Monthly Archives: September 2011

Ben Visits Utah

Fall is a busy time of year for Tara and me.  Taking full advantage of the nice weather just before winter, we tend to jam pack our weekends.  This year, we were also fortunate enough to have a few visitors from out-of-state, one of which was my brother, Ben, who stayed with us for a few days at the end of August.  He was loving the temperatures here, which were hot for Utah standards in the high 90s, but much cooler than Yuma where he is currently stationed with the Marines.  As we showed Ben some of our favorite spots around Salt Lake City, we ended up having a few firsts of our own.

  • Salt Lake City bar crawl, complete with drunk-dialing Garin, whom we mistook for being drunk as well, but was actually just having a mellow evening with a few friends in the Neihardt lobby.
  • Camping in a massive thunderstorm.  It was such an incredible experience and we stayed nice and dry in our new tent.
  • Swimming in the Salt Lake.  I am convinced that this is one of the most tranquil and relaxing things you can do in Utah—as long as you can ignore the smell and the shrimp that is.  The increased buoyancy of the salty water allows one to float easily and the lake is so perfectly peaceful.



Catherine’s Pass after a rainy hike.  Ben’s not actually that sweaty.



The Marine proudly surveys the waterfall he discovered.



Antelope Island



Framing credits go to Ben on this one.

Random things to do at the Office (or not actually do)


1.  If your boss has multiple email addresses that all go to the same inbox, when composing an email that is likely to become a lengthy thread, address it to all of his/her emails.  This way he/she can get several copies of each message.

2.  Talk at length about the food you prepared/ate the previous night.  Salivate heavily and throw in as many Soooo Goood!’s and MMMM’s as you can.

3.  Party-boy the purchasing agent.

4.  If you live on a diet of fatty, processed foods, disregard the sign in the men’s room that says “Leave Fan on During Day”.

5.  Fart just before entering someone else’s cubicle/office such that you carry the smell in with you.  For extra points, go into someone’s office while they are on speaker phone and fart loudly.  Can you say framed?!

6.  In lieu of an actual trash can in the bathroom, throw used paper towels into the unused shower.


7.  Stick packing peanuts in conspicuous places on the men’s room signs.

8.  Purchase a small, lewd doll from a novelty shop and tape it to the underside of your boss’s phone handset.  When he goes to take that important call, he’ll get quite the surprise!

9.  During a meeting, make smart, but completely useless and irrelevant observations.  Your coworkers will be so impressed by your knowledge that they’ll completely forget that this meeting has gone well into lunch time.

10.  If you are a “higher-up” at your company, make a habit of having closed-door conversations with the door open but in hushed voices.  Closing the door is way to much work, and besides, this will make your subordinates work harder when they walk by and become paranoid that you are talking about them.

11.  If you have a hairy chest, NEVER, EVER button your top two buttons.

12.  Go into a neighboring business and ask them if they have an extra ream of paper laying around.  Take a whole handful of Lifesavers from the bowl on the secretary’s desk before leaving.

13.  Make it a goal to build up copious amounts of B.O. by 10:30 in the morning.  This can really confuse your coworkers, especially if it’s apparent that you showered before work.