31 07 2010

I have not stopped sniffing since about 10 this morning.

My nose is running like a leaky faucet, my eyes are glassy (as if I’ve been…. well, anyways) and my body feels SO fatigued.

I’ve been at work all day and I’m exhausted.

It’s been a loooooooonnngggg day.

I’ve got a couple minutes to do this and then I am off to do a dance performance/competition at the McKay Events Center over at UVU for National Dance Day!

I’m very excited – just hoping my body holds up.

I’m not sure if the fatigue is from my allergies or because I don’t exactly have the best diet at the moment.
I’m good when I can eat with grandma and grandpa because they aways have awesome meals!

But, my schedule is so weird that I don’t get to eat with them a lot.

That puts me at the mercy of convenience and cost.

Ultimately that leaves me constantly asking the question:

“Whither shall I go to obtain food?” (1 Nephi 16:23)

Perhaps a shift in diet is just what I need right now.

? What is your favorite thing to eat that is easy and FAST and cheap?


dr. pepper dance contest.

30 07 2010

A little while ago Dr. Pepper announced a dance contest on YouTube. They had a few well known bboys (Luigi, Kid Daivd and Venum) present some choreography. You are supposed to learn the choreo as best you can and then add a little freestyle of your own onto the end.

Originally I wasn’t planning on doing it.

BUT – I practiced with Shunta Nagano and Johnny Ahn a week and a half ago over at Center Stage and Shunta had learned the choreo…

This obviously led to the other two of us learning it and here we are :

It was a lot of fun to learn (I love the choreo because it’s Kid David’s).

YouTube contests are amazing because you can enter from anywhere! The technology we have is just incredible!

Imagine if we had to do things the old fashioned way:

“And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it…” (2 Kings 19:14)

But it would be kind of cool to send and receive messengers!

? What technology are you most grateful for?

top of the class.

29 07 2010

I recently completed a research paper (no, I’m not in school – don’t ask) about the pitfalls of “gifted testing” at a young age (Kindergarten).

I got the idea for the paper from a book I read, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

Gladwell discuses a principle called the “Matthew Effect“.

“For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.” (Matthew 25:29)

Basically, those who have – get more.
Those who have not – lose more.

The basic premise runs like this; a child who has a head start at the beginning receives a practically continuous stream of help throughout his/her life that helps keep them ahead of their peers.

A child who is tested and found to be “gifted” at a young age receives special help so that they can progress faster. The same goes with the child who is bigger or faster. They are given special treatment by the coaches.

Well – the problem stems from the fact that gifted testing at such a young age does not actually find gifted students.
It finds students who are more mature or physically bigger than their peers.

The maturity and size come from age.

The birthday cutoff for some schools is September.

If a student is born August 27 they will be one of the youngest in their class.
If a student is born September 5, they will be near the older side of the spectrum.

At 5-6 years old that extra 10-12 months of growth and maturity can make a HUGE difference when it comes time to be tested for aptitude.

* Note – these are not cold hard facts. Rather they are broad research based conclusions. It does not mean that every single child born in September is better off than those born in August – but there is definitely a correlation between age and academic/athletic success.

So the dilemma is: When should you put your child in school?

Well, according to Gladwell, if you’d like to stack the odds in your child’s favor you should be leaning towards delivering your baby during the early fall. And if you should happen to have a summer baby, well, there’s no harm in waiting in extra year, right?

? Do you think there is a correlation between age and academic/athletic success?


28 07 2010

Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.
– Vince Lombardi –

There are a million quotes and stories out there about ego, teamwork, success and how these things interact with each other.

I teach dance at a local studio called Center Stage. (If you live in Utah Valley, this is where you NEED to take your kids to learn dance)

It is an incredible studio.
I’ve been around for a couple years now and have seen some interesting changes.

I had a chance to substitute for the hip-hop company the other week. I’ve loved these kids for several years and have so much respect for the talent they have. They are a real pleasure to work with.

Having said that, here’s comes my caveat : There’s some attitudes developing. A handful of students are starting to let things go to their head. (Nephite Pride Cycle, right?)

“… being glifted up in the pride of their own eyes…” (Alma 1:32)

The kids are good – but not that good.
Advances in technology make it easy to see your competition – they are out there practicing – working every day so that they can be better than you.

I don’t care if you are the best in your studio.
There is someone at a studio in a city down the road who is better.
And someone down the road from that person who is even better.

I had a chance to help judge the hip-hop auditions today.
Some of the “best dancers” didn’t show up.
They want to see who is going to be on the company first and then just expect a spot to be available for them because they are good.


There was a lot of arguing and petty bickering when I subbed the other week.

I think of the quote form Lombardi – the Packers did everything based on the team, because they loved their teammates.

Contention will destroy even the MOST gifted team.
Love and unity can bring success to even the biggest underdog.

I wonder how far these kids could go if those few really gifted students would check the ego’s at the door and do everything in their power to contribute to the team.

? How do you help someone recognize the immense potential they could achieve if they would put their pride aside?


27 07 2010

Ok – so we got more of our engagement pictures in!

Decisions decisions, decisions…

“And every decision made … must be by the unanimous voice of the same…” (D&C 107:27)

We don’t need a unanimous voice to decide on a picture here (it’s the only scripture that seemed to work at the moment)

I’d love to know everyone’s opinion if there is one that really pops out to them!

My vote is with the breakdancing one (at least to be sent out to the people on my side). It’s a unique picture that I feel captures my personality!

Here’s our top 5:

? Which ones should we use?

livin’ the dream.

26 07 2010

We moved to Singapore my Senior year of high school.
It was one of the best experiences of my life. (I spent my senior year on a tropical island, how could it not be amazing?)

There was a family that moved away a few years before we got there, but we heard all about them – the Jacksons.
I’ve only met a few of them, but they seem like a wonderful family and I’ve only heard good things about them.

They have a son named Joey.

I’m always joking around with people about “livin the dream“.
Well, Joey is officially livin’ the dream.

He is practically a professional traveler.

I’m a little fuzzy on the exact purpose of his various adventures – but I know he takes the MOST incredible pictures everywhere he goes. They capture more than just an image – I feel like I could write stories about each picture I see.

You have to check out his website – Anthon Jackson

Here’s a couple I am reposting from his site just in case you aren’t sure you’re ready to commit to clicking a link : )

Incredible, right?
Yeah, I know!

“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” (Exodus 20:17)

Ok – so I don’t covet any of those things.
But I do covet the freedom he has to just go and do these things.

I’ve laid in bed just thinking about traveling, writing, dancing, taking pictures – yes, all of them at the same time!
Oh man.

Too bad they’re just dreams… for now.

? If you could do ANYTHING right now with no worries about finances, family-ties, jobs – what would you do or be?

back from the dead.

25 07 2010

First, can I say I love our new Sunday school teacher!
Sister Seibold, you are killer!

She reminds me of a younger version of Mom. This lady is a high octane gunslinger. She has a tremendous knowledge and is quite loud. (Reminds me of mom teaching seminary growing up – so loud! Sleeping wasn’t just discouraged, it was practically impossible)

Anyways, Sister Seibold asked a question that triggered a long thought process in my head while I was sitting in our stuffy chapel.

If you could bring back any political leader form the past to be our current President, who would you choose?
You mean replace our pop icon President? Now why would we want to do that? Hahahahahahahaha

The answers were numerous:

George Washington (actually he got multiple votes)
John F. Kennedy (I can only imagine the female pop stars that would frequent his office- not my top choice)
Ronal Reagan (actor –> CA governor –> President! Too bad Arnold is foreign or he might try for President. Well, foreign, and he basically ran CA into the ground)
King Benjamin (technically a political leader of his time with great spiritual insight – ok I can go with this one)
Captain Moroni (same deal)

I sat there trying to think about who I would bring back from the dead to lead our country and I decided on King Solomon.
Let me add a conditional statement – King Solomon before he let his crazy hormones take over and decided he needed hundreds of concubines.

“But king Solomon loved many strange women…” (1 Kings 11:1)

I want the King Solomon whose only desire was to be able to discern ….

“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?” (1 Kings 3:9)

That’s who I want leading this country. We need someone in office with a perfect ability to discern good and bad. There are so many decisions to make as a leader. There are so many people you are trying to please (so that you can get reelected). Our country would greatly benefit from a man like Solomon.

Sidenote: Look, even if Solomon brought the immorality with him, it makes him no different than some of our other presidents. At least we would get the good judgement for a little while, right?

? If you could bring back one dead political leader from the past to lead our country who would it be, and why?

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