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Today Is The 4th of July
Ever said to yourself, “Self, I’d like to help a local charity so I think I’ll go out and spend the day in plywood, screened in box, filled with gun powder, in 100 plus degree heat and sell fireworks to the masses”? Not many people think that way but that’s what we and a few of our hardy volunteers and dozens of others have been doing for the past week.
You gotta give these folks credit (or a certificate to have their heads examined) for braving the heat and the LONG 12 hour days to staff these booths to make money for their organizations. We (Dixon Toys for Tots) teamed again with Dixon American Legion Post 208 for a day at Safeway’s parking lot and shared a day with Dixon Soccer Club at Wal-Mart’s parking lot to sell thousands of dollars’ worth of explosives. It really is neat driving around town seeing families gather together with neighbors in almost every court and down each street to celebrate the 4th with their own little fireworks displays. If you haven’t bought them yet (or need more) we will be in the Safeway booth from 12:30 to 2 on the 4th. It doesn’t matter when you buy them at either booth because the groups involved split the profits.
It was nice to talk to all of the people and to know we were helping veteran’s causes, families at Christmas and a youth sports organization through our efforts. Thanks you all for your nice comments about this column, this newspaper and the good these organizations do for our community…Oh, and by the way, you can join up and help you know.
Mosquitoes Can Kill You…
West Nile Virus as we should all know by now can make you sick, make you very sick, not sick at all or if you are young or old or just have a bad reaction it can give you a dirt nap…as in resting forever on the bottom side of the grass…worm food…get the subtle point?
You’d think in a drought with less water there would be less mosquitoes which may technically be true, but a real truism is… less can actually be more… With less water more blood suckers and birds all gather around the reduced water supply, mosquitoes bite birds, birds carry the disease, other mosquitoes bite that bird and then bite humans and wham, you get the WN virus. Funny thing is only about one in five people infected develop mild flu like symptoms starting three to 14 days after the critter nails you. Whereas anyone can earn an infection, those over 50 or who have diabetes or hypertension are at a greater risk of getting really sick…hospital like sick.
FYI…Dead birds with the virus were found in Dixon on May 28th and June 2… that’s dead birds found, reported and tested…how many croaked with no story to tell? INFECTED MOSQUITOES WERE FOUND IN Dixon on June 13 and in the Leisure Town area in Vacaville on June 19th. Again these are only the ones they found. So it is here and it is real and what are you doing about it? Tonight while you’re watching fireworks or having that barb-b-queue I strongly suggest you lather up with anti-bug stuff that has DEET in it. Especially lather it on the kids and make sure to wash the toxic stuff off when you come indoors. If you’re out and about wear long pants, blouse them, long sleeve shirts and put bug spray on all protected areas of your and your kids bodies.
We all know no one is going to bundle up head to toe in 100 degree weather but you can use effective anti-mosquito spray/juice with very little effort. When it’s bad we use some DEET, when it’s moderate we use Avon’s Skin so Soft repellant and it seems to work, smells good and leaves my skin silky smooth… and the bugs don’t like it.
I shouldn’t even have to tell you to empty all standing/stagnant water and report any abandoned pools or other sources of breeding grounds to Mosquito Abatement at 707-437-1116 and they can even give you mosquito fish to eat the bad bug’s spawn in you your little backyard decorative pond. And for God’s sake if you see a dead bird or squirrel don’t let the kids play with it or the cat drag it in the house call 1-877-968-2473 or go to www.westnile.ca.gov and report it.
Sacramento County is spraying by air at night to try and combat the WNV there where over 35 dead infected birds have been reported, found and tested. We have a lot more open space than them so we probably have a lot more squirrels and birds (like crows for whatever reason) just laying around stiff waiting to be found.
Mosquito repellant, like sunscreen, an easy prevention but many people just don’t take the time to use it…at least make sure the kids are protected during the fireworks…
Don’t forget Two Biggies Coming…
…Biggies that is unless you are a tree hugging couch potato…in that case go on to the next section.
- The annual Solano County Friends of the NRA dinner will be held at the fairgrounds a week from tomorrow, July 12th. The New York steak dinner with all the trimmings will cost you $55 unless you want to buy a table and impress your friends (and at the right price be guaranteed a gun). They will have the usual bunch of guns to give away in games, live and silent auctions, a no-host bar and plenty of other stuff to see and do to take your money. A lot of people, believe it or not, go for just the great steak dinner. You can get your tickets in advance (only) at Frontline Archer on N. First Street, 707-678-9330 (for a gun dinner…why not friends of the bow and arrow dinner?) or by calling 707-678-2777. The local Dixon Game Club works hand-in-hand with the NRA folks on youth programs, hunter safety, etc. People come from all over for this dinner…Looks like my first wife Linda and I will be there selling drink tickets or running a booth or doing something to help out.
- Along those same line the semi-annual “Hunter Safety” course will be coming up August 2nd-3rd at the Dixon Game Club house. The seating is limited and that’s why I’m telling youabout it now. They only have so many chairs and when reserved butts fill the seat quota, and you haven’t registered you or your family…you’re out. You need to call the club house NOW at 707-678-9155 to RSVP for you and yours. If you want a hunting license in California you have to take this course and pass the test. If you’re going for a hunting license elsewhere and they require a “hunter safety certificate” you better take this course or you’ll be out of luck (and maybe a lot of bucks… both kinds) and not be even able to get a license. Didn’t even know Dixon had a Dixon Game and Conservation Club did you? Wanna join? You can, and its directors get crabs once a year and on the same night get rid of all of them in front of like 600 people…amazing huh? If you haven’t seen this affair put it on your “don’t miss” list.
World Cup Crap…
In my personal opinion there was amazing play, unbelievable goalies, interesting referring… some that was great, and some that sucked. The ref for the kick ass Brazil-Chile game did a great job, called the fouls, gave the cards, and kept the game fairly under control…I think he is a cop form England and he didn’t take any crap, and the players didn’t give him any.
Were you surprised that one of the main sponsors of the Columbia team was coke? Sniff. I wasn’t. England went home early and the power houses aren’t looking that good. The English, Dutch, Germans and Brazil apparently have underestimated how much soccer has improved worldwide and just squeaked by in most games… and didn’t look good doing it. The USA team apparently thought they could give up many shots on goals and corner kicks and somehow come out on top. The teams that played not to lose…lost. The ones with a plan and the will to win won even though they may not have been the best team that day.
This world cup also brought out the worst in the sport from the whinny players to the out of control coaches. When we went to the clinic to our State Coaches License years ago I was impressed with one of the first things they taught us… “You can’t coach during a competition; you can only take notes on what to work on during your next practice. If your players don’t have it by game time you aren’t going to teach them on the spot. Get a chair, control yourself, sit down and become a more than interested spectator and figure out what you need to work on.” I guess that’s just for soccer lay persons.
Many of the fouls committed were professional by nature and the top refs spotted them, called them, and kept control of the game. If you noticed in those good games the “dives” were kept to a minimum the throwing up their hands or clapping when a call was made were fewer.
It’s amazing a foul was called the fouler threw up his hands telling the ref he didn’t do anything wrong and the fouled upon threw up his hands claiming almost fatal injury…meanwhile coaches on both sides threw up their hands and screamed at the refs. When roles were reversed and the same foul was called on the other team the same thing happened in reverse…go figure. What you saw was a bunch of cry baby actors who were called on their bad performances by the best referees in the world. The mediocre refs got chewed up and spit out in short order…don’t think players don’t know where the line is drawn each and every game.
When our sons and I showed up to ref (at high school and men’s competitive) we actually heard coaches tell their players, “This is NOT the day to mouth off unless you want to sit on the bench or go home early…watch your slide tackles and mind your manners and just play the game, these guys won’t take ANY crap.” And we didn’t… and play was safer, fair, with few injuries and no fights in the thousands of games we did. We simply called and the game and applied the rules evenly and fairly at the level of play we were presented with at each game.