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Thursday, August 1, 2002

The Old Codger - August 02

The Old Codger was a series written by the publisher of the Foothill Sentinel and was usually an opinion piece written in the voice of an elderly complainer. I filled in for the Codger on several occasions.

The 5th of July, I was in two different parks. Let me tell ya, I was amazed at all them cans just laying about. 3 feet from a trash can, some of em were! My friend, he even seen a woman hiding a can in bushes with a trash bucket in throwin distance! Was that too fer to walk?? There was so many cans, why, I coulda got rich if I coulda bent over to pick ‘em up!

I noticed another thing in parks. Lots of folks just dump burning charcoal at the bottom of a tree. What if that tree catch on fire?? In case ya don’t know, it’s fire season. Make sure ya pour some water on the coals is out before ya dump em. O.K?

Parks are fer everbody! I don’t like havin to clean up somebody else’s mess when I go there. So, pick up afta youself, ya hear? I better not be findin’ a mess on the day after Labor Day!

Dear Aunt Sister - August 2002

When I wrote for the now defunct Foothill Sentinel, I was the ghost writer for the Dear Aunt Sister advice column. When writing the column, I channel my beloved aunt, born in 1913, known affectionately to her five brothers and all their offspring as "Sister." She handled everything with charm, fantastic wit and always a twinkle in her eye.

Dear Aunt Sister,

We have a piano and an electric organ in our living room that cost over $1000.00 back when I made a dollar an hour. When children come to visit, they seem to think that these are toys. I keep art supplies on hand but they still seem to bang away. Do you have any suggestions?

S/T Music Lover

Dear Music Lover,

I too have this problem as my dear husband plays the piano. He would always allow the wee ones to “bang away” saying that the old girl needed to be played more often. I did check with a former concert pianist friend of mine and she had the same philosophy. A piano must be played to stay in shape and a child’s way of playing is no different than some forceful musical pieces. But keep in mind, most better pianos come with a lock. If yours does not, have one installed.

As for the organ, have you tried unplugging it?