Weathering the storms, or it’s no time for ‘campaing’

Weathering the storms, or it's no time for 'campaing'

Wild weather week. Even a tornado warning. Here we can kind of
enjoy it when Mother Nature blows off some steam because it doesn’t
last. Blue California skies are right around the corner and these
days are merely darts on the board in an otherwise wonderfully
monotonous pattern that keeps us warm and dry. Besides, when the
hills are green in Gilroy, songwriter/singer Lucas Ohio Pattie,
grandson of longtime Gilroyans Frank and Mary Jane, comes back to
visit. He’s got a web site if you care to listen to a few of his
tunes on a rainy day in Georgia, er …
Wild weather week. Even a tornado warning. Here we can kind of enjoy it when Mother Nature blows off some steam because it doesn’t last. Blue California skies are right around the corner and these days are merely darts on the board in an otherwise wonderfully monotonous pattern that keeps us warm and dry. Besides, when the hills are green in Gilroy, songwriter/singer Lucas Ohio Pattie, grandson of longtime Gilroyans Frank and Mary Jane, comes back to visit. He’s got a web site if you care to listen to a few of his tunes on a rainy day in Georgia, er …

Tune in to the Web poll question this week: “How would you vote on a statewide ballot initiative to legalize the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana?” When it illicits a “Yes, it’s tax revenue …” response is when I tune out. Doesn’t it remind you of what backers repeatedly shouted before voters approved the state lottery – “It will solve our education budget problems forever.” Right, just like the bullet train rocketing through downtown Gilroy is going to reinvigorate the city’s core forever. Taxes on marijuana aren’t going to solve the city’s, the state’s or the nation’s fiscal crisis. (If everyone’s stoned, U.S. labor force productivity would tank). Discipline, restraint, cutbacks and pay and benefit reductions, combined with an electorate willing to vote for candidates who will make budgeting the A-No. 1 priority, will solve our budget problems.

Not A-No. 1 priority, but the family and I like to watch American Idol. Love watching it with my daughter and I feel semi-vindicated knowing that Gilroy and Christopher High Choir Director Phil Robb enjoys the show, too.

A fine American tradition, it is, to fly the flag, but remember this from the flag code please: “It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during hours of darkness.” Have heard from a couple of readers who’ve noticed transgressions.

No transgressions – i.e. interceptions – has been the big change in Minnesota Viking Brett Favre’s game this year. Despite the sour taste his on-again, off-again retirement fiascos left in my mouth, it’s darn near impossible to root against the over-40 “ancient warrior.” It’s also tough to root against the never-been-to-the-Super-Bowl New Orleans Saints, and that’s what makes Sunday’s NFL NFC title match-up so compelling. Either way it ends is OK, but “Gunslinger” Favre throwing a TD pass in the final seconds to win it and go on to face his antithesis, Peyton “IceMan”ning, sure would make for super Big Bowl hype.

Speaking of transgressions, this one rates right up there on the political gaff scale. Here’s the opening web page on Gilroy City Councilman Peter Arellano’s “campaing” for Santa Clara County Supervisor … pain(g)ful indeed. How about “Peter Arellano out to lunches campaing” as an alternate headline. And, yes, we make headline mistakes, too, and we hear about it …

Hear this: You have to know what Gilroy’s own over-40 former Pro Bowl QB Jeff Garcia is thinking sitting on the couch watching Mr. Favre. Hope Jeff gets one last shot next year. If not, maybe coaching is in his life’s playbook.

My reading playbook at present is entitled “Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant that Ever Lived.” If you like fast-paced books with an intriguing story line woven with deep philosophical undertones and singed with a bit of romance, buy it. Good read on a rainy day.

Saved this thought for a rainy day: If this is the definition of boulevard, … a wide, multi-lane arterial thoroughfare, divided with a median down the center, and roadways along each side designed as slow travel and parking lanes and for bicycle and pedestrian usage, often with an above-average quality of landscaping and scenery … does our Santa Teresa (the one without the “h”) fit? Not really, but expressway doesn’t fit either … maybe thoroughfare.

No fare no longer there and it’s such a shame. Station 55, the old firehouse in downtown Gilroy, remains shuttered. It’s such a great brick building, retrofitted to meet earthquake codes and designed with a quaint, homey touch that would be perfect for a pub/sports bar. Here’s what has to happen to make it work: the bar and eating areas have to be integrated downstairs. That will make the place more lively, give potential customers a look-see at the goings-on inside and attract customers who walk by before making a decision. Glory Days in Morgan Hill is a good example – steak salad and sand dabs top the menu.

Not on the menu this year at Gilroy High – the traditional senior play. A shame that tradition is going by the wayside. Word is there aren’t enough students participating, but I wonder if there were a deadline given and a quota made clear regarding the number of sign-ups necessary if it wouldn’t get off the ground … or GHS can just throw in the towel.

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