A Little Lost

Today was family picture day.  My wife and I with our five kids decided to get an updated picture to go on the wall in our living room.  The most recent was is three years old and with my oldest graduating high school this year, it may be the last one we get for a while.  Heck, the next family picture could have an in-law child or two.

I can’t be that old!  In my last post I shared a poem that was written three weeks after our first child was born.  Now she is prepping to leave the roost.  Where has the time gone?  I am feeling a little bit lost.

However, I am probably not feeling as lost as this lovely animals.


Last night my wife and I decided to scout out some locations for our family pictures (we wanted them to be outdoors, with the snow that we recently received as part of the nature-made props).  While walking around, we came across these deer.  Why are they lost?  Well, we weren’t walking around in the mountains, that’s for sure.

We were on the campus of Brigham Young University…in the city.  Granted, there are mountains just two miles away that they probably came from.  It was just weird to see them bedding down where they were.  It was as if they were trying to get a good view of the soccer field and tennis courts, just waiting for some action.  Sorry guys, wrong season.

In this picture they were probably 20 yards away from me.  There are only 4 deer visible, but there was a fifth. It was like a little family on an adventure, much like we as humans do when we go camping in the habitats where the deer normally roam.  So they decided to check out human life.  Or maybe since they were on the university grounds, maybe they thought they could learn something.  I am sure they did learn something…such as:

Don’t get lost on a university campus, so far away from where you should be, especially when there is a crazed human trying to chase you down for a close up picture.

I am sure that is what they learned.  Why?  Because when we went back today to get our pictures taken, they were nowhere to be found.  They are probably hanging out in a different location on campus…like near the cafeteria…where they will learn another lesson (don’t eat thrown out left-overs from the cafeteria…especially during the holidays when school isn’t in session).

Or maybe they are by the fine arts building where they learned how to better pose for a picture.  However, this guy did pretty well:


All in all, they were lost but didn’t seem to care.  Isn’t that a great attitude to take?  Just go about doing your thing, stop and pose for a picture every once in a while, and continue on.  What a carefree attitude.

Just another view from a palmtree.



The Power of Smell

So last week I took my family to Disneyland.  We came home on Saturday.  So, yes, that makes it one week home and I still haven’t blogged about it.  And this isn’t going to be about it either.

You would think that with a title like the one I chose, it could be.  After all, the way that Disney has implemented the use of touch and smell into some of their attractions to entice and please their visitors is amazing.  For example, the “California Soarin’” ride makes use of the smell of oranges while you are “gliding” over an orange grove.  Isn’t that cool?

But hey, you don’t have to be on a ride to get the smell effect.  Just walk by a churro vendor.  You will want one, even if you hate churros.  They smell that good.  Even the one vendor selling caramel corn led me to believe it would be the most awesome tasting caramel popcorn ever.  My sister-in-law said otherwise.  But it still smelled good and I bet they sold a lot of it.

Which brings me to a weird news story I saw earlier today that I just had to share.  It is pretty much the opposite of what Disney does.  In this case, smell is being masked. Just click HERE to read it yourself.

Done?  Ok.  Who would invent such a thing?  Who would be a test subject?  I know who should be a test subject, but I don’t know anyone who would volunteer.  Okay, one person but he passed away three years ago.

(Right now my wife is rolling her eyes over the fact that I wrote a blog on this topic.)

It reminds me of the skit on MADtv about SCENTED FARTS.  But before I digress too much, let’s just get back to the topic…err, should I say title.

Smell has a powerful effect.  Some scents are used in potpourri to help enhance the mood at certain times of the year, like holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.  But scents like that don’t work for all holidays.  Take Independence Day.  You don’t want your house to smell like burning gun powder do you?  If you do, light a few firecrackers in the living room.  But it isn’t practical.  Do you want your house to smell like a dead soldier on Memorial Day?  Or a sweaty labor worker on Labor Day?  No.  What do we do instead for those days?  Floral and other natural scents.  And that is just fine.

We also use those same scents to hide certain smells, especially bodily smells that are undesirable.  Isn’t it better to use potpourri and candles for that?  Who would want to wear something in their underwear for it?  It can’t be comfortable.  Or could it?  What would women prefer…fart pads or potpourri?  Guys probably don’t want either.

The website that you can order them from says this: “This pad is to be worn inside of your underwear. Can be used daily or as needed. Can be used with panty’s, briefs and panty hose. Will not be affective with boxer type underwear. Do not use your toilet for disposal. For external use only. End your fear and embarrassment when in public.”

They must be comfortable.  Would they be marketable if they aren’t?  They even come with double-sided tape to help secure them.  If this has you excited, here is something more: you get a 10 pack for $29.95.

I don’t know that I will ever buy any (no comments from the peanut gallery please) but I am sure someone will.  They have 14 reviews and are rated at 4 ½ starts out of 5.  Just one word of warning from one of the reviewers…they only hide the smell, not the sound.

So there you have it.  Here is a company taking away the power of smell, and in this case it is a good idea.  Which is why I wrote this blog in the first place.  I found something interesting and seems to be a good idea and wanted to share it with you all.

Now don’t laugh too hard when you click on those links.

Just another view from a Palmtree.