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MICHAEL'S NEWSFLASHES & MEMORIES!!!

Capturing the events and memories that make up our lives!

★ Hey Coach... I Blew The Call!!! ★

★ Hey Coach... I Blew The Call!!! ★
DECEMBER 9, 2017 - Here is the email I sent off yesterday morning..... ★ Hey Coach... I Blew The Call!!! ★ Coach: Congratulations on a well-played game yesterday against XXXX XXXXXX HS. I also wanted to apologize for my late game call. Obviously, my judgment became skewed and I am glad that it did not change the eventual outcome of the game. I have rehearsed the play over and over in my head trying to figure out what I was thinking. I watched your very skilled dribbler make his final approach to the bucket and the XXXX player was beat and bewildered to the point that he was in the wrong place at the right time and deserved the blocking foul. I remember watching the play and went into zoom mode and I focused much too tightly on your dri...
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FLASHBACK - 2001 - Fishing

FLASHBACK - 2001 - Fishing
FISH FRY FRIDAY NOVEMBER 17, 2017 - Is there anything more adorable than photos of fishing with my then young family. Our third child Haily (not pictures), took the time years ago to create this wonderful scrapbook page featuring an afternoon where we went to Silver Lake Flats above Tibble Fork in American Fork Canyon. We had success with the smaller fish.  The bigger beasts of the water escaped us that day! JESSICA ADAM AARON MICHAEL WHAT ARE YOUR TREASURED FISHING MEMORIES? Make it a great day! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah
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Wow!.... 3 Hours 21 Minutes... Are you kidding me?!?!

Wow!.... 3 Hours 21 Minutes... Are you kidding me?!?!
Wow!.... 3 Hours 21 Minutes... Are you kidding me?!?! AUGUST 26, 2017 - Payson, Utah It was pretty incredible watching our youngest son Aaron come down the final stretch of his very first marathon. We all knew that Aaron was going to finish, but the question for us was just how long it was going to take. WAGER One month and a half ago, our oldest son Adam (23), put up a little challenge to his younger brother Aaron (19). "You have to find a marathon and then start training one month before. If you finish, then I will pay you $500!" Adam was so cool about it that there was no penalty for a failed attempt. This was purely motivational on his part. MOTIVATION It did not take much for Aaron to take the challenge. Why? Aaron has been a distance...
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"COACH, YOU ARE EJECTED!"

"COACH, YOU ARE EJECTED!"
JULY 18, 2017 - ADVENTURES IN UMPIRING - In the past few years I have worked hard to improve my sports officiating skills. This brings with it lots of adventures, the latest of which took place here in Orem at the PONY Baseball State Championship Tournament. I was fortunate to be assigned to work games with my son Adam... Enjoy the read! "Your partner has blown four calls" the assistant coach stated directly. With a 2 second pause I looked him in the eye and said calmly, "Coach, you are ejected." He looked at me stunned. My partner, Adam, looked onward in total awe and almost disbelief as he had never seen me throw anybody out of a game before. Anybody who knows me very well knows that I go out of my way to avoid sending anybody out of the...
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It's Nice To Be Noticed! - Employee of the Month

It's Nice To Be Noticed! - Employee of the Month
JANUARY 20, 2017 - I was officiating a men's city league basketball game the other night and as the game concluded the site official said, "And that is why you are the Employee Of The Month!" I giggled and came home thinking nothing more of it. Going through my email I found the January Orem Recreation Department newsletter and stumbled across the announcement. I found myself slightly humbled. Being noticed at whatever you do is kind of nice. I haven't been an "Employee" for decades, but when I decided to take on officiating assignments for the City of Orem, they put me through the process, made me watch a sexual harassment video, take a drug test, and do a background check before they deemed me hire-able. When I was all don, they even issu...
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