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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, July 17, 1997 23 While on the way to the Post Office Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Turkey, Armenia, the Caucus Mountains and the Soviet Republics, Muslims and Christians, a Karate tournament, and a blown out automobile engine, these are the few things that come up when a fellow sets out to check the mail in Baker. Life in a small desert town, on the edge of the Mojave Desert, is supposed to be quiet and laid back, easy, lazy, simple, perhaps even bucolic. Friday, close to noon. Time to check the mail before our Post Mistress goes to lunch. Temperature just a bit over 100 and the wind is calm. Maybe I'll find a Armenia as a Soviet Socialist Republic and things did not significantly improve. I've met Armenians in the past and find them pleasant enough, but only the assertive and agressive have survived the various ethnic cleansings. In my usually tranquil home I now have three adult males and two children. One child and one adult speak English. Art and his companions are on their way to Las Vegas to view his 11 year old son - already in Las Vegas - in a Karate tournament. (Did I mention agressive and assertive?) To add to the adventurer Art's wife has removed all credit and i i few new catalogues with free ship- t ATM cards from Art's wallet for ping and no payments until Mon- In The Thermometer's Shadow  [ the journey. Art seems a little day.Checkingthemailisaboutas by Mike Douzhertv  [ embarrased, but I can under- dull a chore as there is. I'm half __ " v _ : stand how this might be leep as I drive up the back road '   neccessary. he Baker P, O. , !i I pass out styro cups of diet 7- There'sabluevansittingbehindthepostoffice.Itsnotalocal 'ii:::::: up (non staining, non sticky) rig. I see a child near the van so I figure to stop and see ifany help ii ii:: : and offer food. The visitors de- is needed and tell them there's a public park that offers shaded cline but Art asks to use the parking right nearby. Just being neighborly, you know. The child is about 10 years old and speaks good English. An old man with him seems to speak some other language. They assure me they need no help and are OK. I see they have food and water with them, so I make my manners and head on into the P O. Inside the RO, a man is speaking to our Post Mistress and his problem is that the private pay phone outside does not receive incoming calls. He's stranded and can't call for help. I poke my nose into his business and find he's part of the busted van outside and needs a bit of help. Seeing as how there's a child involved, I offer temporary use of my home. (They say, "Chalrity begins at home.") The man introduces himself as Art, and accepts. It starts to get fight away interesting. Besides Art, and the old man and boy I met outside, there's a very Mediterranean looking adult cousin and another boy of three years. This is definitely a car full for the Trooper. There are kids, they have a real blown engine car problem, and they do need a bit of help. I'm in for it. My "Good Guy" gland has led me astray again. Turns out these folks are Armenians. This is a very small country, or ex-country just east of Turkey and south of the Caucus Mountains. The 20th century history is brief and bloody. The Turks and Muslims and the Armenians are Christians. Turkey nearly exterminated the Armenians. Later, Russia took phone...I had forgotten that some folks view phone use different than I do. Calls were placed all over southern Nevada and California. A tow truck was to come out from LA and retrieve the car. A car could not be rented in Vegas and delivered to Baker. A car could not be rented without a credit card. Hotel reservations were still intact but transport was a problem. No Greyhound until evening and that would cost $80 plus cab fare to the hotel. Art and his crew thank me for my help and ask for a fide back to the Post Office. I gladly oblige and look forward to the return of my home. I am not use to a three-year-old child sitting in my chair. Peace, quiet, tranquility. I sit in front of the TV with a diet Coke and atuna sandwich. I reach for the remote channel changer and the phone explodes offthe wall. Art asks would I drive him and his tribe to/_,as Vegas. Damn! I tell him it will be $100 up front and I only make one stop in Vegas. Art knows a good deal when he hears it and quickly agrees. I put the tuna sandwich back in the ice box. I load three adult males, two children, and a zillion pounds of luggage, including two water melons, into the old Isuzu Trooper and we're off to meet the joys of Friday afternoon Las Vegas traffic. Clark County, as usual, has the freeway closed down to two miserable traffic-choked lanes. Complete Site Improvements Packages Available Around Amargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn Walkin' Willie stayed at the Desert Village Motel on July 5. This is the man who walked across Death Valley in 1975. He completed his journey once again this year. His trek started in Shoshone on July 4 and ended at Scotty's Castle on July 7. The Summer Reading program got off to a great start last week and 20 kids attended for the first day. The library was so full that the progrim was moved to the community center. Everyone wore racoon hats for their first day with the Wild, Wild West theme. It's not too late to join in the fun! The program is on Sunday and Thurs- days from 3-5 p.m. Depending on the sched- ule of the community center, it will some- times be held in the library. Call the library 372-5340 for more information. JULY: Monday 21 : Planning board meeting., 7 p.m. Community Center Tuesday 22: Chamber of Commerce meeting., 7 p.m. C/C Thursday 24: Summer Reading Program, 3-5 p.m,, C/C 00731ue 00,giarnon00 Cactus =. 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Art asks why I don't stay and play with the $100 they've paid for their trip. I tell him that's a great idea, but I have to be home fordinner. Circus Circus has kindly placed rest rooms inside their front door. I make a visit and wave farewell as I turn out onto Industrial Road and head back south to my California Desert. J00ssA=P0000 WELI00ILLING LLC Well Drilling Complete submersible Pump & Water Tank System Installed Power Pedestal (200amp) Trenching for Power and [nstag Water Lines from Well to Home =00.00ptic Systems Includes: Pete. Test Construction Permit Occupancy Permit Pads m Mobile Home 'Garage Driveways Lot Cleared l' SALE JULY 17TH & 26TH [ HUMANE SOCIETY THRIFT STOREI TURN SOUTH AT THE PAHRUMP STORE SIGN 372 BETWEEN 160 & P.V, BLVD 9.4 MON,-SAT. 727-8609