Monthly Archives: August 2008

Local man Makes Good

Police have arrested a Cache County man accused of being a peeping Tom. That’s not a major crime, but it’s how the man got caught that makes this an unusual story.

The suspect was prowling around a house in Providence around 10 o’clock Monday night. He quickly learned that the homeowner had a gun and wasn’t afraid to use it.

Providence is the next city over. The scary part, from the homeowner’s perspective, is this bit:

He chased Benson to the side of the house then ordered him to get down on the ground. “I don’t know what he thought, but he started getting back up and coming towards me and making an excuse, and kind of almost in a threatened manner towards me, so I fired into the air,” Sim said.

When the perp comes at you, you don’t know whether he’s going to attack, or just a stupid criminal trying to talk his way out of the situation. Everyone’s brains are running a mile a minute, you don’t know what’s going to happen next, and it’d be a shame to shoot someone if you didn’t need to.

Happily, a warning shot solved the problem, and the perp lived to face the wrath of his wife.

I’m not looking at anyone in particular here, I’m just saying.

I never really belived in this sort of thing, but I found out it really is true!!

Help, I’m turning into my mother

By Maureen Salamon

(LifeWire) — Stacy Pearson keeps buying food she knows she’ll never eat — from tomato soup to green beans to ramen noodles — merely because it’s on sale. Why? Blame her mother.
Listen to your spouse and children on which of your behaviors may be out of line, an expert says.

Her mom, Pearson explains, has always been one to stockpile, to the point that she’s “set for a nuclear holocaust.” And, Pearson adds, “I’m headed the same way.”

Pearson, 31, insists on bringing home restaurant leftovers to “rot appropriately” in her refrigerator and phones friends during storms to find out how hard it’s raining at their house — just like mom.

“I made a vow around the age of 16 to never be like her,” says Pearson, a Phoenix publicist and mother of a 5-year-old daughter. “It’s interesting — the habits I thought I’d never want, I picked up.” Are you just like your mom?

Chalk it up to a potent and mysterious mix of nature and nurture, but many women — particularly once they’re raising their own children — arrive at the astounding realization that they’ve become their mothers after all.

Sandra Reishus, a Sacramento, California, therapist and author of “Oh No! I’ve Become My Mother,” says it’s not surprising that some daughters come to emulate their mothers even after living in fear of that outcome.

“It’s inevitable, because our brains were forming when we were around her,” says Reishus, who has been in practice for 16 years. “She was our window into the world.”

Happily, they have some tips on how to solve this problem:

Breaking the chain

But what if you don’t want to be just like mom? Jason Greenberg, a psychologist in New York City who counsels many women with mother-daughter issues, suggests these steps to behave more consciously and not accept family influences as inevitable:

• Be aware of feedback. If your spouse or children are telling you your ways of relating aren’t working, listen. It’s difficult to judge your own behavior objectively.

• Identify what’s not working. Create a mental or written list of traits your family and you don’t want to see repeated through generations.

• Stop and breathe. When you find yourself in stressful situations — which make it harder to “catch” your behavior — don’t do anything at first. “Those are going to be the moments when you’re most likely to repeat a behavior that’s not constructive,” Greenberg says, “or something that’s just like your mother.”

Attention Cindy Mindy Pindy: More News from Upcoming Kyrgyzstan Adventure!


If you’re reading this, then take my advice and get your hands on a copy of The Long Way Round. Ewan and Charlie go to Krgyzstan and play goat hockey polo! (Or maybe they got to Kazakhstan, I can’t really remember. But hey, goat corpse polo is goat corpse polo, right?)

Here’s a trailer from the film:

I have the film on my PC, so if you’re ever in the neighborhood, drop on by and I’ll play it!

The Queen Gets New Shoes

(OK, so the title was supposed to be a parody on the Emperor getting new clothes, when in fact he gets nothing but a cool breeze, but in this story, Kim really does get new shoes instead of running barefoot or naked, and she’s more of a running fanatic than a queen, although I mean “not a queen” in the literal and not figurative nor comportmental sense, as she could very easily pass for a queen, or at least a princess, given the right dress.)

Yesterday, Kim had quite the cow stressing about some shoes she had mail-ordered last week that she thought were supposed to be here on the very day they had shipped from somewhere back east but were not here because they had barely even been shipped, and that by UPS ground, and so they wouldn’t even be here until several days later, which turned out to be today.

Her old shoes had been killing her feet, and she had sworn in her agony to toss those old shoes, and replace them with some super fancy pants new trail shoes.

So you can only imagine her delight, when last night, she found out her shoes were not in fact lost in the mail, but still in transit, and due to be delivered tomorrow, which turned out actually to be today.

And luckily for me, I came home for lunch, and was able to witness the occasion.

It was a bright and sunny afternoon, that the UPS guy came buy, and Kim went running out gleefully to hug and greet him.

So he held the box WAY out in front of himself as she charged up like a mad (but extremely joyful) dog.

Have you ever seen a comparable grin? I haven’t.

Just like Christmas Morning, Kim ripped that box open and turned her shoes over in her hands so fast I could not even get a good photograph of them.

And while this may seem like the end of the story, it is actually only the beginning!!!