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MICHAEL'S NEWSFLASHES & MEMORIES!!!

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Palo Alto Mini Marathon

Palo Alto Mini Marathon
STANFORD UNIVERSITY - April 15, 2016 - As you can see from the cover photo, I was doing my best to hold my own in the Palo Alto Mini Marathon. Nobody asked to see my ID, of which I was flattered, as I did my best to keep up with these mini foot racers. In hindsight, I would have put in more effort in my preparation for the event, but the entire trip was kind of a surprise. My grandkids, Rolf, Poppy, and Tommy kind of wrangled me into the event and they got the organizers to overlook my taller more seasoned stature. The race was run around the central quad of the Stanford married student housing. Racers came from all over the world, or at least their parents did as they were accepted into the university. Most of the runners failed to pace th...
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ASA Umpire Tyler Agla is a Hit at the Special Olympics

ASA Umpire Tyler Agla is a Hit at the Special Olympics
“You’re out!” shouted Tyler Agla, as the first baseman caught the throw from the shortstop before the batter-runner reached first base. Clenching his fist high in the air while making the hammer to signal the out, Tyler’s face suddenly beamed with the biggest smile, knowing that he made the right call. This umpire’s call may not seem like a big event, but for this 20 year old from Orem, Utah it is one of the highlights of his young life. Tyler has special needs and this scenario played out over the weekend at the Special Olympics, held at Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah. When we think of the Special Olympics, we don’t typically envision the sports officials as also having special needs. “Tyler has been my neighbor nearly since his b...
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Super Session - Albert's Shuffle

Super Session - Albert's Shuffle
My older brother Jimi sent along a fabulous collection of "His" music.  He being 7 years older than I, we were raised in completely different musical eras.  Jimi went through the hippie era and the origins of Rock & Roll. I was greatly influenced because we shared the same bedroom growing up and I watched what he experienced with awe. In Jimi's message to me that came with the four DVD set he shared, "I have found you cannot add a song to your playlist, if you have forgotten the song even exists or you have never heard of it in the first place. Enjoy!" Jimi is spot on and I thought it would be great to listen to and enjoy this music of his era. Today let's listen to the first track of the first DVD. It is called "Albert's Shuf...
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NCAA on Dish Network - Unwatchable!

NCAA on Dish Network - Unwatchable!
Talk about March Madness, watching the NCAA Basketball Tournament on Dish Network is infuriating. This is my complaint video of what I get to see when I leave the primary CBS channel 2 coverage and slide down the bandwidth to channel 242 and TRU TV. The shakiness and stuttering only occurs for about 40% of the live action ball play action. It is crystal clear for the commercials and any of the announcer jabbering with no real action. But when the game play counts, then this is what I get to endure. Is it my Hopper in the other room? Or is it the Joey for my office TV? Or is it the dish positioning on the roof? We have good weather and no snow, so we can't blame the weather. All I know is that I spend top dollar each month and this is the sa...
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What? Wednesday - Quarter-Sized Hail???

What? Wednesday - Quarter-Sized Hail???
Sometimes you just have to scratch your head and wonder... Dimes are the new quarter!?!? Make it a great day! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah
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