One of my all time favorite movies is the Sound of Music. I have always chuckled at a particular scene where Uncle Max Detweiler, a friend of the von Trapp family and organizer of the Austrian Music Festival (played by Richard Haydn), was sitting on the veranda with Captain von Trapp (played by Christopher Plummer) and his fiancé, the Baroness (played by Eleanor Parker). The Captain was looking for his children and discussing a financial concern with the Baroness, when Max exclaimed, “Oh dear! I like rich people! I like the way they live and I like the way I live when I’m with them!”
So it was last night when I was invited to Delta Center Suite 55 to watch the Utah Jazz take on the Atlanta Hawks. We were the guests of Don Davis, CFO of Linford Bros Glass Company, the leading window manufacturing company in Utah, who was the guest of the Fred A. Moreton Insurance Brokerage and Rob Callister, their Agent. We were greeted by very gracious Utah Jazz Staff Members and were taken to our suite decorated beautifully with a wet bar, leather chairs, television, bar chairs, and our very own Southwestern buffet. The Arena seating area was private, terraced and featured extra wide and generously cushioned fold down seats. Our suite was located very close to center court and the view was spectacular.
Our pre-game snack included succulent avocado bean dip with sour cream and tortilla chips, and soft drinks at your pleasure waiting in the fridge. Next up came a salad with house dressing. The main course featured sizzling chicken or beef fajitas, with amble sides of refried beans, Spanish rice or both. With an endless supply of piping hot tortillas you could gorge yourself until sitting in the extra wide cushioned arena seat was uncomfortable. During the half time break, ice cream sundaes with all of the trimmings and homemade cookies were left freely on the table (and you still had the buffet available for round two if you could handle it).
If you needed to use the rest room, there was a very nice one waiting for you within the suite as well. Everyone left with a poster of Mehmet Okur and a Utah Jazz game program, in addition to a festive and fulfilled feeling! It was a wonderful experience, one that my son Austin, my father-in-law John, and I will recall with fondness for many seasons to come.
Oh, I almost forgot, there was a basketball game going on during all of this. The Jazz jumped on the Hawks early as Raja Bell lit up the nets with 17 points. Mehmet Okur had a great game as well, finishing the game as the scoring leader with 19 points.
The Jazz never trailed, beating the pesky Hawks 96- 74.
Next Friday I will be taking my Junior Jazz team to see the Jazz. We will be banished to the upper levels of the D.C. where oxygen is a required commodity and you see more of your knees than the ball game. I think I’ll take my binoculars and peek in on Suite 55 and see how they are enjoying the game… I wonder what will be on the menu?
Folks, I hate to admit it, but I ‘m ruined for life. A Utah Jazz basketball game will never be the same!