By Allen David
REGION: Students can give blood, get gasHey teens! Looking for a summer job? Sure you are! You don’t need anybody to tell you that California’s teen unemployment level of 30 percent is more than 2 ½ times higher than the statewide unemployment level of 11 percent—although you could probably use somebody to explain the math part. For now, let’s put it this way: it’s way higher. And you don’t need anybody to tell you that the Youth Job and Resource Fairs that the federal government staged at six locations in Riverside County on May 10 turned out to be lame. You could see that coming when San Bernardino County blew them off—didn’t even bother taking advantage of the federal funds available to hold the Fairs—which is why you blew off going, too. San Bernardino County is cool! It knew most of the employers who usually hire summer workers in had already done so. But here’s something that you may not know: there is still at least one summer job available, one that doesn’t ruin your vacation by demanding you show up every day, one you can fit into your schedule, one that even helps others—selling your blood! From now through Aug. 31, high school and college students can receive $10 and $15 gas cards for giving the gift of life at a LifeStream donor center. Summer typically is a challenging time for blood banks to maintain adequate supplies and reserves for local hospitals. LifeStream offers the “next generation” of blood donors the satisfaction of helping save lives while easing sticker shock at the pump. Students receive a $10 gas card for each whole-blood donation. Whole blood may be given every 56 days. For each apheresis donation, students receive a $15 gas card. Apheresis is an automated procedure by which one component or more of blood is collected, with remaining component(s) returned to the donor. Apheresis donations may be given as frequently as every other week. Students receive a gas card for every completed donation. Students must show school ID when registering to donate. Donors must be at least 15 years of age (15- and 16-year-olds require a signed parental consent form; the form is available at donor centers and www.lstream.org), be in general good health, and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. You don’t need anybody to tell you how proud your parents will be.
THURSDAY, MAY 31
That’s very funny, Mr. Budig, very funny . . . but June’s coming—and you ain’t done jack!
FRIDAY, JUNE 1
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
“Closure Eludes Parents of Missing Big Bear Lake Boy,” says the headline in the San Bernardino Sun. It sounds like a woulda-coulda-shoulda indictment is in the offing—as in, the parents whose boy has never come home might have been able to put that loss in a place where it wouldn’t hurt, anymore, if only . . . well, if only James Crummel, the guy who was suspected of abducting and killing the boy—Jack “J.D.” Phillips was 9 years old when he disappeared in 1995—hadn’t hung himself in his San Quinton cell on May 27. It also sounds like this is the closure the Sun has found for its own relationship with the story. A sneer has consumed my face before I’ve absorbed a word of reporter Joe Nelson’s story, which doesn’t say any of that crap. It doesn’t say much of anything—but conveys everything about this thing we hope we never have to personally experience. The most-definitive part of Nelson’s story is when Jack Phillips, J.D.’s father, says this: “There can never be any closure. Nothing would’ve brought my son back.”
SUNDAY, JUNE 3
My girlfriend brings home another dog . . . No. 3.
MONDAY, JUNE 4
Can’t decide which makes me happier—the Oklahoma City Thunder beating the San Antonio Spurs . . . in San Antonio . . . in Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference Finals, or the Kings going up 3 games to none over the New Jersey Devils in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Finals. I mean . . . hockey. You know?
TUESDAY, JUNE 5
Hmmm … there was something I was going to do today, something very important . . . patriotic, even . . . but for the life of me, I just can’t remember what it was. Give blood?