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LIFE OFF! GAME ON! GO JAZZ!!!

"FUN RUN" 2012

2012-2013

Saturday, March 28, 2015

WE SWIPED RIGHT


There's a new matchmaking app.
When you see someone you don't like, you swipe
left on your phone.
If you like them, you swipe right.
Only when both parties swipe right, do you get the information.

Carson Vance is one of my all time favorites!!!
I've known him since he was born!
His grandpa (RIP) taught with me my first 17 years.
I went to his parents' wedding.
Carson was my student in 5th grade.

Well, Carson and Brittni both "swiped right."
They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on March 20.
Their reception in Alpine was March 27.
Of course, I gave them a Jazz game!




Greeted to the wedding by
Elder Garett Vance
of the
Arizona Tuscon Mission
(LOVE CARDBOARD CUTOUTS)


THE BRIDE AND GROOM
(AND DOORS #1, #2, AND #3) 

 "Auntie Ann" with the groom and bride

Friday, March 27, 2015

FORTUNATELY, UNFORTUNATELY


FORTUNATELY . . .  THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
 MADE IT TO THE "SWEET 16" OF THE
NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT.

UNFORTUNATELY . . . THE DUKE BLUE DEVILS
(WHERE MY COUSIN TEACHES)
 WERE THEIR OPPONENTS.
FAIL.
63 TO 57 

RIP HOT ROD






Former longtime Utah Jazz broadcaster Hot Rod Hundley dies at age 80

Published: Friday, March 27 2015 6:45 p.m. MDT

   
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Hot Rod Hundley waves to the crowd during the half time retirement ceremony honoring him at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, January 29, 2010. The Utah Jazz are playing the Sacramento Kings. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — The longtime, legendary voice of the Utah Jazz has been silenced.
"Hot Rod" Hundley, whose colorful sayings and home-spun humor served him and Jazz fans so well as the franchise's lead broadcaster for more than three decades, passed away Friday at his home in Phoenix while surrounded by his family.
The cause of death was not immediately made available, though he had been battling Alzheimer's disease.
Hundley, who was a former collegiate basketball star at West Virginia and the No. 1 pick in the 1957 NBA draft, was 80 years old.
“West Virginia lost a dear friend today as Hot Rod Hundley has passed away,” current West Virginia coach Bob Huggins tweeted Friday. “He will be dearly missed. Rod was not only a friend of WVU, but a dear friend to our basketball program. I will miss him very much. RIP Hot Rod.”
Known for his signature catch-phrase, "You gotta love it, baby!" Hundley was the broadcast voice of the organization beginning back in 1974, when the franchise was located in New Orleans, then followed the team to Salt Lake City in 1979 and continued his play-by-play duties until retiring following the 2008-09 season.
“Hot Rod was the voice of the Utah Jazz for 35 years, and his voice was synonymous with Jazz radio,” Jazz franchise owner Gail Miller said in a press release. “The expressions he used throughout the game broadcasts are legendary. He had the unique ability to make the game come to life so that you felt as though you could see what was happening on the floor when listening to him call the games.
"Rod was a very special talent and will be missed by our family as well as Jazz fans everywhere. Our thoughts and condolences are with the Hundley family.”
In all, Hundley broadcast 3,051 Jazz games during his career, including many of the signature moments in franchise history. He served as the team's play-by-play announcer for the Jazz’s simulcast television and radio broadcasts for 31 years, then spent his final four years at the microphone for the team's radio broadcasts.
After his retirement, the Jazz honored the ever-popular Hundley by hanging a banner, emblazoned with his name and a microphone, from the rafters of EnergySolutions Arena. And in 2010, the team’s media center at the arena was dedicated in Hot Rod's name and includes numerous photographs of Hundley and a montage of his most famous sayings.
In January 2014, it was announced that Hundley had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Then in December of last year, Deseret News columnist Doug Robinson wrote a story about Hundley's worsening health condition, sadly noting that the longtime broadcaster was having trouble just stringing complete sentences together.
Hundley's passing was felt Friday around the NBA, particularly by members of the Jazz franchise.
“Rod was a true professional, a great personal friend and remains a legend in the NBA broadcast industry,” Jazz team president Randy Rigby said in the press release. “From his start with the franchise in New Orleans in 1974 when the Jazz were an expansion team, Hot Rod built a fan base that remains unmatchable.
"With his signature ‘You gotta love it, baby!’ to ‘With a gentle push and a mild arc, the old cowhide globe hit home,’ Rod will be remembered as a true scholar of the game and will always remain a member of the Jazz family.”
"I am saddened by the news of the passing of my longtime friend, Rod Hundley,'' Hall of Famer Jerry West said in a statement reported by the Associated Press. ''I first met Rod when I was 18 and he encouraged me to attend West Virginia University. We were Laker teammates and never lost contact.


CALLED TO SERVE . . . JADE



Not sure why Jade's mom has an obsession with fake mission calls.
When CaLea opened hers, she was called to serve in the
Utah Ogden Deaf Mission.
She was called to Korea Seoul South Mission.
Her and Alan Casper cook it up.  He has copies of the letter head.

Jade's "first" mission call was to Antarctica Emperor...speaking "Penguinese."
Her "second" call was to the Utah Vernal Deaf, speaking ASL.

The "third" and final call was to the "Iowa Des Moines" mission, speaking English.
She will be 19 on July 6, and enters the MTC on July 29.
She won't see CaLea before she leaves.







LIZ


Liz Finlayson, Paul's oldest,  won a 1 year scholarship to BYU!!! 
She won 1st place in the Environmental Science division, was an  International Science Fair finalist, 
Utah Valley Forum winner, and also won some cash!!!
Last year at the Science Fair, she won $80,000 scholarship to Westminister!
This year, she was also the first ever female Sterling Scholar in Science at Lone Peak!
She went all the way to State with that!!!
And, it all started with the 5th grade Science Fair!!!



Thursday, March 26, 2015

CLOGGING CUTIES


Another "Stay At Home Aunt" Adventure!
I went to Goshen Elementary to watch a clogging assembly
featuring Haley and Lily.
I had donated $50 each to Cole and Haley's teacher's foundation account.
Cole's teacher wasn't there,
I met Haley's teacher...adorable!

Haley and Lily have both been taking clogging this year.
They have both caught on FAST!  Haley has always been graceful.
Lily is the youngest in the class, and she is GOOD!!!





















 A "Darling DIVA" in the making!






And then, I drove the back roads through Elberta, to Saratoga Springs.
I dropped in at Vista Heights Middle School, and since Courtney's been
receiving good grades...I bought her yearbook!




THE SECRET GARDEN


CAITLIN PAYNE HAS BEEN APPEARING IN
"THE SECRET GARDEN" AT THE SCERA.
SHE IS THE DAUGHTER OF MARVIN PAYNE, AND
HIS 2ND WIFE, LAURIE.
MARVIN IS A SINGER, SONGWRITER, 
ACTOR (FATHER IN SATURDAY'S WARRIOR), AND AUTHOR.

I TAUGHT HER BROTHER, SAM AND SISTER, ELIZA.
CAITLIN MISSED A LOT OF SCHOOL IN 5TH GRADE.
THEY FOUND OUT SHE NEEDED A "GLUTEN FREE" DIET.
IT WAS JUST COMING OUT AT THE TIME.
CAITLIN WAS NOT ONLY TALENTED IN 5TH GRADE,
BUT EXTREMELY SMART!!!



STUDENT OF THE YEAR



MY FORMER STUDENT, 
EVA NEVES ROBB,
WAS:
 FOR FRENCH TEACHING AT
UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY!
FATHER SERVED A MISSION IN FRANCE, EVA IN MADAGASCAAR.

AND JUST A SIDE NOTE RANT...
THAT DORK GUY WITH HIS HAT ON!
WHAT HAPPENED TO GOOD OL' MANNERS???
MEN SELDOM TAKE THEM OFF ANYMORE!!!

ANOTHER "PROUD MISS MITCHELL MOMENT!"

ANNOUNCING . . . MR. B. . . . FINALLY


Don Beckstrand started teaching at Alpine Elementary in 1984.
He taught 4th, 5th, and 6th.
He's been such a great friend forever!
Don was a bishop at one time.
His wife, Marlene, was extremely sick, and she had to quit teaching.
She passed away almost 3 years ago.
And then, he became the most eligible catch in Utah County!

It started with my aide, he had been set up by her in-laws.
(Her husband was killed in an avalanche.)
They had talked marriage, and had been ring shopping.
Then, she bolted to Boise!
He went back to her 2 or 3 times.
He had a relationship with my former teammate, Teri Michals.

I have never seen anyone date sooooo much!
He would have me look at pictures, and ask my opinion.
(What do I know???)
One woman was by his side at our retirement open house.
It seemed like a wedding reception!
He broke it off in August...thank goodness!!!
She met someone shortly after, and eloped to Hawaii by
the middle of October!!!

Anyway, Don was set up with Paige in November,
and they are getting married April 18.
Hallelujah!!!
(She's been divorced, and widowed.  One child killed, one
surviving child...married.)


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GETTING MY JAZZ GROOVE ON

On Tuesday, March 24, Adonna and I went to the 
Energy Solutions Arena for a season ticket event.
You had to be one of the first 1500 to renew your
season tix for 2015-2016.

They had a BBQ, picture stations, autograph stations,
and gaming stations...where you could play games
with the players such as pool, air hockey, and video games.

For dinner, they had fruit, hamburgers and hot dogs,
chips, cookies, and a can of pop.
It was great to eat in the "Legends" room!

Adonna and I were first in line for the picture station.
It was on the basketball court.
We had Jeremy Evans, Rudy Gobert...and were supposed to have
Asst. Coach, Alex Jensen.  
Jensen was a no show.  Typical "Ute" man!
(Rodney Hood left the game sick on Monday , he was excused.)


View up to my seats.  Top of lower bowl.


This is what first in line looks like!


This cute red head arranged for Bear to come to Mom's seat
for her birthday.


Rudy's not too happy that Adonna's paying attention to Jeremy!


Look how happy my boys are to be with me!!!




Happy 25th, Gordon!!!
(Bandaid covering hickie)


Asst. Coach, Johnnie Bryant (a "Ute" who showed up) and Elijah Milsap


 Trevor Booker






Derrick Favors


On to the next rotation



Alec Burks


Ian Clark
Check out my cool bag they signed!


This is what we waited all day for...Gobert signature on a Gobert jersey!