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Home Again

Home Again

We’re back home again.  It is becoming increasingly more difficult to update my blog while on the road.  But, I’m home again and here’s a re-capture of the last two weeks.

Software Issues

I’ve been dealing with software issues with a program by Smith Micro called Poser 11.  The software does what it does quite well — that is 3D rendering and animation.  What it doesn’t do well is file and data management.  I’d give them an A+ on the 3D stuff, but an F in file and data management.

With my expertise in the Windows file structure and data handling, for me to have issues with a software package does not speak very highly of that software package.  Again, they do the 3D stuff well, but their programmers could use some schooling on Software Quality Assurance, file handling, and data structures.

A summary of the issue is this…

You cannot create a Poser scene on computer A, save it to a USB drive, and then take it to computer B and open it.  The only way it will work is of Computer B looks just like Computer A in every aspect.

I’ve spent days on getting their software to find these files.

Utah Trip

We went to Utah for Rebecca’s wedding.  We got there on Friday, and spent most of the day helping her and Stephen pack the moving van.  We spent the evening with Amber and Jason and their friends.  I treated everyone to a huge ice cream feast after dinner.

Wedding Day

The wedding was at the Provo City Center Temple. It is quite beautiful.  I remember the night the Provo Tabernacle burned down.  Now, it is a lovely temple in the center of the city.

We had a bit of a break between the wedding and reception.  When we got to the reception we were all a bit surprised at the decorations.  Rebecca wanted to keep it very simple.  At least there wasn’t any drama during the wedding or reception.


We attended church with Amber and Jason.  After church we went to Sarah’s house and had a BBQ.  Natalie and Amber and their husbands and kids got to meet Sarah, Becky, and some of the nieces and nephews who live in Utah.


Monday was Amber’s day to do stuff with us.  Natalie joined us and we went to the Church History Museum and saw the interactive display I provided images for.  I thought it was going to be one on the Hill Cumorah.  Instead, they used pictures from Fayette and did a virtual tour of the log home there.


Amber was off for her IVF treatment, and Natalie and boys joined us for breakfast at Becky and Glenn’s.  After breakfast, Natalie, Brad and Mike and I went and got In and Out Burgers.

In the evening, we had dinner at Amber’s and celebrated Bethe’s birthday.  Jennifer arrived just a few minutes before we had to leave for the airport.


We had a wonderful trip and got to see all 5 of my daughters and their children!!!

Kiosk Preview

Kiosk Preview

We had a kiosk preview today.  They are currently remodeling the Church History Museum.  One of the features will be an interactive kiosk featuring my photos.  Once open, you’ll have to visit Salt Lake City and tour the museum.  (The museum is located across the street from Temple Square next to the Family History Center.)


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Nathaniel at Temple Square

We arrived a little early and met Sariah and Nathaniel at temple Square.  I gave each of the kids a db walton shirt.  Nathaniel’s was about the only one that fit well, the others were a little big on the girls.

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Grandkids at the North Visitor’s Center

They went up to the Christus Room and trying to get a picture of the three of them was like herding cats.  If one was looking, another was sporting an attitude.  So, the above is the best of all of them.

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Me, Elizabethe and Some of Our Grandkids in Front of Demo Screen

I met with the CSM Missionary folks, in person, for our weekly phone call.  After that, I met one of the guys from the History Library who gave us a demo of the kiosk.  (In the picture above you can see a picture of Hill Cumorah I shot and what will become the kiosk screen.)

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Grandkids Playing with Tablet

From there it was off to the Joseph Smith Memorial building were we had lunch.

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Sariah, Rebecca and Amber

After lunch, I took a couple parting shots of the grandchildren.  They wanted to do a “funny” picture, so I asked them to show me some attitude.  They did that very well.

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Grandkids showing off

Finally, I asked them to give Nathaniel a hug and face the camera.  I love the results.  I already miss them.

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Grandkids in db walton t-shirts

A trip to Salt Lake City is not complete without a picture of the temple.

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Salt Lake Temple

On the way to the airport, we stopped at See’s Candy so I could pickup a year’s supply of Bordeaux chocolates.  Okay, it probably won’t last a year, but I have vowed to only eat one a day.