Sunday, July 17, 2011

Becoming part of the Community Wall at the Natural History Museum

I hope you'll take the effort to click on the link below and join Cathy and I as contributors towards the community wall of the new Natural History Museum of Utah, which is nearing completion and will be open in November. This is an opportunity for those who don't have a ton of resources to be part of this permanent opportunity showing your commitment to the Museum.

As you may or may not know, I serve on a volunteer basis as the vice-chair of the Associates Board for the Museum of Natural History. It has been a great opportunity and this project has culminated an effort of decades as we open up not only a new venue, but a new chapter in helping everyone understand the natural history of Utah. This amazing project will truly be bright star for our community.

The project has taken millions, about 103,000,000 to be exact and we're in the final stretch. As often happens in projects like this, the final community outreach is at the end. For years, I've made the argument, that we needed a way to allow people with modest means, like myself, a permanent way to be part of the project and contribute in a way they can afford. While some others have been able to contribute thousands, and in some cases millions, realistically, the rest of us have to stretch to do anything. However, one should lead by example and so my wife, Cathy and I have committed over a few years, to contribute $1,000. We do it by a little each month and we're about half way there. I realize for many that may be too much, and so there are options for far less than it. The Museum however wants to make it as reasonable as they can, so for $500, which can be paid in monthly installments through the end of 2012, you can choose an item from within the collection to sponsor and have your name become a permanent part of the community wall within the Museum. Some are even doing it for grandchildren or kids, etc. There are a lot of ways to approach it.

In order for you to be on the wall for the opening in November, you'll need to take action by August. Please click on the link below and take a look for yourself and I hope you, like me, will want to be part of this great historical opportunity!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

No more watching Studio 5 in our home

Last night upon arriving home, I was informed by Cathy and the girls who had been watching Studio 5, about this great exercise program where you only have to do one exercise a day, but you have to do about 200 reps of that one exercise.  This morning it was crunches.  To not participate, would be highly unsupportive, but I'm thinking to myself, "Self, you haven't even done 200 in your life".

I asked this morning whether this instructor on Studio 5 was buff and thin, of course, she was.  This is really a plot to make me look like a poor dad.  Well, I did participate, but like the Federal Debt, didn't keep track of the repetitions and probably was way south of 200.  I tried to throw a few numbers out there but no believers in the group.

I've never been one of those hardliners who have claimed the communist plot theory, but now I know that Studio 5 is just a front for the movement.