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The Pretender - Photo Memories From My Youth

The Pretender - Photo Memories From My Youth
My heart strings were just tugged as I watched a photograph compilation set to the music of Jackson Browne's "The Pretender". The first thing I realized was just how much I love this song. The second thing was just how impactful seeing images from East and Northeast Los Angeles, which is where I spent much of my youth. I monitor a Facebook Group "You know your from Eagle Rock if..." and a poster shared the YouTube video. Reading the song title I immediately realized that it had been too long since I had listened to Jackson Browne. I had a similar impression a couple of week's ago when Mr. Browne stepped up to the microphone to front the Eagles in tribute of the passing of Glen Frey as they sang "Take It Easy". This time I acted on the promp...
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Officer Doug Barney - It's Flag Day!!!

Officer Doug Barney - It's Flag Day!!!
Northern Utahan's w ere saddened with the news of the shooting death of Officer Doug barney. It was senseless and savage and took the life of a special police officer. His televised funeral was just held in the 10,000 seat Maverik E-center and the procession is now leaving West Valley City, Utah and traveling a 60 mile street route that eventually ends at the cemetery located just about a mile from our home.  The local Boy Scout troops were asked to drape 1600 North in Utah from the freeway to the cemetery. Being a long time Scouter I was alerted to the request and this morning I took my camera along the Orem portion of the route just as the sun was rising. It was a special experience for me as I stopped at several locations looking fo...
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Rose Parade 1976 - Were You There?

Rose Parade 1976 - Were You There?
I Miss Seeing The Rose Parade In Person In my youth New Year's Eve always brought with it the excitement of knowing that the following morning we would be standing at the corner of Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevards to witness firsthand the Rose Parade. When my fellow Utahans hear me brag about the Rose Parade, they just roll their eyes in disbelief  of how wonderful I describe the event. When my Utah friends and neighbors think of parades they think of Orem Summerfest, Provo's Freedom Festival, and Salt Lake City's Days of 47. And while these parades are nice, they are barely one's and two's on the scale of ten. The Rose Parade is an extravaganza, it is huge and over the top, and it is just plain beautiful!!! I think back to my last...
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Happy Birthday Haily!

Happy Birthday Haily!
It is official... Our wonderful daughter Haily has left teenagerhood. In her two decades here in mortality she has found and developed talents that we never thought were possible. Her biggest personal success comes from the artwork that flows from the deepest portions of her soul through her fingertips and onto the canvas. To say that we are consistently wowed by her talents is an understatement, as she is incredible. SPECIAL REQUEST: For the first 10 years of Haily's life, she thought all of the fireworks around the world were to celebrate her special birthday. So as you are banging your pots and pans and lighting off fireworks, send some special thoughts of love haily's way. Welcome to your roaring 20's Haily! Love, Dad
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Weird Roof Snow Melt = Poor Insulation???

Weird Roof Snow Melt = Poor Insulation???
HOMEOWNER'S GUIDE TO SELF-DIAGNOSE INSULATION WOES It is bitter cold here in Northern Utah and this 2015-16 snow season is much greater than recent years. The snow, combined with the below freezing temperatures makes it rather easy to tell which homes have good insulation and which homes are severely lacking. This blog entry will give homeowners a way to self-diagnose attic insulation issues. NOTE: If you live in snow country, then you will love the following information. However, if you are my warm weather friends catching waves in 60 degree weather in Southern California, then you will find it amusing at best. WHAT DOES ATTIC INSULATION DO? Attic insulation is designed to help keep the temperature inside the home constant. We spend lots ...
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