Much like the great humorist Will Rogers, I often only know what I read in the newspapers. And like most of you who still read newspapers, I react to that news with a smile, a laugh, dismay (at all the disasters befalling so many around the world) and even anger.
Sometimes I simply turn to my wife and offer a pithy comment. Just the other day, I remarked, after reading about another upcoming economic forecast meeting, that it’s funny that people who stage these economic forecasts and seminars never seem to go out of business, even in bad times.
That’s another career path I’m going to consider in my next life, along with becoming a lifeguard in Newport Beach.
And I read with amusement about the Atascadero City Council reacting so vehemently against septic tank guidelines and how economically devastating it would be for Atascadero and its residents. Where was the concern for our health and welfare?
Have they forgotten just how much of Atascadero uses septic tanks? Have they forgotten that in the 1970s and ’80s, there was raw sewage running down our streets, some close to Atascadero Lake?
Have they forgotten that only when the sewer collector system was finished about 1973 was there an upturn in residential and economic development here?
Have none of them had to replace a failed septic tank or leach field?
I rejoice in the news that our own Atascadero High School’s robotics team was tops in the nation (and world) in dreaming up and then building such an intricate machine that did what it was supposed to do. It makes my old Erector Set seem so very archaic.
I was equally jubilant in learning that the local Relay for Life brought in more than $65,000 and that so many people of all ages participated.
I was very pleased to read that the interior bowl at Stadium Park will be named “Marj Mackey Meadow” on Saturday at 10 a.m. to honor Atascadero’s first female mayor, founder of the Historical Society, Atascadero Land Preservation Society and the Atascadero Native Tree Association.
She was also a positive force in getting Stadium Park purchased by the city.
Lon Allan has lived in Atascadero for nearly four decades. His column appears here every week. He can be reached at 466-8529 or firstname.lastname@example.org.