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MICHAEL'S NEWSFLASHES & MEMORIES!!!

Capturing the events and memories that make up our lives!

Happy Birthday Jessica!

Happy Birthday Jessica!
APRIL 15, 2015 - It was 25 years ago that Jessica Goldyn came into our family. The tears flow just as easily now as they did as I held her through the early AM hours in the hospital room as Shelly slept after the birth. It is amazing to me that so much time has passed. I still feel young, but the days on the calendar just keep passing by. The photo I chose for this blog entry is the defining character of what Jessica has become. Yes Jessica always wanted to be a Mother, and with the arrival of Josie last month, she has four wonderful children and her and her husband Dave are doing their best to raise them with love and kindness. I am so proud of you Jessica... Happy Birthday! Love, Dad
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TAKE A LEAP - True Confessions - Sports Officiating

TAKE A LEAP - True Confessions - Sports Officiating
MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE GO FOR IT!   April 6, 2015 - The first quarter of 2015 is over and it is time for me to share one of my big goals for 2015. For years I have officiated different sports on the amateur level while devoting most of my free time to coaching my kids and enjoying their sports and arts activities. Now that our youngest child Aaron is a junior in high school, there was little opportunity to coach, so I shifted my focus to serious officiating. For the past 6 years I have been umpiring baseball on the youth level and was getting very proficient at it as the rule books became part of my soul and instinctual instead of forced. For decades I have officiated LDS church basketball on the local and regional lev...
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Happy Easter... He Is Risen!!!

Happy Easter... He Is Risen!!!
APRIL 5, 2015 - What a wonderful morning to be celebrating the rising of our Savior from the grave. I wish all of my family and friends a Happy Easter day of celebration to remember those close to you who have already passed through the veil. The Easter event gives us the confidence to know that we will one day be reunited with our loved ones that have already died. EAST LA - Forest Lawn Memorial Park was a great place near our Glassell Park home where we would often visit to see the statues and the art. I was really young and I remember going into this huge auditorium where we viewed a narration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The setting and the account were both very powerful upon my soul and I knew it was a re...
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Go For It - Leap To Success!!!

Go For It - Leap To Success!!!
MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE GO FOR IT! - March 30, 2015 - Cliff jumping is a lot like the challenges we face in life. With full confidence in our abilities we leave firm ground uncertain of what lies just below the water. The fall is exhilarating yet it is the impact with the unknown that determines our success or demise... Take the leap, work on your flying form, and enter the water unscathed!!! Go For It... Take The Leap!!! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah - www.TheHomeInspector.com What major goals are you working on in 2015? MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE  
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Irving Graduation - Blue Crushed Velvet - Thanks Richard!!!

Irving Graduation - Blue Crushed Velvet - Thanks Richard!!!
How cool is it to get a photo in your inbox from 39 years ago? Really cool!!! It brought tears to my eyes for many different reasons. First, it was just so great to hear from a fellow classmate that I met in third grade and enjoyed all the way through the beginning of 10th grade. Yep, Richard "Dickie" Tom took the time to share some thoughts with me via my inbox. The fact that he would send along some kudos for the Washington Irving Facebook Group that we put together also felt really good to read. Richard is not  Facebook junkie, yet he visited the Irving page and read some of the stories and experiences and he mentioned how it helped to bring back some great memories and feelings for days that had otherwise been long forgotten. Richa...
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Need An Uplift - Aaron Sings... Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Need An Uplift - Aaron Sings... Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
MARCH 15, 2015 - I have friends scattered around the globe that I both love and miss dearly. I know that if they are anything like me, that they too need an uplifting gift of love from our Heavenly Father to let me know that they are indeed loved.  I felt such an uplift earlier today when my 17 year old son Aaron sang in church. "Come Thou Font of Every Blessing" is a wonderful Christian hymn that Aaron confidently sang while his friend Eric Wilson accompanied him on the piano. It is a simple arrangement that was very soothing to my soul. I was very heavy of heart this week as I walked to church feeling the joys of having a new granddaughter safely come into mortality while feeling the migraine headaches that have become such a common ...
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Josie's Hospital Photo Shoot

Josie's Hospital Photo Shoot
Josie Mishelle was a perfect sleeping angel for her first Grandpa photo shoot. Having waited 9 months for the event, Josie decided to sleep through the entire encounter. Even still, it was a joy to take a few shots of her in her hospital outfit... There is nothing like holding our newborn grand-daughter! My first view of Josie was with an incredible blue backlight and some cool eye protectors.  i do not know if you will ever see this fashion on Hollywood's red carpet, but it was pretty cool in the hospital. Given the right movie role, the eye wear could be fashioned into a cool Cat-woman look, don't you think? All right, here is a better pose as Josie let us know that we were disturbing her rest... The stars of the show were defin...
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Josie Mishelle Arrives Safely!

Josie Mishelle Arrives Safely!
It was quite a relief receiving the text that Josie Mishelle arrived safely Wednesday afternoon. I was at the hospital for some of the labor process and had to leave to fulfill an umpiring assignment knowing that it could be hours or minutes before she arrived. To hear that she was here safely and healthy was a huge relief. JOSIE MISHELLE - It was another 20 hours before we would learn her name.  Up to that point we referred to her as "Sister", as her siblings Rolf, Poppy, and Tommy played Tic-Tac-Toe with Great Grandma Carolyn back at our house waiting for the good news. Josie is a new name to the Dixon and Leavitt families, but Mishelle is the middle name we chose for Josie's Aunt Haily when she was born.  It was the best mixtur...
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Go For It - Teamwork Breeds Success!

Go For It - Teamwork Breeds Success!
MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE GO FOR IT! - March 9, 2015 - I have never ventured to jump out of a plane, but I marvel at those that take the leap. And it is even more amazing when a group of like minded individuals jump and then join in unison, united in purpose... Success is often greater when you can unite others into your goals for success!!! So.... Go For It... Take The Leap!!! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah - www.TheHomeInspector.com What collaborative goals are you working on in 2015? MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE
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Irving Gathering #1 - Success!!!

Irving Gathering #1 - Success!!!
MARCH 8, 2015 - How would one define success in an attempt to reunite the friendships from schoolmates 40 years prior? For me it would be a gathering of three or more... Seeing this photo posted on Facebook earlier this morning brought tears to my eyes. I can't explain it, but a rush of emotions is coming over me again, even as I type this, that is causing tears of joy to flow down my cheeks. I wish that I could have been there as Alonso proudly showed off his Harley Davidson to Nancy Stanard and Diane Drummond Greenwood. They met at LA Fuente No. 3 in Eagle Rock last night. I do not know the restaurant, but I look forward to seeing it on a trip to So. Cal. in the near future. Billy Graham shared privately early this morning, " Hey Michael,...
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Hang In There... And Never Give Up!

Hang In There... And Never Give Up!
  MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE HANG IN THERE! - March 2, 2015 - To achieve success you must often rely upon your equipment and training to get you through those difficult portions of the journey. So haing in there and never give up! You Can Do It... But Only If You Try!!! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah - www.TheHomeInspector.com   MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE  
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Michael's Inspection Tip - A/C Cutoff Switch

Michael's Inspection Tip - A/C Cutoff Switch
On a recent 2013 home I found the furnace located in a closet on the second floor of the home. It was a combination forced air furnace with air conditioning coils installed below the furnace. The issue was that there was no safety pan installed under the furnace and no A/C condensate cutoff switch installed. Here is a photo... Here is what I reported... REPAIRS ARE NEEDED - I recommend further evaluation/repair by a licensed HVAC air conditioning specialist. "The unit located on second floor does not have the recommended overflow drip pan.  This pan protects the home from any condensate leaking or overfilling = Consider either adding the recommended overflow pan and drain line or the A/C emergency condensate cut-off switch." This is a ...
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Matthew Flinders - ENDORSEMENT by Michael Leavitt

Matthew Flinders - ENDORSEMENT by Michael Leavitt
MICHAEL LEAVITT'S ENDORSEMENT When it comes to real estate agents, my feelings are all over the board. Fortunately the unscrupulous agents and those focused on closing the deal at all cost do their best to avoid me as a home inspector. Over the past twenty years I have come to know a few thousand agents. The cream of the grop do their best to represent their clients with honesty and integrity, and this blog entry is a direct endorsement of a real estate agent who I have come to respect greatly. MATTHEW FLINDERS - Armstrong/Flinders & Associates Matthew Flinders Matthew Flinders has been selling real estate in Northern Utah since the mid to late 1990's. I love inspecting for Matthew's clients because he does a great job of educating them...
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SUCCESS BEGINS... With The 1st Step!!!

SUCCESS BEGINS... With The 1st Step!!!
MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE YOU CAN DO IT! - February 23, 2015 - We are now wrapping up the second month of 2015... Have you taken any leaps of faith yet??? It's lovely thinking about success, but you are never going to get there is you don't proceed forth and take that very first step. So what's it going to take? By the time the time my next motivational image arrives it will be March already... Set your goal and aim your sites, then take the first step. I promise that you will not be sorry.... You Can Do It... But Only If You Try!!! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah - www.TheHomeInspector.com   MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE    
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Rachel & Aaron - Any Dream Will Do

Rachel & Aaron - Any Dream Will Do
Opening night of "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" was a huge success. As a proud father I was amazed at the soothing voice of my son Aaron.  Paired up with Rachel Peterson as the narrator and these two hit a grand slam over the fence home run. The show runs through Tuesday night at Orem High School in the big auditorium with a 6PM start. Would you like a sneak peak at the show?... I thought you would. Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah
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Joseph - Don't Miss Aaron Leavitt & The All-Star Cast

Joseph - Don't Miss Aaron Leavitt & The All-Star Cast
J oseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat EVENT: Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat WHEN: February 19-21 & 23-24, 2015 WHERE: Orem High School Auditorium - Orem, Utah TIME: 6 PM Nightly MY INVITATION: To say I am a proud father is an understatement. To see our 11th grade son Aaron step up to the lead role in Joseph and hear his lovely voice has been really special for our family and I would love for you to come and enjoy the show. If you are free and desirous to watch a great production, then please come to Orem High School's big auditorium and enjoy the show. I would be honored with your attendance at the event. PRICING: $4 Children, $5 Students, $6 Adults BONUS: This is a twin show event with "Joseph" at 6PM followed...
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Go For It - Drop The Ledge!!!

Go For It - Drop The Ledge!!!
MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE YOU CAN DO IT! - February 16, 2015 - Happy President's Day - Even if it seems insurmountable, you too can drop the ledge!!! If this photo doesn't get your heartbeat racing, then you have never fastened skis to the bottoms of your feet. There is something exhilarating as you anticipate the next turning motion on a steep slope. Over-thinking brings disaster. At this point you are fully committed and you have to let your training and natural instincts take over and as you cross the line gravity takes over and there is no turning back.... This is also the point where you might hear loud shrills of enthusiasm.... So don't be scared, take the drop!!! You Can Do It... But Only If You Try!!! Michael Leavitt -...
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LOVE... Breeds Success!!!

LOVE... Breeds Success!!!
MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE YOU CAN DO IT! - February 9, 2015 - Happy Valentines Day... early - Saturday is coming, so don't miss this opportunity!!! Yes, the sweetheart day of the year is coming. If all is well in your heart, then business success is a cinch. You have got to have the balance to be truly successful.... So don't miss this opportunity and show some love!!! You Can Do It... But Only If You Try!!! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah - www.TheHomeInspector.com   MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE  
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Go For It - Take The Leap!!! - Glen's Pass, Ca.

Go For It - Take The Leap!!! - Glen's Pass, Ca.
MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE YOU CAN DO IT! - February 2, 2015 - Even if it seems insurmountable, take the leap!!! I see the little goldfish and flash back to myself when I was 21 years old.  I had a new assignment as a Boy Scout Leader and was an Assistant Explorer Adviser along with 27 year old Bob Morris. We led the 14-18 year old Explorer Scouts on the Rae Lakes Loop in the  Kings Canyon Yosemite area in California. Our goal was to cross the 11,978 feet Glen's Pass in full backpack while doing our 50 mile summer backpacking trek. 11,978 feet sounds wimpy when you leave for the trail from Orem, Utah. But when you depart your 570 feet above sea level home in Pomona, California, it seems like a near impossible feat. Al...
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You Can Do It... But Only If You Try!

You Can Do It... But Only If You Try!
MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE YOU CAN DO IT! - January 26, 2015 - You can be the hero, but you have to be willing to drop in and enjoy the ride! You Can Do It... But Only If You Try!!! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah - www.TheHomeInspector.com   MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE    
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Go For It! - Success Begins With The First Step

Go For It! - Success Begins With The First Step
MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE GO FOR IT! - January 19, 2015 - You can be the hero, but you have to dive and take the leap to get success in your grasp! Your Success Begins When You Take The Leap!!! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah - www.TheHomeInspector.com   MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE  
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Prayer Request - Udo Muzeka

Prayer Request - Udo Muzeka
Family & Friends: I just received sad information from Udo Muzeka regarding his health. If you pray, or if you just have good positive feelings that you could send his way, please take a moment and do so. Udo shared, PORTUGUESE - "Ontem passei mal no servico e fui levado para o hospital e hoje fui diagnosticado com tumor maligno na regiao pelvica. Estou indo para tratamento intensivo no centro de Oncollogia Sanford em Bismarck. Lembrem de mim em suas oracoes. Udo" ENGLISH - "Yesterday I felt bad at work and I was taken to the hospital and today and I have been diagnosed with a malignant tumor in the pelvic region. I'm going to intensive care in Bismarck Cancer Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. Please remember me in your prayers. Udo" WH...
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A Grandmother's Love - Shelly's Crochet

A Grandmother's Love - Shelly's Crochet
Shhhhh! Please don't tell Shelly, but she has just finished crocheting her masterpiece for the birth of our upcoming forth grandchild. My role was to sew on 4 buttons, which took me just minutes to complete.  This came after she has invested multi-dozens of hours finishing the most adorable booties and dress. We often overlook the man hours invested in created homemade items, but I watched her day after day joyfully creating these beauties. Our grandkids are so lucky to receive such great gifts created from her hands. So you don't have to tell her that I shared this photo, just know that Shelly is doing her best to fight the pains of her long term illness by creating gifts for her treasured grandchildren. Make It A Great Day! Michael L...
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Go For It! - Success Begins With The First Step

Go For It! - Success Begins With The First Step
MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE GO FOR IT! - January 12, 2015 - - Yes, you can literally climb mountains one step at a time. But you have to take that first step, then another, then another, and so on until you are standing on the summit. Never was this more true in our family than when we backpack to King's Peak in NE Utah. Standing at 13, 527 feet it is the crowning point in our state. On the day of the ascent you have an important decision when leaving Henry's Fork basin. You can take the moderate trail through Gunsight Pass and add hours or time to your trip, or you can climb the avalanche chute in the SE corner of the basin.  With about a thousand vertical feet it requires the use of both feet as well as the occasional use...
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The Bus Stop - Part XV of “I Survived Washington Irving JHS”

The Bus Stop - Part XV of “I Survived Washington Irving JHS”
HOPEFUL DREAMS - THE BUS STOP -  The following is part of a series of articles written by Michael Leavitt about his real life experiences at Washington Irving Junior High School in Los Angeles , California from 1974-1976. The events are true and have been documented to help Michael's family better understand the racial tensions he endured during that era. And even amidst the turmoil, good times were plentiful and proof that even when you are given the sourest of lemons you can still make a great lemonade. If you haven't read the previous  entries, then I invite you to enjoy them when you have time. CH. 1 * CH. 2 * CH. 3 * CH. 4 * CH. 5 * CH. 6 * CH. 7 * CH. 8 * CH. 9 * CH. 10 * CH. 11 * CH. 12 * CH.13 * CH. 14 VISIT MY "EAST L.A. ...
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SLAVE DAY 1976 - Part XIV of “I Survived Washington Irving JHS”

SLAVE DAY 1976 - Part XIV of “I Survived Washington Irving JHS”
SLAVE DAY 1976 -  The following is part of a series of articles written by Michael Leavitt about his real life experiences at Washington Irving Junior High School in Los Angeles , California from 1974-1976. The events are true and have been documented to help Michael's family better understand the racial tensions he endured during that era. And even amidst the turmoil, good times were plentiful and proof that even when you are given the sourest of lemons you can still make a great lemonade. If you haven't read the previous  entries, then I invite you to enjoy them when you have time. CH. 1 * CH. 2 * CH. 3 * CH. 4 * CH. 5 * CH. 6 * CH. 7 * CH. 8 * CH. 9 * CH. 10 * CH. 11 * CH. 12 * CH.13 * CH. 14 VISIT MY "EAST L.A. YEARS" PAGE “DA...
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Go For It!... JUMP - Michael's Motivational Moments

Go For It!... JUMP -  Michael's Motivational Moments
MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE GO FOR IT! - January 5, 2015 - Are you ready for the new year? The kids are going back to school today and the holidays are now officially behind us. This is the perfect time to shake up your normal work routine and kick off something new. Did you take the time to ponder and identify the good, better, and best options discussed last time? I hopes so. Did you identify the fears and hurdles that you will have to overcome before you jump? I hope so, because if you have done all of that, then what is holding you back.... Don't hesitate.... Take the leap and JUMP!!! Take a Huge Risk... Make 2015 Count!!! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah - www.TheHomeInspector.com What doors you will be opening in 2015? MICHAEL...
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Confetti Eggs - Who remembers playing with these?

Confetti Eggs - Who remembers playing with these?
Nothing good can come from confetti eggs except a whole lot of fun. These must be a Latino creation that goes hand in hand with Pinatas, because they both typically require a party and the desire to be having a great time. Oh yeah, and cannot be at all worried about whether or not the fun creates a big mess. To make confetti eggs, carefully break open real eggs and drain off the white and the yolk and then wash them clean.  You can then dye them like Easter eggs or just keep them white or brown. Once dry, fill with confetti and then glue a small piece of tissue paper over the drain/fill hole.  Once the egg shells are dry, then you have confetti egg bombs that can be used multiple ways... The most popular use is to bust them over t...
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Rose Parade 2015

Rose Parade 2015
Oh the memories came flooding back again this morning as I turned on the TV to watch the 2015 Rose Parade. The onlookers were bundled up like Eskimos as the temperature in Southern California were down in the 30's. When I lived there, if it got to the 50's you grabbed your big parka. For the normally spoiled Pasadena locals this morning, temps in the 30's must have been like an arctic deep freeze. Growing up in the hills of Glassell Park, California just northeast of Las Angeles, we would climb on our bikes (bicycles) and ride over to Pasadena to watch the parade each year. It was cool being at the big corner of Orange Grove and Colorado boulevards where all 6 major Los Angeles TV stations (CBS, NBS, ABC, KTLA, KTTV, and what was channel 13...
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1978 Kawasaki Snow Shovel Rack - Vintage!!!

1978 Kawasaki Snow Shovel Rack - Vintage!!!
I doubt there are very many of my friends who are the proud owners of a 1978 Vintage Kawasaki Snow Shovel Rack. This one is restored and features new tires, brakes, and even a newly installed muffler and tail pipe. We are not certain how many shovels it can hold, but it currently sports three different models and shows no signs of sagging or failure. VALUE: Priceless, so don't even ask. It was restored for my oldest son Adam to thrash, and now my youngest son Aaron has claimed possession. INTERPRETATION: For my Southern Californa friends, a "snow shovel" is a large shovel used to move white stuff we call snow. They are stored in a convenient spot near the front door or the garage so that so can clear a pathway to your vehicle. It requires b...
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Go For It! Michael's Motivational Moments

Go For It! Michael's Motivational Moments
MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE GO FOR IT! - Pictures can evoke immediate moods, feelings, and also inspire us to action. This photo of the little boy on the skateboard immediately does it for me. As we look for the huge ball to drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve, we are faced with the dilemma of what changes should be made in our lives to make the new year even better than the one that just passed. I encourage us all to be very proactive and set a clear course for success in 2015. But how can we do this? It's simple; here are the recommended steps. DISCUSS - Set aside some private time where you can talk with that good looking reflection in the bathroom mirror. Then get together with your significant other so that you can kick ...
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EXCITED! - Dollar Shave Club Christmas Present

EXCITED! - Dollar Shave Club Christmas Present
To say I am excited is a bit of an understatement. My son Adam gave me a gift certificate to join the Dollar Shave Club * for Christmas and I immediately cashed it in online. It is December 27th and my first monthly package arrived in our mailbox earlier today. This wouldn't have been a big deal 10 years ago, but long about age 43 I actually started to get whiskers. before then, i went through the motions, but if I went for a couple of days without shaving the only one who noticed was my lovely wife Shelly. But now, things are much different. What is the Dollar Shave Club? The Dollar Shave Club is an online service that forgoes the store shelves and sets people up on either the $2, $6, or $9 per month package.  This means that every mo...
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East LA Christmas Memories - Part XIII of “I Survived Washington Irving JHS”

East LA Christmas Memories - Part XIII of “I Survived Washington Irving JHS”
OLVERA STREET BLOWN GLASS SWANS -  The following is part of a series of articles written by Michael Leavitt about his real life experiences at Washington Irving Junior High School in Los Angeles , California from 1974-1976. The events are true and have been documented to help Michael's family better understand the racial tensions he endured during that era. And even amidst the turmoil, good times were plentiful and proof that even when you are given the sourest of lemons you can still make a great lemonade. If you haven't read the previous  entries, then I invite you to enjoy them when you have time. CH. 1 * CH. 2 * CH. 3 * CH. 4 * CH. 5 * CH. 6 * CH. 7 * CH. 8 * CH. 9 * CH. 10 * CH. 11 * CH. 12 * VISIT MY "EAST L.A. YEARS" PAGE “...
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Kimberly & Spencer's Special Day - Provo LDS Temple

Kimberly & Spencer's Special Day - Provo LDS Temple
DECEMBER 13, 2014 - It was such a special pleasure to be able to attend the very special wedding event for Kimberly & Spencer and capture the events at the Provo, Utah LDS Temple on High Def. Having been a close family friend, and also having known Kimberly since she was just a very young girl, I was almost as proud as her father Kermit throughout the event. She was absolutely gorgeous and the young girls looked at her as though she was a princess. Due to issues beyond their control they lost their videographer the day before the event and Kermit called me with his ox in the mire. "It would be my pleasure!" was all I could say. Sure the dark clouds threatened, but they never did fully open up their tears of joy as we toured the grounds....
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RIP - Robert "Bobby" Aguirre - Washington Irving JHS Alumni

RIP - Robert "Bobby" Aguirre - Washington Irving JHS Alumni
To all of my friends from Washington Irving Junior High School, it is with sadness that I announce the passing of Robert "Bobby" Aquirre. Bobby was in Mrs. Safford's home room in the 1973-1976 years. Bobby passed on November 26, 2014 but his obituary was just barely posted in the L.A. Times on December 6-7th. I do not have any of the details regarding his passing, but special thanks to Billy Graham for catching this obituary and putting two and two together that this was one of our classmates. There will be a memorial service this Thursday at St. Bernards on Avenue 33. I really wish that I lived in the time zone and could pay my respects in person to his family. NOTE: If any of you know Bobby's family, then please pass along this blog link ...
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Smokin' Fast Ride to School - Part XII of “I Survived Washington Irving JHS”

Smokin' Fast Ride to School - Part XII of “I Survived Washington Irving JHS”
SMOKIN' FAST RIDE TO SCHOOL -  The following is part of a series of articles written by Michael Leavitt about his real life experiences at Washington Irving Junior High School in Los Angeles , California from 1974-1976. The events are true and have been documented to help Michael's family better understand the racial tensions he endured during that era. And even amidst the turmoil, good times were plentiful and proof that even when you are given the sourest of lemons you can still make a great lemonade. If you haven't read the previous  entries, then I invite you to enjoy them when you have time. CH. 1 * CH. 2 * CH. 3 * CH. 4 * CH. 5 * CH. 6 * CH. 7 * CH. 8 * CH. 9 * CH. 10 * CH. 11 * CH. 12 * VISIT MY "EAST L.A. YEARS" PAGE “DAD,...
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Grilled Marshmallows??? Grandkid Eating Solutions & Delicious Memories

Grilled Marshmallows??? Grandkid Eating Solutions & Delicious Memories
GRILLED MARSHMALLOWS - 11/22/2014 - Are you the last Grandpa out there to learn that you can grill marshmallows on an electric griddle? The young ones love it, and you don't end up smelling like a campfire when you are done. All-in-all grilled marshmallows are a win-win solution that I encourage you to try out with your young kids, and grandkids. HOW DID IT HAPPEN? Shelly and I had the great opportunity to have our 3 grandchildren spend the night last night while their parents were off doing parent stuff. So after an evening of pizza, playing games, Bubble Guppies, and artwork with Auntie Haily, they finally all shut their eyes and slept solidly through the night. As they awoke this morning, the pressure upon Grandpa (me) was on as I cooked...
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1973 Irving JHS Mother & Son Breakfast W/Al Downing - Part XI of “I Survived Washington Irving JHS”

1973 Irving JHS Mother & Son Breakfast W/Al Downing - Part XI of “I Survived Washington Irving JHS”
IRVING MOTHER & SON BREAKFAST W/AL DOWNING - 1973-74 -  The following is part of a series of articles written by Michael Leavitt about his real life experiences at Washington Irving Junior High School in Los Angeles, California from 1974-1976. The events are true and have been documented to help Michael's family better understand the racial tensions he endured during that era. And even amidst the turmoil, good times were plentiful and proof that even when you are given the sourest of lemons you can still make a great lemonade. If you haven't read the previous  entries, then I invite you to enjoy them when you have time. CH. 1 * CH. 2 * CH. 3 * CH. 4 * CH. 5 * CH. 6 * CH. 7 * CH. 8 * CH. 9 * CH. 10 * Ch. 11 * “DAD, WHAT WAS IT ...
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KNICKERBOCKER 1974 - NOW ONLINE

KNICKERBOCKER 1974 - NOW ONLINE
KNICKERBOCKER 1974 - At the request of several members of the Washington Irving Junior High alumni Facebook group, I put the scanning on project of the 1974 Knickerbocker on the front burner and I made it a priority to complete. It has been yet another labor of love scanning the 1974 Washington Irving Knickerbocker yearbook and then formatting it for easy viewing on the internet. I have two versions available and both require registering for my website to access. This is easy to do and helps control and monitor who is viewing the content. STANDARD VERSION - I took the time to create a version that is free from all added autographs and best wishes. This version is available to all Irving alumni. MICHAEL'S EDITION - I also uploaded a very per...
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I'm Going For A Walk....

I'm Going For A Walk....
After enjoying some Sweet Fire Chicken, for some reason I am prompted to take a walk this afternoon and then come back and take a look around the corner... I know I know, I sometimes get my priorities a little mixed up. Thos that know me well know that I am constantly pleading with my lovely wife Shelly to have more patience with me... I'm excited about my prospects on the walk. What is the best fortune cookie fortune you have ever received? Make it a great day!!! Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah
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KNICKERBOCKER 1976 - NOW ONLINE

KNICKERBOCKER 1976 - NOW ONLINE
KNICKERBOCKER 1976 - It has been yet another labor of love scanning the 1976 Washington Irving Knickerbocker yearbook and then formatting it for easy viewing on the internet. I have two versions available and both require registering for my website to access. This is easy to do and helps control and monitor who is viewing the content. STANDARD VERSION - I took the time to create a version that is free from all added autographs and best wishes. This version is available to all Irving alumni. MICHAEL'S EDITION - I also uploaded a very personal version that includes all the signatures and writings from my own personal yearbook.  This is available to those who are interested in seeing what they authored so many years ago... "Have a great s...
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Yvette Burton - Rest In Peace - 2012 - Part X of “I Survived Washington Irving JHS”

Yvette Burton - Rest In Peace - 2012 - Part X of “I Survived Washington Irving JHS”
YVETTE BURTON - REST IN PEACE - 2012 - The following is part of a series of articles written by Michael Leavitt about his real life experiences at Washington Irving Junior High School in Los Angeles, California from 1974-1976. The events are true and have been documented to help Michael's family better understand the racial tensions he endured during that era. If you haven't read the previous 9 entries, then I invite you to enjoy them when you have time. CH. 1 * CH. 2 * CH. 3 * CH. 4 * CH. 5 * CH. 6 * CH. 7 * CH. 8 * CH. 9 * CH. 10 “DAD, WHAT WAS IT REALLY LIKE FOR YOU IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL?” CHAPTER 10 -  YVETTE BURTON - REST IN PEACE - 2012 As I look back on my junior high school years, there are a handful of smiles that made my youn...
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Tasty Irving JHS Cinnamon Rolls

Tasty Irving JHS Cinnamon Rolls
Is there anybody craving the wonderful cinnamon rolls from Washington Irving Junior High School? I am sitting here working on an early morning inspection report and would love to bite into one of those square, warm, and iced delights right now. In fact, my stomach is growling as I type this blog entry. It was one of the best times of each morning to stand in line and wait my turn to bite into the delicious treat. I'm sure it was the "delicious part of a nutritious breakfast." When eaten alone I doubt their was much nutritional value, but they were certainly delicious. I have found many great cinnamon rolls since, but the Washington Irving Junior High treats from my Southern California past were incredibly tasty... Make it a great day! Micha...
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Black & Blue Umpire Camp - I'm Bruised But Healing

Black & Blue Umpire Camp - I'm Bruised But Healing
Whew! When Billy Haze and his cohorts with the Black & Blue Umpire Camps (BBUC) were done with me, I was bruised and battered. And when I say bruised, I an referring to my ego. I was heard to say more than once in the past three days, "I haven't felt like this much of a rookie in decades!" It was very humbling, but the information was extremely valuable to me as a baseball umpire. Yes, I have been looking forward to these last three days for the last three months since I first heard the training was being organized and that the BBUC trainers were going to travel to Northern Utah to put on the camp. I was never quite sure what was going to be taught in this advanced umpire training, but I knew that the training staff was going to be top ...
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Poppy Speed Blinking - Grandkids Are Wonderful!!!

Poppy Speed Blinking - Grandkids Are Wonderful!!!
There is nothing more entertaining than a 4 year old granddaughter doing her best to stay awake during a very slow late night BYU football game. If your team is going to finally lose at about midnight, then I recommend that you watch the game with three young grandkids that are much more interested in playing than sitting quietly and watching the football game on the field. Poppy (4) is a very active child and together with her brother Rolf (4) and Tommy (2) they had a blast in the perfect late night air of the large stadium. Yes, once Poppy gets going, she is a pure joy to play silly games. Her laugh is infectious and her smile lights up everything around her as she makes sure everybody is having a good time. Check out this video and espec...
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Brasulista - New Issue Published - LDS Missionaries

Brasulista - New Issue Published - LDS Missionaries
The latest issue of the Brasulista is now online. The Brasulista is an online newsletter created by Alf  Gunn from Gig Harbor, Washington especially for early LDS Missionaries that served in Brazil. It is a great read for anybody wondering about the missionary work in Brazil. Alf produces his version and sends it out via email to several thousand subscribers. I get the privilege of taking the email and bringing it to life via HTML formatting on the internet.  This latest issue shares Brazil missionary opportunities, 9-11 tribute, an entertaining video of wing-suiters soaring over Rio, info about Alf's biking tour of Europe, and more. Here is the direct link to the latest issue: http://brasulista.com/sud/177-10-14-14 Make it a grea...
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I Recommend Scott Asbell - Rocky Mountain Mortgage Loans

I Recommend Scott Asbell - Rocky Mountain Mortgage Loans
Scott Asbell - Rocky Mountain Mortgage Loans OCTOBER 9, 2014 - Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending time with lender, Scott Asbell, as we shot some great video footage. Scott has 21 years in the lending industry and his firm is Rocky Mountain Mortgage Loans. MY RECOMMENDATION - As a Home Inspector here in Northern Utah, I get the chance to meet a lot of people in the lending and real estate industries. I find that many are just concerned with getting the loans closed so that commissions can be paid. At the other end of the spectrum is Scott Asbell. Scott's primary concern is his customer's satisfaction. He has a very low key and genuine style. Scott is a full time mortgage consultant that stays on top of all the latest changes and trend...
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Sad News - Roger Robinson - We Lost A Great One!

Sad News - Roger Robinson - We Lost A Great One!
Roger Robinson Died... What??? I was just blind-sided hearing the news that the home inspection world has just lost one of the great ones. Yes, Roger Robinson from Oakland, Northern California died of pneumonia and a heart attack on October 2, 2014. He was just 69 years old and the news was reported as being a shock to his immediate family. There are a couple dozen home inspectors who really had a huge impact on my formative inspection years, and Roger was one of them.  We would regularly see each other at ASHI and CREIA conferences and he always made time for me. Why? Well I had some pretty incredible introductions and Roger welcomed me right into his circle of influence with the biggest smile and genuine care. Roger had a way of maki...
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27th Day in Sao Borja - LDS Brazilian Mission Reflections

27th Day in Sao Borja - LDS Brazilian Mission Reflections
The following is the actual missionary journal entry I posted August 31, 1986. I was still adjusting to the people and culture of Southern Brazil and had yet to receive any mail from the good 'ol USA. The two year experience had life changing influences on my life. I'm sharing the actual images of the journal pages followed by the English transcript and then the Google translation into Portuguese. I wrote my thoughts at the end of the calendar month, but I drew the picture a couple of days earlier on a journal sheet while sitting by the Sao Borja. Brazil train station. I have always loved to sketch. You will also notice that my hair in the photo is still down. It wasn't for another week or so that I finally asked Elder Udo Muzeka if I could...
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Winter Prep - Do It While The Weather Is Still Good!

Winter Prep - Do It While The Weather Is Still Good!
MICHAEL'S "TOP 10 WINTER PREPARATION TIPS" OCTOBER 7, 2014 - The weather is fabulous outside and most of us are wanting to do everything other than house and yard work. But let's face it, there is a dusting of snow on Mt. Timpanogos and the cold winter weather is coming. So with that reality as our primary mindset, let's buck up to the task and get the following things done while the weather is warmer. The following "Top 10" list comes from my own experiences and also what I see on a day to day basis while inspecting homes in Northern Utah. Please help me and Like, Share, Re-Tweet, and Forward to your friends, co-workers, family members and circle of influence. The gutter is loosely mounted and water flows behind the gutter. There are also ...
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