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Community News Pallrump ii[[ey t, azeat, Thursday, lovember 20, 199f2| ;" Thanksgiving and we the wealthy Brother Webster, in his dictionary, tells us that wealth is an abundance of valuable material possessions or resources. Not a bad description of the first nation in the history of the world who's greatest health problem is too much food. Many of us tip over dead from arteries choked with cholesterol and hearts plugged with fat. Combined with our ever lessening need to do real physical chores, we are up to our ears in wealth and it's doing us as much good as gold to the fellow who jumped over the rail of the Titantic clutching a large bag of coins. Wealth, like many things, exists in the eye of the observer. When I was several days younger and pushed for a description of wealth, I thought for a bit and then quite truthfully replied, "Wealth is when you make more money than you can spend on beer." Laugh if you will, but some of you single young men out there will know exactly how true that description can be. Once a young woman friend, (who went on to become quite wealthy dealing Las Vegas real estate) said she would like to win the lotto so she could go into K-Mart and buy anything she wanted. At that time, her idea of wealth was right on. To many of us, wealth would mean being debt free. I'm still making payments on stuff I've already thrown away. My old cousin Gayle once said, "Only men and squirrels gather more than they can use." Perhaps that's why I have two sheds filled with things I haven't even seen for several years. Maybe we don't think ourselves wealthy. I lead a poverty- stricken existence because I desperately need a brand new four wheel drive Suburban and a brand new totally chromed dune buggy. With out these bare necessities, my life is a wasteland of impover- ished denial. In fact, we are so poor that each year we must pay a bit more income tax. More tax may indicate greater income, but naturally we don't see it that way. It's a great life if we don't take it too seriously. Thanksgiving in America shouldn't be a time of somber reflection and humble prayers, No sir! We are all so awesomely rich that Thanksgiving should be a time of singing, and shouting and dancing in the streets. We're rich! The United States of America is the richest nation that has ever existed on the face of this old planet. Let's just hope we can survive our wealth. It wasn't so very long ago that if people didn't grow it, catch it, or kill it, they didn't eat. The common man usually died of old age In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty before his 40th year and women were worked and bred to death at even younger ages. The nobility seemed to have it better. They did have horses and servants. They did not have dentists or toilet paper. Would we care to be even the King of France before the age of soap, plumbing, and penicillin? I am wealthy beyond the imaginings of a Caeser. For breakfast, I feasted on coffee from Brazil, bananas from Guatamala, and oats from the prairies of North America. I thought this exotic repast to be simple and normal fare. I shared neither in the planting or the harvest and gave not a thought to those who did. I am that rich. I live in a dwelling that has solid walls and floors, and a tight roof to shield us from the sun and rain. I consider this normal and my just entitlement. I have electric lights that don't even require me to service a generator. I have indoor plumbing with both hot and cold potable water. I have a furnace to warm my home and a cooler for the warmer months. I have both a television receiver and a telephone. 1 type this on a typewriter that is electric so I need not fear over straining my fingers. Our health is protected and treated by the most modern of medical practitioners and establishments. We can buy out of season produce from around the globe for only a few pennies. Meats from tround Amargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn All of the kids who participated in the Cinderella play put on by the Missoula Children's Theatre did a great job. Cinderella was played by LaDale King, with the Prince being played by David who is with the Children's Theatre. Rachelle Goedhart and Nichole Cheney were the two stepsisters, while Amy with the Children's Theatre played their mother. The town cryers were Brandon Fulton and James Perry. David Britton was King, and brother Joshua played Fido. Cleo the cat was played by Allison Porter. The Beggars were played by Nocole and Chrism Jackson, Amanda Cheney, Amy Mills, Adrian Nunez, Jeffrey Porter, Andriea Blewett and'Kuree Price. The Lords and Ladies were played by Amanda Mills, Amber and Tayler Brooks, Lavada Quintana, Nuvia Moreno, Kris Hooton, Andy Villanueva and Jesus Moreno. The Mice were played by Alanya and Sharaya Perry, Tommy Porter, Kurt O'Connor, Rosa Flores and Kayla Price. The Pumpkins were Markie Cohan, LouAnn Thomp- son, Jennifer Mutz, Michael and Micbelle Hooton, Jesseca and Christopher Payton, Matthew Cheney, Ruth Treviso, Jaclyn Lilly, Jesus Vasquez and Michelle Porter. Nichole Cohan was a big help as assistant director and David Tortenson played all the music for the play on the piano. The kids practiced for only five days and put on a show that you would think took a month to prepare for. Amy and David from the Children's Theatre were very patient teachers and a big thank you goes to them for helping put on the show. We hope to see another great production next year. The Amargosa School would like to thank those spon-. sors who made it possible have a Missoula Children's Theatre. They are the Amargosa PTA, D&B Proper- ties, and the Country Store. Serendipity Ice Cream Parlor and Smith's donated all of the ice cream for the ice cream social that followed the play. We also wish to thank Amargosa Valley Corporation, and a special thanks to Longstreet Casino and Death Valley Hotel for providing lodging for the actors. II Cactus .. Cactus Largest Selection in Nevada Desert Plants ~ Succulents Lots of native Nevada plants including: Red Barrels, Cholla, Yucca, Mound Cactus, Clariet Teddy Bear, Beaver Trail, Pr'ckly Pear, Saguaro Golden Barrels, Organ pipe, Desert Willow Blue Pale Verde, Ocotiilo, Mex'w.an Fence Post and Extremely Nice Nevada Joshua Trees Free Cactus Say you saw it in the Gazette, limit of one. Over 4,000 Desert Plants in Stock!!! Open: 9 am ~ 5 pm Daily, Sun 10 am ~ 5 pm 12740 Blue Diamond Road 1/2 Mile off 160 W. on Blue Diamond Rd. (Hwy 159) t702) 875-1968 Fax (702) 875-1913 Palm, rap .Tmm Iach m Lak= Ivlmd m Omdemom S,r=... ""i Blue DiEoond many animals are presented for our selection in refrigerated modern displays. I can cook a hundred beef steaks and never have to wipe blood from my hands. Cooking is nearly fuelless as our home is totally electric. Only on grand occasions must I light a real fire, and even then the charcoal that fuels the flame is bought from a modern market and not the product of my own labor. I make my living not by real labor or the sweat of my brow nor the strength of my back. I write this while seated in a comfortable chair. When desert adventures call me outdoors, most of my work is done while sitting at the wheel of a machine. My, how tough a life I live. Thanksgiving? You bet. I no longer have to gather and cut fire wood. Neither do I shovel snow or use outdoor plumbing. I bathe in warm water in a warm home. I eat foods from around the world. I visit the pleasure domes of Las Vegas. I own more cars than we can drive at one time. I, personally, own more than two pairs of shoes and two wrist watches. My closet is full of clothing and I even use scent after shaving. For the absolute ultimate in displaying 20th century wealth, I sometimes pay extra to buy low calorie foods. Wealthy? We of North America are wealthy almost to the point of silliness. For this we should be rightfully thankful, and most of us are. But wealth, by definition, deals only with material things. When I take a moment to look back over the years, I am most thankful for the woman that stands beside me- Shirley, my wife. Happy Thanksgiving! ATT00. N TION: 0 UR HOLIDAY WILL BE: CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, NOON DISPLA Y AD DEADIdNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, NOON PAPERS "WILL BE ON THE STAND WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 WE WILL BE CLOSED THURSDA Y AND FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27 & 28 HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE PV GAZETTE STAFF Illl Ill I I