Friday, February 27, 2009

Yes, We All Knew This Guy.

Larry H. Miller, owner of the Utah Jazz, passed away a week ago. He was a remarkable person. A rags to riches story. He was the kind of individual that everyone felt they knew. I admired his passion and his tender heart. Though most identify him with the Jazz, his car dealerships and movie theaters, many don't know the depth of his philanthropy. He was an amazingly generous soul. The list of his giving is very long indeed. He always wanted to make the great state of Utah an even better place. One of his many projects that will bless lives for years to come are the Joseph Smith Papers. A remarkable endeavor funded and championed by Mr. Miller.

A few years ago I had the opportunity to meet him and shake his hand. I was at a movie premiere hosted at his Jordan Commons MoviePlex. The composer of the film was Sam Cardon, a college friend of mine. After the movie I greeted Sam with a hug, and then Sam asked me, "Have you met Larry Miller?" I turned and there he was and he shook my hand and I said, "Mr. Miller, it is a pleasure to meet you." And he said, "Call me Larry."

Thanks, Larry!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Snow Drops

I have a dear friend named Jan who is old enough to be my mother. We have been friends for 15 years. She has taught me many good things. One of these is to appreciate the simple, unexpected little joys. She likes to call it SERENDIPITY. A few years ago when she moved out of my neighborhood she invited me to come to her yard and dig up some snowdrops and replant them in my yard. She told me that they usually pop up in February while it is still winter, (thus the name) and they usually take a season or two to re-grow after being re-planted. Every February since I've known her she has brought me a tiny vase of snowdrops. Yesterday, I walked around to the side of my house and there to my delight was a small patch of snowdrops popping through the ground. I think I will visit Jan and take her a vase of snowdrops this year.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Barbeque anyone?

Today on Interstate-15 a large semi-truck overturned when the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Thankfully no one, including the driver was hurt...Only 43,000 pounds of McDonald's hamburger patties spread all over the highway.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

First Kiss

For some reason I have been thinking about first kisses. Perhaps because this week is Valentines Day, and sometimes that evokes "mushy" thoughts?

My first kiss happened before I was "sweet sixteen". In fact I was 15 and 1/2. It did not happen on my front porch, or in a parked car or even at my school locker. happened on stage in front of my high school in a packed auditorium!

I was a sophomore and he was a senior ( a popular 'hunk', as we called guys in those days.) It was weird, scary and just plain embarrassing. And...the first of many lip-locks to happen on various stages over the years. "Hussy"!!

Seriously, how many people do you know who had their first kiss in front of a large audience AND had it photographed for all posterity to see?

Yes, there I wig and all.

Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 2, 2009

What a guy!

Donny Osmond came to my daughter's school today. She is on the student council and each year the students set a goal to raise money for Sub-For-Santa. This year they raised $30,000 dollars and were able to help 200 local families. Pretty neat. As a reward the council planned an assembly to thank the students. Since Donny's son is on the council he was able to get his dad to come and offer a surprise for the students. After silly things like throwing pie at teachers, waxing some brave (?) boys chests and teachers doing an embarrassing dance, Donny was introduced to the cheers of the studentbody. (I was there because of a "heads up" from my daughter.)

Anyways, Donny, (who had cleared this with the administration,) drew numbers for raffle tickets which each student had been given at the door. The prize: 6 winners, plus a guest of their choice will get to fly on a private jet to Las Vegas, then be picked up by a limousine, go to dinner with Donny and Marie, attend their concert at the Flamingo, and stay in a 5- star hotel. Chaperones will be provided. Totally cool. After the drawing the crowd started chanting for Donny to sing. He replied that he wouldn't be singing (darn) but he did treat the kids to a few acappela lines of "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from Disney's "Mulan." Then he was gone. A generous guy.