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   This week’s story is about an idea I had for promoting the Crusade Against Cancer fundraiser on June 9. (If you haven’t signed up, there is still time to register today and be eligible for one of the many free door prizes we will be giving away!)

   Since the event has a Superhero theme, I thought it would be fun to have people dress up in Superhero costumes and pass out flyers in front of Edwards theater. The idea was to target people coming to watch The Avenger’s and new Deadpool movie. That’s genius right!? I know, sometimes I even amaze myself.

   I worked it out with the manager at Edwards, and he said it was okay to hand out flyers outside the front entrance. Now it was time to find some Superheroes to help. Before I started that project, I needed to decide what my Superhero identity would be. Since I am such a “Super” person myself, (Okay, in MY mind at least) I thought I could go as Superman. My wonderful sister Patty had a great idea and told me I needed to go as a Marvel comics character. At that point the choice was obvious. My Superhero identity needed to be Star Lord.

   After a few phone calls, I had my team lined up and ready to go. I would like to let you know who they are and thank them. So, a HUUUGE thank you to: My girlfriend Kristi Richardson (Wonder Woman) Todd Brown (Superman) Nate Esplin (Captain America) Kayla Esplin (Black Widow) Emmitt Esplin (Thor) and Kamryn Esplin (Super Girl) And another HUUUGE thank you to Cassidy and the adopted granddaughter team who all had the Crusade Against Cancer t-shirts.

We got everything set up and started handing out flyers at 6:30. I should say everyone else started handing out flyers. After all, I’m Star Lord and I’m the Captain. My job was to walk around giving orders and listen to music on my Walkman. (I feel bad now I didn’t keep the cassette tapes I had from the 70’s)

   It was a great night and I couldn’t help watching how many young boys stopped to get a flyer from the adopted granddaughter team. It was also fun to watch Nates kids handing out as many flyers to everyone they could. As I was watching them hand out flyers, I realized how lucky and grateful I am to have these people in my life. I am truly blessed. I know my Angel Shannon has a big smile on her face. I will always LOVE AND MISS YOU sweetheart.

Next week: Limo trip to Jackson

P.S. No I never thought I should be Groot!

Edwards Theater Event

Posted by on May 19, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

This week’s story is about an idea I had for promoting the Crusade Against Cancer fundraiser on June 9. (If you haven’t signed up, there is still time to register today and be eligible for one of the many free door prizes we will be giving away!)    Since the event has a Superhero theme, I thought it would be fun to have people dress up in Superhero costumes and pass out flyers in front of Edwards theater. The idea was to target people coming to watch The Avenger’s and new Deadpool movie. That’s genius right!? I know, sometimes I even amaze...

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Happy Mother’s Day 2018

Posted by on May 12, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

I want to start by wishing all the Mother’s out there a very Happy Mother’s Day. I officially grant you the permission to be pampered and spoiled by your family today!    I want to wish my Mother-In-Law Berna Deane a Happy Mother’s Day and let her know how grateful I am to have her in my life. She has lost a husband and two children and continues to move forward by helping so many other people. Her example of strength and courage has been such a wonderful blessing to me. I look forward to every Sunday when I call and read my story to her.   ...

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Happy Cinco-De-Mayo 2018

Posted by on May 5, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

This week’s story was previously posted last year. I didn’t really have a better story, and I feel like the message still applies today.   I must admit, I haven’t really thought much about this day, other than to take advantage of the great food and celebrations around town. So, when I decided to write about this event, I first wanted to get the correct information. (Thank You Google)    The date is still widely misunderstood as Mexico’s Independence Day, but Cinco de Mayo is actually a celebration of the surprising Mexican army’s victory...

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Posted by on April 28, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

I want to thank everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday on Monday. I am truly grateful to have so many wonderful people in my life. This week’s story is to let everyone know what I have learned through the last 62 years.    Before I do that, I feel the need to clear up some common misconceptions. #1 We did have electricity. #2 The automobile had been invented. #3 We had indoor plumbing. (Although when you are out working in a hay field, the outdoor plumbing works also!) #4 We did have a telephone. It was a rotary dial phone and we were on a...

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Posted by on April 21, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

This was kind of a tough week for me. On Tuesday, I had to put my longtime rodeo, roundup, and all-around utility horse Midnight down. Over the last few months, it was getting harder and harder for her to get around. I could tell her time was getting near but didn’t want to acknowledge it. Justin called Monday night and told me she had been laying in the same spot for quite a while. He went down and checked on her and told me her condition had gotten worse.    I went out to check on her Tuesday morning, thinking all the way out she would be...

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TCI Speech

Posted by on April 14, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

   Since motivational speaker is the ultimate career I am going to have, I was honored this week to give a speech at Teton Cancer Institute in Idaho Falls and Rexburg. I want to thank Lisa Anderson for giving me this incredible opportunity. I talked to the Idaho Falls staff on Wednesday, and the Rexburg staff on Thursday. I want to acknowledge what a tremendous group of people they are. Both groups were extremely friendly and made me feel welcome.    Lisa introduced me by giving them a little background about myself and the foundation. She...

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Thank you, City of Ririe

Posted by on April 7, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

To tell this story properly, I need to give you a little background. It all started 6 months ago when I received an anonymous group text. “Can we do lunch next Wednesday?” My first thought was to simply delete the text, because I didn’t recognize the number of the person sending the text message. Then I considered letting them know they included me in a text meant for someone else. But since I have no life, I decided to let them include me in the responses. I mean, after all, I needed to know who was going to be able to make it, and where...

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Happy Easter 2018

Posted by on March 31, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

Question: How do you know the end of the world is almost upon us? Answer: When someone has created and actually sells Peeps flavored beer. I mean seriously, what’s next? Cotton candy whiskey? This is what will bring the zombie apocalypse I’m posotive.    Okay, before I get in to the Easter part of the story, a quick word about the limousine job I had Wednesday night. It was a bachelorette party for some college girls at BYU-Idaho. I appreciate the sympathy I am feeling from all of you right now, but hey, someone had to do it, right? They came...

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The Windy City Part 2

Posted by on March 24, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

I want to share some of the other adventures I had along my trip driving the ambulance back from Chicago. I accepted the fact it would be a long, boring trip. But, thankfully it wasn’t.    My girlfriend Kristi went to a lot of work to make it enjoyable and exciting. She put together a lot of snacks and food for the trip. She found a book at the dollar store with awkward family photos, and it was hilarious. She had some other items I was to open along the way. Then she wrapped them all up individually, with the times I was to open each one....

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Posted by on March 17, 2018 in Journal | 0 comments

My job this week was to fly into Chicago and drive an ambulance back for a company that is going to use it for non-emergency medical transport in Montana. It’s safe to say I was looking forward to the flight to Chicago more than I was the drive back.    When I arrived in Chicago, it was snowing really hard. “This is just my luck!” I thought. The ambulance was in Crystal Lake, which is about 54 miles north of the Chicago airport. I scheduled a ride with Uber and waited at the pickup location. The driver called, and told me he was at the...

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