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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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"LADY" - Styx - Where were you October 21, 1978?

"LADY" - Styx - Where were you October 21, 1978?
STYX - LADY - Am I really expecting you to know where you were on that random Saturday night in 1978? For me, I was at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California. I traveled there from Pomona, California. Traffic was the usual bear getting across the Los Angeles basin and I still remember coming in a bit later than I wanted. Ric Okasek, lead singer for The Cars was just starting into "Moving in Stereo". The Cars were just making an impact on the music world, but I was there to see Styx. But being an opening act meant that you were now on my radar screen. For a few years, I was a big fan of "The Cars", yet they were always a second or third tier on my hierarchy of top bands. MOVING IN STEREO LINK TIME LIFE ALBUM - ROCK'N ME - DISC TWO - Th...
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A Thoughtful Gift - The Heart of Classic Rock

A Thoughtful Gift - The Heart of Classic Rock
CHRISTMAS 2016 - When we think back over the Christmas' past, we often remember gifts given and gifts received. In other years it might be the celebrations, the family gatherings, and the feasts devoured. One thing is for certain, and that is... "As we grow older our Christmas lists become shorter because the true gifts of happiness cannot be purchased." - Unknown What this really means is that as we grow older, it becomes more and more difficult to purchase one a present of meaning. Buying a present for me is near impossible. Why? If I want it and it is of realistic price, then I most likely have already acquired it. This makes it very difficult for my lovely wife Shelly when it comes to birthdays and Christmas. But this year, she managed ...
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RIP Dad - Alfred Lloyd Leavitt Departed Mortality

RIP Dad - Alfred Lloyd Leavitt Departed Mortality
NOVEMBER 29, 2016 - It is with sadness that I share the news that my Father has passed away. It happened yesterday back in Hohenwald, TN. Dad spent his last few years living in a small travel trailer on my siste Becky's property in a remote part of Tennessee. He was found dressed with his bed made and he was ready to go somewhere. I have been reacting in odd ways since finding out via a phone call from my sister Susan. She left a message to call and I made contact immediately before I was set to walk onto the basketball court for the first of three men's games. I was stunned, yet totally at peace. Dad chose the remote lifestyle years ago and successfully made it to age 89.He would have passed much sooner if he had stayed in the Southern Ca...
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LDS Missionary Companion - Elder Pierina

LDS Missionary Companion - Elder Pierina
NOVEMBER 17, 2016 - It was such a pleasure to open up Facebook today and see the new profile pic of Jose Carlos Pierina. About 29 years ago Elder Pierina and I served together as LDS (Mormon) missionaries proselyting amongst the people of Southern Brazil. We were assigned the Novo Hamburgo area, which was one of the strongest German influenced areas of Brazil. Many of the German SS leaders fled to this part of Brazil at the conclusion of World War II. It was not uncommon for us to knock on a door and a kind little German woman would answer. She would speak no Portugese or English, and neither my companion or I spoke German, so we would smile shake hands and wish her a good day. People mistook us for two Americans, when in fact it was just o...
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