Bouquets and Brickbats

Clerk-recorder will be missed when she goes

letters@thetribunenews.comJanuary 10, 2014 

San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald

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We’re stuffing a ballot box with red, white and blue bouquets for County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald, who announced this week that she’ll retire at the end of her current term. Rodewald’s worked for the county for 33 years, including nearly 20 years as the elected clerk-recorder. During that time, we’ve always found her to be professional, cordial and accessible — even at 2 in the morning following an election. She’s also been dedicated to protecting the public’s voting rights, and she’s looked out for the county’s fiscal well being by running elections as efficiently as possible.

In fact, we’re hard-pressed to remember a single negative word spoken about Rodewald — a remarkable accomplishment for someone in public office.

Rodewald will be in office for one more year — and two more elections — so we won’t say goodbye just yet. We will, however, join in offering congratulations and gratitude for a job well done.

Kudos to the online king of slang

Forget twerking. (And for the record, can we say we’re already really, really sick of that term?) Our favorite definition on Urban Dictionary is this one for Aaron Peckham: “WOW i cant believe that no one has ever defined Aaron Peckham. He’s the dude that created this website. Aaron Peckham was a computer science student in 1999 when he launched a Web site to compare urban slang used by university students in different parts of California.”

OK, so maybe it’s grammatically challenged, and guilty of a serious omission: Namely, that Peckham was a computer science student at Cal Poly when he launched what would become Urban Dictionary. But we love the enthusiasm in that definition, because we, too, are big fans of Peckham’s work, which was profiled in a New York Times story published in Monday’s Tribune.

Like Wikipedia, Urban Dictionary lets users contribute entries, and also lets them rate the various definitions.

For those unfamiliar with Urban Dictionary, a word of warning: Some of the terms are slightly naughty, others downright vulgar. The NYT piece refers to it as “R-rated content.” Call us prudes, but we’d go with NC-17.

OK, now that we’ve done our duty in giving fair warning, can we just say that we’ve also found Urban Dictionary to be hugely helpful? How else would we have known what *&#@ and *!%^ meant?

Seriously, the NYT christened Peckham the Anthropologist of the Internet, and we believe that’s an apt definition. For providing a unique public service, we toss Peckham a bouquet, as in a bunch of cut flowers, as opposed to the more unorthodox definitions on Urban Dictionary.

Shame to the Truffles bearnapper

Truffles the Bear is back, and for that, we’re extremely grateful. But who knows what indignities Truffles had to bear during his absence from outside the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Paso Robles? While we’re relieved that the culprit (or culprits) came to his/her (or their) senses, we still have a bearclawed brickbatfor the guilty party, whoever he/she (they) may be.

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