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Community News Pahramff valley" ffattteIiiratay,-July !,: 4 9fq, ff- i A whole lot ofpeoplefi00:st south of Baker Vacation! Not the big one, but maybe just a little one. Shirley had four days off and ifI worked it just right, I could wrap up my chores by noon Thursday. Wrap up my chores ifI start early. So, while Beloved Bride lays luxurating in the arms of Morpheus, I spring forth at 4 a.m. to get an early start on a photo project at Dumont Dunes. Noon finds Shirley packed and ready to go while I'm sticking the last label on the Postal Express package. A visit to the post office, a tank of gas, a farewell to our less fortunate friends and we're offfor San Diego to see how the Pacific Ocean is doing. , _. _ Barstow, Victorville and over In The Thermometer s Shadow the Cajon Pass to the cities of the by Mike Dougherty J south. Oh, maybe we sbould make brrt, city of the south. Seems that ,/el'ything south of Victorville is just one giant megalopolis ii i from San Bemardino to Ensenada. The freeway unwinds down into the low lands and the sun fades out as the sky goes all sort  ............. ' of blah. Not really fog. Not quite smog. There just aren't any shadows and you can't see the sky. Traffic is swift and heavy. One does not putter down the I- 15 looking for landmarks and watching the sky for hawks and eagles. One just sort of hangs on and hopes this is the right road. Starting to look a lot like Kansas out there. Houses. Huge modem houses, the hills are alive with new developements. It looks like the country was invaded by a race of red tile roofs. Towering palms. Gracefully winding black top drives, and acres of uninterupted stucco. Where did all of this come from? It didn't look like this in 1960. Is this really civilization? The little Ford whizzes through the newly populated back country and a thought is given to how many computers are in those homes, how many televisions, telephones, bathrooms. What happens when they all flush? Those aren't poor folks out there, those are some upper buck homes decorating those once wild barrancas. San Diego rises ahead of us. This is really serious civilization. Modern freeways are stacked one on top of another, in some places eight high. Must not have earthquakes in this part of the Golden State. Try to remember the routes of the past: I- 15 to the 1-8 to the 805 over to the new 54 onto the 1-5 to the E street exit Complete Site Improvements Packages Available AroundrAmargosa , by Andrea Lynn Welcome Pat Copelahd as the new mem- ber of tl'&rnargosa Town Advisory Board. I think the turnout for the board meeting is the biggest in Amargosa history. There were more than 160 people attending. Clint White was hired on as the new park maintenance person. The board passed a resolution to have two road clean-ups per year. Thanks to Mac Vassar, and the Cady's for doing the job on their road. There are afew positions open on the park board. Contact the town office (372-5459) if you would like to volunteer your time to a good cause. The benefit for Jenifer Nagle was can- and into good old Chula Vista. Here, there be memories. Check into the Vagabond Motel where I first stayed back in 1961. Still a sharp place. Old trees and two swimming pools. Prices are reasonable (unlike 1961, I now get a senior discount) and the weather is a breezey 73 degrees right off of the ocean. I think we just found heaven. The adventure begins. We're in a real live city and everything a person could possibly want is right at hand. Pizza? Three pizza houses within one block. We do, and it was great. We walk on sidewalks. We shop the win- dows after dark. We smell the green and growing gardens around us. The night is soft and warm like old velvet. The sounds are a little differ- ent. There are a few cars driving by, and we can hear the voices of strangers. But it's still a rare and exotic place to be for a couple of simple country folk. The joys of metropolitan living. There's a tire shop within a block of our small resort and I put new tires on the car while Shirley finds a hair dresser'next to the motel. Baker is without a barber and I stop in and have a nice young fellow cut a few years from my pony tail. He washes my hair, combs it all sorts of ways and rubs in good smelling stuff and uses a blow drier. Absolute bliss. Restaurants, there are more restaurants than you could eat at in a year. Seafood and steaks and beautiful, friendly waitresses, and best of all, although the prices are up there, no slot machines await my indiscretions. It comes out a bit cheaper than being comped at the casino. A trip to the beach, a walk on the pier, a deep conversation with a fisherman, a field of dancing bikinis, trees, and lawns, and marinas filled with gently rocking yatchs. California is indeed the place where heaven and earth are one. Shirley watches pelicans and terns riding above the surf with their keen eyes awatch for unattended ice chests. We attend some kind of beach festival and eat too many hot dogs. We see real live ding-a-ling trucks delivering ice cream treats to the people in the parks. Green lawns are everywhere and celled. Something else is in the works, but I don't know what it is yet. TheVFWis having a big4th of July celebra- tion. There will be kids games, live music, dancing, dollar hot dogs, burgers, and beer, and 50 cent soda. At dark there will, of course, be fireworks. Come enjoy the night. On Sunday at noon there will be an Independence Day luau at the Longstreet. You will even be able to learn to hula dance. If you would like to work on fly abatement in Amargosa Valley be at the community cen- ter at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 8. This committee has formed to find solutions to the fly problem, so come with your ideas instead of your com- plaints. the people of the city are playing in their sun-blessed garden of California delights. Afternoons find us lounged around our swimming pools trying to keep the shadow of the palm trees from interfering with our devout tanning. A pile of litterary treasures from used book stores await our late evening attentions. Vacation life is very good. Sunday is our return to reality. Didn't turn on the air condi- tioner until Barstow. The vacation glow fades as we unload the mini-Ford in 110-degree heat. There are six messages on the answering machine and the toilet has sprung a leak and flooded the bathroom. i WELI00iLLING LLC Well Drilling Complete submersible Pump & Water Tank System Installed Power Pedestal {200amp) Trenching for Power and Mstalling Water Lines from Well to Home S__eptic S,,ystems Includes: Pere. 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