Reunion 2014

Hey guys,

So, Jon and I just met up down here in Bentonville, and we got to talking about the possibility of meeting up with the gang at some point in the near future. I thought I would throw the idea up on a thread and see who responds/what you guys think.

I’m thinking of something along the lines of a Friday-Saturday-Sunday (church)-head out type gathering. We could possibly shorten it, but given that many of us will likely be flying in, it might make it more worth our time to do something that is between 2.5-3 days.

Dan and I will be done with school in May/June, and I will likely begin a new job sometime in mid-July (I’m guessing a similar timeline for Dan). I know that for us, that transition point would really be a great time to do a get-together like this.

Really, I just want to get the conversation rolling. If there’s interest, we should probably schedule a Google Hangout to iron out possible dates.


For old time’s sake

I know how much we all love this song, and I thought: if you haven’t heard it in a while, here it is. If you want something fun to do, call Jennejohn and leave this on his machine.

Check out the chap in the sweater–if you don’t look too closely, he looks kind of like Spencer. Also check out the slow-jumping during the chorus. 

Interesting NPR story

More hamburger sandwiches please.

So I just heard a pretty interesting conversation on NPR’s Radio West (it’s a local Utah show). The host, who is not a Mormon, brought in four Utah politicians–2 Republicans, 2 Democrats, all Mormon. They then had a conversation about how the beliefs of the LDS church influenced their political stances.

I thought it was really interesting that for the most part, all of these politicians were fairly moderate (except one guy). Here’s a link to the webpage–it’s the January 16th story. I’d love to hear anyone’s thoughts on this–it’s about an hour long.

A Sort of Pilgrimage

So, Jana and I have been in Europe for the last four weeks (I’m doing an externship in England), and on a beautiful day, I had a life-changing experience.

I finally found what I was looking for: Wi
ndmill Lane.

Jana and I took a little weekend trip up to Dublin–on the train for a while, and then across the water to the Emerald Isle. I quickly learned that the streets in Ireland do have names as I looked for what potential U2 sites we might see in town. Windmill Lane was the most prominent one. This is the studio where U2 recorded Boy, October, War, and The Joshua Tree. Reverently, I played a bit of air guitar to warm me up for this sacred experience.

As I walked upon this sacred ground, I could almost see the notes from the Edge’s ginsu guitar hanging on the air and feel Adam Clayton’s basslines pulsing through my veins. It was seriously the sweetest thing.

I had a moment of silence at the Wall.

Afterwards, I made sure to kneel before the Shrine to Bono and say a few Hail Larrys. I followed with an acapella rendition of “With or Without You” (having heard every acapella group in Provo do this song, I know the arrangement well).

It was truly a moment of surrender.

After feeling like I was truly one with the studio, I got up and it was time to leave. I felt grateful to U2 for helping to light my way through life. But as I was walking away, I thought: no, at least one more, in the name of love. And I turned back and I saw this, and I realized that Tobias had said it best: