On the Record for Sept. 20, 2010
If Jimmy Buffett’s lasting appeal seems baffling, consider the words of Dave Pike, founder of the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads. “It’s the lifestyle that (Buffett) portrays,” Pike said. “It’s what we all want to do — sit on the beach under a canopy, drink beer, become professional surfers, or just fish every day and drink beer every night.” Despite Pike’s claims that Parrotheads just want to have fun, the Craig chapter was hard at work Saturday during its second annual Art ‘n the Park’n Lot.
Two strategies are instrumental in winning a soccer game: Scoring first and scoring fast. Moffat County High School soccer coach Rusty Cox said his team used these tactics well in their Saturday game against Eagle Valley at Loudy-Simpson Park, using the former immediately and the latter repeatedly. The MCHS Bulldogs extended their undefeated season (6-0-0 overall) with a 12-4 victory over the Eagle Valley High School Devils (2-3-1).
Age: 17, Moffat County High School junior Sport: Soccer How did you get your start in your sport? “I used to play when I was really little, and I don’t know why, but I took a break from it. I don’t know if it was World Cup fever or what, but I decided to return to soccer.”
Al Shepherd, Craig Lions Club president, stood amid a small crowd on the rocky banks of the Yampa River and stared into the choppy water below. “We’ve never had a wind like this,” Shepherd said. “We’re not even sure if they’re going to get here.” Shepherd was speaking of the 370 rubber ducks that had been released upriver from Loudy-Simpson Park and were buffeted by strong headwinds Saturday. The rubber ducks were part of Craig Lions Club’s third annual fundraising Ducky Race.
“My job here at FNBR (First National Bank of the Rockies) is a loan administration specialist, and I’m a part-time teller. I’d never worked in banking in my life. I had been working at the airport, but I just filled out an application and got hired as a teller. Then, eight months into it, I got promoted to a part-time LAS, and it’s been going pretty good. There’s a lot of detail to pay attention to, but I enjoy my job for the most part. I like the team we’ve got here. It’s a good work environment.
As I understand it, during the most recent bust cycle of Moffat County’s long history of boom and bust, the saying in Craig was, “Will the last one out please turn off the wave pool?” Now that yet another bust cycle is possibly on the horizon here in Moffat County, I want to focus my business column this week on encouraging you — each and every one of you — to do something to prevent it.
10 to 11 a.m. National Arthritis Foundation swimming takes place at the American Legion Post 62 pool, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Call 824-3625. Noon. Al-Anon, a group for friends and family members of alcoholics, meets at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Call Bob Woods at 824-6836.
Each week, the folks kind and brave enough to speak to me, sometimes in public, about this column all seem to have the same single rope they’re hanging onto — common sense. Common sense as a whole doesn’t make up much of a pie, though it should dictate how much of our pie is given away. We seem to enjoy giving so much of our pie away that we end up fighting wars over a piece we should have kept a closer eye on.
The monthly meeting of the Moffat County Libraries Board of Trustees is set for 5:30 p.m. today at the Craig branch, 570 Green St. Call 824-5116 for more information.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Your marvelous knack for taking the failed ideas of others and making them work is something you use all the time, so it won’t come as any surprise to anyone when you do so again. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Applying extra effort always pays off handsomely for you, so you won’t find the need to grumble should the boss throw a big project your way, which s/he is likely to do.
The message from health organizations about eating fruits and vegetables is straightforward: more, more, more. Americans are not getting enough nutrient and fiber-rich produce, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dear Annie: I have been married almost 30 years to a really good guy. We have two children together, and “Judd” has a 34-year-old daughter, “Toni,” from a previous marriage. I helped raise her. But Toni creates drama every time she visits and manipulates my husband into doing things without talking to me first. Judd feels the reason Toni makes poor life choices is because of his divorce from her mother. Even though his ex-wife was the one who wanted out, he feels guilty.