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Voting is better than complaining

by Carolyn DeMarand Maizie Harris Jesse

Last chance to vote today in the primaries … and thanks to Secretary of State Dean Heller and all the nice folks down at the County Clerk’s Office, we’re voting on Sequoia machines that have a paper trail, unlike some of the others around the country that don’t … good going, guys and gals … and if you don’t vote … ya ain’t got no right to complain. …

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By the way, if you need help with “stuff,” we know of a couple of neat people who do all kinds of things like fixing your sink, plaster holes in the wall, paint, hang a door or two … you know, the kinds of things you can’t, or don’t want to do … Curtis Radig (he and his wife, Sonia, entertain a lot in rest homes with “golden oldies” and are seen in a lot of WNCC musicals) has “Affordable Handyman” at 741-5445; and Marty Tate, “Doodads … because Doodads do what Dads don’t do” at 883-2385 … and they do make “house calls”. …

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We both, unbeknownst to the other, ended up at Thurman’s for dinner Friday night … and, while pigging out on the good food, saw myriad friends … Sally Dunfield and family celebrating her 83rd birthday (happy belated birthday, Sally) … Dorothy Tate and Dave Kerfeld … Mayor Ray and Diane Maysako … Eloise Koenig and Roger Maillard … and our ever-charming host, Skip Thurman and his ever-charming staff … as usual, we ate too much. …

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And speaking of Roger Maillard (well, sort of) … he went to Las Vegas last month to meet Sen. John Kerry, and, while there, asked him to autograph his book … Roger then jokingly asked him, “I wonder what this’ll get on eBay?”

The senator grinned at him and said, “I don’t know, but when you find out, let me know … ” Maybe, he can use that idea as a fund-raiser. …

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Dr. Harold Woerbel turned 90 the other day (he fanned out all his candles with his hat before the fire department came), and celebrated with a fun party at the Nevada State Railroad Museum … while there, the “Right Reverend” Bill Kohler got stung by a bee/wasp/hornet (one of them pesky critters) … he should have used a squirt of Formula 409 … it zaps those suckers to bug heaven … a man of God should know these things. …

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Don’t let 2-week-old babies chew gum … in a long list of “How Carolyn tried to kill her sister, Nancy,” their mother came in on the Big C trying to stuff a piece of gum in her sister’s mouth and making chewing sounds … “Like this, baby … “

Needless to say, Nancy survived … however, it was only the first in a series of attempts on her life (the “walking over hot coals” story will come at a later date) … in other words, don’t mess with the Big C … unless you have a big switch. …

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We both had a wonderful tour of the new Carson-Tahoe Hospital last week conducted by Kevin Stansbury, chief operations officer; Mary Woods, director of business development; and Marcos Romano, superintendent of H. Hunt Group Inc., the contractors on the job.

It’s going to be ready for us in December 2005 … and will have 146 single-patient rooms with private baths … gorgeous views out every window (and huge windows, at that) … wonderful facilities everywhere … so much so, that we’re thinking of checking in just on “general principles” when they open.

And one other thing they can be proud of … they’ve had over 270 days without a “time lost” accident … quite an accomplishment on a job such as this. …

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One of their labor and delivery nurses, Suzanne Lequerica (Carolyn’s “baby girl”), is featured in the new Western Nevada Community College booklet “This way to a brighter future” … (but, she has a daughter and a son, not two daughters, as the booklet proclaimed … OK, Reed?)

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For all you who have been waiting a year (like “Chicago Bob”) … the Brewery Arts Center’s Beer Tasting will be Friday (call 883-1976 for information) … we will be appearing as the slave labor (aka “barmaids”) … and will be donating a “breakfast for two” with us as a silent auction item … so bring lots of money and boost the Brewery. …

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We’re glad to hear June Joplin’s son, Lance Cpl. Clinton Darquea, is back from Afghanistan and safely ensconced in Camp Lejeune, N.C. … even if he is “bored” there (Marines like “action,” even if they’re in harm’s way) … June wishes he was bored in Camp Pendleton … it’s closer to home. …

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Didn’t you think Vanderlei de Lima, the Olympic marathoner from Brazil, showed a lot of class when he received the bronze medal after being pushed into the crowd by a nutcase when he was leading the race by a substantial margin? He deserved the medal they awarded him for sportsmanship, too.

Carolyn DeMar and Maizie Harris Jesse are longtime Carson City residents. Write to them at editor@nevadaappeal.com

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