You Said It Column November 29, 2008

• How do you thank someone you don’t even know? However, we do thank the party who paid for our lunch on Friday, Nov. 21, about 2 p.m. at the Village Inn on Horizon Drive. The pie was a special treat that we would not have bought for ourselves. We appreciate this kindness and will pass it on. So thank you, and remember that Jesus loves you — happy Thanksgiving and merry Christmas.

• With all the hits the public is taking, it’s time the House and the Senate took a cut in wages and benefits.

• When I drive up to the Patterson mail drop-off boxes, I wonder, “What’s a flat?” The downtown mail drop boxes are labeled “metered” and “stamped.” I can make sense out of that. The pictures on the mailboxes at Patterson are square and rectangular. Is my letter not a letter if it’s in a square envelope? The Postal Service has a hard job, and I want to help.

• My family and I will not shop in a store or drop money in any red kettle who refuses to wish us a “merry Christmas!”

• To the three women at the Hospice Fashion Show at the DoubleTree Hotel last weekend: Just because I have a broken foot and was using a leg caddy (that looks like a scooter) does not give you the right to cut in front of me to use the bathroom. If I were on crutches, the chances are you would have waited your turn. Four wheels vs. crutches doesn’t make me retarded.

• A big thank you to the Avalon for bringing Riders in the Sky to Grand Junction. What a great performance for young and old — so refreshing and entertaining — and not too far removed from watching Roy Rogers and Gene Autry movies back in the ’50s when it was still the Cooper Theatre. And, as the saying goes, “everyone had a good time.” 

• A car horn is not a doorbell. Modern technology is everywhere. Use a cell phone. The neighbors will thank you.

• It seems that all the official bailout plans revolve around the government and individuals borrowing more money. With the anti-income tax raising sentiment and individuals losing their jobs, aren’t these entities losing their ability to pay back debts? Talk about using gasoline to put out the fire.

• The museum’s current financial troubles are a classic example of shortsightedness and poor management. Perhaps the museum would garner more community support if it ran itself more as a museum and less like a travel agency. What noticeable programs does the museum actually offer the taxpayers they expect to bail them out?

• Traffic already on the freeway has the right of way and it’s your duty to merge seamlessly with it. If you’re not going freeway speed by the bottom of the on ramp, then step on the gas. Most important of all, train yourself to look over your left shoulder while accelerating on the ramp so you can pick your target merge point. And don’t blame me if I don’t move over for you; I’m busy and fitting in is your job. I have the right of way.

• Every morning I wake up hoping tonight I’ll be blinded for 10 minutes by the headlights of a parked car. Really, is it such an intellectual connection to understand that parking lights are for, uh, parking? That headlights blaring uselessly and dangerously into oncoming traffic are needless hazards? Turn them off when you are parked.

• Kudos to Grand Junction High School’s Student Council members and sponsor. These wonderful kids raked lawns in our neighborhood on a Saturday morning. Thanks for sharing your time, energy and concern. You are all appreciated and our neighborhood looks terrific.

• I found the pawnshop worker’s comment “the redneck economy is flourishing” to be offensive, condescending and very shortsighted. I would venture his firearms buyers encompass “redneck,” “white collar,” “blue collar,”  more accurately redefined as responsible and concerned Americans. I’ll bet he has no trouble taking all that redneck green to the bank.

• I’m glad to see the Sentinel appreciates the naked Goddess of Glen Canyon from the ’50s despite the fact that today, naked goddesses in strip clubs and massage parlors are being demeaned and chased out of town.

• Wow, how uninformed so many You Said It writers are. Or is it the same source each time we read about how bicyclists don’t pay taxes (nearly all bike riders own at least one car);  renters don’t pay property tax (then where does the landowner renting the unit get funds to pay their property tax?); the City of GJ should sell Community Hospital (bet they wish they could, but golly the city doesn’t own it; they also don’t own City Market); RV parks are the answer to affordable housing (building and health codes prohibit these for long-term occupancy due to safety issues);  just to name a few gems. District 51 schools should strive to teach basic civics to the children of these genius adults expressing their wisdom in You Said It. How depressing.


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