Friday, May 22, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Way to go, Idaho!*

In Idaho, it used to be that you could get your driver's license as early as age 14. That changed to 15 right before I turned 14 (go figure), so I thought I was robbed because my older brother got his license at 14, but I had to wait until I was 15.

This article rated the drivers in all the U.S., and Idaho drivers came out on top. Maybe all states should lower their driving age to 15!

In related news, Washington D.C. drivers were #44 out of 51. That was where I was living when I bought my first car. When I moved to Utah and got married, Deidra definitely had to temper my driving, because driving in DC is a beast. I think they (we) deserve that low ranking.

* Name that movie!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Halfway committed


I won't yet say that I'm committing to run the Top of Utah Marathon in September, but I have started training using a marathon training program and am committed to at least runnning the Top of Utah Half Marathon in August. We'll see how it goes from there.

Friday, May 01, 2009

April books

Just a few books this month - the middle one took most of the time:

Dan Brown

Even though 90% of the book is so far out there that it makes it almost too much to take, I enjoyed the action and adventure in the book and will probably see the movie that is coming out soon based on the book.

Joe Torre & Tom Verducci

I don't know what I was expecting out of this book, but I found it both interesting and somewhat frustrating. It didn't focus on Joe Torre as much as I though it would, and took some distractingly long detours in the narrative to talk about things such as steroids in baseball and the increased value placed on statistical information. There was one part where the author even uses virtually identical quotes from the same source within six pages of each other. So the writing wasn't as good as I was hoping it would but the subject is interesting enough to keep me reading.

Orson Scott Card

The third book in the Alvin Maker saga, and I have liked it the best so far. The action is finally getting moving and the reader is able to start seeing where the series is headed, as Alvin grows into adulthood and begins to realize his future destiny to a greater extent.