Housemate (HM) came home last week from a short trip out of town with our son Ben. Several hours later she discovered she had lost her cellphone.
Readers know my feeling about the disgusting gadgets. That feeling gets worse by the day as new uses are found for them to intrude on our lives. I wouldn’t be surprised if turning them into electronic toothbrushes were in the cards.
But my joy was short-lived. The intrusive gadget was found the next day in the back of Ben’s truck.
In between, I slept extremely well for one night. Even my dreams were pleasant.
The time has come
Here’s an idea whose time has come. In fact, it has been here for a while.
First, let me note that community life in Patterson is busiest in the spring and again in the fall. From mid-January until after the school graduations and the Apricot Fiesta around June 1, community activities become hot and heavy. The same for early September to Thanksgiving.
Many of the activities are fundraisers of one type or another sponsored by our service clubs, churches, youth groups, school organizations, the city recreation department and the fiesta. Some of these events are held every year on the same weekend. Events such as the Rotary Club’s upcoming crab feed become traditional and draw sizable crowds. From many of these events comes the funding that is plowed right back into Patterson in the way of a long list of community undertakings.
Thus arises the problem.
Anyone planning an event should check the community calendar far in advance of its proposed date. That is easily done by calling Maddy Houk at this newspaper. She keeps the calendar up to date as far as a year in advance and can inform a caller over the phone what has already been scheduled.
But if organizations, churches, schools and the fiesta fail to have her place their events on the calendar, we have a problem. Annual events suddenly find they have competition from other events, and the fundraisers of both are hurt in the process.
Thinking of setting a date for a community activity or even a large wedding? Call Maddy first to see what conflicts you might have. Simple as that.
Museum hours lengthened
Thanks to a number of volunteers who will serve as docents, Patterson’s downtown museum in the historical Center Building will now be open on Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m.
The museum has been open weekday afternoons for several months and by appointment. After last summer’s extensive renovation, the museum has been attracting a growing number of visitors.
He got the job done
Stan Cox, as was noted in last week’s overflow funeral observance, was quite a guy in many ways. But I’ll always remember Stan for one outstanding achievement.
Back in 1971, the community needed new lighting for its football field. In a matter of weeks, it was decided to construct an entirely new stadium on a new site with new lights and new bleachers. This $150,000 project was completed in three summer months, the school district contributing $35,000 for the lights and the rest coming in donated time, materials and money.
And right in the middle of the project was Stan, who I considered to be the unofficial chairman of the project.
It gave Patterson what was then the finest small-town stadium in the valley, and the job was done in those three months in time for the football season in September.
Without Stan, I truly doubt that would have happened.
To my roots
Let me take you back to my roots — Iowa.
I hear regularly from the acquaintances of my youth, and these recently came by email:
n Iowa has four seasons — almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.
n You are an Iowan if you design your child’s Halloween costume to fit over a parka.
n If your thermostat goes from heat to AC in the same day, you live in Iowa.
Apparently it was a nasty January in Iowa.
Back to class
Our continuing weekly studies aimed at elevating the education of our readers have brought us to a pair of circumstances to ponder — one current and one ancient.
n The latest survey shows that three out of four people make up 75 percent of the population.
n Amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
Your assignment: Give each about an hour of thought.
Speaking the truth
It was reportedly the famed Will Rogers who said: “There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to touch an electric fence.”
For the sports fan
The other night I had a dream.
It was October 2014, and our man Kap (by then the country had universally dropped his first and last names) had signed a contract to pitch for the Giants.
But of course he was still driving the 49ers down the field on Sundays, leading to my dream’s dilemma: The Giants were in the World Series, and on this October Sunday, Kap was scheduled to pitch.
That meant Coach Jim Harbaugh had to pull him early in the fourth quarter so that Kap could rush from Santa Clara to San Fran to take the mound.
And then — of all things — Kap hurls a no-hitter. However, he did walk one. (Sorry, no word on the outcome of the Niners game.)
On another note: I’m not knowledgeable about the sport of rugby, but I do know that Cal’s recent 176-0 victory (no misprint) over Stanford could be called a rout.
Last week’s Fast Talk listing of “Only in America” items brought a good one from a local reader.
“Only in America do we drive around looking for a parking spot in front of the gym where we exercise.”
n Ron Swift is editor/publisher emeritus of the Patterson Irrigator. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.