Editor's Notes: 'Crazy George' tributes are impressive
I'm sort of proud of the fact that so many people in Marysville took time to note the passing of Mederic George King, better known around town as "Crazy George." In a lesser place, he might go unnoticed, or be treated as more of an irritant than a unique fellow citizen.
A lot of folks left affectionate notes online, and we printed a sampling of them on Thursday's Forum page.
Steve White summed it up pretty well: "It brings joy to my heart to see all of the positive comments about George. He truly was a unique individual. We had many great conversations over the years in my bookstore. I'm going to miss him.
I'm not a big drinker, but I like a good brew. There's something about the taste of a good ale; especially when they're produced locally. We support Tom Gagner's notion about the need for a local craft beer event — if not a "beer week," at least a "beer evening."
Gagner, president of the MASH Homebrew club, of Plumas Lake, wrote a letter published in last Sunday's Forum section. He noted there are some big brew events throughout this region, from San Francisco to Sacramento, with people trying out the tastes of brews and foods and spending dollars at local businesses. Could happen here.
We were looking for a couple close-in hiking trails where we could get out of the city, away from traffic, and let the border collie burn off some of her energy. We pulled into Hammon Grove park — the trail was just a mile loop, not really long enough. But it's such a pretty little park and easy to get to. And if you trek up and down the Yuba River shore as part of the loop, you get maybe a mile and a half … a few trips around and you've burned up enough calories.
It's become our regular backup hiking spot for Sundays. It and the Sycamore Ranch park across the way are well maintained and peaceful and used by numerous hikers, picnickers, campers, disc golfers (I've got to try that some day, but the border collie would be running off with the discs). Just a 10-minute drive east of Marysville on Highway 20.
Congratulations to Ray Miller for accomplishing as a 19-year-old what innumerable bowlers never accomplish: A 300 game and back-to-back series over 800 (scores of three games combined). A-D sports reporter Jimmy Graben wrote about him in Friday's edition.
It's just like any other activity — hitting a ball with a stick to dunking a ball in a basket: It's easy to do it just for fun, harder to do a respectable job at it; much harder still to be good; quite a bit harder to roll a perfect game.
We want the volunteers — businesses and individuals — working to revitalize the Sutter Theater in downtown Yuba City to know that we appreciate their work. A community theater is a solid investment for volunteer hours.
It will mean a place for the community to come together and be together, to explore ideas, to relax a little.
It improves our collective community health. Thanks.
An editor, a photographer, and a reporter are covering a political convention in the Bay Area. They decide to take a break and go for a walk along the Pacific shore and they stumble upon a lamp. They pick it up, give it a rub and a genie appears.
"Normally, I would grant you three wishes, but since there are three of you, I will grant you each one wish."
The photographer says: "I would like to spend the rest of my life living in a huge house in St. Thomas with no money worries." The genie granted him his wish and sent him off to St. Thomas.
The reporter says: "I would like to spend the rest of my life living on a huge yacht cruising the Mediterranean with no money worries." The genie granted him his wish and sent him off to the Mediterranean.
"And what do you want?" the genie asks the editor.
"I want them both back in time to make deadline for tomorrow's edition."
(Do you have a better joke? Probably. Share it with us for our April Fools Day edition. Send your jokes or brief tall tales to ADLetters@appealdemocrat.com.)