Friday, March 13, 2009


My latest adventure was with Pearl and Gene Simmons (the Mail room guy, not the rock star). We were going down to Arizona to attend the graduation of their son Slade, who is now a Doctor of Audiology (he is the one that outfits Pearl with the special earpeice on her phone). Our first stop was at the Glen Canyon Dam. Please read and enjoy some fun facts about all of the stops on my trip.

Glen Canyon Dam - By 1959, the Glen Canyon Bridge was completed permitting the trucks to deliver equipment and materials for the dam and the new town of Page, Arizona.
The next year concrete placement began and continued night and day until the final bucket was dumped three years later. A bucket held 24 tons of damp concrete and it took over 400,000 of them to build the dam. Over five million cubic yards of concrete make up the dam and power plant -- that's equal to enough to build a four-lane highway stretching from Phoenix, Arizona to Chicago, Illinois. Construction began on the 3,700 foot dam with blocks of concrete 7.5 feet high.
Next, turbines and generators were installed from 1963 to 1966. The dam was dedicated by Ladybird Johnson on September 22, 1966. It took 17 years for Lake Powell to completely fill for the first time. The plant generates more than 1.3 million kilowatts of electricity with each of the 40-ton steel shafts turning at 150 rpm, generating nearly 200,000 horsepower. With all eight generators operating at full output, over 15 million gallons of water will pass through the power plant's penstocks each minute. The electricity is upgraded on a transformer deck from 13,800 volts to 230,000 and 345,000 volts for transmission to distant markets.

Sadona, Arizona - I met a Sheriff of a little town on my way to Slades graduation. He was the Sheriff of Sadona, which is located 120 miles north of Phoenix Arizona. The population is around 24,000, and the average rainfall is 17.15" per year. Found here are cliff dwellings constructed by the Southern Sinagua people, who inhabited the area from about 650 A.D. to around 1300 A.D. However Sadona's first settlers came in 1876 but wasn't founded until 1902. The City of Sadona became incorporated in 1988. I made it across three streets in this town without getting hit! YEAH!

Next stop on this plesant little trip was to Slades Simmons graduation as a Doctor of Audiology.
How many years of schooling did Slade take?
Bachelor's Degree = 4 years. Master's Degree (Audiology) = 2 years. Doctorate Degree (Audiology, Au.D.) = 2 years.

How many training or precepting hours did he put in? I don't remember the specific hours, but as a Master's Student, I probably did about 20 weeks of full-time externship, another 12-20 weeks part time, and maybe 3 semesters seeing patients at the clinic on campus (U of U). After completion of my Master's Degree, I moved to Palm Springs, CA to complete a required fellowship which was 9 months full-time.

What was your favorite class?
Probably anatomy courses. Usually these were among the toughest classes, but it was a topic I enjoyed and found it easy to study.

Is the Anatomy Similarities in the ears of humans and Armidillos?
Unfortunately, I don't know!? I tried to find some info on the Armadillo ear but couldn't get any details. There may be some differences either with the hearing or the balance mechanism, but I can't say for sure.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Pacific Cruise

Army was invited to go with Jerrine and her husband Brian to L.A. California for a fun filled weekend cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean’s “Mariner of the Seas.” Royal Caribbean repositioned this beautiful ship from the Caribbean to the West Coast. Army was a special guest on the West Coast inaugural voyage.

We departed the Salt lake airport right after work on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.

The flight was short and uneventful

. On the shuttle bus from the L.A. airport to the rental car, THEY THOUGHT I WAS LUGGAGE!!
Once we arrived at our hotel – The Double Tree – at the Marina at San Pedro, all was forgiven~~

I was finally treated like the royalty I am!!

After a great night sleep the sightseeing began. The marina was just steps from our hotel.
We drove along the Pacific Coast stopping at a scenic point near Palace Verde….Next we saw some beautiful sights at San Pedro~~~~
BOY! I wanted to surf, but Jerrine said that I would sink like a rock - - and wouldn’t let me in the water!!!

Finally, it was time to head for the ship. 3500 guests and 1200 crew members it’s like an “army”… J

We breezed right on to the ship, being a VIP (Very important Purse), they didn’t even check my I.D. The Bon Voyage party was all ready in full swing. Everyone was nice and friendly…
My new friend, Ray, tried to share his drink but it wasn’t my Diet Coke, so I declined.

Soon it was time for our Muster drill to make sure the less traveled would know what to do in an emergency!

After that I was ready to hit the high seas. I explored the ship and the many wonderful things to do.
I tried my paws at rock climbing with my friend from Brazil; he was so happy that I was on board. I make him think of home. He said, that there are many armadillos in Brazil. He let me rock climb before any of the others!

I slept in late and then started off the day with milk shakes at Johnny Rockets. There was a sexy leg contest, sorry, I forgot my camera for that one, and that was followed by a belly flop contest! Tons of fun!

That evening we watched it rain as we sipped diet Coke in the Crown Lounge at the top of the ship. After disembarking we still had a bit more time for sightseeing before our flight home. It happened to be the night of the Academy Awards so we headed to Hollywood Blvd. Jerrine was afraid that the paparazzi would mob us if I made an appearance so I had to hide in the trunk of the car while they got the last pictures of our fun trip.
Oscar is just behind Jerrine’s head, but she was much more excited about the poster, as she and her daughters do love to shop!!
I Love Bob Hope!! And yes! We were right there at the OCARS! There were hordes of people. The area you see is a secure area, only a few people were allowed in. You had to go through security and get wanded and searched before you entered. There were police and swat teams and even a bomb squad there!!!
All in all we had a fantastic weekend!!

Jerrine had a lot more fun on the trip that we didn't even have room enough to put all of her pictures in this blog.

Stay turned Army just got back from Arizona with Pearl, and you will really want to see that one.