Archive for 2005

Welcome to the World

Happy Birthday! Today I am an uncle again! Michelle and Rick had a beautiful baby. Lauren, was 7.5 pounds and 19 inches long. She was born at 7pm this evening. Crystal was at the hospital today and says that she looks like a cute little pink button!

The Times They Are A-Changin’

In the immortal words of Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin’. I’ve launched a new web site specifically for family members. It is located at From now on personal stories, photographs, genealogical research, and other sensitive items will be posted on this site. is a collaborative effort and all family members and friends are encouraged to create an account. on the other hand is going to transition into my public front. On this site I will post essays, political writings, restaurant reviews, my resume and portfolio and other professional information. I hope in this way I can protect mine and my families privacy. As time goes on this web site will become more specialized and some information may be moved to the new site.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that these changes will may these pages easier for everyone to use! Merry Christmas!

EDIT June 9th, 2009: Due to lack of interest and support was taken down earlier this year. It was a fun experiment.

Don Pedros Authentic Mexican Food (Atascadero)

I’m starting a new column today with Crystal. It’s called “Dining on the Central Coast.” We’re going to start documenting our dining experiences and rating the food, ambiance, and service.

Tonight we start our first installment. We decided to eat somewhere we haven’t eaten before. We ate at Don Pedro’s Authentic Mexican Food at 8550 El Camino Real in Atascadero. We were seated very promptly and quickly given chips and salsa. The chips were warm and the salsa was room temperature, but they were still good and we quickly emptied a couple baskets. The restaurant was very clean and had nice decorations however our seat was located in an area near a ceiling fan which had a recessed light above it. As the fan rotated it caused an almost strobe light effect on our table. It would have been fun if there was some good dance music playing but it wasn’t as great for eating. Our food was delivered quickly and our orders were correct. The beans were delicious as were the tamale’s and enchiladas. Crystal order a chicken taco which wasn’t that great. The chicken was very wet as if it had been sitting in chicken broth or was canned chicken and didn’t have much flavor. The service was really good however our hostess was a bit ditsy and had a very loud voice which carried throughout the restaurant when she was in the kitchen joking with the chef. The price per plate was $10-$12. Overall on a scale of 1 to 10 forks I give it 6 forks and Crystal gives it 5.

When Spam Bites Back

One of the biggest annoyances in my life and probably in the lives of most people who use email and computers regularly is Spam. Spam comes in all shapes and sizes and is usually sent from businesses seeking your dollar. Another and more frustrating form of Spam is conveyed by your friends and family in the form of chain letters. This form frustrates me more because the mail doesn’t come from some anonymous corporate evil, but comes from those you care about and who have been lured into purveying internet pollutants.


A World United

This morning our friends in England were abruptly reminded of the dark reality of our world. As they rushed on there way to work we read reports that at least six bombs were detonated in the subway and busses of London. Al Qaida has already claimed responsibility and this latest attack reminds us that the war is not won. (more…)


Okay, so I haven’t written anything in a couple of months. I’ve had some requests to write something, so here goes.

About a month and a half ago I started work with GFH Architecture in Atascadero. It’s seriously my dream job, or at least the dreams I’ve been having lately! You’ll notice that the updates of my site ended about… a month and a half ago! School is out for the summer, and I’ve been taking it easy on my business, I just been enjoying working a 8-5 job and working in the yard. Summer is here and I’m loving it. Crystal and I have also been actively seeking some investment properties in the area and this has filled up the rest of my time.

I was recently released from my calling the the San Luis 3rd ward Bishopric so Crystal and I will be moving out of the singles ward to new adventures.

So, that’s it! I’ve been enjoying a little break right now and am not passionate or actively involved in anything deep and profound. I think that’s good though. The first few months of this year I really pushed myself, running two businesses, a busy assignment in Church and trying to maintain good grades going to school full time. After a year of working hard I think I can relax a bit. Having a job is a nice change, but my desire to be my own boss will soon get the better of me and I’ll get going in my own businesses again soon.

If Gary (my boss) is reading this don’t worry I won’t be quitting any time soon!

Well, my loyal fans, sorry I haven’t anything great to say…. maybe tomorrow!


San Luis Obispo Tribune | 05/18/2005 | PASO MAN SENTENCED FOR ROLE IN MURDER

“A Paso Robles man will serve two years in state prison for helping two others dispose of the body of murdered Templeton resident Norma Barto, prosecutors said Tuesday.Javier Chavez, 25, pleaded guilty May 10 to being an accessory after the fact of aggravated assault, according to Deputy District Attorney Karen Gray.Chavez has already spent about 18 months in jail, according to defense attorney Jeff Radding.Under a ruling by Judge Christopher Money, Chavez will serve the remainder of …”

I’m sorry I don’t have a link to the full strory yet. Please note that not all statments in the news media are true. See my other posts for clarification.

The Meaning of Names

I was surfing the internet this morning procrastinating doing some homework when I decided to look up the meaning of the names of some of my family and friends. I’ve listed some of them below and I think they are pretty interesting.
(more…) March 2005 Statistics

Some interesting statistics for in March 2005.

  • Average of 75 visits per day
  • Most visits was on March 19th (592 visits)
  • The site is accessed the most at 7am and 4pm
  • There is an average 21hits at 3am! Who’s up that early?
  • People came to my page by searching for: tim Alatorre, crystal Alatorre, cuesta
    college, institute of religion, gordon b hinckley, birth date, la iglesia de jesus
    cristo de los santos de los ultimos dias, norma alicia barto, norma lehr, and
  • People visited my web site from the United States, Brazil, Sweden, Mexico, Seychelles, Belgium, Canada, France, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Yugoslavia.

We now know who is up at 3am PST!

The Apostles

The Fifteen Apostles

Name Birth Date Age Date Ordained Age Ordained
Gordon B. Hinckley 6-23-1910 10-5-1961 51
Thomas S. Monson 8-21-1927 10-10-1963 36
Boyd K. Packer 9-10-1924 4-9-1970 45
L. Tom Perry 8-5-1922 4-11-1974 51
James E. Faust 7-31-1920 10-1-1978 58
Russell M. Nelson 9-9-1924 4-12-1984 59
Joseph B. Wirthlin 6-11-1917 10-9-1986 69
Richard G. Scott 11-7-1928 10-6-1988 59
Robery D. Hales 8-24-1932 4-7-1994 61
Jeffery R. Holland 12-3-1940 6-23-1994 53
Henery B Eyring 5-31-1933 4-6-1995 61
Dieter F. Uchtdorf 11-6-1940 10-7-2004 63
David A. Bednar 6-15-1952 10-7-2004 52

A biographical
sketch of the current Quorum of the 12
by Deseret News.

EDIT June 09, 2009: I originally put this page together as an experiment with Javascript. The “Age” column had the current age of the apostles calculated with a script and their birthdays. I’ve removed the script and their ages becuase I didn’t want to have excess code on my site. The Apostles have now changed with the passing of several of the Apostles, including President Gordon B. Hinckley but I’m leaving this page on my site as a snapshot of what I was doing a few years ago.