Thursday, June 26, 2008

Thank "U"!

University of UtahImage via WikipediaIt looks like the University of Utah has lost my identity information for the second time in 6 years. The good news is that I keep getting a year of free credit fraud monitoring! No identity theft detected yet, though we did have quite a scare a month or so ago. That turns out to be a case of mistaken Mike Jones identities (who knew that two of us would live in the same city).
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Voters may have got one right

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 17:  U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UH) (L), Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN) (2L), Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) (3L), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) (3R), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) (2R) and Sen.John Warner (R-VA) (R) watch US President George W Bush signs S. 3930, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, in the East Room of the White House October 17, 2006 in Washington, DC. The legislation authorizes tough techniques while interrogating terror suspects and paves the way for terror trials before military commissions.  (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris Cannon;Steve Buyer;James Sensenbrenner;George W. Bush;Image by Getty Images via DaylifeI think the voters got the Cannon/Chaffetz race right even though I voted for Chris Cannon yesterday. I started to think that when I read this in the Des News this morning:

"If I don't win I'll do exactly the same thing I did before and essentially what I'm doing now. I'll go out and make money, which I can't really do now"

Hopefully Jason Chaffetz will work out well as our new representative.

Oh, I mean, assuming he beats the Democratic Challenger. Hold on a sec while I look that up... looks like it's going to be Bennion Spencer. Should be a fun race.
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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Welcome Back Lee!

BYU Honor Code hair length reminder - computer screensaver pictureImage via WikipediaLooks like Lee Cummard will be playing in the Marriott Center again next Winter. Works for me. Cummard's a great work-hard player. A friend of mine is in the Cummard's ward. They tell us that the Cummard's are a solid student family.

Deseret News | Cummard is turning NBA heads: "Said Rose: 'He's out to find what the likelihood of his going in the first round is. There are three to six teams that have a lot of interest in him, but if he's going to be a late second-round selection, I think he will decide to come back and finish his career at BYU.'"
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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Graduation rate woes?

Utah State QuarterImage via WikipediaDespite all our consternation about lowest per-pupil spending, it looks like we have only the eighth highest graduation rate in the nation now, down from the first.

Don't get me wrong, I think we should increase pay for teachers and supplies, but I also think that that's pretty darn efficient.

Maybe other states should try to figure out why we spend so little yet do so much better

From the SL Trib... "The future might not be as bright for many other Utahns, according to an Education Week report released Wednesday. Utah's graduation rate is still higher than the national average, but it no longer is the nation's highest, according to the report. Utah's graduation rate of 78.6 percent is now the nation's eighth highest, based on 2005 data, the most recent available. The year before, Utah topped the country with a rate of 83.8 percent."
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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Memo to Flashers in Provo

Apparently, some guy allegedly flashed two women on the Provo River Parkway Trail. I happened to ride by, apparently, while they were on the phone with 911 and later while the police were on the trail. I stopped and talked to the police and later to the two women.

Frequent trail users, such as myself and several other people out this afternoon, are going to be watching a little more closely. We'll do our best to make it harder for flashers, drug dealers and other law-violating citizens to ruin this resource.

Best Thai Food on the Wasatch Front

Massaman curryImage via WikipediaWe've been to two Thai restaurants so far in our quest for the best on the Wasatch front. Restaurants are judged based on their Tom Kha Gai, Green Curry, Massaman Curry, Pad Thai and a randomly chosen entre.

Of the two we've officially visited so far, Mekong Cafe in Midvale (Hat tip to Gazelem) at 7777 South State St. is the current clear winner.

My personal favorite is the Thai Chilli Garden in South Provo. But we haven't made an official visit yet, so it's not on the list. I am little scared for the Thai Chili Gardon becase the Mekong Cafe was so good.
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