEAVILY in favor of Mike Lee.

Go Mike! (I promise this is the last Mike Lee-themed entry until election day. (Tuesday) )

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Where to begin?! Lee v. Bridgewater, P90X, Sun Rape, or U of U Law School?!

The screen-captured photo to the right is awesome.  It is the ad for Mike Lee's U.S. Senate campaign that showed up here on my blog.  Woot!  Mike is seriously my favorite candidate of the two.  I've learned this week that Tim Bridgewater's campaign fights DIRTY.  I'm not going to go into detail, but I've seen some sides of this campaign that I didn't expect.  And apparently Tim is about to launch a negative TV ad campaign.  If I knew nothing about this campaign up to this point and I saw the commercial he's about to start airing, I WOULD NOT VOTE FOR HIM.  No matter what I'd seek another candidate.  His campaign is doing everything it can to lambast my chosen profession, and I do not see alienating an entire profession as a valuable contribution to our nation.  Sorry, Tim.  Even though you never had it to begin with, you've 100% lost my vote.  Anyway, but that's politics for you.  I could ramble on for another half hour about that, but I'll spare you... especially because "you" are my poor friends and family who are probably more than sick of hearing about Mike Lee.

About P90X, I just started it, and it is freakin' hard.  I hurt.  Ev-er-y-where.  And I've only done it for two days now.  Ouch.  At least I know that I'm doing something to my body, for good or for ill.

So, last weekend I rediscovered another one of the reasons I'm the genetic lottery winner (or loser, as my Mom put it--basically I have almost every health oddity or health defect that my parents each have--lucky me) in my family.  I went fly fishing with Jake on the Provo River.  It was a blast, but the sun did a SERIOUS number on my arms and face and neck.  This happens to me every summer.  I get serious burns.  So bad that the first time my friend Julianna saw how badly I get burned she exclaimed, "You don't get sunburned, you get Sun-RAPED!"  The picture above doesn't do the sunburns justice.  (I had actually used some sun block, so there are a few spots that made it out alive, others... not so much.) Anyway, the rest of this week I've been sick, possibly because of the burns solely, and have looked like a leper.  It's been fun.

Now the final topic for this wonderful life-updating blog post of mine, Utah Law.  The University of Utah Law school finally called me this morning to tell me that I'm off of their waiting list, and that they'll now accept me into their law school.  UGH!  On top of that, the dean told me I had only until Monday afternoon to make up my mind.  Double-UGH!  So tomorrow I'm going to find a time to go up to U of U and at least have a look around the campus, as well as maybe go do a session at the Salt Lake temple.  I've got a serious decision to make!  Here are the basics.... at Mason, I will have about $70,000 more of debt when I graduate, give or take.  However, I will have probably a better shot at a job as the market is much larger out there, and George Mason has a better history for landing people in jobs.  I also get to live in a city that I'd love to live in.  At Utah, my living expenses and in-state tuition make my debt load significantly lower.  I can have less stress in that regard.  However, I also think that Utah isn't nearly as good at placing people in jobs, despite their current claims that they are.  (What I hear from people actually going there right now is NOT encouraging... in other words, they were doing ok before the economy went to pot.)  Also, the jobs here will just not compare in salary... so will my debt still take just as long to pay off?  I don't know.

That's the decision.  Plus there are the factors of family, friends, dating, curriculum, the fact that Mason is actually more conservative than Utah, etc.  I struggle to decide these things when talking about such large numbers behind dollar-signs.

Well, that's my life in a nut-shell.  Thanks for catching yourself up.... Jules, and maybe like two other people.... and actually, maybe no one!  At least I got to get all of this out of my brain.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A great message from a great example of a man...

I'm so grateful to have the guidance of the Lord in a crazy world like this.  It's wonderful to me that God has sent us prophets with His message today, just as He has throughout mankind's existence.

I just really liked this message from the prophet.

"Canaries With Grey on Their Wings"
by President Thomas S. Monson

"Nearly 60 years ago, while I was serving as a young bishop, Kathleen McKee, a widow in my ward, passed away. Among her things were three pet canaries. Two, with perfect yellow coloring, were to be given to her friends. The third, Billie, had yellow coloring marred by gray on his wings. Sister McKee had written in a note to me: “Will you and your family make a home for him? He isn’t the prettiest, but his song is the best.”
Sister McKee was much like her yellow canary with gray on its wings. She was not blessed with beauty, gifted with poise, or honored by posterity. Yet her song helped others to more willingly bear their burdens and more ably shoulder their tasks.
The world is filled with yellow canaries with gray on their wings. The pity is that so precious few have learned to sing. Some are young people who don’t know who they are, what they can be or even want to be; all they want is to be somebody. Others are stooped with age, burdened with care, or filled with doubt—living lives far below the level of their capabilities.
To live greatly, we must develop the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and triumph with humility. You ask, “How might we achieve these goals?” I answer, “By gaining a true perspective of who we really are!” We are sons and daughters of a living God, in whose image we have been created. Think of that: created in the image of God. We cannot sincerely hold this conviction without experiencing a profound new sense of strength and power.
In our world, moral character ofttimes seems secondary to beauty or charm. But from long ago the Lord’s counsel to Samuel the prophet echoes: “The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
When the Savior sought a man of faith, He did not select him from the throng of the self-righteous who were found regularly in the synagogue. Rather, He called him from among the fishermen of Capernaum. Doubting, unschooled, impetuous Simon became Peter, Apostle of faith. A yellow canary with gray on his wings qualified for the Master’s full confidence and abiding love.
When the Savior chose a missionary of zeal and power, He found him not among His advocates but amidst His adversaries. Saul the persecutor became Paul the proselytizer.
The Redeemer chose imperfect people to teach the way to perfection. He did so then. He does so now—even yellow canaries with gray on their wings. He calls you and me to serve Him here below. Our commitment must be total. And in our struggle, should we stumble, let us plead: “Lead us, oh lead us, great Molder of men, out of the darkness to strive once again.”
My prayer is that we will follow the example of the Man of Galilee, who could be found mingling with the poor, the downtrodden, the oppressed, and the afflicted. May a true song come from our hearts as we do so."

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Imagine Dragons releases new EP, Jeff buys, Jeff reviews it as follows:

I bought "Hell and Silence," Imagine Dragons' new EP the second that I saw it available on iTunes.  I really quite love this band.

It is hard for me to imagine this band dropping any spots on my favorite bands and artists list.  I can only see them climbing.  With the release of this second EP, they have certainly done just that.  Their collection of just 10 songs that they've released, amounts to one incredible album.  While I used to think, "Wow, they really might make it in the music biz," now I'm leaning more towards, "I'll be shocked if they don't make it."

"Hear Me" is probably going to be my favorite song of 2010.  I doubt there will be another song this year that I listen to nearly as many times as I've already listened to that song on their MySpace page.  It was my theme song for at least a month straight, and remains my favorite songs by ID to date.  I'm happy to report that the rest of this EP does not disappoint, and that it seems ID is just as good, if not better, than their first release.

If I haven't praised them enough yet, just know that I think this band is awesome.  If you like The Killers or Neon Trees (both bands that I don't like quite as much as ID), then this band is certainly for you.  Even if you don't like those bands, there is still a good chance this band is for you.

I heart Imagine Dragons.  Keep up the good work fellas, and ma'am.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Best Buds...

If I didn't know better, I'd think these two were the best of friends! This picture of Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater made me laugh just now.

I went to a debate between these two candidates tonight in the American Fork City Hall. It was really fun! They are fairly similar candidates, but I really prefer Mike. Tim said a few things tonight that I just don't agree with. Anyway, they did a really good job of being very respectful of one another. I am surprised by Mike. He's a politician that strikes me as one that will actually try to do what he says he'll do.

I wish all of our politicians were like that. I just read an article on Yahoo! about how the Japanese Prime Minister resigned over his inability to keep a campaign promise. That would NEVER happen here. While that Japanese PM was apparently just heeding the wishes of his party, and thereby not really being all that noble, at least he was willing to hold himself accountable for his promises.

Mike strikes me as someone that would hold himself accountable.

K, see ya.