I love Sherman the tortoise

Mike Earl takes care of Sherman (Tank’s brother) and had to start bringing the sulcata tortoise to Liberty Park after “buses and things were stopping in the middle of the road.”
Earl and Sherman are the focus of The Salt Lake Tribune’s latest “I Love” video series, which features Utahns with passions.

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Eliza Floisand loves tumbling

“Once [I] get on the floor, all my fear goes away. My body knows how to do it perfectly, just like I’ve done it in the gym.”

Eliza Floisand started gymnastics classes as a young girl, but by the time she was 10 years old, she realized exactly what she liked: tumbling. “I don’t like the bars or the beam,” she told her mother, Caralee Novak Floisand, who competed on the University of Utah gymnastics team from 1985 to 1987.
At age 17, Eliza, a senior at East High, is ranked third in the country in senior elite tumbling in the girls’ 17-and -older category, and placed ninth at the World Championships in Denmark last December.

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Josh Alfaro loves watches

Working with collectible watches is no secondhand hobby for Sandy resident Josh Alfaro, who devotes a lot of time scouring thrift stores for timepieces like the 100-year-old Elgin railroad watch. Alfaro repairs the watches before selling them or giving them as gifts. His story is the latest in the “I Love” video series, which features Utahns with a passion.


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