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Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Every year, since 2013, it has been my genu- ine pleasure to try to thank all the cheerful, upbeat Santa Rosa folks who have been a joy to know throughout the past year. How- ever,

October firestorms that swept through the beautiful coun- ties in our legend- ary wine country of northern California have stunned all of us, leaving us silent for a long while. Always, but in

the horrific

family members and friends dur- ing the tragic, terrible events. We are all immeasurably grate-

a bigger way this year, we say a huge thank you to Up- beat Times’ Paul and Valerie for maintaining what I like to call a “silver lining,” a positive, upbeat attitude to face the coming days of great change. Paul, and all of us, say that first and foremost we express deepest condolences to all those who lost

at home, you develop routines that make you comfortable. Not much thought goes into simply reaching for your favorite mug or making coffee early each day. Building such habits over time gives us

solace, comfort, and

ful to the incredibly brave, strong, and persevering first responders, fire personnel, police, friends and neighbors who bravely battled the fierce forces of na- ture. Te terrifying exit that so many had to make, added to the fear of the unknown about their homes, catapulted the cri- sis into a war zone against the elements. What creatures of habit we are dur- ing normal, good times. When you feel

even pleasure, in small, simple enjoyments in living “at home,” no matter how humble or grand. Te difference between living in any old house and a place we call “home” is how we create and feel secure, even peaceful in our everyday, private lives.

out of a home that holds precious meaning and memories is fright- fully disorienting and harsh.


is wonderful that so many Santa Rosa folks agree with that and are extending compassion and help in every manner to those who have lost so much. A huge thank you to friends and neighbors who pitched right in to help others. What a great sense of commu- nity! One of the television reporters,

Debra Villalon, on CH 5 locally, told that she is a Santa Rosa na- tive. She added that she could feel that strong spirit of togetherness when interviewing so many peo- ple. She then impressively men- tioned a favorite memory of her


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high school days when a chant would fill the air: “Santa Rosa we are strong. We are S. R!!!” May that great, positive spirit fill the hearts of one and all in all the af- flicted counties. It will take a long time on a new journey to create all those needed homes. Having moved recently we have

a great many people to include on our thank you list.

ever need perfection and peace of mind in the horrible thing called “moving,” please call Robb & Messer of Petaluma who have the greatest moving and storage team ever. We especially thank their team of three of the stron- gest, kindest and most cheerful moving men we have ever met: Luis Silva, Rafael Moreno and Francisco Zuniga!

If you JOKES & Humor # 2

A magician worked on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. The audi- ence would be different each week, so the magician did the same tricks each week. However, there was a problem, the cap-

upbeat and positive. When our legs buckled and we felt that it was perhaps time to pass out, they soothingly kept saying: only a little bit longer and we’ll be all ... continued on page 31

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tain’s parrot saw the shows each week and began to understand how the magician did every trick. Once he understood, he started shouting out the secrets in the middle of the show, “Look, it’s not the same hat.” “Look, he is hiding the flowers under the table.” “Hey, why are all the cards the Ace of Spades?” The magi- cian was furious but couldn’t do anything, it was, after all, the captain’s parrot. One day, the ship had an accident and sank. The magician found himself with the parrot, adrift on a piece of wood, in the middle of the ocean. They stared at each other with complete dislike, but did not utter a word. This went on for a day, then another, and another. Finally, after a week, the parrot

said, “Okay, I give up. Where the heck is the boat?”

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