Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Hello San Diego

Last Sunday I headed down to sunny San Diego for the Crittenden Mortgage Broker Conference. On the way down I took the I-5 south a little too far south and almost ended up in Mexico, unfortunately Jordan wasn't up for Tijuana. The opening on Monday was very interesting, only about 200 guys, but most were very legitimate. Even though most of them were legit, it was so funny to hear them brag about the deals they had done; probably a lot like old men talking about their last fishing trip. I did expect it to be bigger but after talking with some of the guys I was not disappointed, we will definitely get some good business from this conference.

Just a quick interesting fact from the world renowned news anchor Ron Burgandy, "San Diego is originally translated as meaning The Whales Vagina." I bet most of you didn't know that.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Chicago/London Trip

The last few weeks have been a blur. Tuesday (9/26) morning I flew out to Chicago for the start of a week long business trip. The city was great, unfortunately I only spent about two days there. The short time in Chicago was to attend "The Money Show" where the focus was networking with registered investment advisers. Despite the short time I did get to check out down town, and sample the deep dish pizza.

The following day we packed up the display booth and shipped off to London. The flight was about 8 hours, and not too bad. We were welcomed to London with rain and bad food. That afternoon we set-up our booth for "The World Money Show." This was Diamond Bay Investments first international showing. The investors (as always) had very interesting questions that made the days go quick. The Brits were extremely opinionated, and had a lot to say about the US. I felt that we had a good response, but many were hesitant about the US real estate market. The spin that UK news reporters put on US news way out there.

This was a shot from the London Eye, it's a huge Farris wheel with capsuls you ride in. Over 400' tall.

The biggest disappointment was the food. I couldn't even find decent fish-&-chips. We didn't have a ton of time but still managed to check out a few sites...Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, The London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. Lucky for Laura I had time to stop at "Harrods" (huge British department store).

After four days in London it was time to head back, this was the part that I dreaded. It was pretty much was the worst thing I have every done. After siting on the runway for 2 1/2 hours the plane finally took off. Because we were late taking off I missed the connection in Chicago. I wasn't able to get out until the next morning, so 24 hours of return travel turned into 36. I was glad to be home, and to see my cute little wife.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Late Night

It's after 3 am and my cute little wife has been passes out for a solid 3-4 hours. I'm on the Morphy's computer (in the dark) cause I'm still wide awake.
We drove down to Huntington after work today, and made great time. The Bullsharks were over until about 12, and then the party just keep going. It's great to catch up with friends and meet new people. Every time we come down we think about how nice it would be to live down here. I'm thinking it would be worth to give up a few comforts of Las Vegas to live near the beach (and great friends). I have to attempt to get some sleep, breakfast at the "Sugar Shack" will be the first priority in the morning.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Catching Up

A ton has transpired in the last month...a wedding, the honeymoon, and now marital bliss. Everyone told me that it would fly by and they were right. Thinking back I wish everything would have gone in slow motion so not to miss anything. It could not have been better, the wedding was beautiful and thanks again to everyone that came.

After the wedding in the LDS Las Vegas Temple, and the reception at The Las Vegas Country Club we were off to Kauai. The Grand Hyatt was incredible, and we did tons fun stuff...helicopter tour, snorkeling, catamaran ride up the Nepali coast, kayaking, and yeah lots of fun stuff. It was super hard to come back, but lucky for us we both have jobs we enjoy.

The next couple of weekends were busy as well. My little stud brother's mission farewell, and another reception in Reno. Now that we are finally back it's a matter of getting settled into the house. I don't understand how newlywed people can have so much stuff. We'll get it figured out.

I hope to get some more photos of the past months events soon.

The Beginning

Big thanks to the Morphys for introducing me to the blog world. Laura and I hope to create something that we can share with everyone, and hopefully everyone will enjoy.