Tuesday, September 9, 2008

MAY (Part 2)

Okay, I had to change computers because the rest of the May pictures are on this computer. This month, we take a look at a business/family trip to Vegas and delve into the concept of "rodding." I also got a new camera so that our blog would just look that much better. Anyway, we're off!!This is my dad and Logan when we arrived in Las Vegas at the Palazzo hotel where the conference was being held at. It was about midnight when we got there, so my dad...uhhh, the kids were pretty tired.

Here's a little picture of our room. It's definitely the nicest hotel I've ever stayed in and probably the nicest one I'll ever stay in.

While I was at the conference, the kids went to the animal park in The Mirage and they had a good time. Here's Adam on a statuesque liger!!

This is Erin and I in front of some crazy fountain if front of one of the hotels. My dad babysat for us one evening allowing us to go to dinner and to walk around the strip for a while and someone was nice enough to take our picture and not steal the camera.

Here's Logan in some mysterious black velvet portal. I'm honestly not sure what or where this is, but I'm sure it's some place that Erin took the kids while I was at my seminar in Vegas. After this, it was time to hit the road.

But, before we got too far out of town, we had to go by the Las Vegas temple and take some pictures in front of it. This is a gorgeous temple, especially at night.

Here's a parting night shot from across the street.

On our way out, I took a bunch of pictures of the new dam bridge they're building to bypass Hoover Dam. This is a truly incredible structure that looks about 1/5th of the way done so far. The picture doesn't really do it justice as this is a massive structure. If you ever go to Vegas, you'll likely have the pleasure of seeing it as it takes about an hour to get through all the traffic and checkpoints around it. And finally, a picture to hopefully make you laugh.

In my family, my dad is known as a "rodder!" That's Goodman/Brown speak for one who makes a rod out of everything. Of course, a rod is anything that is jerry-rigged together or made to serve as something its inventors never meant it to be used for. My dad is pretty much a professional rodder. This is something he does in his personal as well as professional life (when patients can't afford the best alternative, he rods something up to last them for as long as possible.) This is the IKEA in Tempe. We had to drive over 100 freeway miles to get all this stuff home. Most of it was furniture for our newly-opened office. Amazingly enough, his iron "rod" faith got us through once again as nothing was lost or damaged on the way home.