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A ll too often, I hear stories about people not liking their jobs. They dread going to work on Monday and anxiously await the weekend. Growing up, I knew I needed to enjoy my job. After all, people spend a huge part of their lives working, so to me, choosing a profession I actually liked made the most sense. When I was in eighth grade, my junior high home economics teacher in Riverside, California, held a career day to get us thinking about jobs we wanted to have HOW MY EIGHTH-GRADE DREAM BECAME A REALITY MY JOURNEY TO BECOMING A LAWYER
While I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, I wasn’t sure what kind I wanted to be. Even after graduating from BYU and starting law school at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, I still hadn’t decided. I knew, though, that I wanted to make a positive difference in the community. So after passing the bar exam in Utah, I took a position at a personal injury firm in Salt Lake City. There was something about the position that really intrigued me. And after I began practicing in this area, I really started to get passionate about what I was doing. I opened the Kramer Law Group in 2004 and have been growing my personal injury law practice ever since. While I believe I could have enjoyed working in other legal areas, such as environmental law, helping clients resolve their cases after someone wrongfully injured them makes me excited to go to work each day. In most cases, my team and I are representing the underdog fighting against big insurance companies with unlimited resources that are trying to defeat or damage my clients’ claim. It’s satisfying to guide our clients through what can be an intimidating and complicated process and then get them a fair result. One case that stands out among many is one where a client came to me for help after a company truck driver failed to yield and crashed into my client’s car, leaving him permanently
when we got older. As I thumbed through some of the career information books, I knew I wanted to pursue something that involved being a professional. I had spent much of my youth working paper routes and doing yardwork for money, but I wanted more of a white-collar job. I momentarily thought about becoming a doctor, but then I remembered that the sight of blood made me queasy. So when I read about being an attorney, I just knew that was the career path for me. And I kept that in the back of my mind as I completed my schooling. Under my senior picture in my high school yearbook, it says, “Plans to become a lawyer.”
disabled with a spinal cord injury. After a seven-day jury trial, my team and I got him a nice verdict that provided the financial means for him to better deal with the consequences of his injury. Knowing I had made a difference in his and his family’s lives was extremely rewarding. I knew I had made the right choice to become a lawyer, and with each
new case, the goal is to likewise make a meaningful difference in our clients’ lives.
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People residing in bigger cities throughout the U.S. might have noticed electric scooters in seemingly random locations all across town. These orphan scooters weren’t left behind by accident; they are part of a new ride-sharing initiative created to alleviate traffic congestion and allow people an easy way to travel short distances quickly. Riders can locate and unlock scooters using ride-sharing companies’ smartphone apps, and after paying the $1 unlocking fee, they are charged 15 cents per minute during use. These electric scooters have been in Utah since June of this year, and while they are a smart transportation and recreational option, they have caused an influx in injuries across the state. In fact, reports from the University of Utah Hospital show that there has been a 161 percent increase in the number of scooter-related injuries in the last year. When it comes to this new ride-sharing trend, there are some preventative measures you can take to curb potential accidents. First of all, keep in mind that these scooters don’t come equipped with helmets. You’ll have to either orchestrate renting one with the ride-sharing company beforehand or bring your own. Novice riders should also note that some of the scooters don’t have lights, which makes it difficult for drivers to see riders in the evening hours. THIS YEAR’S NEW TRANSPORTATION TREND SCOOTER SORENESS
Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays celebrated throughout the United States. One of the first documented Thanksgiving celebrations took place in 1621 when Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a feast together. But the banquet, which celebrated the colonists’ first successful harvest, wasn’t just one large meal, nor did it last for only one day; in fact, the feast lasted for three days. In later years, Thanksgiving also lasted for longer than a single meal. During the time of the American Revolution, the Continental Congress chose several days throughout the year to celebrate giving thanks. Then, in 1789, George Washington made the U.S. national government’s first Thanksgiving proclamation. He used this to speak to his fellow American citizens about the Revolution’s satisfactory conclusion and encouraged them to show their thanks for the freedoms they gained. Thanksgiving became a national holiday more than 200 years after its first celebration. It gained this status largely due to the persistence of a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale. Hale was a successful magazine editor, prolific writer of novels and poems, and author of the famous nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” which was first published in her 1830 collection entitled “Poems for Our Children.” In 1827, Hale began a campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. For the next 36 years, she wrote numerous editorials and countless letters to state and federal officials expressing her desire that it gain official status. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln finally declared it a national holiday, hoping that it would help heal the wounds of the country. Lincoln decided that the holiday would take place on the last Thursday of November. It was celebrated on that day until 1939, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving a week earlier in the hopes of increasing retail sales during the Great Depression. However, this plan was very unpopular, and in 1941, the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November. Without the efforts of Sarah Hale, we might not have the pleasure of the Thanksgiving feast we know and love to this day. This year, give thanks for family, good food, and the resolve of one woman who recognized the importance of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. HOW THANKSGIVING BECAME A NATIONAL HOLIDAY
Even if you have taken all the proper precautions to ensure your safety, a lot of times in life, injuries are just inevitable. Cases involving electric scooters are still rare. If you file a claim for an injury involving an e-scooter, you will most likely have to prove that someone else was to blame for the injury, such as a driver who failed to yield and collided with you, or a driver who cut you off, causing you to hit a car or a curb. Because the technology is still fairly new, both attorneys and clients will have to wait to see exactly how claims involving scooters pan out. But if you have rented one of these e-scooters and suffered an injury through no fault of your own, feel free to give our office a call at 801.601.1229 to find out more information.
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ADVICE FROM THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE WEDDING GIFTS OF ANOTHER KIND
S ept. 29, 2018. This is the date my baby girl got married to Lennart Labahn in Manti, Utah. It was a great wedding that went super smoothly — except for what seemed like hours of pictures afterward! The two are very happy together, and we now have a spare room in our house. At the wedding luncheon, it's tradition for the father to say a few words to the couple. I told them I wanted to talk to them about the gifts in their lives. UNIQUE GIFTS First, no one is the same as the other, and we all have been given unique gifts and talents. For a couple, a husband may be talented at sports, while the wife may have a knack for design and decorating, or vice versa. Our gifts are individual and different like we are. God designed us to complement each other. And that's good! ACCEPT SHORTCOMINGS Second, it has been said that our spouse will have 80 percent of what we want and 20 percent of what we don't. No one has 100 percent. Understanding that our partner
has unique gifts and qualities that supplement and complement those gifts we have, we need to be understanding if they seem to
be lacking in certain areas and give them allowance to be imperfect.
CULTIVATE GIFTS Finally, we need to
encourage each other to cultivate our unique gifts, talents, and interests. If a partner wants to learn to play the piano, then encourage and help them in that area. If they want to train and
complete a 100-mile bike ride, encourage and support them in that. It's the golden rule: If we want
help in accomplishing goals, we need to help others obtain what they want, as well.
TAKE A BREAK
A SIMPLE BRINE FOR SUCCULENT TURKEY
• 1 tablespoon
• 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons kosher salt
• 1 large onion,
black peppercorns • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
peeled and diced • 1/4 cup celery, diced • 2 large sprigs thyme • 2 bay leaves
• 3/4 cup sugar • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
1. In a large stock pot, bring salt, sugar, and 4 cups water to a boil. Stir until all ingredients are dissolved. 2. Turn off heat and add remaining ingredients. Place brine in the fridge, uncovered, until cold. 3. Add 6 quarts cold water to brine. Add turkey and submerge completely. Brine chilled for up to 72 hours.
Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
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How My Eighth-Grade Dream Became a Reality
How Thanksgiving Became an Official Holiday!
This Year’s New Transportation Trend
Advice From the Father of the Bride
A Simple Brine for Succulent Turkey
Thanksgiving Dishes Your Table Is Missing
4 DISHES YOUR TABLE NEEDS
THE MOST UNDERRATED THANKSGIVING FOODS
W hen you think of Thanksgiving food, the first dishes that pop into your mind are probably turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. They’re a part of nearly every Thanksgiving meal. And while these delicious foods are something you don’t want to skip, there are dishes your table is sorely missing — dishes that don’t get the respect they truly deserve. This Thanksgiving, why not take a look at a few other options? SOUP This is one dish that rarely hits the Thanksgiving table. But try a butternut squash or broccoli cheddar soup and you’ll be surprised just how “at home” it feels among the rest of your spread. It’s perfect to serve ahead of the main course, as the final touches are put on the turkey, or when the green bean casserole needs a few more minutes in the oven.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS These tiny greens often get overlooked during Thanksgiving, but with the right accompaniment, they can make for an extremely tasty and nutritious dish. For example, try roasting halved Brussels sprouts with dried cranberries and bacon, drizzled with a raspberry balsamic vinaigrette. SAUSAGE Put a creative spin on your traditional Thanksgiving dishes and try using sausage in the stuffing. An Italian sausage, for instance, adds a kick of flavor to any stuffing, homemade or from the box. You can also experiment with other kinds of sausage to find the flavors that best complement your stuffing. Use a sweet sausage when you need something to pair with a stuffing that incorporates apples. CRANBERRY SAUCE This Thanksgiving staple rarely gets the attention it deserves. While it’s easy to buy a can of cranberry sauce, you do your guests a culinary disservice by going this route. Instead, make your own cranberry sauce. There are many recipes online, and all you need are some fresh or frozen cranberries, orange juice, and sugar to make the best cranberry sauce of your life.
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