If you’re interested in dichotomies ... how things can be in complete opposition ... you might consider all sorts of social themes. Here’s one you probably hadn’t thought of before: a fundraiser for an arts group that offers diners a choice between oysters and other stuff.

Just consider how people, many stridently, react to the idea of slurping down a freshly shucked oyster. There’s a very definite there’s-nothing-better-on-earth versus a very adamant they-make-me-wanna-barf divide.

I say, “they taste like the ocean.” She says, “they taste like coagulated slime.” I say, “but you haven’t even tried them.” She says, “... slime.” 

Regardless of their take on oysters, art supporters packed into Justin’s Kitchen on Plumas Street last Sunday and had a regal buffet with options other than tastes of the ocean to consume. It was one unique fundraiser and here’s hoping they bring it on again next year.

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Thumbs Down: Not only did a driver do some stupid maneuvers last week, she, apparently without a thought, left a victim in her wake.

The Marysville woman is alleged to have tried to pass vehicles by driving to the right of them, on the shoulder of the road. That’s where a young local man, Tyler Anthony Rose, 19, was riding his bike. The vehicle hit Tyler, sending him crashing into the windshield, then up and over the top of the vehicle. She drove away and abandoned the vehicle. Other motorists stopped and watched over him until first responders got there to take him to the hospital. 

It’s something of a miracle he’s still alive. He has a long road to recovery. Best wishes.

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Well ... we’ve made a little progress in the past week. Close to 1,000 wreaths had been sold by Tuesday, according to a story in the Wednesday edition. 

But we know of 6,642 veterans’ graves at eight Yuba-Sutter cemeteries: Sutter, Meridian, Noyesburg, Yuba City, Live Oak, Sierra View, Lofton and Wheatland. The goal of the Wreaths Across America program is to have a wreath placed on the grave of every veteran, or as many as possible, during a December ceremony modeled after and timed with the annual ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Costs of the wreaths are $15 for one and $30 for three. Checks can be made to Wreaths Across America, with the name of a local cemetery in the memo section. They need to arrive by Nov. 24 at the Yuba-Sutter Veterans Stand Down office at 604 D. St., Marysville Calf., 95901. That’s just a week away, folks.

There are collection cans around town, too. And you can go online through Nov. 27, at wreathsacrossamerica.org. (Just be sure to designate one of those local cemeteries, or the donation will go into the national till). 

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Thumbs Up: We’re waiting to hear that the company has closed the deal and started renovations, but we were happy to get the news that an in-patient substance abuse treatment facility got the go-ahead from the Yuba City Planning Commission.

Luminance, a Southern California-based health group, plans to buy the 51,000-square foot building owned by Rideout Health on Stabler Lane. The building was a licensed psychiatric facility. It’s been empty for a decade.

It’s not a bad looking property, but can use some fixing up. These many years, it’s been empty ... providing no jobs and not contributing to the tax base. That will change for the better when Luminance gets it up and running as an opioid addiction treatment facility. Up to 100 employees with a fairly high average rate of pay will go to work. And the building comes back on the tax rolls.

If we’re not wrong, several different local leaders helped make the deal happen, including officials with the city. They are looking at uses for other buildings that are empty ... and they’ll be working on finding occupants for other Rideout buildings, too.

We’re wishing them all the luck.

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Ugh: From a retired pilot friend, part one of “things that go through your head when you can’t sleep”:

– Do twins ever realize that one of them is unplanned?

– What if my dog only brings back my ball because he thinks I like throwing it?

– If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?

– Which letter is silent in the word “Scent,” the S or the C?

– Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you and it just takes 75-100 years to fully work.

– Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty.

– The word “swims” upside-down is still “swims.”

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