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BYU Basketball’s Corbin Kaufusi Almost Slam Dunk

In this video BYU basketball’s Corbin Kaufusi slams the ball down the hoop with 1:17 left in the 2nd half during the game against Pepperdine on Saturday, January 30th, but the ball jumps back out. Take a look as the ball clears the rim and is caught by the net which then throws it up. At what point should this be considered a basket? If someone tied the net together so the ball couldn’t pass through, then wouldn’t it be considered a basket if the ball simply cleared the rim? If the net were tied together then the game would change because players would have to be gentler with the ball to lay it in the hoop so it wouldn’t bounce out of the net. Of course, the net would never be tied together so this sort of consideration is absurd. But considering Corbin Kaufusi’s strong force with which the dunk was placed, and the fact the ball was only impeded by the net, perhaps the game requires Corbin to be gentler because the net might seemingly “goaltend” the ball as if it were tied together.

I think the review by the officials should’ve found that the dunk by Corbin Kaufusi should’ve counted and that the net goaltended the ball. This non-counted basket had no effect on the game as the score was already Pepperdine 75 and BYU 86, but let’s give Corbin credit for his great play. At a most basic level, this event sparks the question, “When is a basket a basket?” Am I wrong? Is this not a basket?

Historical Marker for Ano Santo 1950

Perafita Ano Santo Historical Marker

Perafita Ano Santo Historical Marker

In the middle of a road that runs east and west towards the ocean in the community known as Perafita, is this historical marker for Ano Santo 1950. In this picture, I pose underneath the towering cross. My guess is that this photo was most likely taken near February or March 1989. My missionary partner was Elder from Wyoming who worked with me from the beginning of January through most of March, possibly into April. We had a lot of success meeting and teaching the people of Perafita. As a result, this was one of the more enjoyable time periods during my mission.
While my memory is likely inaccurate after all of these years, it seems to me that this day was sunny but cold. We started working in Perafita in February after our success in Leça da Palmeira near Matosinhos was minimal. I remember the month of January was dark and wet. February seemed to be cold. Eventually the warmth of spring made the last few months working in this area more enjoyable. This was nice considering both Leça da Palmeira and Perafita have a nice ocean side that we traveled each day.
I need to go back into my journal entries to remember more about this time period. In the meantime, please enjoy this picture that shows this historical landmark on the Portuguese streets.

Momma Moose Outside Our Home

On the morning of November 11th, 2015, I was getting ready to leave to work. I walked out of the bathroom after showering and found saw a moose outside our window deep in the brush. The moose wasn’t easy to spot, but my eyes happened to look the best direction to see the animal enjoying her morning breakfast. I walked over to the window to get a better look.
A few days earlier our dog spotted this same moose with her baby in the backyard and played a game running up close to them before running away when the mother got protective. The baby also chased a few times. Our larger sized dog had fun playing this cat and mouse type game as he was fast enough to run up and invade their space before running away when they chased him. I should’ve videoed this exchange and shared on “America’s Funniest Home Videos” or something. When I told some colleagues at work, they asked where the video was.
So on this day as I saw the mamma moose in the distance, I grabbed my phone and started taking a few single snapshots. Unfortunately the moose was still difficult to spot. As I put the phone down, the moose came out of the bushes towards me and looked up at the window a few times right at me. I figured it noticed me and would cautiously keep a distance. Rather, this moose continued to come forward toward me. I took a few more pictures thinking this would be the best angle I could get to share with my colleagues.
I took all the pictures I desired, but I knew I hadn’t taken any video. Yet, taking a video with my phone is less than ideal as I like using my digital camera. But, the moose kept walking towards me until it was directly below me. It was looking in the 2nd story window into the living room. She kept eating leaves and looking inside. She then walked a few paces over to the other window looking into the living room a few paces away from me towards the front of the house. I walked over and continued to look down at the massive animal eating and peering into view of the house.
When she walked around to the front yard I started a video. This video shows the moose eating parts of a climbing rose bush. She eventually walked to the front step outside the front door. I ran around to my daughter’s room and woke her up seeking a better angle as the moose moved down the front of the house. After waking my daughter and telling her what was going on, we went downstairs. My wife had been asleep on the couch and didn’t know any of this was going on. Imagine my wife waking up and seeing this moose looking in at her? That would have been quite a surprise.
In the end, the moose walked across the road past our maple tree and past the neighbor’s house. All can be seen in the video. Now my colleagues have video proof, although the dog was more entertaining a few days earlier. A few cars that passed by also got a view of this moose.
As for me, the experience made my day. I felt fortunate to be able to wake up and enjoy such a scene. I was amazed the moose fearlessly came by and shared her presence with us.

4th of July Fireworks Downtown Spokane

On the 4th of July, my family traveled downtown in Spokane to watch the fireworks over the waterfront. We didn’t have a lot of time to find a good location to watch since we originally were going to watch the fireworks in Suncrest past Nine Mile Falls. We left around 8:30pm to go to Suncrest,…
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