39 Questions – Unsung Dreams

This is a 52 question Countdown, I got the idea from a NY Times Article that says it only takes 36 questions to fall in love.  This weeks question:

Is there something that you've dreamed of doing for a long time?  Why haven't you done it?

"Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.;" (John Greenleaf Whittier)

It has been said that a dream is a wish your heart makes.  But a dream is only a dream if you don't act on it.  I am blessed, I have a career that teaches me how to plan unimaginably impossible and complex goals, and to break them down into achievable accomplishments.  So when I tell you that it is my dream to have a Zeppelin R/V like the old man on Up and travel the world. The reason I haven't done it yet isn't because it's impossible… it's because I'm doing the tasks that lead up to that goal.

The dream to fly … wasn't impossible, it was just something that took a little time, same with photography, same with a degree in the first place.  

Here are some of my dreams, that I've had for a long time, and why I haven't done it yet:

  • Write a book – This is in process, but not in quick process, between my many priorities, it's not highest on the list.  I look forward to the time when I have more time, but this goal doesn't feed into my other goals enough to be a higher priority.
  • Build a Home Recording Studio – First I did all the research for this, then I decided that before I do this, I need to be able to play music with myself when I sing.
  • Learn Guitar – In process and it feeds into building a home recording studio.
  • Create a business – In progress, there are many sub-elements to the business I'm growing, and each one is being handled.  

What are some of the things you've dreamed of doing for a long time?  Why haven't you done it?

40 Questions – Crystal Ball of Knowing

I'm doing a 52 question countdown, an idea that I got from the NY Times 36 question count up.  I started with 52 questions, and now we are to question #40.

If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future, or anything else, what would you want to know?

Once upon a time, a man thought "I'll end this meeting early, just stand in front of the group, and skip to the end of the presentation."  The end of the presentation had one question "Any Questions?"  And that meeting is going on still today.

Which is to say, given the chance to ask any question and get any answer, there'd be no end to my questions.  I'm a never ending student and want to know everything and anything… so maybe I can just break it into the first few categories that I'd like to know about.

Me – You know how sometimes you do those funny quiz' and find out that you're 60% introverted.  I'd do that, only with a Crystal Ball that tells me true things, I'd like to have a totally thorough analysis, where my strengths are, how I can best use those, where my weaknesses are, how I can best overcome those, and any possible other thing that I might not fully understand about myself.

The Unknown – I want to know what isn't known… there are mysteries in the universe that have yet to be uncovered, and with such a valuable tool I'd learn the answers to those questions, where the nearest alien life is located, how many planets in the galaxy, fastest form of travel and schematics that can help me re-build it, what kind of life is out there, intelligent and otherwise.  I could spend weeks asking questions that would lead to other questions about the things we just don't know.  How deep is the ocean, what prehistoric creatures are still out there, what mythical creatures may actually exist, what's the most outrageously awesome nearly super powered ability on the earth today.  

The Past – I'd want to go to the beginning of everything, and if there is no beginning, then I want to go back far enough to see that too.  Learn the everything about our spirits, and Heaven, and the Earth, and creating it, the history of the world, most valuable lessons we can learn from history, the actual true past and full biographies of historical figures like Eve, Moses, the Savior, Kings and Queens through the ages… Atlantis, Zion, everything.  I would trace my family history back to the dawn of time.

The Future – Here's the trap that would keep me stuck at the crystal ball the longest… what comes next?  What comes after that?  

Technology – This would have been slightly covered in the Unknown section, but I'd go over it again and again and again. There are things I want in this world that aren't here yet, but with access to such an oracle I'd discover their secrets. New and incredible ways to fly, to travel, to create matter, to create life… to teleport.  By the time I'm done I'd have enough patents to fill a library and the knowledge in how to put it together.

You – Finally, I'd also ask a question like "What were you thinking?!" of famous people through history.  I have a gift for empathy and I love to see into someone's mind for the reasons they do the things they do.  Like, did George Washington consider himself "Just some guy"?  

What about you?  What questions would you ask?  Let's say you could only ask one?

(If I could only ask one, it'd probably be the winning lottery ticket numbers to the next huge pay-off where I wouldn't have to share… because Money like that would help give me the time to find the other answers.)


Dad’s Family Diner

With brotherly affection, I hope, someone from Church approached me, patted me on the back and laughed at my being a single Father, saying "What's dinner time like at your house?"  repairing the damage by saying something like "If it were just me and the kids, it'd be peanut butter sandwiches every night." With that in mind, I thought it appropriate to share the menu for Dad's Family Diner:


  • Chocolate Milk
  • Water
  • Chocolate Water (Not Recommended)


  • Toast with Butter
  • Toast without Butter
  • Cereal
  • Cheeze-its
  • Mystery Leftover

Soup Menu

  • Ramen Noodles Beef
  • Ramen Noodles Chicken
  • Ramen Noodles with Campbells Cream of Chicken
  • Ramen Noodles with Campbells Cream of Mushroom
  • Ramen Noodles with Campbells Vegetable Beef
  • Macaroni and Cheese with extra extra milk
  • Cereal

Breakfast – 

  • Toast with butter
  • Toast without butter
  • Cereal
  • Pop tarts
  • Eggo Waffles
  • Peanut Butter and bread

Something From the Grill:

  • Hot Dogs
  • Cereal

Lunch – 

  • Toast with butter
  • Toast without butter
  • Cereal
  • Pop tarts
  • Eggo Waffles
  • Peanut Butter and bread
  • Hot Dogs
  • Corn Dogs
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Microwave Burritos
  • Microwave Pretzels

Dinner – 

  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Macaroni and Cheese with Salsa
  • Macaroni and Cheese with Taco Meat
  • Macaroni and Cheese with Tuna
  • Frozen Pizza
  • Cereal
  • Peanut butter and bread sandwich 

Did I miss any American staples that must be added?

* Anyone who knows me can laugh at this… anyone who doesn't can believe it.