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DNC August 28, 2008

                                        Barak Obama Series by Shepard Fairey

And Barack stood up that day, and he spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about the world as it is and the world as it should be. And he said that all too often we accept the distance between the two, and we settle for the world as it is, even when it doesn’t reflect our values and aspirations.

But he reminded us that we also know what the world should like — look like. He said we know what fairness and justice and opportunity look like, and he urged us to believe in ourselves, to find the strength within ourselves to strive for the world as it should be. And isn’t that the great American story?

Michelle Obama

Millions of Americans have been knocked down. And this is the time as Americans, together, we get back up. Our people are too good, our debt to our parents and grandparents too great, our obligation to our children is too sacred.

These are extraordinary times. This is an extraordinary election. The American people are ready. I’m ready. Barack Obama is ready. This is his time. This is our time. This is America’s time.

-Joe Biden

For me, this is a season of hope. New hope-for a just and fair prosperity for the many and not just the few. New hope — and this is the cause of my life –  New hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American — north, south, east and west — young and old — Will have decent, quality, affordable health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege.

We can meet the challenges. With Barack Obama- Yes we can. And finally, finally- Yes we will.

Barack Obama will close the book on the old politics of race against race, gender against gender, group against group, and straight against gay.

And Barack Obama will be a commander-in-chief who understands that young Americans in uniform must never ever be committed to a mistake, but always to a mission worthy of their bravery and sacrifice.

-Ted Kennedy

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Happy Birthday to my Mom August 19, 2008

Filed under: family,happiness,love — onarete @ 5:17 pm

 

Today is my mom’s birthday.  She was the first love I ever knew; I loved her before my own birthday.  Everything warm and cuddly and safe is my Mom, even now.  She is the only person in my life who’s approval I’ve never had to work for or who’s love has felt unconditional.  My mom has never made me feel disappointed or embarrassed or insubstantial.  Every good moment in my life and every success has been possible because I knew she was the safety net beneath me.  She loves my sister and I so much; she is an inspiration to all to love like her.

My mom stayed home with us growing up.  Now as an adult, I realize what a huge sacrifice that was.  She was always, always there.  She did crafts, and threw birthday parties, and poured warm water into the kiddie pool.  She made me macaroni-and-cheese, and took me to ballet, and prayed with me at night.  She held my hand, and made Halloween costumes, and listened to me read while she cooked dinner. 

She’s still the best mom–a great friend, caregiver, and role model.  I miss her every single day and always feel like life is gonna be alright when I see her again.  Mom, I love you so so so much.  I hope you have a great birthday and know you are loved.

 

Desert storm August 15, 2008

Filed under: arizona,desert,happiness,Nature,road biking,Uncategorized — onarete @ 6:17 pm

The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but deliverance from fear  –Ralph Waldo Emerson

I suprised myself yesterday when I went for a road ride and realized that it had been over 3 weeks!  Part of this is that it has been just too hot to hang out on the blacktop in the 105+ degree heat.  It is much easier to wait until the sun goes down and ride dirt.  As I left work though, it was a cool 97 degrees, so I jumped at the opportunity.  It was hot and sunny but not overwhelmingly so.

I did the Home -> Bush Highway -> Usery Pass -> Home loop.  Once I passed the Walgreens, not a soul was out.  Even the traffic was abnormally light.  It was just me and the desert, and I was flying.  Every so often I would look around and be hit by another wave of awe at the beauty of the mountains and the river and the saguaro cactus saluting as I went by.

As I approached the turnoff for Usery Pass, the sky was turning ominous.  Half way up the climb, dirt and sand started blowing across the road (and yes, at one point, a tumbleweed).  At the top, it had gone from a sunny day to black, lightening, and windy.  On the descent, the wind gusts were threatening to knock me over.  As hard as I tried, I couldnt keep my front wheel in a straight line.  Every time I nearly crashed and kept it together, I felt a surge of adrenaline cursing through my body.  Wild and smiling, I turned toward home, the wind to my back, spinning furiously to outrun the storm.  I was flying.

I pulled into the apartment complex just as the storm instensified and the sky went totally dark.  Blair had dinner on the stove.  I was salty and windblown.  Inside, it was safe.  I was totally, totally happy.

 

Golden girl August 14, 2008

Filed under: Kristin Armstrong,Olympics,road biking — onarete @ 10:00 pm

This is so cool.

Way to represent Idaho!!!!

 

The God of Small Things August 11, 2008

Filed under: family,friends,happiness,life,love,summer — onarete @ 6:00 pm

Even small things can delight us,
Even small things can be precious.

 

My Weekend:

1.  Riding my bike. 

2.  Eating mexican food.

3.  Spending time with Blair.

4.  Watching the Olympics.

5.  Swimming in the pool.

6.  Reading bike magazines.

7.  Sleeping in.

8.  Taking naps.

9.  Eating potatoes.

10.  Talking to my sister on the phone.

11. Watching TV at the gym.

12.  Laughing.

13.  Loree’s birthday party.

 

Catching up August 4, 2008

As usual, the last few weeks have been a whirlind.  Finally, a moment to take a deep breath and rewind.

STP:  KD came to visit and we rode Seattle to Portland with another of her friends.  200 miles in 2 days, crazy fun.  Here we are at the finish line (pic stolen from KD).

Idaho:  I went and visited my family in Idaho Falls for close to two weeks.  The highlight was an epic mtn bike ride with my dad from the Kelly Canyon area to Driggs.  We rode up and over Garns mountain at 9,015 feet.  Not only was it fun and beautiful, it was awesome to experience it with my Dad.  It is a day I will never forget. 

 I also got a fun, if impossible, ride on the South Fork trail with Blair.  One of the most beautiful places on Earth.  Other than mtn biking, Dad and I went on a killer road ride.  I also got in some fun cruises around town, an overnight float trip on the South Fork, swimming at Heise, lots of good cooking by Mom including homemade ice cream, fantasy Tour de France, and most importantly lots of love.  My family means so much to me!

Road trip:  Blair and I drove back to Mesa in a rental van with all of his stuff.  The first day we drove to Zion National Park and arrived by mid-afternoon.  We rode that Pa’rus trail and then the road into the canyon.  At the lodge, we locked up the bikes and went for a hike to the Lower, Mid, and Upper Pools.  Zion definately counts as one of the most spectacular places I’ve ever been.  We also went swimming in the river; I thought I had died and gone to heavan. 

The next day we drove to Flagstaff and went biking in the Shultz Pass area.  These trails were fun, fast, and we loved biking through the pines.  We had planned on camping overnight but a monsoon hit us, and we drove back to Phoenix in the downpour.

Mesa:  Now I am back at work and back in Phoenix.  I didnt realize how much this seems like home to me, until I went away and came back.  I love the dessert and the sun and my life here.  Blair is here with me now too, which makes it that much better.  We’ve gotten in four rides since being back–Hawes, another Hawe’s ride (this one at night), S. Mountain, and the McDowell’s. 

All and all, life has been pretty darn good.

 

Me August 1, 2008

Filed under: life — onarete @ 3:59 pm

The concept:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

The Questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your nickname. (this used to be “flickr name” but I thought nickname was more fun)

1.  Kristen. 

2. Ice cream.

3. Boise State University.  This picture is awesome.  It is the  bridge between Julia Davis park and campus.

4. Pink

5. Lance

6. Water

7. Nepal

8. Fruit

9. Writer

10. Family

11. Loving

12. Special K.  I was pretty excited that a bicycle came up.