Monday, August 23, 2010

Last Week of Summer

Where did the summer go?

I think we all are asking ourselves that today.  Summer was long and awesome yet it seemed so short.  I am looking forward to different parts of school starting up again because there are lots of fun activities (like football, intramural sports, basketball season, and of course getting hitched) that will happen in the upcoming month.

This being the last week of summer, I want to 'live it up'.

It will probably snow in a month so we have to right?

Any recommendations or ideas?!  haha I know I don't have a large blog following but I'd love some feedback. 

Monday, August 9, 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010

El Calvito

I'm a lil bald. My hair has been pretty short as of late anyways, but I think I love Jennika's reaction to all this the best..."Uhh..are you going to keep doing this?"

Haha I don't plan to keep shaving my head like this, but my brudda Mike really wanted to so I thought I would support him. After all, it's summer!

I can say that there are a few weird things about having nearly no hair:

  • My shirt gets stuck to my head when I take it off.
  • Towels get stuck to my head when I try to dry it.
  • Shampoo is almost unneeded.
  • I keep getting the shivers...I blame it to lack of hair.
  • I could sand a wood fixture to be nice and smooth with my noggin.
  • I probably had more hair when I was born.
  • It's not that great of a look.

Here are some famous peeps though that got barely any hair:


It was worth a try at least right?
What was really ironic to me about today though, was the last thing I saw before going to bed:

Hair Conditioner from Jonathan Gurvit on Vimeo.

It's good to be a calvito (little bit bald guy) while it lasts.

Friday, July 16, 2010


This is our newest single, "Dandelions", featuring Hillary Dodd, Truth, and Showcase from the Cache Valley Killaz. Check for, 'Happy Fat Kids', the album to be released towards the end of the summer.  This track will be a little different (better) when we release the album.

Co-Producer of 'Dandelions' - Tren Dawg



Last night, a group of us went to see the midnight showing up the new movie, "Inception". 

I had BIG expectations because first off the movie is directed by Christopher Nolan who I thought did a great job with, "The Dark Knight", and I also enjoyed, "The Prestige".  I also really just thought that the trailer seemed cool and who wouldn't want to see a movie with "Alfred" from Batman aka Michael Caine.

I started to get nervous though because the movie was being advertised so much!! I feel like most of the time when movies are heavily advertised, it's usually because they aren't that great.  A good movie can usually advertise for itself because people begin talking about it and then tell their friends about it and then they go see it too.

I'm no Roger Ebert and I don't have some elaborate review of the film, but I have to say is that I was not disappointed.  I was expecting a complex plot, so I brought lots of brain food to eat while watching, but within the first five minutes I was kinda hoping it would have been a little easier to understand like Toy Story or something, I mean I was completely lost, but a few minutes later, I was able to settle in. I thoroughly enjoyed nearly every part of this movie.  The very ending made the whole crowd groan because we wanted more!  I don't want to give anything away, but this was a sweet film for sure.  I walked out feelin a little sketchy and trippy cause it was making me think a lot, but I also blame that on my lack of studies due to summer break ;).  


In different stages of my life I have been very interested and intrigued by music and video and I have attempted to make both of them. It takes a lot of time to really make a good product and there is one guy that is making some really sweet movies on YouTube who I definitely repsect. What he does is produce a track that has like a Drums N Bass feel and then he adds soundbits from certain movies and splices that together with video clips from the movie. Something like this seems incredibly difficult to do and he has a serious talent for it.

Here is an older video that he released based on the movie, "Up":

Here is one based off of the movie, "Hook":

I know that this might not be everyone's cup of tea because it really has a Drums N Bass, electronica trip-hop feel to it but I really like them and I'm impressed with his work.  I wish I had talent + theequipment/software to make videos like this....and the time and patience as well.

hahah here's another one for kicks...based off of Toy Story:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

In the Studio

The Cache Valley Killahz are back in the studio and we're workin on our new album which is unnamed, but might be called, "Happy Fat Kids".  Here are a few videos from our first day recording.  Expect our first single to be released by the end of the week.  

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"Wake me up, when September ends...well October too.."

I got Bulls fever.   I can not wait for the NBA season to start again.  There are so many teams and story lines that I am interested in this year.  I want to see how well John Wall plays with the Wizards.  I want to see if the Lakers can repeat the 3-peat and bring Phil his fourth 3-peat.  I want to know if the Celtics have ANY gas left.  Is Joe Johnson gonna be as bad as he was in the playoffs?  I hope the Heat are the biggest bust of the century.  I hope the Clippers are good for once and that Blake Griffin leads them to a playoff appearance. The Knick and the Nets, which is the better team this year? Can the Cavs avoid from going from 1st to last place in our division? Will Durant keep getting better and better? Who's going to win the east?  The Magic? But most importantly, how will the Bulls do this year? I have so many questions about the Bulls and just about every player we have, but I don't know how I will be able to wait till the end of October for this all to start!!!!  Who thinks we'll have a Heat vs. Lakers match-up on Christmas day?....or will they stick with Cavs vs Lakers? hahah....

I guess YouTube videos will have to do till then...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"Big D!"

As of late, I am behind on my blog posting, and a little behind on this tribute, but I wanted to post a few things about my Dad despite already celebrating Father's Day.

If I had a top 10 list of pictures of Dad, this would definitely be in it.  I already posted earlier on my blog that I have the best Mom ever, and the same really goes with my Dad.  I don't know I did to get blessed with such great parents, but they are the bomb!  Dad is one of the greatest examples to me.  His letters while I was serving my mission always seemed inspired.  He always knew what I needed to hear and I loved marking the scriptures he sent me while I was out serving.   Despite being one of the most obedient people I have ever met (we even thought he was one of the three Nephites for a while / we still do) as you can see from the picture, he is goofy and fun!

Dad and I have great memories.  We have had some great Father and son campouts and camputs with scouts.  One time we went to a Cub's game and afterwards he decided it was a good idea to take a shortcut through a sketchy dark alley hahaha I think I was like 12 and being scared out of my mind but I felt safe as well because I was with Dad.  We've done fun things such as model rockets, biking, lego robotics, cleaning up dead mice.

Everyone loves Dad!  Of course our family does, but even my friends think Dad is a tight dude!!...and he is!  I have always been amazed at Dad's ability to work hard, fulfill his callings, enjoy life (through exercise and funny diets), and still have the time to show his great love for us.  He is one of a kind, and I hope that some day I can be a Dad like him.

Dad, you're the best! Thanks for always supporting me and having interest in my life and wellbeing. Can't wait to see you on Saturday!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


A few weeks ago I went out to Florida to see one of my best friends Matteo get married in the Orlando temple. We had all been anticipating the big day and it definitely snuck up on us all really fast.

Matteo and I

It was the first marriage I got to attend in one of the LDS temples and it was definitely a great experience to be part of.  The wedding itself took place in Orlando but we then drove down to Miami for the reception.  Here are some photos and a video from my trip... Sorry for the lack of description and words, but I'm a little short on time...hah.

Highlights of the trip included lock-picking and throwing knives class, AIDs cat, floating down some natural lazy river that seemed like it came out of a movie, the warm water of miami south beach, chipotle, Bill showing up at the airport dressed as Angel Batista and then later his MC Hammer pants, and seeing one of my best friends get married. Congrats Matteo and Nina!!


Monday, June 14, 2010


Have you seen these at Wal-mart? hahaha

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Chef SamyoD Update

Life has been busy.  I'm only two weeks into my new job but I have already clocked in 40+ hours both weeks.  Right now I am basically working 9-5 or 6 every day except Sunday's and Wednesdays.  The first two hours I spend cleaning up the restaurant for opening and making sure the big dish washer is hooked up and ready to go and then I pretty much do food prep the whole time unless there is a big holdup and the dish washer needs some help.  It has been good and my body is more use to it now so the days aren't as tiring as they were the first week.

I'm really grateful for this job because I really think it is teaching me a whole new set of skills and I really love learning about another side of work and life that I haven't experienced.

My tasks as a prep cook are always changing but I usually always do something with the fries, whether it be cutting them up or doing a pre fry, something with onions whether it be cutting them for onion rings or whatever, potatoes, baked and red potato wedges, bacon, portioning meat, cleaning chicken breasts, and seriously an assortment of other jobs and tasks.  When I am at work I get really into it and make sure not a moment is wasted.  I usually don't even really stop for breaks because it is just always super busy and there are things that need to be done.  I think its very possible that in the future I'll train a bit to work on "the line" and do more cooking as a chef/cook.  It's been hard work, but most of the time I have a good time.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


It has been a fun season to follow.  I even got to go to a game in Anaheim during spring break. Patrick Kane has been my favorite player on the Hawks and in the NHL and I couldn't be happier seeing him get the last goal!!  What a fun night!!  Wish I could be at the parade on Friday.

Friday, June 4, 2010

New Summer Job

Tuesday I started working at a new restaurant that is going to open on Monday named Aggy's.  I know, I thought it should be spelled Aggie's as well, but this restaurant is in the same location as a restaurant that recently closed named "Iggy's".  "Iggy's" was a sports grill and it actually did very well in Logan and the one time I went, it was very crowded, but due to poor ownership and management in Idaho, they had to close it down here.  The owner of the building that Iggy's was renting from decided to get together with a few other people and they decided to start Aggy's.  I think it is a great idea because Logan is definitely a college town and who wouldn't want to go to a place named after our mascot?

My current position at Aggy's is as a prep cook (click here to learn what a prep cook is) / dish washer.  Seems like a pretty easy job, but so far over the past three days that I have been working, I have had to do a grip of things including prepare food to be served or cooked and cleaning the dishes.  I was really excited to start this job because of my interest in food and I always wondered how a restaurant operated.  I am currently witnessing it first hand as we prepare for our VIP opening today (Friday) and Saturday and then the grand opening on Monday.

This is not us...but you get the idea.

One of the most interesting things is the separation and division between the people in the kitchen and then the servers and hostesses.  It is actually incredibly interesting to me.  I don't know how many of you have ever been to wal-mart past midnight, but the same people working their at midnight are definitely not the friendly faces that you see in the commercials on tv when they are rolling back prices.  The thought the night crew at walmart was working in the kitchen the first time I stepped back there. ;) One prerequisite about working in the back kitchen is that you need to have a tattoo, piercing, or addiction to cigarettes.  All three is an extra bonus.  I just tell everyone I got an Aggie tattooed on my bum so that I can work in the back.  ;)  In all honesty though, the kitchen crew are the nicest people that I have met at the restaurant.  I am really enjoying to get to know em and work together with them.  Each person seems to have their own story.  Today I was setting up prime rib into servings with a 28 year old dude from Panama that everyone calls "Eh Ooh" (well at least its pronounced like that) and he was telling me about his dream to open up a restaurant of his own.  I want to be the first one to eat at it the day it opens.  These people on the outside seriously might look unfriendly to some, but have started to become a fun new group of friends that I have at work and its been sweet.

On the opposite spectrum of the restaurant, there is the glam of the servers and hostesses.  Its amazing what putting on an apron and standing in the back of a kitchen will do to your image and how people stereotype you.  My housemate Mike also works in the back with me, and it is hilarious to us at how the servers have little respect for us or pay very little attention just because we are workers in the back.  It's so interesting to me and I'm gonna do a little social experiment and see how they treat me as a customer when I walk in the front doors in normal clothes, as compared to how they treat me when I am in the back working as a prep cook / dish washer.

One of the nicer servers today though said something I really liked.  He basically said that the success of a restaurant and nearly everything relies on the productivity, quality, and speed of the kitchen.  It's so true.  How many times do we tip well as a place we just ate because we get our food fast or because its dang tastayyyy.

I have so much to say about this new job.  I am enjoying it because I feel like I am learning a lot about a plethra of things and it's kinda humbling being maybe the lowest ranking job at Aggy's haha, I don't even think management will look me straight in the eyes cause I'm that low. ;) Hopefully later in life I can come back to the restaurant to eat as a more successful business man and relate my stories to a server, and tell him/her about tarting off there when it opened as just a dude in the kitchen.  hahah ;) 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Summer House Part 1

It's been a grip of days since my last blog post but now that I'm starting to get on a more regular routine, I'll give ya'll an update on past events over the next few days, including my trip to florida, my new job as a prep cook at Aggy's which is opening up soon, my trip to St. George and hiking "Angel's Landing", bowling, strange food, and much moreeeeeeeee hah. ;)

A few weeks ago, me and some buddies moved into a legit house with prime location to campus.  I plan on posting some pics and video of the house but for now here is some before and after shots of my room that I share with Kevin.



Here is a quick tour of the room: 

I must say, we have a pretty sweet setup going.  I'll post about the rest of the house very soon.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cooking With Stewart Peterson

First off, apologies for lack of blog updating.  It has been a busy time and I actually have lots to blog about so holla.

In case it has been difficult to determine or you are just very incompetent hah, I enjoy food...a lot.  Recently we moved into a new house (blog post coming...) and I have some new roommates. Mr. Stewart Peterson is one of them and for the past month I have heard the mentions of a turkey steak creation that he enjoyed.  I was very intrigued, especially because this was coming from a Brigham City native and someone who grew up only a minute away from the famous Maddox Ranch House.  To my luck, last night I was able to witness this creation first hand and even get a few taste tests.

The cook himself, Stewart Peterson
You might ask, what does this unnamed and mysterious creation by Stewart Peterson contain...

It's simple:
  • One frozen Maddox turkey stake.  (available at Northern Utah grocery stores)
  • One egg, preferably fresh
  • A handful of cheddar jack shredded cheese
Here are two videos with Chef Stew explaining how this Northern Utah Peterson Classic goes down:

I was very impressed with Chef Stew's creation, and my mouth was definitely salivating as he prepared the meal.  It was a struggle to do this interview because I was gettin da munchies.

The decadent turkey steak stew creation.
Taste test!!!!!!

...and it gets two fingers up!!
I know many of my critics have criticized me for my lack of healthy eating.  I am working on it and this meal definitely doesn't fall under the healthiest of snacks, but it was enjoyable and should be consumed sparingly to avoid obesity.  

Expect more posts about Chef Stew in the future...haha.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Some Thanks Are In Order - Part 2

Like I said in my previous post, these past few days have been crazy.  I spent most of the first part of the weekend helping people without cars run errands, moving, and I also had some other errands of my own I needed to run.  Abruptly on Thursday some plans were messed up so I didn't even have a place to put my stuff while I wait to move into my new crib.  Jennika was also leaving for a weeks so I wanted to spend some time with her before she left.  On top of all of this, I come home Friday night to find a note to see that all my roommates had moved all of their stuff out of the apartment and that they had no intentions of returning to help clean up for the clean checks that we had planned on doing Saturday.  I must credit them for a job well done cleaning the fridge out and throwing away most of my food in it.  Tiiiiiiiiiiight!!!!!

So here are my shoutouts to the great and amazing friends that are there for me when I need em, despite how random or unpleasant the task at hand might be!!!!!!!!

Thank you Emily for saving me and letting me put my stuff in your house while I roam the streets of Utah homeless!

Thank you Gwen for getting on your hands and knees and scrubbing our floor for three hours!  haha sorry about whatever was in the sink that made you and Jennika scream.

Thank you Madi for starting up my birthday celebration with your visit and being the majority vote on going to see Babies hahaha.

Shout out to Jennika for helping me with eeeeeeeeverything, packing, cleaning everything gross in our apartment for hours, and for my favorite present of my birthday this year, a panini maker!!!!

Shout out to Kevin for also bringing in my birthday with a bang, appreciating Man v. Food as much as I do, and for all the moral support as we watched the worst parts of child birth hahahaha.  We will miss you while you are being studied...let's hope the people doing the study are not the visitors from V.

Twists n shouts for Stew for being Stew and bringing comedy and knowledge into my life.  I mean really, who would want to see the movie Babies when you can just go down the street to your cousins'.  This dude knows how to clean and also helped us for hours as we cleaned our apartment.  Hahaha we got a sick lunch bunch goin down so be g-lous. 

Shouts to Court for the great birthday, the mad cooking skills you displayed, the shake weight hahah, for letting all the guys be guys, and giving me a new nickname because of my headphones - hamburger patties.

These peeeeeeeeeps are da bomb and I really appreciate all yall did to help me out this weekend when I needed your help. Yall taught me a lesson and more about what true friends are and I am super thankful.  GRACIAS!!