Saturday, January 08, 2005

Dark Water

Originally uploaded by rfin.

Not really. It's just that the flash didn't work.

Third Meet of My Life

I'm still making modest progress in swimming. Today's reality check took the form of a Utah Masters meet in Park City. I improved my 100 and 500 yard freestyle times, but just dogged the 200 yard free. Hey, two out of three ain't bad. At some point age will overtake any training benefits I'm achieving, but if I'm lucky that day is still a few years away.


Friday, January 07, 2005

If Wednesday felt like Friday

This must be...Sunday, right? I've said before that I enjoy challenging work, so by that standard I've had a most enjoyable week. Really, it hasn't been half bad. No, I'm not going to put a percentage on it, other than to say all's well, had a great swim in the sunshine today and am looking forward to a visit to Park City in the morning.


Thursday, January 06, 2005

Photo Assignment: Opposites

Joined a Flickr group called Photographer's Block. Like writers who use prompts to get themselves started, this group offers assignments to help the stuck photographer find a focus. Thanks to CodeFin for leading the way on this.


light and heavy

light and heavy
Originally uploaded by rfin.

in and out

in and out
Originally uploaded by rfin.

up and down

up and down
Originally uploaded by rfin.

covered and bare

covered and bare
Originally uploaded by rfin.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The Walk Back to Work

After Swim
Originally uploaded by rfin.

Should I write something for the blog today? Sure. Why not? Just putting ink on paper isn't bad for the brain, although in this case it's fingers on keys. Of course now that I've started I could mention that I'm OK with the snow, glad the pool was warm, that the heat plant was fired up and all the pipes and heat exchangers were sound today.


Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The Warm Before the Storm

Swam in the sunshine today. Although it's supposed to snow tonight, the sun shone gloriously today on my lunch hour and I got to the pool in time to get in one of the sunny lanes. "The Light Come Down, Lord the Light Come Down"


Monday, January 03, 2005

All the Best, Olene Walker

At noon today Olene Walker becomes former governor as Jon Huntsman, Jr. is sworn in as Utah's 16th chief executive. I agree with the Deseret Morning News that as the state's first female governor she was a "popular, bright and experienced CEO" who will long be remembered.

I'll also remember her frank yet disarming demeanor at all twelve of the monthly news conferences she held at KUED. There's no doubt that producer Ken Verdoia's comments at her last broadcast are felt by many today:

"...thank you for your months of, not only service, but of candor in this setting. And I don't think I speak solely when I wish you the very, very best to you and your family, and a great appreciation of the people of the state of Utah for stepping in at a difficult time and doing, by any measure, a remarkable job in leadership in the state of Utah."


Sunday, January 02, 2005

Tsunami Relief Efforts

I've never felt better about making a voluntary donation to my church than today. This is what our leaders asked of us. I'm glad I could do something. True, what I gave is by itself a small amount, but placed with many thousands of others it may help provide a measure of relief to some.

I read another blog about how to make sense of this incredible destruction and loss of life. I'm not sure that any of us can do that, but we can make some sense out of our role as survivors, as part of the human family, by doing something. It may involve a contribution or something seemingly less substantial like offering a prayer, or writing or creating something in honor of those who have lost so much, so quickly. I've referred to this quotation before, but I think it particularly makes sense now:

"In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing." -Theodore Roosevelt


Provo's Squaw Peak

squaw peak zoom
Originally uploaded by rfin.

Lines Up

lines up
Originally uploaded by rfin.

Over the Limit

over the limit
Originally uploaded by rfin.

Utah Man

The Utah Fight Song, aka A Utah Man, got plenty of exposure on television last night and I'll admit I've been humming it a bit today. I am a Utah man, sir and I live across the green.

Our gang it is the jolliest that you have ever seen. Our coeds are the fairest and each one's a shining star. Our yell, you hear it ringing through the mountains near and far.

Chorus: Who am I, sir, a Utah man am I: A Utah man, sir, and will be till I die: Ki! Ki! We're up to snuff: we never bluff. We're game for any fuss. No other gang of college men dare meet us in the muss. So fill your lungs and sing it out shout it to the sky. We'll fight for dear old crimson for.....


And when we prom the avenue, all lined up in a row. And arm in arm and step in time as down the street we go. No matter if a freshman green, or in a senior's gown, The people all admit we are the warmest gang in town.


We may not live forever on this jolly good old sphere, But while we do we'll live a life of merriment and cheer. And when our college days are o'er and night is drawing nigh, With parting breath we'll sing that song:

A Utah Man am I!