Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Friday random thoughts...

• Have a heart on Valentine's week: Please donate extra blankets and food to local outreach groups and money to the San Joaquin County chapter of the American Red Cross, as the people left homeless by Wednesday's Sycamore Apartments fire will need all the help they can get.

• Thanks to all the good people who made it possible for the Poet Christian fifth- and sixth-graders to go to science camp. It's too bad that North Elementary, Kelly, and Williams Middle school students weren't able to go — it's a shame that prohibitive costs are denying some kids a great (and fun) educational opportunity.

• If I didn't say it before, happy Valentine's week! What better way to celebrate love than by buying kitsch at a cheesy store created to turn our most tender moments into a quick profit?

• I am now throwing away all my deodorant. A study at UC Berkeley found that a chemical in male sweat can boost mood, brain activity and sexual arousal in heterosexual women.

• A week's worth of top stories you don't expect in a city of 80,000: Police shoot a man who had in his possession a "replica" gun; An apartment fire possibly caused by PG&E negligence destroys 16 units; A funeral is conducted that both devastates and unites the city; Neighbors are on edge because of a string of pot busts linked to a region-wide drug ring.

• A top story you do expect in a city of 80,000: A cancer awareness event to "paint the town purple" can't be held downtown because of an ordinance prohibiting the display.

• John Adams' corpse is rolling, but J.P. Morgan's is smiling: Alert Tracy Press reader Timothy Michael "Moneybags" Case wrote an article this week about how there is no middle class in America, only rich and poor — and then goes on to defend the rich.

• This week's shout-out goes to The Press Institute, which is a San Francisco-based outfit dedicated to encouraging, training and equipping women journalists across the globe and is directed by one of my friends and mentors from my college newspaper days. Check out the Web site and attend their upcoming February 24 event and auction.

Randomest thought of the week: Two Clintons are better than one. Think of the possibilities: "If I had known then what I knew now, I never would have had sexual relations with that woman."

• Calvin & Hobbes quote of the week (in honor of my 24th birthday on Feb. 15): "Ever notice how the older people get, the slower they do things? I wonder why that is. I would think that the less life you had left, the faster you'd want to do everything, so you could pack more into the remaining years. You can bet when I'm a geezer like Dad, I'll be going like a maniac."

•••Attention all alert readers! Send your quips, quotes and news flashes to jmendelson@tracypress.com•••

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

yea lol @ no middle class
there is no difference in a family that makes between 100 and 200 thousand a year and those making over
a million ? . as we all no that there is a significant difference in tax breaks 1% to 3% and 100 to 200 thousand a year for a california family is not rich.the top 1% of money earners in the country also hold 70% of the countries wealth and micro soft and sysco pay little to no federal taxes through stock loopoles "fair"