Sunday, November 30

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Achieving one Dream at a Time

by Rodrigo Silveira

So last Friday night [last night] Luci and I "decided" to go to the mountains this morning. I'll spare you the details of our decision-making process, but trust me, Luci took a very meaningful role in the process. Either way, this morning we got in the car and started driving south (birds aren't the only species that fly south, eh?!)
I didn't want to tell Luci where we were going, but I think she realized we were going far away when I filled up the tank ($1.64 gallon at 7/11) and picked up an Energy Shot thing that tasted like pneumonia... Either way, this is where I took her:
For those of you not familiar with the place, this is a part of a national park called the Canyonland National Park, located in south-east Utah (about 300 miles south of my house in Salt Lake). Pretty gorgeous place... When we left at around 9:43am, the weather in SLC was a bit dreadful, as you can see in this picture of some happy windmillies:
Pretty happy windmillies, eh?! Anyways, I had checked online before I left so I knew we'd be encountering some good weather. I also checked my goals list for the day, along with my history data of when I had travelled over 100 minutes south of Provo, and getting pulled over was definitely NOT in my to-do list. So with that, know that I drove pretty slowly and conservatively the whole way to Moab...
Anyways, once we got there, we decided to take some happy pictures with my happy Samsung A737, which you can see right hither thus:
Once we had done thusly, we went over to this place 6018 feet above sea level, and we saw something like the following happy illustration:
Pretty sweet stuff... The rocks we were standing on was about I'd say a good 1000 feet above the main valley below, though the picture makes it seem way, way lower. The mini canyon in the middle of the picture is where the Green River is, though, again, it looked a lot more breath-taking than in the picture. It was about at this very time when I was taking these shots, that I was making a note-to-self in my mind (mental Black Berry in action) to invest in a really nice camera for next time we come out here or go somewhere memorable [bloggable].

But anyways, we hiked a little bit in this little area and realized there was no way to make our way down to the river from where we were (unless Ethan Hunt was around, but the man was nowhere to be found... fool!)... But we had a good time exploring the region:

For some reason seeing Luci mess around a few inches away from the edge of the cliff made me a bit nervous... But then she told me she was a professional with many years of experience climbing up dangerous places before, so I took it easy after that... phu...
Anyways, so we hiked around the different places in the park, though we never made it to the Maze or the Needles..., but we'll definitely be going back... SOON! and with a nice camera... and more food... so stay up, people... Sit tight and ponder about what it is like to sit down one day and write down about 100 places you'd like to visit one day in your life time... I think I even mentioned this on a previous entry... So yeah..., this is a good exercise... write down 10, 100, 1000, whatever, write down as many places you'd like to, dream about, and PLAN on visiting one day... That's what I did, and that's what I'm refering to... anyways, one of the top 10 places I wanted to visit this year (very generalized entry on my list, and later broken down and defined a bit more) was the National Parks in Utah... Canyonlands was top 3... So yeah, I accomplished a goal of mine today (it's actually 2:30am, technically Sunday, and I still need to shower, sleep, if possible, and go get Luci so we can go to church later on... Then I need to celebrate Sao Paulo's 6th national championship... my prediction is they win 2x0 and Gremio wins something like 3x0 or 3x1...) AND I also accomplished a dream! So let me conclude with this amazing picture and Jim Rohn:
"Make a living, but also make a life."

Monday, November 24

And she answered, Yea!

Asking the Right Questions

by Rodrigo Silveira

A wise man once said this, and I quote him: "If you don't want an answer, don't ask a question."
Let me put on my wiseman hat on, covering the wiseman baldness (yes, I said wiseman, look what Propecia and Rogaine will do to us males), and follow that up with this, and I quote [myself]: "If you do want an answer, delay asking the question, and when you finally do ask it, make it really complicated and manipulative."

Done! That's all it took me. Let me walk you through it... Since it's been a while since I last wrote in this thing, I think I'll write a pretty detailed explanation of what I did... no, n
ot really, I won't... and here are my two reasons: 1) it's 12:30 at night, and I need to be at work at 7:30am (to make up for not going to work for the rest of the week - someone has to pay for that Bella diamond), and 2) I still have to watch a special thing I downloaded on Prison Break (Beyond the Ink), where Wentworth Miller and the directors of Prison Break talk about Michael Scofield's tattoos... oooph... what could be better than for a Monday night...?!

So yeah, a picture is worth a few words, right (or so says the so-called "wiseman"): 
So to all of you wiseman, that picture up there is of me (the one on the left, white shirt with the expensive red tie, big muscles, followed up with the sexy facial attractions), followed up with my gorgeous back-at-the-time-the-pictue-was-taken "girlfriend." This took place a few weeks ago in the Capitol Building in Salt Lake City, Utah. We were there, minding our own business... Then I see some kid rolling around trying to show his date he knew how to "breakdance." So I proceeded to flare a few times, followed up by some footwork, followed up with a sweek pike and some hand gestures symbolizing myself telling this kid to... um... well... go home, I guess... So 
yeah, I followed that night up with, um... well..., not much else, I guess, we were pr
etty tired after that...

Anyways, I know this story is supposed to be about the day I proposed to the one girl I looked for all those years... But I thought it was a cool story there when I battled this strange kid and demostrated how cocky I can be... but the flares looked pretty clean, at least from my perspective...

Anyways, so here's a real picture of the rest of the real story:

So I decided to ask her out on a date... As you can see, I had to resort to the green bottle there... it was just to make 
sure there would be no surprises... At least that's what I learned reading my scriptures...

Then I took a picture of it in my car with my phone camera...

Followed that up with this one picture right here on the right:

Well, not really, that picture is from today when I was going to work on my $350 Gucci shirt and Tie combo from Amazon... B
ut I think it's a pretty cool picture because I'm sure some people will believe I wear Gucci's AND that I shop at Amazon... Nice... But anyways, following up with this left-and-right picture combo, I can only say one thing to all of you blog people out 
there in America and to all the children across the world: Check out my next picture... I think I look amazingly extraordinary:

Yes, that is a pointless picture that doesn't help the story to move forward... but... I think my phone is so cool that I keep taking pictures of myself with it, though I didn't really take this specific one as you can tell... But anyways, so I ended up getting down on my left knee and asking Luci in soberness if she'd marry me... done! For some reason my phone camera doesn't photograph her ring very well, maybe cuz the blingness level is too high that it over sparkles the lenses... but here's an ASCII representation of it: (HD1080i)


Pretty cool, huh?! so with that, let me follow that up with that same high-res ASCII business to show you what I told the salesman when he told me how much I'd have to pay for the ring (no refund if she actually kept the ring):


Thank you for reading, and check your imaginary planners where it says April 10.

Rodrigo Silveira ::[I-DO]