You Said It, March 20, 2016

We drove more than 200 miles to ride the great biking trails in Fruita and Grand Junction. The smoke in the air is irritating to the eyes and lungs and makes your valley look like an industrial city in China. On to Moab, where the air is clear in the spring.

I was saddened to read about Johnson’s House of Flowers closing. A family spent their whole lives in that business. They had a big investment in the community and loved what they did. The super stores from another town took out the flower stores. Now they want the family liquor stores.


Kudos to Jenny Brinton for being the decent human being who is providing a home to the girls living at the Daisy Center. Unfortunately, some of the surrounding neighbors are finding it hard to rise to that level. It’s also unfortunate those neighbors don’t realize what a unique opportunity they have to actually make a positive difference in the lives of children who, until now, have suffered abuse and neglect, while everyone else is cozy, warm and well-fed.


The Daisy Center of Grand Junction accepts “at-risk” teenagers who need services “not available through traditional foster care or institutional care.” The Daisy Center’s brochure states that they are “now accepting placements from all Colorado counties.” Should Grand Junction be the home for “at-risk” teenagers from places like Denver and Pueblo?


I put my new plastic windshield on my golf cart at Adobe Creek Golf Course on Feb. 26. A few minutes later, the cart boy removed the windshield and put it in lost and found. Within the next 30 minutes, someone took it. If it was you, would you please return it to Adobe Creek, with a note that you mistook it for yours? Karma works both ways. Honesty is the best policy.


Last evening we drove to Fruita Monument High School to watch “Little Shop of Horrors.” The young people did an outstanding job. Acting, vocal and instrumental music, and backstage crew were all well-rehearsed. In fact, the whole student body that we encountered were very polite and welcoming. However, my joy was swept away when from the stage my Lord’s name was used in vain not just once, but twice. To the adult in charge of the production: Did you think the play could not stand on its own without vulgar language?  Disrespecting the Lord’s name is not an art form.


Thanks to the mom with two young boys who ruined the 4:55 showing of “Deadpool” on Saturday, March 12. Thanks to the manager who, after I complained, came in and listened, yet did nothing. Perhaps mom should spend less time being the cool friend to her kids and more time being a parent. And perhaps Regal should enforce the rules if they ever want my money again.

It’s a chilly March night, the 15th to be exact. We decide to go to “Dinner and a Movie” at the Avalon. After a lovely dinner at the Blue Moon, we walk to the theater. The movie is canceled because “the projector is broken.” “They have been working on it for two days.” $10 million later? Really? Two days? I think the projectionist called in sick.


Thank you to the very nice couple sitting by the window who paid for our breakfast last week at Denny’s. We really did appreciate it.


Still amazed at the lack of customer service from two ladies in the front area of the school district’s Basil T. Knight Center. Not only are they extremely rude, but now there is a huge poster hanging from the ceiling in front of the reception desk to block visitors from even seeing the person working at that desk. Our taxes at work — paying salaries of folks who either do not understand or do not care about what it means to be a “public servant.”


This community is so fortunate to have talented musicians. Recent performances at Colorado Mesa University and by our Grand Junction Symphony at the Avalon are happy reminders that we can relax, revive and remain here in town.


The following quote is taken from this morning’s Oregonian newspaper. The point being made should be reason for great concern here in Mesa County. “People don’t bring good companies and good paying jobs to an area with a reputation and a clear tolerance for far right wacko political beliefs.”


Thank you to the kind high school-aged young man who purchased my lunch at the First and Grand Subway on March 1. I let you order ahead of me since I was on the phone. Your kindness made my day. Your parents deserve a big hug for raising a wonderful son.


In Sunday’s Sentinel there was a quarter-page ad from the Mesa County Workforce Center announcing a hiring event for “multiple hotels.” Summer, the season for vacations and tourists, the busy season for the hotels/motels of the Grand Valley, is just around the corner, perfect timing to hire much-needed employees. With hopes high and my 25-plus years of hospitality experience, I went to this “Multiple Hotels Hiring Event.” Only two hotels were present, the DoubleTree and the Clarion. Supposedly several other hotels were scheduled but didn’t show. No call/no shows are cause for termination. What does it say about the employers of this valley when they blow off a job fair? Is every hotel/motel in the county fully staffed?


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The person who wrote about the Oregonian Newspaper, and the Far Right Wacko’s here.  Well I do not know what anyone with half a mind would think other wise of a Far Left Rag, in a super Blue state.  I do not care what the Oregonian paper or readers think of me, my neighbors, and friends here in the Valley, Mesa County or the State of CO.

Agree completely with you, Larry D., and will add that if the person who reads the Oregonian is of that mind, perhaps they should move to Oregon to be with like minded people.

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