West Jordan Sugar Factory

I am realizing how hard it is to keep up on posting these pictures.  I took these on Monday 1/0/11 but did not get home from school till 8:30 and had to finish homework.  It doesn’t look much different but you can see a little progress.  This is the closest I have been able to get to it, I was about fifty feet away from it.

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West Jordan Sugar Factory

These are from Friday 1/7/11, I just forgot to put them up.  It has been interesting as I take pictures each day.  There is always at least one person parked, watching the wrecking ball.  They always tell me how crazy, sad, or surprising it is to see it being torn down.  I have realized that the Sugar Factory was a symbol of West Jordan, and somewhat of a historic landmark.  Whatever replaces it has some big shoes to fill.

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How To Survive A New Semester

It’s a brand new year and for many a brand new semester.  I realized something today, and I think this applies to all classes but I have philosophy classes specifically in mind.  Every semester and every philosophy class there is always one jerk in the class.  I have no other way to describe this person because that is exactly what they are.

They are the person who has to ask questions or make comments to show how intellectual they are.  They know just what to do to get the teacher off track and send him or her on a tangent.  They try to bring up subjects that no one else in the class knows about, and soon that person and the teacher are in their own conversation while the rest of the class has no idea what’s going on.

This is my least favorite part of school.  To make it worse every semester I always have hope that, “this will the year I’ll have a class without that guy.”  Without fail I am disappointed and my hopes are crushed.

As “that guy” revealed him self this week I realized there has to be a better way than getting mad about it.  Now this complaining does have a point, there is a reason why this is a survival guide.  I take all of my class notes on my computer to eliminate the need for carrying six notebooks with me every day.  I finally realized that whenever that person starts talking all I have to do, is surf the Internet and pretend like I am taking notes.  This way I can tune them out, and not get uptight about it.

No matter if it’s school, work, or every day life there will always be people that we hate dealing with, it will never go away.  Instead of getting mad about these people, find a coping mechanism. Mine is to tune them out, by pretending I’m doing work but really I’m doing something I enjoy.

As this new semester begins and you find yourself hating something about school, or hating someone at school find a coping mechanism to help you better deal with it.  I will warn you that if you simply hate going to class, skipping it and being lazy is not a good coping mechanism.  Trust me, I tried that in high school and it didn’t work. New semesters are always hard and I have realized that will never change, so finding ways to deal with it and make it enjoyable is the only way to survive each new semester.

**I referred to “that guy” in the above article.  This is not intended to be sexist in anyway.  I have noticed that women are not as pretention as men are and don’t seem to have a need to booster their egos and have others validate it.  This does not eliminate women from the category; so if you are feeling left out women can be “that guy.”

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West Jordan Sugar Factory

The destruction continues.  I can’t really tell if there has been any progress since yesterday.  The towers are made out of re-barb, steel mesh, and cement so that little wrecking ball they are using may take a while.

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The Sugar Factory Is Going Down

It’s been about two months but I’m back and I have the exclusive story of the year.  Well, not really I just wanted to put this picture up.

I moved here to West Jordan when I was almost 12 years old, and that building up above is called the Sugar Factory.  Many years ago sugar beets were processed there into sugar.  Operations stopped sometime in the 80’s and the towers have been abandoned since.  It’s been pretty cool to see them demolish the towers, but also a little sad because it was part of my childhood memories.  We use to sneak into the tower and buildings around it, hit golf balls at it, and of course there was the staple story of how it was haunted because a kid fell into one of the silos and died.  It was the tallest building in West Jordan.

Since this has been an icon of West Jordan for many years I thought I would take a picture every once and a while as they tear the concrete towers down with a wrecking ball.  Soon the home of a teenage ghost, and the icon full of memories will make way to a new train station.

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Hulu Is Dead

Remember Hulu…what’s that you say, you still watch Hulu?  Then you must not know how to get content in a better way.  Maybe I’m old fashion but I still like watching movies on my big screen TV better than on my computer or iPhone.  Don’t get me wrong I like watching a show on my iPhone every once and a while but I still find a big screen TV much more enjoyable.  When I got my ps3 I was still a fan of Hulu and tried everything I could to watch Hulu through the ps3 but alas I had no luck.

After a couple months of frustration I gave up on Hulu, and haven’t watched something on Hulu for over a year.  I realized how worthless Hulu really is; their content distributors block everything from accessing the content crippling the point of Hulu.  When they finally came out with an app for the iPhone, iPad, and ps3 I thought finally they are coming around.  The only problem was they charge $10 a month for it!  That’s outrages, $10 a month for shows that are on TV for free, plus you have to sit through commercials.  Does Hulu not realize that you can get a DVR for $7 record every show that Hulu has then watch it commercial free any time you want (most Hulu programs are only available for a short time) also maybe they forgot that you can get Netflix for $9 a month and they give you unlimited streaming on almost any device you have, plus you get unlimited DVD’s.  I was testing out the new diskless streaming on the ps3 for Netflix and they have most TV seasons that you would want and a lot that Hulu doesn’t have, you get most of the shows from FX, USA, Showtime, and other cable networks.

I could care less about Hulu and I think a lot more people are beginning to feel the same way, their content is too difficult to access and too expensive to make it worthwhile.  They have fallen behind the times and I don’t see them coming back anytime soon.  With so many other options, not to mention the fact that it is easier to download a torrent of a TV show and watch it than it is to watch Hulu, I’m not advocating Piracy but when its easier, and more convenient to pirate shows rather than watch them on Hulu you know they are doing something wrong.


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Can’t Beat A Good Vacation

It’s early in the morning, a little cold outside, overcast with no sun in site, raining a little, and I’m in a crowd of at least a thousand people or more.  Sounds miserable right? Wrong, because in about ten seconds everyone will start counting down 5…4…3…3…1 the gates open and everyone starts pouring into Disneyland.  You would think that with the bad weather and crowds it wouldn’t be a very enjoyable experience, but everyone is so excited for it to open and so happy they are at Disneyland you cant help but also be excited with the energy that is there.  As my wife and I walked in and headed over to Tomorrow Land we both commented that it really does feel like a magical place.  The staff greats you as a guest, like you are some type of royalty that is visiting their town and they are so excited to have the pleasure of your company.  The streets are clean, everything is well laid out and designed; it’s like a perfect city you wish you could live in.  I have to admit that when we embarked on our trip I was not extremely excited to be spending five days traveling and in Disneyland, but after the first day of the trip my mind was changed and I was surprised at how much I was enjoying the whole experience.  I have been to Disneyland before but never for more than one day.  Being there for three days, was such a different experience because you don’t feel rushed to do everything in one day, we had plenty of time to ride all the rides, see all the shows and not feel like we missed out on anything.  What really impressed me the most was how much detail Disneyland puts into the park.  They keep it immaculately clean, nothing looks cheap which helps you feel ok about spending so much money on everything because you don’t feel like you are being cheated.  I noticed the small details too, one of the ladybugs were broken down on Francis’ Ladybug Boogie and the sign they used was in the shape of a leaf that matched the theme of the park.  Every worker is dressed in a uniform that reflects the theme of the ride, and they act in character, which makes the experience even better, because it makes you sometimes forget you are at a theme park.

The shows they offer make the visit to Disneyland well worth it.  If you didn’t go on a single ride and only saw the shows they have available, you could still feel like you got your moneys worth.  They have constant parades, you can see a Broadway quality play of Aladdin in a state of the art theatre venue.  Fantasmic was pretty amazing, but even better was the new World Of Colors show.  They use over 1200 fountains, lasers, lights, fire, and projections of video on streams of water.  I have to say it was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen; it’s worth the trip alone.

My thoughts about Disneyland have definitely changed, I don’t think I would want to vacation there every year but I wouldn’t mind going every couple of years.  Plus they are restoring Star Tours, which will open next year, and the new Cars land is opening in 2012 so I think I will have to check those out soon.

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