Staying calm … while also s-h-a-k-i-n-g
– Her American idol …: Rank has its privilege, as the saying
goes. But so does knowing the right people.
So it goes for Alexa DeLeon, a 15-year-old at Bloomington
Her dad is Jose DeLeon, a former Cardinals and
Sox pitcher in the
â€™80s and â€™90s and ex-marital mate
of Lia Menken DeLeon, a longtime Twin Citian who works for
Alexa is, as Lia also puts it, “quite a Derek Jeter fan.”
So it was the other afternoon, as mom and daughter were at U.S.
Cellular Field in Chicago when they spotted an old friend who works
in baseball security.
He asked if Alexa would like to come down on the field.
“Sure,” she said.
Sox opponent that day? It was the
New York Yankees, the team Derek Jeter happens to play for.
“Here, lemme introduce you,” said the friend.
There was a pause, then hesitation. Introduce her to, uh, Derek
Jeter, just one-on-one?
Hesitantly, she went. “It took some encouraging,” says Lia.
Yet, moments later, there they were, Jeter and Alexa. “Oh, I
remember your father!” said Jeter. “Tell him I said
Alexa appeared calm, says her mother, but “by when she came back
up, I noticed she was shaking, like in shock ….”
See the picture here?
As Lia puts it, “Their arms were touching as the photo was
taken. Not to say Alexa was thrilled, but … I
donâ€™t think she washed that arm for two to three
– Whatâ€™s in a name?: Sometimes a different,
offbeat name for your business can be appropriate, or not, or at
Take a particular business in Mason City.
Recently, after the Illinois Liquor Control Commission conducted
compliance checks around the state, it was cited for allegedly
serving an underage patron.
The businessâ€™s name?
As one resident now puts it, “Maybe theyâ€™ll
also use that as their defense …”
– Getting somewhere when youâ€™re already there
Bad weather closed the airport in Detroit the other day and planes
bound for there were forced to circle, until storms passed.
Eventually, so many planes stacked up, they started circling
farther away – like, eventually even near B-N, 400 miles away.
Therein also was a coincidence:
Some of the passengers on the circling plane were bound for
Detroit so they could land there and catch a connecting flight to
But, because the plane could not land in Detroit, they were
forced to circle near Bloomington, until the Detroit airport
re-opened so they could fly back there, board another jet and fly
to Bloomington, which they had just left.
Sometimes life can be so difficult just trying to keep it
– More local folks making good Appearing these days in Branson,
Mo., debuting at a “Country Legends” show at Hot Hits Theater –
Jason Gordon, formerly of Armington.
Cheering especially loudly Sunday when the Washington Redskins
stunned Dallas in the opening game for new Redskins coach Mike
Shanahan: the Logan County towns of Atlanta and Lincoln. Shanahan,
who has pals in the area, visits occasionally and has been seen
eating at Biaggiâ€™s in Bloomington, is married to
Peggy Brandt of Atlanta …
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