Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Utah Blizzard 2010

Clark taking on the "Blizzard"

We had quite a bit of snow fall here in Logan.  It started around 3pm and stopped sometime around 7pm.  I don't think it was as severe as the weather people made it sound, but hey we will take whatever we can get, right?!  

"As God is my witness, I thought Turkeys could fly" redux

The clip I posted two years ago was removed for copyright issues so here's a summary clip from the classic WKRP in Cincinnati episode.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Grandpa's Headstone

Katie and I were on our way to Beaver Mountain offices for our season pass photo and decided to drive by to see if Grandpa's headstone was standing tall and lo and behold, it was.  Katie's cell phone captures the look, but the color's a bit blue.  In better light it looks really good.  The first photo also captures the approaching storm front on the other side of the valley.  The Beav opens December 3, so any and all who can join with us on December 4 (Saturday) for a corduroy run or two in honor of posse member Papa John will be welcomed.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday drive through the Alps

After a fun Friday night, Annie and I packed up and left beautiful Innsbruck for an indirect route to Zurich which included driving back through the Austrian Alps back into Southern Germany to see the Neuschwanstein and Hoherschwangau Castles.  We passed by several ski areas including Garmisch, home of the 1936 Olympics and hopeful host of the 2018 Olympics.

The Olympic Jump hill at Innsbruck

Innsbruck, Austria

Valley leading from Austria back to Germany past Garmisch Ski Area

Neuschwanstein Castle.  How many Emmetts have visited?

Hoherschwangu Castle

View from Neuschwanstein Castle looking down on the Hoherschwangau Castle

Unknown cute couple

View from our room on the 30th floor of the Zurich Marriott

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Project Super Quilt

Remember Super Spence? My friend Holly (Spencer's mom) started a project called, "Project Super Quilt," to help out the kids at Primary Children's Hospital. She has so many people asking what they can do to help since Spencer was diagnosed with cancer in February. She says this is it! Spencer is doing great on his treatments & his last MRI showed his mass as probably nothing but scar tissue (a PET scan in a few weeks will show for sure) - yay!! Everyone is so happy with the test results, it's the best news they could possibly hear!! SPencer is looking forward to being done with treatments & evaluations in March & heading to DisneyWorld with Make-A-Wish in May! Here is the link to Project Super Quilt, if you would like to help in any way!

Follow Spencer's journey at

Friday, November 19, 2010

Volleyball Champion

Sarah and the other amazing young women of the Spring Creek 18th ward won the regional (they don't use that term any more, but that is what it really was) volleyball tournament tonight. They played five teams and only lost one of the 11 games in the five sets in a tiring five hours of playing and waiting. Sarah is a much improved player this year and (much to her often surprise) was able to more often than not serve and bump the ball over the net. She is still a little reluntant to go after the ball, but it was all a good enough expereince that she plans to play church ball again next year (not the same for city league volleyball which is too intense and winning focused). Marie and I tag teamed watching her games. In betweeen the boys and I watched a nice movie: Sign of the Beaver. I'm sure part of the reason the girls were able to do so well is that half way through the long evening, Marie went and bought a big bag of Sour Patch candy for the girls to eat.

Friday night in Innsbruck

Annie decided to join me for a week in and around Germany.  Today I had a meeting near Munich and afterwards Annie and I drove south to check out Innsbruck.  We had a great time cruising the Christmas shops in the downtown plaza. Tomorrow we leave for Zurich, then turn north on Sunday to Cologne so that I can attend a meeting in Holland on Monday and another meeting north of Frankfurt on Tuesday before we return home just in time for Turkey Day.
Leaving the Hilton for a little Christmas shopping

Counting the lights on this tree

We need a bigger Christmas budget and a bigger suitcase

Long lines at the Sauerkraut bar
A nice artist.  We purchased a water color he did of the plaza
The Plaza
Jake and Tom's favorite Innsbruck hangout!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Person of the Year

This is what I wanted to say tonight, but Jay Monson said do you want to say thanks ? I didn't dare take the time for my little talk.

Thank you very much for this honor.

In 1958 we moved to Cache Valley, we found a house in Providence and John served on the City Council. He saw one of the older men in town building a house and told the older gentleman he would need to buy a building permit. The man said he wouldn't. John told him the law said he had to get a building permit and he told John that his grandparents were some of the first settlers in Providence and he absolutely would not buy a building permit. He walked away and I'm not sure how the story ended.
About 5 years ago he came home from a meeting, he was so tired and discouraged. I told him that he was nearly 80 and why didn't he just quit. He said that he said he would serve on that committee and that he wouldn't quit. It made me think of Horton the Elephant. Horton promised Mazey the Lazy Bird that he would sit on her egg 'til it hatched. Horton sat through bad weather, hunters with guns, people who teased him etc. All Horton would say is, "I meant what I said and I said what I meant, an elephant is faithful 100%" This reminds me of John, "He meant what he said and he said what he meant John Emmett has integrity and loves Logan 100%."


Logan City's Person of the Year: John Emmett

It was quite an honor this evening to have the Logan City Council honor Dad/Grandpa as one of two persons of the year, the other being Jennie Christensen.