Marathon winners

Congratulations to Eliza & Paul, Mary and Anna for completing the St. George Marathon Saturday!

Makes me wonder if the team entry of Cade, Becca, Shauna and me would have been able to finish if we'd made the cuts? With several other siblings still in the non-marathon crowd, I'm not in too big of a hurry to find out... <grin/>

— Michael A. Cleverly

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Mormon's Book

The 3,000 copies of Mormon's Book I had printed were delivered a week and a half ago. So far we've received payment for almost 200 copies we've sold ourselves and have another 240 on consignment with various people & businesses to sell.

— Michael A. Cleverly

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Paying more for the pleasure of lots of layovers

I'm contemplating tonight whether to attend the 12th Annual Tcl/Tk Conference in Portland, Oregon next week. I've attended the last three (Vancouver in 2002, Ann Arbor in 2003, and New Orleans in 2004).

This year I tried pitching it to my new employer. While the reaction was initially favorable, it turns out that the training/conference budget for the year had already been spent. So if I go it's completely on my own dime. Decisions, decisions...

In any case, I jumped online to see what air fares were looking like. If I booked a flight tonight I could still (just barely) get a seven-day advanced purchase.

I can fly non-stop on Southwest for $98 each way. On Delta I can fly non-stop for $216 round-trip.

But, if I really wanted to spend $327 instead, I could fly on Delta from Salt Lake to Kansas City (flight 4881). Then wait an hour and switch planes to fly from Kansas City to Cincinnati (flight 5833). Once in Cincinnati I could stroll the airport concourse for nearly two hours before getting on a third plane from Cincinnati to Portland (flight 1611). I'd only get out of the airport in Portland ten or eleven hours after I'd started.

So while I haven't made a final decision on going, I can definitely say that I won't be paying the extra $111 just to visit Missouri & Ohio on the way from Utah to Oregon.

(I think the programmers who built Delta's website must have been extremely commited to giving you a full nine itinerary choices come hell or high water.)

— Michael A. Cleverly

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Who knew guys would respond to pretty girls?

Who knew that men would donate more to charity when asked by an attractive woman?

— Michael A. Cleverly

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Utah Senators for Wasteful Government Spending

Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma who unlike most Senators hasn't sought to "bring home the pork" to his constituents had three amendments come up for a vote today. They failed miserably. Only eleven other Republicans and one lone Democrat voted with him. None from Utah (though both from Arizona, and one from Nebraska).

His radical idea? Taking $500,000 previously earmarked for a sculpture park in Seattle, $200,000 for a parking lot in Omaha, and $200,000 for an animal shelter in Rhode Island and using the money instead to pay for Hurricane Katrina recovery.

Shamefully both of Utah's Republican senators, Senator Orrin Hatch & Senator Bob Bennett, think it is more fiscally responsible to mortgage our countries future to pay for some scultpures, a parking lot, and an animal shelter instead of cleaning up one of the worst natural disasters in history. (Oh, they'll do that too... just borrowing even more money to do it!)

— Michael A. Cleverly

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I'm going to Portland

I booked a flight—direct, not via Ohio & Missouri—and made hotel reservations for the Tcl/Tk conference in Portland. I'm leving Tuesday morning and coming home Friday afternoon.

For the past two years I've gone exploring for bookstores with Will and I'd hate to miss going to Powells this year!

— Michael A. Cleverly

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Portland's airport is nicer than Salt Lake's...

... the Portland airport has free WiFi; in Salt Lake you have to pay buy the hour.

(Update: It looks like the conference hotel has free WiFi as well!)

— Michael A. Cleverly

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Powell's purchases

Dani picked me up at the airport yesterday. We had lunch at Papa Hayden's and then went to Powell's City of Books. I managed to get five books and I only spent around $40. I'm sure the damage will rise, however, as I'm sure I'll be going back again before leaving town...

The last title Dani purchased for me to take home and give to Meghan for her birthday.

— Michael A. Cleverly

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