The trip to Utah was useful, although it would have been nicer if we could have flown direct instead of getting stuck flying through Denver. Direct flights are much better. Air travel is becoming less stressful the more flights I have without significant problems.
I recently saw a motivational poster with a quote from Calvin Coolidge that I really don't like:
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
I think the first half of the quote is fine but the last two sentences don't work. Persistence alone won't get you anywhere useful. I'll agree with the idea that without persistence you can't succeed, but that doesn't actually mean that with persistence you can't fail (stupid lj lost part of the post right here). If it weren't for the fine folks at despair.com I'd be tempted to make my own rebuttal poster.