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.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Memorial Day Display at Del Osso Park

The Memorial Day Display, which is usually at Woodward Park on Sunday before Memorial Day, has been set up along the freeway at Del Osso Farms for 30 days this year.  The display will be seen by many more than normal, but we will miss some of the activities at Woodward Park.  Some three million people will drive past the display of seven thousand crosses.

By way of activity in Manteca, there is a memorial day barbeque Monday at the Senior Center and a "Riding for the Troops" Saturday and Sunday.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tony Checks Out Silva Park; Plays Percussion

Tony wanted to check out Silva Park while I was Pokemoning.  This is the south end of Manteca.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

They Kicked Us Off the Train

I was riding ACE on Tuesday in the next train which followed the trains that struck and killed a teenager.  We were stopped at Tray Station, with no word of when we could proceed.  After about 40 minutes, it was announced that we had to vacate the train, and wait for the later train.  The staff then cam through the train making sure we all vacated the train.  The reason they gave, someone decided it was what we were going to do.  A few passengers, I guess they complained, were allowed to stay on.  A mother with a child was one.
This would have been OK I guess, except it was very cold in Tracy.  I checked the weather with the temperature about 60, and the wind blowing created a wind-chill factor of about 55.  I called the rail station to complain, telling them it was darn cold.  Again the answer was that someone decided it was what we should do.  I asked them to talk to whoever it was who decided, so the person left for a while, and then came back and said it was to avoid congestion.  None of this made sense, and while I was there struggling with the cold, and talking to ACE, our train left.  Then we were stuck with waiting for the last train.  I was shivering throughout.  And even after getting home, it took me some time to warm up.  Sheri noticed how cold I was to the touch.
We waiting for over 20 minutes.  While we waited someone kept talking on the microphone telling us the next train was coming.  I never wanted to commit a vandalism so much in my life.  I wanted to hit that microphone with a rock because the ACE company had no regard for us as passengers.  After waiting over 20 minutes, ACE Ten (the last train) finally arrived and we were allowed to board.
However we still waited.  We were waiting for the coroner to arrive, and release the scene so we would be allowed to go through.  In the end, the train we had been on was allowed to go through, and we were allowed to follow.  That train probably arrived home about ten minutes before us.  I finally made it to Lathrop Manteca Station at about 9:40, two hours and twenty minutes after my expected time.
I don't resent being late.  Sometimes things happen.  However I do resent being kicked of the train and being made to wait in the cold, with the wind blowing and no place for relief.  I must admit, I did not wear my jacket.  When I left work the weather was nice.  I will be better prepared.  However this was the first time I have been kicked off the train.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Heron Taking Flight: Beautiful

Sheri and I both think this is a heron, but we are not bird experts.  What I do know is it is beautiful.  I was taking a walk waiting for the train.  The bird was just standing in the Guadalupe River by the Santa Clara Street overpass.  While I was trying to get the phone ready to take pictures it started flying away.

Happy Mother's Day; Happy Birthday

Sheri had two celebrations a week apart this year.  Some years they are on the same day.  For her birthday Charity and Anthony and the girls came over.  For Mother's Day Jeremy came over with Kayla and the boys.   Miranda made Texas Sheet cake.  We put on no candles and did not sing.  However Sheri bought herself a new rug and two new chairs for the living room.

Ace Rail Struck and Killed a Sierra High School Student

Tuesday Ace Rail struck and killed a teenager
This scene just sickens me.  Can you imagine the father performing CPR.  It is unclear if this is the friend's father, or the victims's father, but either way it was tragic.  The train engineer probably could see this coming for some time, with nothing he could do. Trains do not stop quickly.  the article says the train continued for 100 yards before it could stop.   The child was a student at Sierra High School, where my son graduated a few years ago.  It appears to have happened close to victim's residence.  The way I understand the story, they were crossing the San Joaquin River on the train trestle.  Two friends, one made it across, and the other was struck about ten feet short of the end of trestle where he could have gotten off.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The next day I took some pictures of the site when I went past on Wednesday, and there was a spontaneous remembrance taking place.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Blessed Are They That Have Not Seen, and Yet Have Believed - Thomas of t...

This stunning portrayal of the interaction between Thomas and Jesus left me in tears.  It is very well done.  May we all be believing.  Here we have more witnesses of the resurrection.  

The Risen Lord Jesus Christ Appears to the Apostles

More witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus

Jesus Christ Appears on the Road to Emmaus

Did not our hearts within us born, as he opened to us the scriptures.  Two witnesses of Christ's resurrection.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Music of the Gospel

A beautiful presentation of the hoop dance, and a great analogy of the music vs the dance.  The music is the heart, the dane step the mind.  The dance steps of the gospel are the things we do.  The music of the gospel is the joyful spiritual feelings from the Holy Ghost.  This talk was presented by Wilford W. Andersen of the Seventy.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Restaurant Scene: Manteca: Five Guys, Sizzler

The Manteca restaurant scene has really changed with the addition of Sizzler, and Five Guys.  Five Guys is a chain I have visited before.  This is a review of the Twin Falls store.  I have still been trying to get the same flavor on my mushroom burger, and always seem to come up short of my memory of that first one.  However I have discovered their shakes and they are terrific.  I had a caramel shake to my delight.  I also like their fries, and the way they overstuff them in the bag.  I have found it is best for me to order the smaller burger.  The regular burger comes with two patties, which is just too much for me as then the meat dominates the flavor and it is hard to taste whatever else you want on your burger.
The bigger impact in Manteca has been Sizzler.  This is a national chain that features steak and salad buffet.  That restaurant always has a very large crowd.  It has drawn the crowd away form Chili's it appears.  We visited and I had sirloin tips over rice pilar which was excellent.  The juice form the steak did a good number on the rice.  Two excellent additions.

Valley Medical Center Construction

These are views of the construction on the new wing of Valley Medical Center.  It seems it should be done shortly, but there are still piles of dirt all over the place.

Ayden in a Basket

Ayden was fascinated with the basket we keep in the family room for pillows.  She made good use of it.
At first its exciting, then not so much so

My Kingdom is Not of This World

This is the second part of the story of "To this End Was I Born."  In this video we see the Crucifixion of Jesus, as well as his resurrection.  It provides testimony of some who saw Him.

To This End Was I Born

This is a summary of the life of jesus, ending with his condemnation.  May we always stand as witnesses of him, by are partaking of the sacrament weekly.  Very well done.  This story concludes in "My Kingdom Is Not of This World."

Monday, April 17, 2017

Park Day: Shasta Park: April 2017

Shasta Park had some neat toys.  Tony and I went with Kayla and the boys.  There is a two person swing where an adult can swing a baby.  There are some pictures of Tony swinging Asher.  I had a turn as well, as did Kayla.  Skylar and Tony liked climbing high.  And they all liked the merry-go-round.  I pushed some, and Tony pushed, even Skylar pushed.  It was great fun.  They also had some large safety swings which Skylar and Bronnie both tried.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Ward Soup Night: Ooh, la la: Springtime in Paris

This year instead of a chili cook off we went with soup.  There were soups of all kinds.  This includes a dessert competition and Tony won for his no-bakes.  I helped, who can never get them right, but I did this time.  No-bakes are tricky, if they cook too long they turn to sugar, to little and they don't set up and you have to eat them with a spoon like soup.   Any rate, Tony received the five-star award.  We told Tony five-star means the best.
I had a little skit.  I sang "The Teapot Song" and "Perhaps Love."  I also lead the congregation in Frere Jaques."  All the family was there (but Mark), Natalia was in town for the blessing, and Annie and Caleb arrived this day as did Miranda.  They had a section roped off for the kids to play.  It was a fun evening.  I made snicker doodles, which did not win.  Sheri made corn chowder, which would have won but was too hot.  And then Tony insisted we take no-bakes, so I helped him make them.  Sheri had gone to Sacramento to pick up Miranda.