Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Birthday Trip 2016

So I told Robyn that this year I wanted a trip for my birthday.  However, one of the funnest things about a trip is actually planning it.  So I also told her I wanted to plan my trip.

The trip began on my birthday, and I told her that my birthday was up to her to plan.  She did an excellent job.  She told me to get off at 3, and she bought us tickets to see the new X-Men movie.  So I got to hang out with my friends Jean, Cyclops, Wolverine, Mystique, and Professor X.  It was a fantastic way to kick off the trip.  That evening was spent in a hotel in Salt Lake to give us a head start in our travels.

For my trip, I decided that I wanted to see a few of the things in Utah that I had heard about but never actually experienced.

The first of those things was the Golden Spike National Historic Site.  Every child in Utah learned the song about how the transcontinental railroad was completed in Promontory, Utah.  It's a little site in the middle of the desert in the middle of nowhere.  But we drove out there and checked it out.
You have to get a picture next to a sign as proof you were there.
They had a whole reenactment where the train pulled up and people gave speeches and then drove in the final spikes.
Who doesn't love trains?

It was just like in 1869.  I bet back then everybody at their phones out taking pictures.

I made Robyn stand on the railroad for a picture.  She totally didn't get run over by a train.
The next location I took us to was the Spiral Jetty.  It's also in the desert in the middle of nowhere.  It sits on the shore of the Great Salt Lake.  It was made by a sculptor and depending on the level of the lake, sometimes it is below water and sometimes it is not (like right now).

Selfie with the jetty.
I made Robyn walk the whole spiral with me.  She tried to cut across, but I wouldn't let her cheat herself from the full experience.  We got to the center and had to take a precious pic.
Doesn't she make the spiral look precious?
The next event wasn't a place I'd heard about my whole life like the first two, but it was on my Utah bucket list.  We went to the Eccles Dinosaur Park in Ogden.
They had mosquitoes in amber, so I'm not sure what the holdup is.  They should clearly have clones some dinosaurs by now.

There were lots of bones to look at.
They had an indoor museum that was more of the traditional natural history museum, and then outside they had lots of dinosaur statues.  There were little signs that could teach you about the different dinosaurs, so it was fun.
Just hanging with the triceratops.

Look how calm she looks even though she's about to be eaten.

That concluded our Saturday activities, but fear not!  There was more fun to be had on Sunday.

We wanted to have some sort of church experience, and another thing on my Utah bucket list was to attend a taping of Music and the Spoken Word.  They were doing a memorial day special and it was really fun.  There was a TV that was showing the live broadcast, and I liked to watch the cameras move around and see how they achieved the shots that were being shown on the TV.

Before the broadcast they explained to us that it was live and that the acoustics in the tabernacle are very good, so we need to be very quiet.  I was totally reverent.

We didn't take any pictures inside the tabernacle (they weren't allowed during the broadcast and before and after there wasn't much to take a picture of.)  But naturally, we got a selfie in front of the temple on our way out.

The next Sunday event was to visit Gilgal garden.  It's a little garden tucked away in a residential neighborhood.  I had seen pictures of the Joseph Smith Sphinx and had wanted to check out the whole garden for a long time.

Pictures of signs: very important.

When I saw it I just started grinning and laughing.  I think Robyn was embarrassed to be with me.

I told Robyn I needed a picture of her in front of something.  She chose this arch and those giant books behind her.
At this point, it was about lunch time and Robyn wanted to be home.  I only had one more stop on my list and it was the Summum Pyramid.  It's a pyramid that actually performs mummifications.  (Who knew that was still a thing?)
Robyn didn't even get out of the car, so I had to take my selfie with the pyramid.  After seeing X-Men: Apocalypse, I was pretty sure Apocalypse was hiding inside and probably acquiring new powers he would use for world domination.  But I didn't see him.

Finally, we could head home and take a good afternoon nap in our own beds.  I'd say it was a successful birthday trip.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Post Office Thinks I'm in California

So whenever I feel frustrated with the fact that Post Office prices have doubled over the last 15 years, I think about how terrible they are at their job and then I feel even worse.

So here's the deal.  In the month of May there are like 4,000 birthdays over the course of 2 days in my family.  (And by 4,000 I mean 3.)  We celebrated one of those birthdays this past Saturday.   I purchased the present roughly a week before, knowing that Amazon could get it to me in plenty of time.

Amazon said it would arrive on Wednesday.  I always trust Amazon.  Amazon is my most trusted friend.

On Thursday, it hadn't arrived yet, so I checked the website.  It said the package had been delivered.  But since I hadn't received it, I was a little confused.  I clicked on the "track package" button because it usually has notes about whether they left it with a neighbor or at the back door or something weird like that.

Well, the delivery notes were a little weird.  But it wasn't at my back door.  It was in Norco, California.  It just said, "Delivered:  Parcel Locker.  Norco, CA."

I double checked the address I had given them.  It was definitely to my house in Lehi, UT.

I'm just trying to imagine how that even happens.  The guy driving the truck is like, "I have a whole truckload of packages.  I bet at least one of them belongs in Norco, and that does seem like a big parcel locker.  I guess I'll leave them all here.  I bet no one will notice."

I got online to chat with an Amazon representative.  They were very helpful.  They told me there was nothing they could do to retrieve the package because it was delivered.  (I was hoping Amazon would send stormtroopers to break in and get it back, but alas, that didn't happen.)  But they asked if it would be acceptable to ship another copy.  I said that would be very acceptable.

You want to know the best part?  Apparently whoever owned the parcel locker decided to forward the package on to me.  Now I have 2 copies.  One as a gift, and one for me.

I guess this post office blunder gave me a free book.  That might help to pay back the ever rising postal costs.

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