Colorado flooding and Las Vegas

With all the rain and flooding we have had in Vegas the last few weeks, this massive flooding in Colorado could have happened here.

Here is just one of many news stories on it in US News.

People have been stuck in their cars, sometimes for days with no food or water. This is a good example of why you should have a car kit. There is no phone, power, water, sewer, etc. and the roads are blocked. No one is getting in or out right now.

We are very isolated here in Las Vegas. Everything is brought in here by truck or rail. The only roads out of this valley are:
1) I-15 north towards Utah (and US-93 splitting off at Apex to go to Idaho)
2) I-15 south towards California, US-95 north towards Reno,
3) US-95/US-93 south towards Arizona/California (which US-93 splitting at Boulder City to Arizona and US-95 going to Needles, CA)
4) Las Vegas Blvd (old US-91), which runs parallel to I-15 north to Apex before being a dirt road and south a little bit past Jean.

You also have:
Blue Diamond Road (State Route 160) going to Pahrump (and eventually joining up with US-95)
Charleston Blvd (State Route 159) looping around Red Rock and then joining up with State Route 160),
Lake Mead Parkway (State Route 564) in Henderson and Lake Mead Blvd in east Las Vegas (State Route 147) which will take you out to Lake Mead which will eventually let you get on either US-93 south or I-15 north.

It may not be flooding, but an earthquake, fire, civil disobedience, pandemic, electrical grid failure, or so many other problems.

It is not possible to plan for every potential problem. However, it is possible to look around you and start to think of ways to mitigate and plan for some of these. Consider adding or starting a basic home storage of everyday food, some water storage, a rainy day fund, communication with loved ones, home defense, a car kit with some food & water, or anything else you may feel is lacking in your current setup.

September is national preparedness month. Let’s work on becoming more prepared individuals, families, and communities.

Free Ham Radio Class 2012

In 2009, I helped organize a free ham radio class in my then LDS Stake (the North Las Vegas Nevada Stake).  I got my tech and general license after taking this course and have tried to stay actively involved ever since.  I am in the process of organizing on in April/May 2012 for my current LDS Stake (the Las Vegas Nevada Redrock Stake).  We are thinking it will be held Thursday night at about 6:30 pm.  If anyone is interested, comment below or contact me.

Free Ham Radio class

I’ve been in contact with a Registered Instructor for the American Radio Relay League here in Vegas.  He has offered to come to the LDS Church near my house to teach free Ham Radio classes.  The classes will most likely be Wednesday or Thursday night at about 6:30 pm and will last for 6-weeks.  Anyone interested?

"What Women Want": An Analysis of Communication Skills

In my Communication 102 class, I had to watch the movie What Women Want and then write a paper on the use of communication in it.  I thought my paper came out quite nicely.  I thought I’d post it here for anyone interested in reading it.  I appreciate the Wife’s reviewing of it and giving me some feedback.  My paper would not have come off as polished without her thoughts and suggestions.

Let me know what you guys think about it.

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"What Women Want": An Analysis of Communication Skills

In my Communication 102 class, I had to watch the movie What Women Want and then write a paper on the use of communication in it.  I thought my paper came out quite nicely.  I thought I’d post it here for anyone interested in reading it.  I appreciate the Wife’s reviewing of it and giving me some feedback.  My paper would not have come off as polished without her thoughts and suggestions.

Let me know what you guys think about it.

Download as PDF

Trying to take it back: Communication is not reversible

No matter how much one would like to take back a rude comment or a hurtful line, it is simply not possible. And, if your communication is aided by use of a mediated interpersonal communication device, the damage the communication can make can grow beyond measure.

Take, for example, a hypothetical example. A man is talking to his wife and tells her that she has a weird looking chin. The wife gets upset by this. The man, releasing he never should have said that, immediately tells her that he is sorry. She will most likely forgive him, but will, at least for a while, remember the comment whenever she looks in a mirror. But, while the man could not take back the comment, eventually, the memory will fade.

Now, if the same man had said the same thing about his wife in a nationally televised event, the same comment will cause greater damage. Others will ask her or comment on her chin. When she walks in a room, people will stare at her chin. The hurt and the pain will last longer. Once the memory of it starts to fade, however, someone could easily replay the original comment and, like an ice pick, stab her once again with the sudden shock of having to relive the comment.

We need to think before we speak, for our words can live forever.

(note: this is a post from a Communications class that I am taking. The Wife liked it so I reposted here)