What's In This Blog

I created this blog for my journal. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this blog I keep many of the things I come across as a member of the church. I also share my experiences on the ACE Train and getting to work, my experiences in Manteca where we have lived for three years, and other things I think are noticeable.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Life in Manteca 40: Mormon Helping Hands

A few pictures of Mormon Helping Hands.  Miranda went the the History Museum and dusted.  We were out hope Ministries doing yard work.  Caleb planted flowers and I weeded.  We met at the cemetery for hot dogs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIeA_5yYgB4
Promotional video for Mormon Helping Hands with Zion Choir , Alex Boye, and Carmen Rasmusen Herbert

Northland Ward orgainizing

Standing by flowers they planted; Lane and Caleb

The hoe Caleb later broke when I asked him to chop a root

Hot Dogs

Painting iron decorations

Miranda at the cemetery

Ace Train 20: Drawbridge Revisted

This is a movie of the Ace Train going through Drawbridge.  I am narrating.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya37AR4yQ8Arid

Ace Train 19: The New 49er Stadium



I heard they had the ground breaking for the new stadium, and I had seen a new driveway go in the the 49er offices.  I didn't realize they were the same project until I looked for the construction, and there it was.  These are pictures of the new stadium in Santa Clara from the train.  It is behind the 49er offices, but I had a better view behind the soccer fields.  The stadium is outlined with orange mesh.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Life in Manteca 39: Three Restaurant Reviews, Music Concert


Our week started with a music concert on Monday.  This was a joint concert with the Sierra High School and East Union High School choirs.  Caleb sang his solo and did a great job, better than the recording on You Tube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrGtunIXxb0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3q8hiyZf1Y
African chant
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKPfduLsTP8
Chile con Carne
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsQmj7-wQnc
"The Awakening"
He had people saying "We love you Caleb," like they use to in Cupertino.  I will pot some more music as I get them done.

We went to Chubbys after the concert with the Larsens.
***^Chubby’s was a pleasant surprise, and nothing like what I expected.  I had heard it was a hamburger and milk shake joint.  I had something different in my mind.  It is more like a Johnny rocket’s than anything else I have seen, but not as expensive.  I had the patty melt, and my burger was delicious.  Of course I love patty melts to begin with, but I found a burger that wasn’t too heavy and had lots of flavor with cheese, onions and rye toast.  I also enjoyed a peanut butter and raspberry shake.  One thing about Chubby’s is they make their own buns.  I didn’t have one, but the kids say they were really good.


***Applebee’s Manteca.
Applebees was another pleasant surprise.  Sheri and I went for a Friday date.  We had the two meals for $20.  Sheri had the steak with extra onions.  There were a lot of extra onions, more than she expected.  I had the shrimp and chicken, which was also very good.  It came with country potatoes which I like.  I also had the corn chowder for an appetizer.  I was expecting something like Sheri’s corn chowder, but it came with a Southwest flavor.  After my first couple of suspicious bites, it was actually pretty good.  I It had tortillas crunched into it so I didn’t need to use crackers.  The great thing about this meal, is there were enough leftovers that I was able to make myself a fried dish the next day but adding a couple of eggs--Sheri’s left-over potato skin and onions, and some shrimp and chicken.  It was really good. 
*Jack in the Box, Santa Clara
I visited the Jack-in-the-Box across from the dentist office.  I was pretty disappointed over all.  I used the computer machine, which took longer than just ordering, but they did give my free mini-churros for my efforts.  I had the onion and swiss burger.  I couldn’t find a mushroom burger.  The meat just seemed heavy and didn’t go down well.  I also had a rootbeer float, with refill of soda.  I tried orange when I refilled.  That was the high light of the meal as the food left me feeling rather bloated.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Movie Nifgr; To the Movies: ***^Just Like Heaven; ****John Carter; ***12 O'Clock High

Just Like Heaven is a 2005 Reese Witherspoon movie.  It also features Mark Ruffalo as David Abbott.  Jon Heder portrays someone with skills in talking to spirits, and adds some freshness to the movie.  Witherspoon portrays Elizabeth Martinson who is separated from her body as the result of a car accident.  Her body is in a coma, while her spirit haunts Abbott who is living in her apartment.  This leads to David finally grieving his wife's death.  A romance ensues, and they have to save  Elizabeth's body who is going to be taken off life support.  This movie has a nice theme, making us decide what is really important in life.  Miranda got this movie through DVD Netflix.
John Carter is the big budget Disney scifi based on a book by Edgar Rice Burroughs written 100 years ago.  The movie tells the story of the uncle of Burroughs, Civil War veteran John Carter, who is transported by accident to Mars.  There he becomes involved in a war between four civilizations, two humanoid, one four armed and green and remind me of Avatar, and a sinister people who are behind the scenes.  They manipulate the war, giving information when it suits them.  They have superior technology, such as transporting between worlds, having ray guns etc. They remind me of something from Dr Who. This movie took a pounding from the critics, and the box office.  It probably looks too much like other movies, Avatar, Star Wars.  It has the fight between monster and prisoner in the arena.  The monster looks like the snowman from Hoth. There are also traces of Stargate.  However there are somethings new.  The critter that is like a dog is cute.  I also like to interaction between Burroughs and Carter and how this plays into the plot.  Maybe the characters in these other movies are based on Burroughs.  I give this movie four stars as I love most anything scifi.  This is good, but not as good as some others.  I saw this movie at Marketplace, $3 theater.
Twelve O'Clock High is from Netflix DVD.  This is an old Gregory Peck classic about the stress of war.  It gets to the best of them.  Dean Jagger (who also played Brigham Young and later converted to Mormonism) portrays the commander who has to get all he can from his men.  He won the best supporting actor.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Book of Mormon King Benjamin; my thoughts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIfSq2f5VuI

There were a couple of things about King Benjamin's discourse that caught my attention today.  Particularly in Mosiah two:

36 And now, I say unto you, my brethren, that after ye have known and have been taught all these things, if ye should transgress and go acontrary to that which has been spoken, that ye do bwithdraw yourselves from the Spirit of the Lord, that it may have no place in you to guide you in wisdom’s paths that ye may be blessed, prospered, and preserved—

I thought it interesting how he says we remove ourselves from the Spirit, rather than the Spirit leaving us. 
And then from chapter three we read:

 19 For the anatural bman is an cenemy to God, and has been from the dfall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he eyields to the enticings of the Holy fSpirit, and gputteth off the hnatural man and becometh a isaint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a jchild, ksubmissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.
This gives further insight, telling us we have to let go of our carnal nature, become submissive as a child, and yield to the enticings of the Spirit.  Oh that we can make the atone effective in our lives.  Please watch the movie though to the end, which is the best part.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Life in Manteca # 38

The weather has dominated couple of weeks in Manteca.   First we had strange weather with a tornado in French Camp,  The sky was really pretty for a few days.  It filled up our over drain lake in the park and inspired Caleb to borrow a kayak and invite from friends over.  Then today, in the same spot they are playing a soccer tournament in 90 degree heat.  I took Tony over to the park and pushed him on the swing, and watched a bit of soccer.  I miss it, but may soon get back into depending on Tony's interests.  Tony also showed me his climbing a tree skills and hanging on the monkey bar skills.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veH4tr8fNPY
 FUN AT THE LAKE LAST WEEK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOINzXgu4bM&context=C4239bcaADvjVQa1PpcFOJqn7mLHjPf7NyXLoRYw8OOL_Yv1y_TyM=
TONY AND THE DOG LAST WEEK

Movie Reviews: Tony and I Movies (to mmboe)

***** Enchanted
***** Brave (2013)
****^ Tangled
**** Toby Tyler
**** Hugo
**** Toy Story III
**** Chipwrecked (according to Tony)
**** Wreck-it Ralph
**** It's an Adventure Charlie Brown
***^ We Bought a Zoo
***^ Battle for Terra
***^ The Willows in Winter (1996) Vanessa Redgrave
***^ Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules
***^ Madagascar III
*** Three Musketeers (2011)
*** Captain America
*** Tin Tin 
*** Kung Fu Panda II
*** Puss in Boots
*** Thor
***Avengers Next
**^ The Wind in the Willow (1995) Vanessa Redgrave
**^ Diary of a Wimpy Kid
**^ Yogi Bear
**^ The Sorcerer's Apprentice
**^ Howls Moving Castle
**^ The Ewok Adventure: The Battle for Endor
** The Ewok Adventure
** The Smurfs
** Rango 
** Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Jane Austen Movie Review Summaries (to mmboe)

*****^ Pride and Prejudice (1995) Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth
***** Pride and Prejudice   (1940) Laurence Olivier
***** Jane Austen's Persuasion (2007)
****^ Pride and Prejudice (2005) Keira Knightley
****^ Pride and Prejudice (1980) BBC
****^ Sense and Sensibility  (1995)
**** Emma (1996) Kate Beckinsale
**** Sense and Sensibility (2008)
***^ Masterpiece Classic: Miss Austen Regret (not really Jane Austen)
*** Sense and Sensibility (2009)
*** Mansfield Park  (2007) (Billie Piper)
*** Northanger Abbey (2007)
**^ Persuasion (1995)
** Northanger Abbey (1987)
** Emma (1996) (Gwyneth Paltrow)

Movie Summary: Christmas movies

***** It's a Wonderful Life (Jimmy Stewart)
***** Krueger's Christmas  (Jimmy Stewart) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tMuSVVljg8
**** A Christmas Memory (Truman Capote)
**** The Coat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp3IH8ZNviQ
**** A Carlie Brown Christmas
***^ Christmas Angel
***^ Santa Claus I (Tim Allen)
***^ Christmas Story (Finnish movie)
*** Santa Clause III (Tim Allen)
*** Elf (Will Carrol)
*** It's Christmastime Again Charlie Brown
*** The Christmas Story (bb gun)
*** Rudolf The Red-nosed Reindeer
**^ Santa Clause II (Tim Allen)
**^ Dream Works Holiday Classics
** The Family Stone (Diane Keaton)
** Santa's Surprise
*8 The Night Before Christmas
**Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special
*^ Christmas Comes But Once a Year
*^ The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas
(no stars) A Christmas Too Many


**** A Chritmas Carol (1999) Patrick Stewart
**** A Christmas Carol: Scrooge (1951)  Alistair Sim
***^ A Christmas Carol (1984) George C Scott
***Christmas Carol (2009 animated) Disney Jim Carrey
** A Christmas Carol The Movie (2001 animated) Kate Winslett
** Scrooge (1970 musical) Albert Finney
*^ A Christmas Carol  (2008 animated)
*  Scrooged (1988) Bill Murray


Movie Reviews: summary (to mmboe)

***** Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
***** Narnia: Prince Caspian
***** Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
***** Rudy
***** Hoosiers
***** Spider-Man 1
***** Spider-Man 2
****^ Spider-Man 3
***** Doctor Who Season 6
***** Doctor Who Season 5
****^ Doctor Who Season 1
****^ Doctor Who Season 2
****^ Doctor Who Season 4
**** Doctor Who Season 3
**** Doctor Who Spearhead from Space
**** Doctor Who The Carnival of Monsters
***^ The Three Doctors
***^ Doctor Who The Pyramids of Mars
*** Doctor Who The Aztecs
*** Doctor Who The Ark in Space
***** Enchanted
***** Unstoppable
***** Breaking Dawn II
****^ Breaking Dawn 1
***** New Moon
**** Twilight
***** The Phantom of the Opera: Royal Albert Music Hall 2011
****^ Love Never Dies (Phantom part II)
****^ True Grit (1969, John Wayne)
**^ True Grit (2010)
****^ Who Shot Liberty Balance (Stewart and Wayne)
****^ Les Miserables
****^ Young Mr. Lincoln (Henry Fonda, 1939)
****^ The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend (Pete Maravich)
****^ The Avengers
****^ Hitchcock
****^ The Spiderwick Chronicles
****^ The Amazing Spider Man
****^ Tangled
****^ Holes
****^ Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
****^ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part I
****^ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part II
**** Wreck-it Ralph
**** Hondo
**** Oklahoma (1955)
**** Walk The Line (Johnny Cash)
**** Of Mice And Men
**** Man of La Mancha
**** Roman Holiday (Hepburn, Peck)
**** Snow White and the Huntsman
**** The Journey of Natty Gann
**** Iron Man II
**** Twelve O'Clock High
**** Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
**** The Cinderella Man
**** The Thanksgiving Promise
**** War and Peace
****John Carter
**** Saturday's Warrior
****Bang the Drum Slowly
**** While You Were Sleeping
**** Hugo
**** Grease (John Travolta and Olivia Newton John)
**** Cahill: U.S. Marshall (John Wayne)
**** Toy Story III
**** Faith in Every Footstep  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1zDMnx56SM
**** Cowboys and Aliens
**** Red Riding Hood
**** A Dinner of Herbs
**** Sherlock Holmes (2009) Robert Downey Jr. Damon
**** Into the Woods Musical
**** Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Steinbeck)
**** La Perla (1947 John Steinbeck, Spanish)
**** The Disappeared  (documentary)Argentina
***^ Silverado (Kevin Costner, Danny Glover)
***^ The Crossing, Jeff Daniels as George Washington
***^ The Man in the Iron Mask
***^ Iron Man
***^ Return to Oz
***^ The Quick and the Dead
***^ Les Miserables (2000)
***^ Mirror Mirror (Julia Roberts)
***^The Three Lives of Thomasina (Disney)
***^ We Bought a Zoo   (Matt Damon)
***^ Battle for Terra
***^ Bandolero
***^ Abduction
***^ The Recruit
***^ The House of D  Robin Williams, Zelda Williams
***^ Just Like Heaven  Reese Witherspoon, Jon Heder
***^ Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules 
***^ The 300 Spartans  old classic
***^ The Willows in Winter
***^ Invictus  Matt Damon
***^ Sons of Katie Elder  (John Wayne)
***^ Water for Elephants
***^ Sunset Boulevard (1950)
***^ Madagascar III
***^ Gimme Shelter (documentary) (musical)
***^ Under the Greenwood Tree
*** Joseph King of Dream
*** McLintock (1963, John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara)
*** Three Musketeers (2011)
*** One for the Money
*** Last of the Mohicans (1992)
*** Thor
*** The Face on the Milk Carton
*** 12 O'Clock High  Gregory Peck, 
*** Kung Fu Panda II 
*** Captain America
*** The Brothers Grimm
***That Shaggy Dog
*** Tin Tin
*** Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
*** Sunday in the Park With George (Sondheim Musical)
*** East of Eden
*** Unknown
*** North and South
*** Matchstick Men
*** Les Miserables (1952)
*** Sweeney Todd In Concert (not the movie)
*** Puss in Boots
*** Sally Lockhart Ruby in the Smoke
*** Sally Lockhart The Shadow in the North
**^ Salt (Angelina Jolie)
**^ The Trophy Case (BYU 1979)
**^ Alice in Wonderland (Sean Penn)
**^ Did You Hear What Happened to the Morgans (Hugh Grant)
**^ Failure to Launch
**^ The Wind in the Willow (1995)
**^ The Marvelous Land of Oz (1981)
**^ The Shaggy Dog
**^ The Duchess
**^ Diary of a Wimpy Kid
**^ Yogi Bear
**^ A Room With a View
**^ The Sorcerer's Apprentice
**^ The Mill on the Floss
**^ Chicago (musical)
**^ The Ewok Adventure: The Battle for Endor
** The Ewok Adventure
** Rango
** A Little Night Music
** Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
** Return With Honor
*^ Solitary
*^ Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
*^ The Land of the Lost
*^ The Marine
* The 11th of September: Moyers in Conversation (documentary)
* September 11 (documentary)
* When the Bough Breaks (documentary)
^ Saturday Night Fever (R)

Music Review: ****Beach Boys Greatest Hits (to mmboe)

This album was on Sheri's itunes and since I have learned how to share with her decided to give it a listen. The Beach Boys have a way to create a mood with just a few notes and chords, and a simple melody.  They do it over and over again, and had many hits.  Some are classic; "Help me Rhonda," "Surfin USA." "Kokomo" and "Fun Fun Fun"  To me Barbaranne just didn't make the grade.  Perhaps it was too simple.  Also they sing way too much about cars.  However the TBird song is classic.  Dads should always take the Tbirds away.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Ay the Movies and Movie Night ***^"We Bought a Zoo," "****The Journey of Natty Gann" ***The Brothers Grimm" ***^The 300 Spartans

A couple of comments on movies I have seen lately

***^"We Bought a Zoo" Sheri and I went with Tony to the Marketplace $3 theater. This movie is about a Quixotic attempt by a father to restore his family as they are dealing with the grief of losing his wife, and mother of his two children. To do this he buys a property, which happens to include a zoo.  The zoo is previously condemned, and so it includes the efforts to overcome inspection, so they can reopen.
An enjoyable subplot is the relationship between the father (Matt Damon) and his son. The find a way to heal wounds in the son's art.  The father uses one of his drawings of a lion to advertise the reopening of the zoo.  Scarlett Johansen plays the game keeper.  This movie was pretty fun--but the Tony scale wasn't that great.  He had to go out at least three times during the movie, for a drink, for candy and for the potty.
****"The Journey of Natty Gann"  I watched this movie through Netflix DVD.  This is one of our family's favorite movies, but I couldn't interest everyone else in watching it with me; so watched it alone.  It is an enjoyable movie, with the struggle of the depression era, the railroad tramps and camps.  The grief of the father thinking he had lost his daughter, and then the classic restoration at the end.  This movie launched the career of John Cusack as he portrayed a drifter that befriends Natty.
***"The Brothers Grimm"  This movie has a nice premise, but then seems to loss itself by going overboard. heir It starts with the premise of the Brothers Grimm being con men, who sell their services of eliminating ghosts and witches, and first creating them, and then overcoming coconspirators who portray the evil beings using pulley and subterfuge. Then the become enmeshed in a real fantasy.  A queen is kept alive in a tower while a plague kills the entire kingdom.  However turns out, she extends her life inside a mirror.  The evil queen has been kidnapping children, which she is going to use to make herself came back to life.  It just goes a bit overboard with this.  This movie stars Heath Ledger and Matt Damon.
***^"The 300 Spartans"  This is the movie I enjoyed as a boy.  The drama of the Spartans standing against incredible odds, and then only being defeated when they are overwhelmed.  The underdog, beating back the Persian hordes is a classic.  My only complaint was the narration.  Too pompous for me, but in those days was what made movies.

Friday, April 13, 2012

What a Waste: Bascom Library and Community Center

The city of San Jose has made several new libraries.  I am not sure how they funded them, but I do know they spent millions of dollars, if not billions.  Over the past eight years they have remodeled or constructed 18 libraries with over 450,000 square feet.  The only problem, is now as they finish each library, it lies vacant as there are not funds to run them.  Reminds me of Argentina after Peron.  Peron had funded multiple public works, but then there was too much government debt, and not enough money to run them.  I recall seeing empty high-rise hospitals, statues of government excess.  The times had changed, after the country had been run into debt.

I think these constructions point to a similar process in our country, excessive debt, but not enough staying power.  These libraries are monuments to this governmental process--bonds, debt, interest. Four billion in national debt in a little over three years.  Everybody wants some Obama money. 




These are pictures of the Bascom Library, a block from my work, completed, yet not opened.  It includes a gym and recreation center.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pictures of the Sky the Day of the Tornado

Pictures all taken from the train except the last.




This picture taken from van by the train station in Lathrop
The sky was so pretty Wednesday, I decided to take some pictures from the train.  This would have been four hours after the tornado in French Camp.  These pictures are taking looking over the mountains of Altamont Pass.  Miranda complained that she was in Tracy and missed everything.  I guess the storm was isolated.  There was lightening in Manteca, and they kept the kids late after school to make sure they would be safe going home.  This included Caleb.

Life in Manteca 37: Easter Weekend

 Easter weekend has come and gone.  It started with Sheri and I going out to eat at Appleby's on Thursday.   Appleby's was surprisingly very good.  Sheri had steak and I had chicken and shrimp with fried taters.  Very good and 2 for $20 with appetizer of onion rings.  I took Friday off as Caleb had off of school.  Friday ended up being a do the yard work day to get ready for Easter. It was also a visit Winco day to shop for Easter.  Also movie day with Tony and Sheri.  We went to  "We bought a Zoo."  Very fun with Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansen and little sister of Dakota Fanning.
Saturday was Easter egg dying and hunting.  Here is Tony's record.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_nRBwddvxo&context=C484ff60ADvjVQa1PpcFPV-v3VBttmWpU8avrD7yp5ZSu0a3qtNcA= 

I also went to Jazz concert with Caleb; James Forte Benefit concert at the Hollywood Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zNdS1TvHK0
Birdland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC01cewh9GI
Groovin' Hard

Sunday morning was lots of chocolate, and Tony entertaining his sister with his dancing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btLfuHZb7fA&context=C484ff60ADvjVQa1PpcFPV-v3VBttmWpU8avrD7yp5ZSu0a3qtNcA=

Friday, April 6, 2012

Movie Night: ***East of Eden

I watched this movie through Netflix DVD.  My interest in the movie stems form my interest in most things John Steinbeck.  This is his classic novel of a family with two sons, and a mother who is supposedly dead; but in the end is not dead but a woman of the world.  The sons realizing this story has different effects on them.

The younger son considers himself bad, and does everything for his father's love.  The other son, who is considered good, has his father's love and approbation.  However, int he end, it is the younger son who cares for his father after his stroke, and the other son goes to war.  James Dean stars as the younger son, and this movie helps with his reputation of being a rebel.  I would mildly recommend this movie.  It does show two contrasting worlds, that of Monterrey and Salinas, at the time when the country was preparing to go to war.  It also shows racism at it ugliest, as the local deal with a citizen of German descent.  Finally this movie also confronts the theme of what is right--how do we let others be themselves, while living a good life.

Music Review: Neil Diamond, Seals and Croft (to mmboe)

Music Review  These are a couple of the acts I saw in concert growing up.
September Morn:  This is a record I had as a youth, and I purchased a used c.d. at the Streetlight C.D.  This is vintage Neil Diamond, but this disc really doesn’t have any block buster songs.  “September Morn” is fun to listen to.  It is a mellow song with a good tone.  “The Good Lord Loves You” gives a positive message to those who have been down on their luck.  I also enjoy the version of “I’m a Believer.”  However the other songs in the group are pretty forgettable.  There is one I particularly dislike, “Stagger Lee.” Which is the story of a murder related to losing at gambling.

Summer Breeze:  This is Seals and Crofts.  This is another of my old records which I replaced with a used c.d. at Street light C.D.  The title song makes this disc more than worth it.  This is a song I can listen to over and over.  I keep trying to sing with it, and get mad at myself for not doing better; then I realized theirs is a duet, with two parts, and I can’t copy that by myself.  However I really like the way this is performed and the picture it paints of domestic tranquility.  Hummingbird is also a favorite, and has a religious connotation to the artist.  When I was college age I had a flair for Seals and Croft, and studied a bit about the BaHa'i faith as a result.  That was when I was intellectual and not very humble.  Life has mellowed me now, and that intellectual stuff doesn't appeal to me uch any more.  Some of the songs had that flair.  I particularly don't like "Yellow Dirt Down in his Soul"  but in this case, "Summer Breeze" makes the album a keeper.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEF470mXqU4

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Life in Manteca: 37 A Week of Music; Relay for Life

This week has been one full of music.  Caleb is in two groups at school, and had four concerts this week.  He had choir feeder school concert on Monday.  This is to promote choir to the kids who are future students at the high school.  Then on Tuesday he had the same deal with jazz band.  Wednesday was a talent competition, and he and Lane McMurtry had put together a song, "Kids" by MGMT which they played as a guitar duet, with Caleb on vocals.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H58W808l68
Then Friday was the Relay for Life concert.  Caleb performed in both jazz band and choir.  He had a solo with the choir singing "For the Longest Time."  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrGtunIXxb0

The Relay for Life was very interesting,  The band conductor is Rick Hammerstrom from our ward.  His wife was diagnosed with cancer a year ago.  Relay for Life is a fund raising program for the fight against cancer.  Sister Hammerstrom spoke at the concert, about her history with cancer.  There were several survivors at the concert.  The highlight was a song Brother Hammerstrom performed in which he honored his wife and expressed his love, but also recounted the experience of his wife being diagnosed.  It was very moving, and he received a standing ovation. 

Conference weekend is always fun.  Sheri made her breakfast with cinnamon rolls between sessions today as we are headed to the Norman's my sister, tomorrow between sessions.  I love conference and it has been a good one.  Of course they all are.

Charity came today, Sunday.  We went over to Dianna's between sessions for lunch, and watchd some of conference with them, but had to leave early as Caleb and I had choir rehearsal.