Swine Flu? When pigs fly!
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
Without revealing too much, let’s just say I’m old enough to remember the first Earth Day back in 1970. A little more revealing is that I was young enough to believe that this bursting forth of concern about our environment really meant we were going to save our planet. Since then, a lot of kids have grown up never being able to remember when there wasn’t an Earth Day. Unfortunately, most of them have grown up to live on a planet that is more endangered than ever. So, happy Earth Day, kids! Enjoy the school assembly! Then tell your parents all about it on the ride home in the family SUV.
THURSDAY, APRIL 23
I’m disappointed to learn that my gol-dang doppelganger, columnist David Allen of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, doesn’t know jack about sports. He admits he didn’t recognize Christian Okoye, the Nigerian-born former running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, who now lives in Rancho Cucamonga—and is trying to find the California Sports Hall of Fame a home in the new arena in Ontario. The tribute to such California sports stars as Magic Johnson, Steve Garvey, Deacon Jones, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and the late, great Los Angeles Times columnist, Jim Murray is currently in storage. Okoye is huge and pretty hard to miss, but Ontario Mayor Paul Leon noticed that Allen didn’t notice, and attempted an introduction. “Do you know the Nigerian Nightmare?” Leon asked Allen. Unsure how to respond, Allen asked Okoye: “Are you the one who sends me spam?” Good one, doppelganger!
FRIDAY, APRIL 24
A coordinated three-agency sweep of Big Bear City tows 47 cars, trucks, RVs, boats and trailers that are found to be in violation of county and vehicle codes. It’s the second such sweep this year, with more to come. Authorities from Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, California Highway Patrol officers and officials from San Bernardino County Code Enforcement say such sweeps are a response to numerous complaints from local residents. It’s part of their Problem Oriented Policing (POP) project. Complaints for all law enforcement matters are taken seriously by the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, according to spokesperson Tiffany Swantek. Meanwhile, back in the one-track mind of BearCity Guy, the only guy of any kind to respond to a story about the sweep in the Big Bear Grizzly, comes this: “Now please go root out all the illegals here, then The employers that hire them. Then we will have more jobs for USA CITIZENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
Did I mention I’ve got plane tickets to Mazatlan for next week?
SUNDAY, APRIL 26
The Angels defeat the Seattle Mariners, 8-0, and on the radio post-game show with announcer Terry Smith, the loss of rookie Nick Adenhart is starting to be lumped together with the health problems of the team’s other pitchers—John Lackey, Kelvim Escobar, Ervin Santana, Darren Oliver and Dustin Moseley are all on the disabled list—as well as the freaky loss of slugger Vladimir Guerrero to a torn pectoral muscle. The big difference is that the others have a chance to recover. Adenhart, you may remember—and remembering is my point here—is dead. It’s been only 18 days since he and two others were killed in a car that was hit by the drunk-and-speeding Andrew Thomas Gallo. The collision occurred only hours after Adenhart pitched six scoreless innings against the Oakland A’s at Anaheim Stadium in a game the Angels somehow eventually lost. People have to move on, I get it, but it’s weird to hear it happen so quickly—and all the more so after reading the poetically profound story by Michael Becker in this morning’s Press-Enterprise. Becker goes to Adenhart’s hometown of Williamsport, Maryland, and describes the ongoing grieving he sees for the loss of its 22-year-old favorite son—especially in the context of all the other economic losses the little city has been absorbing in the last couple of decades. Thank you to the editors at the P-E—which is in an industry rife with economic problems itself—for spending the money to send Becker to that town. Thank you for putting the flash of tragedy into a more meaningful perspective, as well as the real value of a good local newspaper.
MONDAY, APRIL 27
Oil prices fall to a near-$49 a barrel in Asia as traders mull over how much a global outbreak of swine flu could undermine demand for crude. Also, how to turn any issue into a conversation about themselves and oil prices: “If it restricts travel and keeps people at home, it would have implications for all asset classes,” said Christoffer Moltke-Leth, Head of Sales Trading and Crazymaking for Saxo Capital Markets in Singapore. “It has potential to be huge, but it could also be quickly contained.” So, it could be terrible, or not so bad? Thanks.