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There’s No Upside...

Michael Leavitt shares his innermost thoughts as they relate to his personal and family life. He can be heard to say often to his kids... “There’s no upside!”


NOTE: If you are interested in Michael’s business inspection related blog, then click on Bloggers in the left column and select Michael - Inspector.

Michael Leavitt came into mortality on August 3, 1961 in the small town of Brigham City, Utah. He was immediately deemed healthy and his Mom and Dad took him home to the nearby, but much smaller town of Bear River, Utah. 6 months later the family was on the move to Southern California with some time spent in Florida and then Southern California...

Michael Leavitt came into mortality on August 3, 1961 in the small town of Brigham City, Utah. He was immediately deemed healthy and his Mom and Dad took him home to the nearby, but much smaller town of Bear River, Utah. 6 months later the family was on the move to Southern California with some time spent in Florida and then Southern California again. After a crazy upbringing in the middle of gang banger central, Michael caught the vision and decided to serve two years as a proselyting missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in Southern Brasil. “That was an incredible experience that allowed me to devout all my time, talent, and energies serving the Lord” said Michael about his missionary service. Returning home and quickly turning 27 Michael found the love of his life and married Shelly Webb from Claremont, California. Jessica came along within 9 months of their marriage, later followed by Adam, Haily, and Aaron. The time has flown by and Michael now finds Jessica married and making him a Grandpa 3 times over.

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Cindy - My Long Lost 3rd Grade Friend

Cindy - My Long Lost 3rd Grade Friend
Cindy, you were always one the the tiniest, cutest, and happiest schoolmates in both grade school and junior high. I can remember your smile as early as the third grade at Toland Way Elementary School. I was much too shy to talk to any girl in 3rd grade but I remember your smile continued on all the way through my last saying good-bye in 1976. I inquired about your whereabouts on our Washington Irving 1970's Facebook Group and Grace shared that she was still in contact with you. I was so glad to learn that you still have contact with some of the members of our Class of 1976 and didn't just disappear like so many others.I was so sad to hear that you had recently lost your Mother. If she was anything like my Mother, then I know how deep your ...
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Happy Thanksgiving - Hogle Zoo Fun

Happy Thanksgiving - Hogle Zoo Fun
HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2015NOVEMBER 25, 2015 - Getting the chance to go to the Salt Lake City Hogle Zoo with my grandkids was awesome! With Rolf & Poppy being 5, Tommy 3, and cutest little Josie at 8 months, the zoo visit had all the makings of a memorable fun family event. Just look at the cover photo for this blog and you can see the leading lady Josie all dressed up as the owl from Harry Potter (Hedwig), complete with incredible steel blue eyes and a smile that just melts a Granpa's heart.My lovely wife Shelly and I actually crashed the Dixon family planned event and it was my goal to just stalk them from afar and get some cute shots.  Instead, we were immersed in the fun and both Shelly and I took the fun photos from two different ...
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Click-Clacks * How Cool Were You?

Click-Clacks * How Cool Were You?
If you owned "Click-Clacks" as a youth, then please share this blog entry with your friends... CLICK-CLACKS - I was always drawn into the latest fads as a youth. Whether skateboarding, yo-yo's, or even Click-Clacks. Yes Click-Clacks... Do you remember Click-Clacks? I can remember when the fad hit, because I was an immediate fan and bound and determined to learn how to make them work. I can't remember if it was my cousins Kenny B and Roger in Colton, California, or if it was my neighbors Paul and Chucko Gage that introduced me to Click-Clacks, but when I saw them the first time, I just had to get some and learn how to use them. In fact, I wanted to master the new art form of Click-Clackers.In the beginning, resin ball Click-Clacks were not p...
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Teresa Live - Big Jet Plane

Teresa Live - Big Jet Plane
NOVEMBER 21, 2015 - A while back I created a Facebook Group call "Washington Irving Junior High * Los Angeles * 1970's" and have had a wonderful time reuniting friendships from nearly forty years ago in my youth. It has been fascinating to learn about the pathways through life that fellow classmates have taken. Teresa Crespo, now Teresa Crespo Hartendorp, took the entertainer track and has enjoyed playing and singing throughout the Southern California area and beyond. She recently extended the invitation to come and see her live, and due to living so far away I decided to see if she was on YouTube, and she was. After watching some of her videos, it would be fun to see her live and in person... Enjoy!L...
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Hopeful Dreams - The Jr. High School Bus Stop

Hopeful Dreams - The Jr. High School Bus Stop
Memories are an interesting phenomenon. I was going through some funeral photographs of a family friend earlier today and my mind started to wander to the hopeful dreams I had as a 9th grader at Washington Irving Jr. High School in NE Los Angeles, California. As a 9th grader, each day I dreamed of catching just the right Rapid Transit District (RTD) bus so that I might get to see a very special young lady, and some days I timed it just right. This blog entry is dedicated to those fantastic, magical, warm and fuzzy feelings felt in the days of our youth when eye contact is made with just the right person at just the right time and they see into our soul.Catching the right bus was tricky because my 9th grade school day actually started much e...
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A Romantic Atmosphere

A Romantic Atmosphere
As the head waiter in a romantic restaurant, my tallest son Aaron gets to sing a great song in his high school play "She Loves Me". The blog cover photo shows Aaron losing his cool with the fighting couple who are killing the romantic mood in his establishment. Below is the YouTube bootleg video version of "A Romantic Atmosphere" and I invite all of you to travel to Utah and catch him in the final two performances on Monday and Tuesday nights at 7PM.    I just love watching Aaron singing on stage.Make it a great day!Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah
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She Loves Me - Photos

She Loves Me - Photos
October 23, 2015Just a couple of hours ago the opening night performance of Orem High School Drama's "She Loves Me!" came off without any major hitches.  In fact, it was totally entertaining and delightful. Our son Aaron played the Mater D and sang a great song dealing with the romantic atmosphere of the French restaurant (I'll post it to YouTube. hearing him once again portray a character with that accent took me back to watching him in the role of Lumiere in "Beauty and the Beast". The show runs through next Tuesday with 7PM starts in the Orem High School Little Theater. Stealing the show was Rachel Peterson singing "Ice Cream" in her red pajamas. I knew the song but had forgotten that it was from this production.Here are some good p...
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Aaron Runs State Cross Country

Aaron Runs State Cross Country
October 21, 2015 - Sugarhouse Park - Salt Lake City, UtahWow! I am constantly amazed at the feats my kids accomplish. We watched Aaron run in his final Utah Cross Country race and it was awesome.  We watched him push through pain and fight off runners at the end to finish strongly with a great time.Did he win? Nope! That is the dream, but Cross Country is different in that you are racing for your personal best in the hopes of helping your team in their final standings. Very few get to be at the top of the podium, yet thousands run each year just hoping to give their best performance.The Sugarhouse course is about 3.2 miles with lots of uphills and downhills, which makes it tougher on the runners. I loved watching Aaron push himself thr...
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Back To The Future - We Are Now Living In The Past

Back To The Future - We Are Now Living In The Past
It is crazy to think that on the space time continuum we are now living in the past. I have spent the morning looking at the old family Polaroids to see if any of my friends and family are fading and I can only hope that Marty McFly was successful in his travels on our behalf. The flux capacitor energized DeLorean was and is a great concept... Talk about successful brand placement in a movie. It put the Delorean on everybody's radar and the never before seen stainless steel automotive finish probably inspired the popular kitchen appliance finish we see in many home's today."Are you telling me that you built a time machine out of a DeLorean?" Marty McflyI am busy this afternoon watching my son Aaron running in the Utah State Cross Country fi...
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Finish With Your Torch Still Lit

Finish With Your Torch Still Lit
I am as guilty as the next person of starting something new and then stopping before I finish the task.  The dog in this blog's cover photo portrays me in many of my past endeavors. Fortunately, I have the drive to finish the majority of tasks I start, but there are many more that I need to  renew my resolve and finish strongly what I have originally started. I have learned that my Heavenly Father has a great love and patience for me and he encourages me to get back up when I fall and He helps to give me the love and encouragement to finish strongly what I have started... All I have to do is ask for his help.On this coming Wednesday we get to watch our youngest son Aaron compete in the Utah State finals for Cross Country racing.&n...
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Smokey and the Bandit Revisited - Fast-N-Loud

Smokey and the Bandit Revisited - Fast-N-Loud
While finishing off inspection reports this morning I was completely distracted watching the Discovery Channel's Fast-N-Loud two part episodes featuring a "Smokey and the Bandit" build. Search your DVR and find the episodes and enjoy the memories. I posted on their FB page..."I just watched the Smokey and the Bandit episodes and was thoroughly entertained... If there were a remake with all of these same characters on the big screen I would be the first to slap down the cash for the recliner seating and the extra large buttered popcorn to see it... Way-To-Go- Guys!!!"FLASHBACKS - In 1977 I found myself in Campbell, Missouri (population 1,600) spending my summer while on school break from Southern California. My older sister Susie lived in ne...
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Adam & I Get To Sing At The LDS Conference - Watch Us Saturday Night!

Adam & I Get To Sing At The LDS Conference - Watch Us Saturday Night!
This Saturday night my son Adam and I have been invited to be part of a 364 men's choir for the Priesthood Session of the Semi-Annual General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This is a huge once in a lifetime opportunity and I would love it if all of my family and friends tuned in online around the world and looked for us during the choir numbers.MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR - Most of you are familiar with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, right? Well they are the featured choir for most of the other sessions of the 6 session conference held twice a year at the Salt Lake City, Utah LDS Conference Center. A bit of trivia... The Conference Center features  a pipe organ with 7,667 pipes. I am looking forward to feelin...
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The Silver Beaver Escapes - Humbling Experience

The Silver Beaver Escapes - Humbling Experience
It was a great experience walking into the historic Alpine Tabernacle in American Fork, Utah yesterday afternoon and see about two thousand people there to commemorate 92 recipients of the 2015 Silver Beaver Award. The event was hosted by the Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The UNPC is the largest of the 273 councils in the BSA and therefore they award the most Silver Beaver awards annually and put on one of the largest reception events.Looking down the list of recipients I was humbled as I knew a great deal of them and had worked with many of them in teaching, training, and other outdoor events in the past 29 years of my Scouting service. The 60 page booklet issued to all attendees was impressive. I was sitting th...
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BSA Silver Beaver Nominee - How Cool Is That?

BSA Silver Beaver Nominee - How Cool Is That?
How cool is that? Opening my email late last night from my LDS Bishop with the announcement and a congratulations completely caught me off guard. My immediate thought was that I was 'cc'd" and being invited to attend in honor of somebody else. I scanned over the list and didn't see my name. I then took more time to read the full email and thought that maybe it was for me and I scanned  the list again. Sure enough, there I was mid way down the third column.What an honor! I immediately called my son Aaron into my bedroom with my lovely wife Shelly and shared with them the news. I would have called in Haily, Adam, and Jessica with her husband and kids, but one was out for the evening, one was flying home from Hawaii, and the eldest now li...
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Born To Run Turns 40

Born To Run Turns 40
I was driving along the interstate near Salt Lake City yesterday and the DJ mentioned that it is the 40 year anniversary of Bruce Sprinsteen's "Born to Run". That's just plain crazy!I put that song on and I am immediately transported back and I am a younger man singing right along with each line. I know it has been a long time, but 40 years... Incredible! And if you are like me, then you sing along with Bruce as well. What are some of those lyrics anyway?... Here they are. I challenge you to read them beginning to end and not be singing the song in your head as you read...BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - Born To Run LyricsIn the day we sweat it out in the streetsof a runaway American dreamAt night we ride through mansions of gloryin suicide machinesSpru...
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You're Out!... It Was A Good Night

You're Out!... It Was A Good Night
Last night was a good night of umpiring. In fact, it has left me with the realization that I have become pretty good at this whole officiating gig. There is a confidence and sense of accomplishment that only comes from many years of work investing time studying the rule books and thousands of hours spent on the fields trying to get it right. Last night left me feeling good.As I walked off the field at 10 PM with Laetner, my 15-year-old youth umpire partner, I shared with him that nobody was going to be coming up to us telling us what a great job we did, but I asked him how it felt knowing that we gave the players, coaches, and fans our very best game. He beamed with pride knowing that he was in the right positions to make the very best call...
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Go Fot It... Hit The Trails!!!

Go Fot It... Hit The Trails!!!
MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE GO FOR IT! - April 20, 2015 - This perspective gets the heartbeats of many racing, yet most will never know the feeling. Wipeouts bring forth road rash, but the rush of the wind in your hair is a great feeling. To be successful you must risk the road rash, Success begins by pushing off!!!Go For It... Hit The Trail!!!Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah - www.TheHomeInspector.comWhat major goals are you working on in 2015?MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVE  
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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 level...
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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 rea...
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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.comWhat 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.Richar...
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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 t...
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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 definite...
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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 mixture...
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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.comWhat 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, he...
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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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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
Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatEVENT: Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatWHEN: February 19-21 & 23-24, 2015WHERE: Orem High School Auditorium - Orem, UtahTIME: 6 PM NightlyMY 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 AdultsBONUS: This is a twin show event with "Joseph" at 6PM followed at 7:30...
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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 - Ore...
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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. Also ...
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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"WHO IS ...
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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 Lea...
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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 o...
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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. 14VISIT MY "EAST L.A. YEAR...
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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. 14VISIT MY "EAST L.A. YEARS" PAGE“DAD, WH...
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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.comWhat doors you will be opening in 2015?MICHAEL'S MO...
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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 th...
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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 bud...
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Go For It! Michael's Motivational Moments

Go For It! Michael's Motivational Moments
MICHAEL'S MOTIVATIONAL MEMORIES ARCHIVEGO 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 ar...
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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 mont...
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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“DAD, ...
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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 t...
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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, WHAT...
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