Vai's View: Here's hoping my next 'fiddy' years are as good as the first 50

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  • dung beetle Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 4, 2012 2:00 p.m.

    Good on ya, Vai. I hope your plans work out well, especially your plan to downsize and serve in the near future. One word of warning from my personal experience: While I worked for the Church I spent most lunch hours playing basketball in the Deseret Gym, until I wore out my feet and had to quit. Now I'm in my middle 70s and learned to my sorrow that I was also ruining my spine, which is now a very painful mess that made me quit serving as an ordinance worker and disqualifies me from serving a senior mission. Do your mission(s) as soon as you can before the football damage to your body makes that impossible.

  • LisaA Provo, UT
    Sept. 1, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    Happy Birthday, Vai. We will welcome you to Provo with open arms!

  • hadtosayit Sandy, UT
    Sept. 1, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    Hmmm...Did anyone else feel as I did after reading this: "Vai's had his pie in the sky and now he is feeling nostalgic for simpler times"? What of all the good people out there who are raising 5 kids in the "$100,000 house", who have to share a car, etc., and whose lives are not so neatly packaged that they can plan their futures? I think Vai should write a book and fill in the blanks--surely he has been hit with a hard time or two. How did he go from being a not-so-great student to a featured writer, for instance?

  • ret.navymom Monroe, UT
    Sept. 1, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    Love your column and wish you "fiddy" more years. Spent two and half years in Tonga as a teen and love reading about your Polynesian connections.

  • Johnny Moser Thayne, WY
    Sept. 1, 2012 8:57 a.m.

    Looking forward to the book. Don't make us wait too long.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 7:33 p.m.

    Amen to all that you said Vai, Amen!

  • john h Orem, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 6:10 p.m.

    Happy 50th Vai!!

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 31, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    Happy Birthday Vai. You are the man.

    Aug. 31, 2012 4:05 p.m.

    Good stuff, as usual. Thanks for keeping it real. Let's all use this week's column to take stock of our values. What do we treasure? Where is our heart? What is most important for our posterity to know and remember about us? Are we being overly self-indulgent. Do we give the impression to our kids or grandkids that it's all about fun and self-absorbtion? They need to learn the fun thing from us, but they also need to learn so much more. Our family has a family creed that we developed years ago over the course of three FHE's. I know another family that has a family motto: "We do hard things." I wish I could turn back the clock and do a few things differently in raising the five my wife and I raised. To you modern dads, make sure your kids know that life is more than sports, video games, reality TV, making money and raggin on government or other institutions. Show positive leadership by word and example. Sorry, I got carried away and did not start out meaning to preach or write more than 2 lines.