The Janke Family

Monthly Archive: October 2007

A Message by George Carlin

carlin The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

George Carlin

Keanne & Pete Married!

Keanne & Pete got married at the Camp Douglas Chapel (University of Utah) on September 15th! It was Grand! I was honored to walk my sister down the aisle while the piper played his bag pipes. Aunt Ann and Uncle Terry were able to join us from overseas. It was so great to have everybody there, it was really a great day. Best wishes to Mr. & Mrs. Haden, we love you!

Scofield Triathlon 2007

The Scofield Triathlon was held on August 11th. Scofield reservoir is about 90 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, tucked away high in the mountains about halfway between Spanish Fork and Price. It is actually quite near Huntington Canyon where the coal mine collapsed on the miners this past summer. It is the highest elevation triathlon in the United States at 8000 feet above sea level. Believe me, I was feeling it! There was no air! I was sucking wind. Despite the lack of oxygen I did very well and ended up with a personal record! It was such a fun event. They had a big barbecue with a live band after the race. It was a big party.

I also did the Alta Canyon Rec Center triathlon on September 4th. It was held at a local rec center, and was a outdoor pool swim. It was really a fun event put on by Sandy City and Alta Canyon.

Jenny Update

Dear Family & Friends,

David Hodgson, of Richmond North Yorkshire, was formally charged in court on 19 May 2007 with Jenny’s murder. He has been remanded in custody. Ann and I were informed last week that a trial date has been set for 14 January 2008. The case will be heard at Teesside Crown Court (Middlesbrough), presided over by a High Court Judge. To date, there has still not been an application for bail, though we still expect this to happen (or an application for dismissal) at some point.

We don’t know too much more at this point, though the Police will be visiting us in due course to brief us on various aspects. We will keep you all posted as and when we can.

Ann and I went to Richmond a couple weekends ago for Richmond Live, which is a 2 day outdoor music event. Jenny’s band played there a few years ago when their band won their heat of the Battle of the Bands competition. The only other news is that August 2nd was my first day as a civilian and it feels kind of spooky!!! After over 34 years of service in the Army, my engagement came to an end with my last day in service on August 1st. I’m taking a bit of a sabbatical in the meantime and will probably undertake a few more courses at Uni or College during the autumn. I’ve done quite a bit over the last year as part of the resettlement package provided by the Army, so I’ll be a student again…along with all the bad habits that will bring! Ann is working away part time and bringing in the beer tokens to support me!

Brian & Ann