April 17, 2012 — Back when I was a young and stupid 20-something, I hiked to the top of Mount Whitney with a couple of friends. I first made the summit when I was 10 after my mother and my soon-to-be-new-stepfather decided the two of us needed to do some male bonding.
My step dad always said I was the first person to ever climb Mt. Whitney on his butt because I sat down and rested so much, which drove him absolutely crazy because he was a fit, young man in his late-20s.
OK, so much for the male bonding experience.
In the years in between that trip and this one, I’d made the summit a couple of other times, too. No reservations, permits or waiting lists in those days. Just come and climb.
But that will all have to wait.
I suppose we should let spring run its course here, especially since summer doesn’t technically start until June 21.
And, we in the newsroom enter what I think is one of the busiest times of the year.
Recently, students participated in the annual Science Fair and Lit Jam and since some of the schools are part of my beat, I associate those events with,“the end of the school year is fast approaching and didn’t they just start school?”
The local dedication to the Lassen County Fair — despite a shortfall of about $170,000 in state funding (not to mention all the other grants that have dried up) — burned brightly at a joint meeting between the Lassen County Board of Supervisors and the Lassen County Fair Advisory Board last week.
Members of both boards expressed concern about an opinion apparently held by many in our community that without the state funding our local fair would blow away like a dandelion in the wind. Not so.
Near the end of the meeting, District 3 Supervisor Larry Wosick noted the fair is here to stay, and someone even suggested that could be next year’s theme.
April 10, 2012 — Cancer — it’s one of those words no one wants to hear and one of those subjects nobody wants to talk about. Right now that six-letter word dominates my life.
A family member battles the dreaded disease and probably will be OK, but an old friend probably will lose his fight with it soon.
Sitting around the dinner table these days we’re talking about chemotherapy, hair loss, infections, dealing with dietary issues and appetite loss.
They’re just matter of fact conversations about what lies ahead and how we deal with the future — not some dark and dreary laments. The future for my family member looks bright, and a full recovery is expected.
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