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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, December 11, 1997 21 Zzyzx kind of night Wife Shirley is out of town on school board business and if I quit thinking about how much I miss her, I'm free to live a life of wild bachelorhood. In fact you might say that last night I went out to the Desert Studies Center, at Zzyzx, and partied with a bunch of single people. That's one way of looking at it. I did go out to Zzyzx, I did have dinner with a large group of singles, and we did go out under the beautiful desert sky and look at the stars. I even ended the evening by taking a couple of young women to a motel. With a night like that, a fellow could be entered in the Playboy Hall of Fame. Maybe. There are always two ways of looking at things. It's been a great week. Been filming a commercial in the desert and for once, it's short cool days and no wind. It had been a grand day, with me actually doing a bit of on camera driving, not as easy as it looks. Was cooking dinner at home by five and fell asleep reading a catalog shortly thereafter. The house was warm and the chores were done. Telephones. I'm going to shoot mine off of the wall and go back to smoke signals. Telephone calls are always from someone that wants me to stop doing what I want to do and go do what they want to do. This time, I'm going to say no. I have twenty dollars in my pocket and I don't have to work anymore today. No, sir. John, down at the motel, is on the wire and he tells me there's this woman and she needs to get to Zzyzx, and she got lost and scared and her daughter is at Zzyzx and could I help. I heard, "Mother, child and Zzyzx." It's almost Christ- mas and I'm hearing something about a mother and child lost in the desert. What else can I do? I tell John I'll be there in 15 minutes. I crawl to the bathroom, hit the eyes with a splash of cold water, poke a brush at the tangled pony tail, slip in to a warm wooly shirt and go out and fire up the old Trooper. At the motel is a small charming Asian woman. She's a wee confused, but her story seems to be: Her 10 year old daughter (Chelsea) is on an overnight field trip with a bunch of super bright 5th graders from a Los Angeles Gate school. I'm given to understand by the mother (Christina) that Gate schools are for brighter students. The mother, Christina, was afraid that because daughter Chelsea has asthma, that Zzyzx might be too tough on her. Therefore, although Chelsea travelled on the bus with her classmates, Christina came to Baker to rent a motel room and then drive out to Zzyzx to meet her child and bring her back to town after the evening astronomy lecture and observatory In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty viewing. Whew... Except, Christina says, she tried to get to Zzyzx and became fright- .Lr' ened and confused and would I help her. Chelsea is out there in the big frightening desert and her mother can't get to her. Well, what's a fellow to do. It's almost Christmas. Life has been exceedingly good. It's payback time. Time to help a stranger. I agree to take Christina to Zzyzx. I agree to wait until the astronomy class is over and then to bring both Chelsea and Christina back to Baker. I know there are easier ways, but Christina is frightened and nothing a big dumb country boy says is going to ease her fears. I have Christina park her car, we lock it up, and I help her into the Trooper and it's off for a fun filled trip to Zzyzx. The single people I mentioned? There are at lease 50 ten year old boys and girls in the dining room eating a spa- ghetti dinner. The roar of giggling children is painful to these old ears. Smart they may be, but it's still a mob of 5th graders. They invite me to join them in a surprisingly good dinner topped off by a great lime pie. I try to remember what it might have been like to be 10 years old. I can't recall. The teachers are young, friendly and female, so the evening is not without some interest, however each teacher seems to have a dozen children with them at all times. The children follow an astronomy professor up to the ,00Lround Amargosa with Andre, a' by Andrea Lynn , The Nevada Silvers Tappers ben- efit was not only a success, but a great show was seen by all who attended. The following people and organiza- tions participated in the show: The Nevada Silver Tappers, of course, the Methodist Church Choir, Johnny V., K.T. Dance Company, Richard and Ellice Dutasterville, Silver Star Strut- ters, La Mocker Du Ballet, Nelson Rosario and Haydn and Pat Walton who were helping Mr. and Mrs. Clause. Marie Reagle decorated the gym beau- tifully as usual. The proceeds went to a very needy family, who has a very ill mother and wife. If you missed the benefit Christmas program make sure you come to the school Christmas program. It will be held Tues- day, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the community center. The classes will all have a performance and Santa will wrap it up! The high school will also be putting on "A Christmas Carol," December 15, 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. at the high school. r Oriental Futons Furniture Gifts FREE 1998 Oriental Calendar & a Box of Oolong tea. No Purchase required. l Biggest Sale of the yearl!- 30% ~ 65% off Reg. Price Sale ends 12-31-97 MANDARIN z167 N. Decatur I.as Vegas Nv. 89108 IMPORTS 70z-646- t 8t observatory on Lime Stone Hill, and I head up to the resident manager's home to kick back and watch a little dish TV, After an hour of civilized comfort, I walk up and join the children on the hill. The professor asks questions that would be tough for me and the children shout out the answers. Bright they may be, but they're still only 10 years old. Eventually, Christina and Chelsea find me and ask if I'll take them back to the motel. We find Chelsea's dorm room. Gather up 1400 pounds of luggage, books and girl stuff and it's back to load up the Trooper and return to Baker. A few bumpy miles to the interstate, a short flight down the freeway, and we're back at the motel. I wish the women a good evening, decline a gratuity, and get a very sweet hug from Chelsea. Back home again and I can't believe what I've just done. There is no way I would have driven anyone out to Zzyzx. Never would I hang around on a cold night waiting for a bunch of kids to get done peering through a telescope. Never would I surround myself with a gang of noisy 5th graders. Never! Maybe it's because I miss Shirley. Maybe it's the Christ- mas season. Maybe I just got weak from too much sun. Maybe it was just a Zzyzx kind of night. i Bishop Veterinary Hospital  Tonopah Clinic  Dr. Lind will be in Tonopah  December II Front downstairs o,ice - 42 Belmont St. II [ App0intments/Inf0, Call 482-6458 after 5 p.m. II [ Dr. Lind will be in every other Wednesday [I I 8 a.m.. 1 p.m.: Dogs, cats and other small animals, II [ including spays, neutering, dentistry, minor surgery, etc. [I NIGaT CLINIC mlll I  ll'i Tonopah 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m.  ]1 [ Round Mountain: 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 t5-. --'ql New Location - Smoky Valley FireHouse, Carver [I I Same dates as Tonopah Clinic l[ KHWK Radio From Pahrump to Bishop has you covered! For the latest news, information and the finest music programming be sure to tune to KHWK, broadcasting from Tonopah. If you're traveling the vast distances of Central Nevada's desert terrain you still can't miss us! IVlernber:. Associated Press Great Basin Radio Network 92.7 - Tonopah 93.5 - Beatty 94.3 - Lida and Scotty's Junction 94.3 - Gold Point 95.9 - Pahrump 103.9 - Bishop, Mammoth and Big Pine 104.9 - Round Mountain 105.5 - Hawthorne