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First let me acknowledge the 20th anniversary of the tragedy that shook our country. I pray all of us remember the victims and do everything we can to keep our country united and strong.

This week I embarked on a long road trip for my new job. It started with me flying into Sacramento Tuesday morning to pick up the company car. I had a meeting with the Agriculture department at UC Davis. I will be working with them to develop a Workforce Development program that will help attract new employees into the industry. The meeting went extremely well, and I am very excited with the potential of this program.

From there my trip would start with me visiting dealers in Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. From there I will be taking the car to Phoenix and catch a flight back to Idaho Falls on Friday. The first dealer I met in Reno was not very friendly when I called him earlier to ask if I could stop, and even grumpier when I stopped. “Not a good way to start” I thought.

After that, the rest of the dealers I met with were very nice. The last dealer I had to meet with was in Lund, Nevada. I knew I wouldn’t make it, so I called and booked a room at the only hotel in town. It was a long, lonely drive. I finally got to the hotel around 11:00pm. When I got up the next morning, I looked out and noticed a big sign with a silhouette of two team ropers and a team roping arena about 500 yards from the hotel. “I am right at home here!” I thought. I had a good meeting with the dealer and from there I was headed to a dealer in Aurora Utah which is in Southern Central Utah.

As I was driving through the Utah desert I noticed the AC wasn’t working very well. After a few more miles, a warning light came on letting me know there was a problem with the charging system. I found a place where I could pull off the road. I was pretty sure the alternator must have gone bad and caused the battery to run down. I looked in the manual and all it said was if the light comes on, take the vehicle to an authorized dealer for service. At that point, the car died. I tried to call someone, but of course there was no cell service. I had remembered from the navigation that the closest town was Delta that was about 60 miles away. I wasn’t quite sure what to do, so I got out of the vehicle to wait for someone to drive by. It had been about twenty minutes before someone drove by without even slowing down. My heart kind of sunk at that point. All of a sudden, I noticed he slowed down and turned around to come back and see if he could help.

There is a lot more to this story how we tried to charge it up so I could drive it, but we ended up having him take me into Delta. I asked him what I owed him, and he wouldn’t take any money. Then he said, “If you want to do something for me, let me give you a number to put in your phone.” I assumed it was going to be his number until he said, “That’s for the Mormon Missionaries, and maybe you could just give them a call.” I told him I was LDS and we both laughed. “I will definitely do something for the missionaries in Idaho Falls when I get back,” I told him. He was a really great guy, and I am so grateful he stopped and helped me. I found out where the vehicle broke down was 30 miles from any cell service.

I got in touch with Droughbay Chevy. They are the only place in town that has a tow truck. The gentleman was very nice and told me he could go out after 6:00pm to pick up the car. When we got to the vehicle, he looked around and said the problem was the belt must have broken. We hauled it back into Delta and he said they would try to fix it, but he didn’t know if they could work it into the schedule. He also said it would depend on the auto parts store having a replacement belt. He said to give him a call later in the morning.

I didn’t want to call too early, but I also knew I was going to have to decide what to do if I wasn’t going to be able to do anything until Monday. I called around 10:00 and he said he just finished putting the belt on and was getting everything put back together. He said he would have someone come and pick me up. I told him how much I appreciated that and how grateful I was for everything they did to help me through this entire situation.

This ordeal has been a great reminder to me how important your attitude is in any situation that you face. I could be angry about the car breaking down where it did, or I could think how much worse it could have been on the long drive the night before. I could focus how much of an inconvenience this was for me, or I can focus on the wonderful people that reached out to help me. I am quite sure there were some special angels looking out for me as well. I am a very blessed man. Thanks for reading.

Next week: The Road Trip Conclusion

P.S. I told Kristi about the guy wanting to have me call the missionaries. “It’s probably because of the swear words I used before he got there!” I told her.

Tales From the Road

Posted by on September 11, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

Tales From the Road First let me acknowledge the 20th anniversary of the tragedy that shook our country. I pray all of us remember the victims and do everything we can to keep our country united and strong. This week I embarked on a long road trip for my new job. It started with me flying into Sacramento Tuesday morning to pick up the company car. I had a meeting with the Agriculture department at UC Davis. I will be working with them to develop a Workforce Development program that will help attract new employees into the industry. The...

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The Last Chukars Game

Posted by on September 4, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

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Posted by on August 28, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

The Salt Lake Express Surprise Part Three (Hell’s comin’ with me!) I decided I would make the SLE stories like the sequels in a movie series. So actually, Part Two should have been, The Salt Lake Express Part Two, (You tell him I’m comin!) For the younger readers or those who should have watched this movie and didn’t, (and shame on you for not!) this is from the movie Tombstone when Wyatt Earp sends the message, “You tell him I’m comin’… and Hell’s comin’ with me,” to Curly Bill. I will now share with you the reply I received from SLE when...

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The Salt Lake Express Surprise Part Two (Tell him I’m comin’)

Posted by on August 22, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

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The Salt Lake Express Surprise

Posted by on August 14, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

The Salt Lake Express Surprise Caution! This story may contain rants and tirades! Last week I told you about my trip to California and Arizona. This week’s story is about my trip back to Idaho Falls on Friday night. I booked a round trip ticket on Salt Lake Express to the SLC airport. I had to schedule the pickup time for Monday Aug. 2nd at 2:40am at so I could make my 8:30am flight and return for 8:00pm Friday Aug.6th. Salt Lake Express has Shaka’s Sinclair as their preferred pickup location, so that is where I have always chosen when I use...

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On The Road Again Chapter Two

Posted by on August 7, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

On The Road Again Chapter Two Okay everyone, your story today is about my travels this week through California and Arizona. After my last trip to dealers in Northern and Central California, there were some dealers in Bakersfield I wanted to meet with. From there I needed to meet with a dealer in Redlands. This took me within 10 miles of Los Angeles and closer than I wanted to be. Nothing so much against the town, but it’s the home of the Lakers and I am a diehard Boston Celtics fan. Although as a senior citizen, I do applaud their commitment...

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Chukars Game #2

Posted by on July 31, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

Chukars Game #2 I would like to thank Kevin Greene and the Chukars staff for allowing me the opportunity to have a booth at four of their home games. I told you before what a successful night I had at the first game which was Pride Night. This week’s story is about a very rewarding experience at the game last Saturday night. At the Chukars games, there is always a business handing out free promotional items to the first customers. At this point, I must share with you how much my attitude toward getting free handouts has changed over the...

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Details From the Trip

Posted by on July 24, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

Details From the Trip Well boys and girls, I am back from my first trip through California as a Dealer Development Consultant. As promised, you get to hear the details in this week’s story. I flew into the Sacramento airport Monday morning and Courtney picked me up with the company car I was going to be able to drive. I spent the majority of Monday getting my new work phone and email account set up. That’s right, I am so important I need two phones now! The proper response to that is WOW!! By the time I was ready to leave, I had enough time...

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Posted by on July 17, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

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The Answer Was Yes

Posted by on July 10, 2021 in Journal | 0 comments

The Answer Was Yes I hope all of you had a great Fourth of July and was able to make some great memories with your families. I was so glad we were able to have a parade and a fireworks show. I know there were a lot of people that felt the same way I did. What’s that you’re asking? What does any of that have to do with the title of the story? If the answer was yes, what was the question? Okay, I will get to that, but first I need to provide a little background to the question. Kristi’s birthday was on Monday July 5th, so we didn’t just have a...

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