Half Way and Why Didn’t I?
October 14, 2012
I have received a lot of “Why Didn’t I” questions with the main one being why didn’t I post earlier that I was going to broadcast Austin’s graduation. The answer is simple and kind of teenagerish. I didn’t know I was going to do it, until I did it.
Donna and I had been out of town on another fun road trip to Saint George, Utah and Zion National Park. To be honest, I wasn’t thinking much about Austin’s graduation as we took in two Tuacahn Theater, New York City Broadway style productions: Aladdin and Hairspray, plus a wonderful eye popping trip through Zion. Aladdin was a blow your mind integration of live production, music and 3D movie effects. Definitely, a must see if you are in the Saint George area or like us, it is worth the 800 mile round trip. You can always stop in Vegas or you can do like we did and stay for another night’s show and see Hairspray. It was also an integration but of a different kind. Who would have thought one could combine segregation in the 60′s, music and hairspray to create a hit Broadway play. Now that’s being creative. There was so much energy in the music and dance that Donna and I felt physically exhausted by the time the show was over. It was like a great workout without leaving our seats.
We also had a wonder time exploring Zion National Park, one of our favorite places to visit and we have been there many times, but this was the first time we saw Mountain Sheep in the park. Wow! That was exciting and everyone just stopped in the middle of the road blocking traffic in both directions. With the changing of the season to fall, we took a little known back road up and over the mountains by Kolob Reservoir and down into Cedar City where we had great Mexican food, Donna’s favorite. As you can see from the photos, it was a one beautiful drive. Our timing was perfect with the trees exploding with brilliant colors on rolling hills of straw grasses and azure blue skies. Take a long deep breath, release it slowly and relax, feel the sensation move through your body, similar to a slight chill on a warm day. Wonderful for the moment; the rest of the world does not exist.
Okay, now back to reality. We got up early and drove 7 hours so we could be back in time for Austin’s graduation being held at the Joan and Ray Kroc (founder’s of McDonalds) Community Center. Now, just being around all those young creative kids must have influenced my decision to start broadcasting. I mean, I was just sitting there doing nothing, when I took out my iPhone to take maybe a photo or two, and bingo I saw the Ustream app and pushed the icon. It took more than a senior’s moment to remember the password but I finally got it and we were broadcasting. Not good but we were live with low light, only one and half bars and no way to zoom in. I couldn’t record the show because I was broadcasting from my iPhone and not my home computer. Like I said, it was kind of a teenager moment; push the button and see what happens or just do it and worry later about the results.
I must say this was one of the best graduations I have ever attended. I could be biased because Austin was getting his AA degree but I don’t think so. Remember, he is only half way through his education. His goal is to get his BA degree so he has another 15 months to go. What made this graduation so great was there were no long speeches and something personal was said about each graduate as they were given their diploma. Also, in the lobby of the auditorium there were examples of graduating students’ work which really displayed that they are ready move on to the next challenge in their life…Work or as they say, a real job.
Austin would like to thank everyone that has supported him. His success (he graduated with honors 3.91 GPA), is in a way your success too because it has been your support that has given him this opportunity. Donna and I would also like to say, ” Thank You.” It means a lot us.
Best quote of the night. “I can’t believe the whole family showed up, even my aunt and uncle.”
We have had a wonderful week.
All the best,
Carlos, Donna and Austin
P.S. Ashley, our granddaughter, takes her Cosmetology state board exam Monday in Los Angeles. Wish her luck.
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