Thursday, December 27, 2007

Another 20 Things...

Another 20 things that you might or might not know about me.

  1. I have the best mom in the world, I could never repay her for all that she does for me. My dad is pretty alright too.
  2. I miss my Nana more and more every day. Sundays, holidays and family reunions just aren't the same without her.
  3. I watch Rachael Ray and The Price is Right every morning (Drew Carey...not as good as Bob Barker).
  4. I treat my dogs like they were my kids, they are very spoiled.
  5. I fell off the hood of a car going 40 M.P.H. down Millcreek Canyon.
  6. I went to the emergency room 4 times in 6 months when I was a teenager (including the incident above) I was and still am an accident waiting to happen.
  7. I was the Prom King in High School (yes, I'm living in the past).
  8. I'm related to "The Jets" (the 80's singing group).
  9. I have my own bowling ball.
  10. If I wasn't a fat guy in a wheelchair, I would try to be a Mixed Martial Arts fighter.
  11. I love Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies.
  12. I love reading my family and friends blogs but I don't like to update my own blog very much (as you can probably tell).
  13. I don't like talking on the phone, I'd much rather communicate thru email or on the Internet...I'm pretty anti-social these days.
  14. My two favorite days of the year are my nieces birthdays (October 15th and May 27th).
  15. I am a huge Utah Jazz fan.
  16. I'm a Utah football fan but I do root for BYU when they aren't playing the Utes (dang...that was hard to admit).
  17. I love the holidays but I can't stand Christmas music, it drives me crazy!
  18. The last time I drove a car was about 6 years ago.
  19. I spend most of my time during the day at my computer.
  20. I have reoccurring dreams of me in a Tuxedo but I'm always in different places and situations.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Grandpa Beech

Since my Nana passed away a few years ago everyone focuses on all of the great things that she did, taught and stood for in her life. I would always joke that she was my Gramps better half but I don't think he gets enough credit for all that he is and does.

Gramps is probably the most generous and giving guy that I have ever known. From all of the things that he does for his family to literally bailing his friends and others out of jams. He is known for talking to everyone and befriending people in need. Growing up around him I used to think it was a little odd that he would keep helping his friend out after this guy was sent to jail time after time or that he employed the local handicap man at his appliance store or that he would let people live in our cabin while they got back on their feet but as I got older I started to understand that he would do these things because he was such a compassionate and considerate person.

Of course, he isn't perfect. My older brother picked up swearing from him when he was three years old and well...ummm...that's all I got. I think the only time I've heard him bad mouth anyone was when we were at a Chinese restaurant and the waiter who didn't speak very good English got his order wrong so Gramps called him an idiot, the waiter just smiled and said thank you (my cousin and I couldn't stop laughing).

For a lot of my life I've taken my ol' Gramps for granted but over the years it has become clear to me that he is such an amazing person and I'm very fortunate to have him in my life.

Love ya Gramps!