Thursday, July 29, 2004

I got my towed car back for free

Last time I was booted I was really angry and Jason and I did some research on the Provo City Code to see how we could fight back against tow companies legally. Well, it paid off.

Ruth went into the MTC last week so she gave us her car to take care of for the next 18 months. Black Diamond Towing took her car last week from right in front of our house because it didn't have a pass in the window.

I checked out their sign, as seen in the picture. and it is illegal. It is required to have the name, phone, and location that they are taking the car when they tow. The sign does not have the location. I called the Provo Police and Officer Wotcott called the owner of Black Diamond and explained to him that it was illegal. (It really helps when you call the police and site specific sections and paragraphs and remind them that it is their duty to enforce this code)

The owner called us up and said "Just come get your car." We went over there, they opened the gate, and let us drive away without any mention of a fee. I've checked around town and I've actually never seen a legal tow sign. Which means that you can pretty much get your car back for free anytime. However, you have to have a cooperative police officer. Some of them have heard these complaints and are sick of it. Call Provo Dispatch and ask for Officer Wotcott.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Want a new computer? Try defrag

Over the last week or so I've noticed my computer getting slower and slower. I was starting to think that I needed more RAM or I needed to upgrade the processor or something.

Just for the heck of it, right before I left yesterday, I decided to see if my disk needed to be defragged. Well, almost the entire disk was fragmented! (See all of that red in the picture? That's bad.) No wonder it was going so slow!

So I let it run over night and today when I came in to work it was as if I got a new computer.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

I keep winning stuff

I keep winning stuff and I'm not even entering any contests. I bought a Sobe for lunch because it sounded really good. I took off the cap and it said that I won a Rio MP3 Player!

We also went to a baseball game that was sponsored by Banta on Saturday that was cancelled due to rain. So Banta felt bad and had a drawing today and gave out random prizes to make people feel better. I won a 12-pack of Pepsi, a Salt Lake Singers hat, and 18 cans of oil.

I have never been lucky before in my life - so this has really caught me off guard.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Scout Camp at Adventure Park

Last weekend was scout camp for 11-year old "New Scouts." Brian Borough, the other scoutmaster, and I took up two kids to the camp - Eli and John. We had a great time.

My favorite part was having the tin foil dinners. They had hamburger, carrots, potatoes, and onions. I usually don't like onions, but I grilled them up before we left so they were really good. They had a bunch of neat classes like knots, axeyard, lashings, first aid, hiking, etc.

Saturday morning we went on a 5.5 mile hike. For a while I was walking too fast so I was all alone. It was very peaceful to be out in the "middle of nowhere" and enjoy the scenery. It's the kind of experience that is good to have every once and a while, and then after about an hour of that you're ready to go back to civilization and you start to get scared that you're lost! haha

I've attached a bunch of pictures from the camp.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Free Driving Range at Spanish Oaks

I went to Spanish Oaks Golf Course yesterday to hit some balls at the driving range. The lady at the counter told me that her machine that picks up the field range balls was broken down so she couldn't sell me a bucket of balls. However, she said that I could take a basket and walk out on the range and pick up the balls myself if I wanted to.

So I did. It took about 5 minutes to pick them up. I definitely felt like that was worth it to get to use the driving range for free!

Monday, July 12, 2004

Parade of Homes

My parents, Rachel, and I went around Saturday evening to look at some of the houses in The Parade of Homes. I was pretty impressed.

At first, I thought that looking through all of these awesome houses would make me anxious to want to buy a house way out of my means. However, we quickly realized that we are happy with the home we have.

I can't image having to clean some of these houses. These people definitely have to hire a maid service to keep the place up. Rachel and I have trouble just keeping our two bedroom town home clean!

I loved the grand entry ways, the garden work, and most of all, the theatre rooms. We're going to go look at some more this week, too. It's going on until the 24th.

Let's go to a fire

Over the last two summers there were some large forest fires in the mountains right above the city. I hate to admit it, but I really enjoyed watching them.

We'd make popcorn and go sit outside on the curb to watch the fire and talk. I made some good friends watching those fires.

I was going through some pictures and found two (attached to this entry). It's good (for the forest) that there haven't been any big fires like the last two years - but I miss watching them at night.