The happenings of the Billy and Sheri Wardle family
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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.
I enjoyed this as an after Christmas movie. I think the LDS Bible videos are more accurate in their depiction with Jesus being a toddler when visited by the wisemen, and fleeing to Egypt, but it was really very good.
We went to the stake center to enjoy the Christmas Devotional this year. This year it offered plenty of Tabernacle Choir music. Also featured speaker focused on giving service a this time of year. I love that type of story, and this devotional presented plenty of stories for thought. Henry B. Eyring was the featured speaker.
The stake featured the bishoprics serving hot chocolate and cookies. It was very nice. I stayed after for choir rehearsal. We are singing next week for an evening fireside, ward and stake choir.
Don't you just love Idaho spuds. Miranda sent home a box full of potatoes, and mixed in were a few Idaho Spud candy bars. These are Sheri's favorite, and you can't get them in California.
I enjoyed the real spuds. The were perfect spuds and became hash brown, baked and boiled potatoes. Someone had given them to her. Who cares how much it cost to ship them.
We had the Spanish sisters over for dinner a week ago Saturday and
had a good time. Sheri made cinnamon rolls and breakfast.
Thanksgiving we were at the Normans this year. There was a very small
group. Mark and Dianna, Heather Anna and Nicole. Then we had Tony and
that was us, eight in all. Tony had a good time. We played Skipbo. I
think that was sort of a silly game as you were watching most of the
time unless you had a turn. Tony played outside as we started to relax
in Mark and Dianna’s room with a movie. Tony I guess ran full on into
the tether pole, and there was no one there to comfort him. He had a
pretty good cry before he got in the house. He walked around to the
front and rang the doorbell. Sheri put ice on it; he had a good goose egg on his forehead. After that Tony was ready to
go home. We didn’t get to play Rook as a result, but it was a good day
all the same.
made it to the temple Friday with the high priests. It was fun I saw about ten people from the ward.
In family history work I
found a couple new families over the weekend. I was working on the
Green line (my aunt’s husband) but have gone back to working on the
Williams line (my great Uncle Leo’s wife.) I was excited because I
finally made the link to England for the Williams line. I verified the
same profession (blacksmith) and everything. They settled in Chicago in
home teaching and sang yesterday, which pretty much took the entire
day. Got the wood picked up outside which was a requirement for foster
have been checking the weather regularly. Miranda is 10-20 degrees
cooler than us, Caleb is 20 degrees cooler than Miranda and Matt is 20
degrees cooler than Caleb. However, I have noticed you have had some
pretty cool days, but relatively speaking this week is suppose to be
I miss my missionaries, especially when it comes to choir. I am the only tenor in choir. However, I persevere.
Last Saturday Tony came home from playing over the fence at the Petersens and suggested we go to the Holiday parade. The Petersens had two daughters playing in different bands. This was 4:30 and the parade started at 5. We scrambled and made our way to the high school to watch. This is at the end of the parade so we were there with plenty of time. We say Kade go past to collect his daughter from the end of the parade, but did not see the rest of the family. However Tony did run into a friend from school. We had a good time. Of course we were waiting for Santa who represented the end of the parade.
Last time we attended this, it was cold, but this year it was actually pretty nice.
Last night Sheri was in town, and was giving me a ride home. Tony was with her as well. Usually when we get away quickly we can make it home an hour before the train does.
Not last night. The 280 was all backed up. We consulted Sheri's phone, which had red lines showing traffic until after the 280 becomes the 680 and then turns north. We also finally consulted the radio, and it informed us the freeway was closed for a police action of unknown type.
I finally convinces Sheri to try and alternate route, and we got off at King, and took that to Berryessa, and then got back on the freeway, which was good going the rest of the way. However, before we got off, it took us a almost a couple hours to go the ten or so miles we had traveled. It was a mess.
Later, checking online, I learned that the road was closed for a suicidal woman who was threatening to jump from the Alum Rock overpass. She started up there at about 3:00, and the police didn't convince her to come down until almost midnight. http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_27098826/san-jose-all-lanes-680-open-following-threat
I know the goal is to preserve life, and being in the traffic jam with no official announcement as to why the police took the action they did, I calculated the economic costs. I based this on a couple hour delay, rather than the nine-hour delay which this turned out to be in reality. 280 and 680 are very busy interstates, especially at rush hour. I would think conservatively there are 500 cars per minute going down the road, and then you take that much time you are talking about you can figure 180,000 cars delayed going North, and 270,000 cars going South, and then the surface road cars that were delayed because of people fleeing the freeway, you could figure 500,000 cars delayed. Most cars are single riders, but not all, so say 750,000 people in all. The average delay was probably a couple hours. That totals 1.5 million hours. Then calculate the worth of everyone's time and this woman can call herself the 10 million dollar woman, because that is a conservative measure of the price she extracted from everyone.
I know people were frustrated, but you can't put a price on a life. Just because someone is down today, does not mean they will be so tomorrow. Treatment does help.
I have written before about how the attitude of the staff on the train changed when they changed the name from Altamont Commuter Express to Altamont Corridor Express. The train is no longer customer friendly. This past month has me wondering if it is worth taking the train to be treated so poorly.
The current issue is "No belongings on the seats or in the aisles with zero tolerance." They announced this was the edict of the "manager" whoever that is. Probably some President Snow (Hunger Games) want-to-be.
A poor co-rider had two bags, including a large suitcase which was in the aisle. His other bag was under the seat. After the staff went by, enforcing zero police, he had the suitcase on his lap. Can you imagine what stupidity goes into zero tolerance. I traded spots with him as I had more floor space for his bags, but it is puzzling.
Another passenger was harassed because he put some papers on the seat while he was working on a project. "Zero tolerance" has got to go.
The train is not always full. In fact, certain legs of the trip there are plenty of seats; yet they make sure there are no bags on the seats. I use my bag to provide extra support to my back, but this is not allowed. It is a struggle to get comfortable, everyday.
I was at the point of wondering if I should drive more, and forget about the loyalty reward for purchasing a monthly pass every month. I am getting close to calling the train ride quits. When the Altamont Pass construction project is completed I will be in a better position to drive.
Suicide: The Forever Decision: For Those Thinking about Suicide, and for
Those Who Know, Love or Counsel Them; New Expanded Edition by: Paul G.
Quinnett, Crossroad Publishing, New York, 1987, 2011 printing.
I have been studying this book for some time. Mr Quinnett writes this
book with the intent of engaging those considering suicide, getting them
to slow down and take another look, and then presents some of the
things they should consider. He starts asking people to take a step
back. And then take another look at how they came to this point. One
of the aspects of suicidal thought, is that we often have some illogical
thinking, based on some erroneous ideas. Quinnett does a very good job
of looking at some of this thinking, and refuting it.
He warns about the danger of anger, and alcohol and drugs when mixed
with thoughts of suicide. He has a very good chapter on family and
suicide. We should not attempt suicide to get at our family.
He ends with a couple other ideas to consider. What if I don't succeed,
but leave myself permanently disabled or in pain or whatever. And also
what about those who are left behind. He describes the act of suicide
like a hand grenade. Many people get hurt from suicide, not just the
person who commits the suicide.
He ends with talking of the help that is available, although he says
professional help is not always needed. There are clergy, family and
others who can provide support. He makes a good point, suicide
prevention is one of the primary functions of mental health workers. He
also makes an observation that there are many causes of death, however
suicide is tragic because it is one cause of death which is
We are the Wardles. I am Billy. We are the parents of 8, one in Heaven
(stillborn,) 6 birth and 1 adopted. Four are away from home, two
daughters married and two sons in the Logan area going to school. Tony,
our adopted son is 11 years younger than our youngest birth child, so
he is greatly spoiled. I have worked for the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, Utah State Social Services, part of the time working with the Ute Tribe, Uintah Basin Counseling and Santa Clara County Mental Health for the last 21 years. Active Mormon and I follow the prophet.