It's a beautiful day here at the Jersey Shore. Sun, 80 degrees, mild breeze, grandkids playing in the pool. But it is also sad. I lost my brother this morning. He died after a short bout with stomach cancer. Jim was 62. On December 1, we lost our youngest brother, Dave who was 58. Dave's favorite hymn was "How Great Thou Art." We sang it at his funeral. When I came out of the hospital at noon today, the carillon at nearby St Joe's was chiming. Then it started to play "How Great Thou Art." I felt that Dave was there too, saying welcome and offering his condolences. I know that no one on the board knew either of my brothers, but I felt I needed to share this with my Ute brothers.
I think there is a real danger in pointing to a $321M project (on top of a $153M project) and comparing that to a $50-60M project like what Utah should be looking very hard at with SEZ renovation/expansion.
If your message is "be smart" I am all with you, if your message is "freeze like a bunny rabbit in the road" because someone else was unwise, then I am not with you.
Inaction is also a decision and world is full of examples where inaction from false prudence was as damaging as overly aggressive action.
Going from 45,000 seats to 55,00O or 57,000 is not a huge jump when you consider that the state of Utah will have added about 1 million people since the 1998 expansion/rebuild of Rice Stadium into RES.
A $60M project should make you stop and check your numbers twice, but the RES project can at least pay back a good hunk (over time all) of its cost... The rest of Chris Hill's $150M dollar shopping list has close to 0% rate of return. If we talk finances the RES project probably makes the most sense dollars and sense-wise.
The real trick is how to best be aggressive and smart at the same time.
Not even a little purse dog either, just some medium-sized dog on a leash, walking around the store. I don't want animals wandering around where I buy food. I don't mind if little chunks of cleaned, carved, and packaged animals, but not animals that are still alive...come on!
Next time, I'm going to show the dog the ground beef and say, "You're next." His owner should enjoy that.
First and foremost, I hold my kid's a little tighter each night, I can't begin to imagine what your family has been through.
I have cried every time she relapsed and rejoiced in every positive bit of news.
My whole family, All 7 of us would gather around and watch every single video U posted of her and your family From Disneyland to the KSL stories.
I had a condolence that U did not have my friend I was able to focus on other things yesterday, The game between the Spurs and Heat, the CONCACAF match, The fact that Sfork has thumbs downed every post i have made in the last few days..
Today before work I sat all my kids down and told them of Millies passing.
a 17,16,14 and 13 year old cried openly while a 2 year old walked to each asking if they were O.K..
I watched the video of your family in the English press and could no longer contain myself.
I wept my friend, I wept for your loss, I wept for your pain, But most of all i wept at the strength and beauty of your baby girl.
This may be the first thing I have ever written here meant for one family.
Thank u for being the Strong man that u are, Thank U for your strong family!
I want U to know that I have learned more about family, Love , sacrifice and being a parent in the last almost 4 years than any point in my life.
(CNN) -- James Gandolfini, who gained fame playing a memorable mafia boss on HBO's "The Sopranos" by giving the role a contemporary twist of visiting a therapist for middle-age anxieties, died after suffering a possible heart attack in Italy, an HBO spokeswoman and the actor's managers said Wednesday.
He was 51.
Gandolfini was on holiday in Rome, said Mara Mikialian, HBO's vice president for program publicity.
He was best known for his award-winning performance as Tony Soprano from the late 1990s to the mid-2000s.
I was in the north stands, stood the whole game (as did all of the stadium) singing and yelling, (as well as singing with visiting fans on TRAX to and from the game) and today have no voice left.
From the North stands, I only really heard the south side a few times (and it appears they were whooping it up down there pretty good). Our own end was fairly active
I think a lot of people were getting into it, but a dozen sections all singing/chanting something different doesn't really translate well on TV as when everyone is performing the same song/chant.
Have to give credit to Seattle who I'm afraid gave us a tough act to follow.
Hate to see Salt Lake get a reputation for being quiet because we really are not. And unlike a few cities (such as Chicago, LA, and Washington), we had a huge majority of US fans in attendance. Honduras had some fans there, but certainly didn't take over the stadium like teams do in some of the other US venues.
UC Berkeley's plan to sell special football seats to pay off nearly half a billion dollars in stadium debt has long inspired skepticism, as if Cal were setting up a lemonade stand to finance a home mortgage.
True, each of those chairs at the newly renovated Memorial Stadium costs $40,000 to $250,000 and is yours for 40 or 50 years. But even Cal officials, who had said they would sell all 2,902 pricey seats by this month, grew skeptical of their own claims last fall.
The latest figures show sales have stagnated at 1,857 seats.
...skeptics call this debt burden a "noose around the campus' neck" that could prevent Cal from pursuing other worthy projects requiring it to borrow money, like retrofitting buildings that don't meet seismic standards. They also fear it will lead the campus to raid academic funds, and that the University of California regents could raise tuition to pay off debt. Such concerns are fueled by UC's practice of pledging all forms of revenue - "including tuition," according to Cal's fact sheet on Memorial Stadium - when it obtains debt financing.
....he's in his 20's (Generation Z), has been raised by helicopter parents who told him that he could never do anything wrong and to make sure he stands out in a crowd at all times, AND...he wears a bluetooth. (I call those the "Self Important Bluetooth Guy.")
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