Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian letters to the editor, Oct. 22, 2015

No longer letting the yellow mellow

Lovely wife and I try to be responsible neighbors in our beloved, drought-parched Cambria. We have a rain catchment system. There are pots and buckets in our kitchen and bathrooms to collect water while we are heating it to do the dishes and such. And we have dutifully obeyed the injunction: “If it’s yellow, let it mellow.”

Not anymore.

Our friendly local plumber told us we would regret that practice. He was right.

The first time he came, only a portion of his $256 bill was to clear a stopped toilet. He told us he may not have solved the real problem, namely a sewer line that was partially blocked by urine crystals. Now there’s an unlovely term: urine crystals. The urine crystals had formed at least in part because we were adhering (pun intended!) to the “If it’s yellow, let it mellow” dictum.

The second time the plumber had to go under the house to replace a pipe. It was about 50 perfect blocked by urine crystals and was snagging materials that had not completely dissolved by the time they reached the blockage. The second call cost us $256.

I have to assume not all those crystals built up since we started implementing the “yellow/mellow” concept, but there is no doubt in my mind it was a significant factor in more than $300 in plumbing bills.

For what it’s worth, I (and my plumber) say: “If it’s yellow, FLUSH IT!”

Don Dallmann, Cambria

Scarecrow stolen from San Simeon

I was one of the students at Coast Union High School who made a scarecrow for the annual scarecrow festival. My scarecrow was placed outside the San Simeon Chamber of Commerce and, sadly, mine was stolen. Even though it was stolen and never found, it was very fun to make and a good experience. I want to thank everyone who helped anyway. Thank you to Ms. Morrow (the art teacher), the San Simeon Chamber of Commerce, and all of the scarecrow committee who helped us.

Sincerely, Bobby Koester

Gloria Ardis fundraiser thanks

I would like to personally thank each and every person and business that supported the fundraiser Oct. 3 for one of our longtime residents, Gloria Ardis. Gloria is in the middle of major chemotherapy and radiation treatments, trying to shrink the cancerous tumor on her brain.

Thank you to all who volunteered their time that day, including the Girl Scouts who were there holding the signs out by Main Street. Thank you to all of the businesses that donated items and gift certificates for our raffle and silent auction.

Thank you to everyone who showed up for the delicious dinner and purchased raffle tickets and bid on the silent auction items. Thank you to those who stayed after to help clean up. Without each and every one of you, this event would not have been the success it was.

If you were not able to attend the event but would still like to help Gloria, an account has been set up at Heritage Oaks Bank in the name “Gloria Ardis Benefit.” Thank you to everyone again for being the loving and caring community we all cherish.

Shelley Woeste, American Legion Auxiliary Cambria Post 432

Scarecrow thanks to Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s Realty, thank you for paying for a scarecrow to be made this year by Coast Union High School art students. It was so fun making the scarecrow for the joy of people to view.

I also want to thank you for funding our art program. We ordered our clay and glazes last week. I enjoyed making this scarecrow for you and everyone.

I’m so glad that a piece of art can make people happy. That’s why I'm taking art, so I can make people happy with what I make.

Autumn Rogers, Cambria

Scarecrow thanks to JJ’s Pizza

I would like to thank those at JJ’s Pizza for giving me the opportunity to create a scarecrow for their business.

I hope they are satisfied with my work, I had a blast constructing Tommy the pizza chef.

I thought that I wasn’t an artist, but after devoting a lot of time and effort into Tommy, I feel that I created a masterpiece. I would also like to thank the scarecrow committee for all their hard work because without them none of this would be possible.

Lastly, I would like to thank my teacher, Mrs. Morrow, who walked me and all of my classmates through the process of making the scarecrows. Overall, it was a great experience, and I would gladly do it again next year.

Alexis Mireles, Coast Union High School art student

Thanks for gallery opening support

I want to say “thank you” to everyone who attended, but especially to everyone who helped with the grand opening reception at my gallery Saturday, Oct. 10.

From Steve Provost for writing such a nice article in the paper; Giovanni at the Harmony Café whose appetizers were the best; Fermentations; Mojo’s for the yummy cookies; The Bridge Street Café for the sandwich that disappeared almost as soon as it was put on the table; Mary Schwalbe and Ron Perry for their music; Dorothy for baking her bite-size brownies; my friends who helped with setting up, cleaning up and inviting everyone they could; Nancy Green; artists Dianne, Elizabeth and Michelle for being able to attend; to QMS for all they did in helping me lease the space, and Laylon and my friends in Carmel for being such great mentors.

If I’ve left anyone out, my apologies.

Most important, thank you to Michael for your support, encouragement and having such a loving heart.

I wouldn’t have moved to Cambria and experienced the kindness of so many people, if you hadn’t come into my life.

Lisa Harpel, Cambria