Maizie is fine after her internal-bleeding episode

Nothing like taking a weekend off and spending it at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center ... some people will do anything to avoid aiding and abetting a column. And just because of a little internal bleeding ... couldn't Maizie have waited until last week's column was wrapped up? Noooooo, instead, she "visited" with four excellent doctors, many nurses, lab techs, etc., enjoyed the view from her room on the third floor, and is now back to normal (yeah, right) doing the "usual" stuff. Although, from the blood being put in and the blood being taken out (couldn't they just put in a spigot?), her arms would make a junkie proud. The care was great, however, and so were Carolyn, friends and relatives; but, all things considered, a first-class trip to Europe would have been more fun, and probably less expensive.


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As she lay in her bed of pain (actually, there was no pain ... it just sounds more dramatic), she regaled the doctor and nurse on duty by putting sugar in her tea, then, finding that it wasn't sweet enough, adding more, tasting it, and going, "yuck." Turns out the second packet of "sugar" was really salt. They laughed ... how rude. Sounds like a trip to the optometrist should be her next stop.


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She also fantasized about Adele's soup, so bless Charlie Abowd ... he sent her glorious soups after she got home. Yum!!! And thank you (and to cousin Jerry, too, for being concerned).


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But, back to "real life": The Veterans Administration should get off its collective duff and allow all honor due the late Sgt. Patrick Stewart by authorizing a Wiccan symbol, representing his religion, as his wife requested. If we have to wait for them to retrieve the 20 million veterans' records recently stolen from them, it may take a while.


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Good news for CHS senior Logan Parsley. He was named Sierra League "player of the year" (and will go to WNCC next year to play for the Wildcats ... hooray); and to Kayla Sanchez, CHS sophomore, who just won three state titles in track ... congrats to both.


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The Senior Follies' "Another Opening ... Another Show," hosted by Carolyn's "dear friend" Max Baer, Jr., and featuring former Lt. Gov. Lonnie Hammergren, will open Friday at the Community Center for a three-day run. It is dedicated to the U.S. military and will benefit "Meals on Wheels." Call 883-0703 for tickets and times. It's a great chance to hear some wonderful music, and see our talented seniors ...


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Reality shows ... fooey ... ABC is currently touting a new one, "How to Get the Guy." What's next? "Congressional Toilet Habits?" "Canker Sores I Have Loved?" We doubt they're far behind.


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Terry Beauchamp sent us the story of a man who went into a curio shop in San Francisco and saw a very life-like bronze statue of a rat. He was so taken with it, he decided he must have it and asked, "How much?" The owner said, "$12 for the rat, and $100 for the story." The man gives the owner $12 and says, "I'll just take the rat, you keep the story." As he walks out of the store and down the street, he sees he is being followed by a couple of rats. Three blocks later, the number of rats has grown into the hundreds. Ten blocks later, there were thousands, and, by the time he got to the wharf, there were millions. Concerned, even scared, he threw the statue into the Bay, and one by one, every rat jumped in after it and drowned. The man returned to the curio shop, and the owner said, "Ah ha, I see you've come back for the story." "No," said the man, "I've come back to see if you have a bronze Osama, a bronze Republican and anything French" (don't even THINK of writing ... we know we're damned).


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Short notes: Thanks to Elizabeth Allen for saying hello; happy b-days to Mike Zola and Nancy Gourley ... they both hit the Big 60 this week; say prayers for Roz Works, who is under the weather at CTRMC; and if you think "The Da Vinci Code" is real ... GET OVER IT ... it's fiction. Do you actually think Leonardo knew what was going on 1,500 years before he was born? Most of us can't remember what we had for breakfast last week.


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We had a terrific time speaking at the Leisure Hour Club dinner meeting this month at the Nugget. It has been in existence in Carson City since September of 1896, one of Carson's oldest clubs, and is a vital group of people enjoying each other's company ... fun to be around. It was their annual installation of officers, and outgoing president, Richard L. Sowers, a Vietnam veteran and talented pianist, implored all present to support our troops, no matter what your feeling about the war, and say to each of them you may meet, "Welcome home, and thanks." We agree with him totally. We also had a delightful lunch prior to the dinner with Gladys and Bob Crum, who gave us a little background on the group. Bill Kelley is the incoming president, and will be supported by the other new officers: Christine St. Leger-Barter, George Brott, Mary Dalrymple, Helen Skipworth and Everett Randall. And it's always nice to see Nancy Adams at any event. Our thanks to all of you.


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If you are looking for something constructive to do on Saturday, Jim De Zerga is looking for volunteers at the BAC Performance Hall to do some painting, building, fixin', etc. There will be music, FOOD, and work for those who can show up. Please contact Jim at jim.dezerga@ge.com, or call the BAC at 883-1976 to get details and let them know you're coming. It will be lots of fun (do NOT wear a tux), you will meet some neat people, and be doing a good turn for the Brewery.


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Bruce Smith sent us this "deer tick scam." He says it's real, important, and needs to be told to everyone. "If someone comes to your front door and says they are conducting a survey on deer ticks and asks you to take off your clothes, DO NOT DO IT ... IT IS A SCAM. They just want to see you naked. He wishes he had gotten this yesterday ... he feels so stupid now." (Elaine, how DO you live with this man? Draw evil grin in here ___). Happy Tuesday ...




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

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