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by Ted Hickman
Feb 2, 2005
City Hall Expansion?
So city hall needs to expand, who’d a thunk it? As a matter of fact Joe Anderson (the Mayor then) and I did when we were on the council together and approved building the one as it now stands. It was a more expensive cost of construction at the time and we caught some flack but we insisted because we knew our small town was doomed for the current growth expansion.
They city needs to make the new construction expandable too or they can just take over the high school when the new one’s built and then they can house all of the consultants the city hires to do the staff’s work…pretty good idea huh?
They can call it Dixon City Hallschool and move the school district staff into a couple of rooms and take the rest so every staff member and consultant can have their own homeroom. That would solve both groups’ space problems.
“But it wouldn’t be new, there’s no lockers and the inside employees would throw a hissy fit,” you say? That’s Ok at least it would give them something legitimate to gripe about and a lot of space to do it in. The other downside is that at the high school site the public would actually be able to see the staff and the staff would have to see the public. There would be no more, “let me check to see if he’s hiding under his desk Mr. Hickman.” It would be, “Hi Warren (or the HR director whoever and wherever he is) come on out from behind the coat rack so we can chat for a while.”
Am I smart or what? It’s a wonder the public ever let me not stay on the council. I guess they thought verbalizing this kind of logic for 12 years at city council meetings was a little much. The folks at city hall probably know (or at least think) I’m kidding. I would have fit right in now days don’t you think?
Bring and Old Bag
San Francisco again takes center stage in the world spotlight reaffirming to all that California is a state filled with fruits and nuts. They are going to charge shoppers 17 cents (not 16 or 20…what about future inflation?) for grocery bags at the supermarket. They want you to bring your own old bag when you shop.
When I first heard a piece of this story on the radio I told my first wife Linda, she would have to accompany me when I go to the supermarket in San Francisco because they were requiring you to bring an old bag.
She said, “You have never shopped for anything in San Francisco except for garlic fries at the Giants game. If you shopped anywhere else down there you would probably wear rubber gloves, make fun of the clerks and get us banned from the store.” I don’t know where she gets this attitude you ‘d think after 30 or 40 years she would know me better…you know the kind, gentle, caring soul that I really am.
On the serious side you should see the stuff we see fishing in ours rivers, bays and ocean. Plastic wrappers and bags are deadly to fish and wildlife and we try to pick up all we see especially old fishing line, which is just an out and out killer. Sooo, their intentions are good at least in one area of life, kudos!
Subject: AGE, It Changes You!
Do you realize
that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If
you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you
think in fractions. "How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!"
You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five!
That's the key.
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