By Pat Orr
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW
On Wednesday, I have another birthday, a date which I share with Dionne Warwick, Cathy Rigby, Bob Barker, “Old Blue Eyes” Frank Sinatra and I’m sure many others. I was hoping to be in great spirits on 12/12/12 perhaps somewhere in Las Vegas betting on 12 at every roulette table.
But like a lot of people, I’m in a holiday funk.
The voters went off the tracks, Congress seems determined to bicker off the fiscal cliff and don’t get me started on an “all Democrat” state legislature. I really don’t feel in a celebratory mood about anything. While I am not old, I no longer get miffed when a 34-year-old hottie calls me “sir”, like I used to. So either I’m mellowing out or just getting melancholy — I’m not sure which one.
Perhaps the only way out of this funk is to imagine I’m back in a time I at least understand, put on my “Rat Pack at the Sands” CD, pour two fingers of bourbon and give my traditional birthday toast — Happy Birthday Frank and scoobie-doobie-do to you and yours, baby.
Sam says no thanks
A developer acquired the closed North Apple Valley Lowe’s with a plan to make it a new Sam’s Club. The plan got general nods of approval at Town Hall, except for one small detail: Sam’s Club doesn’t want to be in that location. Not enough traffic even when and if the new Walmart across the street gets open.
So the building and its owner are in search of a viable use for the property. We hope it is something than can continue to build on a retail “second front” in town and stop relying so heavily on the Bear Valley/Apple Valley roads area, which is becoming a traffic nightmare at peak hours.
What can you do?
I’m going to get “preachy” now, so stop reading if you don’t want to go on a guilt trip.
This is a great time of year to do something to feel better about yourself by helping someone else. Every service club — Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, etc., and most churches — have programs in place you can donate to help needy families.
Many such as Rotary focus on children with “shopping spree” programs where children selected by schools and social service professionals are taken shopping for Christmas. It can lift your spirits to see these kids buying for mom and siblings before themselves with a limited budget in hand. You don’t have to look far to find a program you can participate in right here in your home town.
Sending money to foreign lands is laudable, but there are plenty of folks right here who would appreciate some of the spirit of giving that makes Christmas famous. While my idea of widespread welfare relief is called “full employment,” our modern Christmas is about kids and giving.
Perhaps just maybe — once in a great while — the actual spirit of the true Christmas gift given to us all can shine through the wrapping and bows to light up a little life or two.
Hey, miracles still happen.
Town Tea Tuesday
Say that five times fast, then get over to Town Hall at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for the Christmas tea and eventual swearing in of the new council members. I’m confident there will be kind words and warm wishes for Rick Roelle as he leaves the council and new promises of hope and togetherness as Bishop and Cusack come on board. Usually, this is a nice event of heartfelt emotion and genuine Christmas spirit — be there.
No humbug allowed.
Pat Orr is a local business owner, community volunteer and political junkie.