As we wind down the old year and prepare for the new one, we reach a time of introspection and examination. At least if we are post-middle aged, anyway. Young people don't feel the need to do this so much, they just look ahead to the promise of a brighter future. And there is nothing wrong with that, they have youth on their side that gives them license.
Since embarking on our plan to reach nearly every home in Tehachapi with the newspaper every week, we have encountered some difficulties in certain areas.
My journey to Tehachapi started 30 years ago from a small lakeside town in Iowa to the South Bay. Upon retiring, I wanted a return to my roots, a place where my grandchildren could enjoy more than just Xbox 360 and smart phones. My husband and I stumbled upon this little gem of a town, only two hours (give or take) from the kids. It was like coming home, four seasons, small-town atmosphere, the whole shebang.
On Nov. 24, security experts tracked down some very big "hacks" to a server located in the Netherlands. What they noticed on this server were over two million passwords and login credentials for users on over 93,000 different websites.
The doorbell rang. There was no car in the driveway. It was dark and quite cold and I was puzzled and uneasy as I opened the front door.
I was greeting with a loud and musical "Jingle Bells" by four teenage boys singing away! I was just stunned, and yet it set me laughing.
While you may be using a computer such as a laptop or desktop to check your e-mail, go on Facebook, stay in touch with friends or do some gift shopping during this holiday season, it is very likely that the computer you are using is already old and outdated technology, even if it is only a couple of years (or months) old.
The Rotary Club of Tehachapi has been full tilt in giving back to the community since starting on Nov. 9. Numerous volunteers visited many seniors at their homes to replace the batteries in their smoke detectors. More than 90 homes were provided the battery replacement service throughout our area including the city of Tehachapi, Golden Hills, Old Town, Bear Valley Springs, Alpine Village and Stallion Springs.
When the Democrats won control of a two-thirds "super-majority" of the state legislature last year, political commentators immediately began predicting just how far and fast they would push for their desired liberal policies. One major consequence of these liberal values in action that must not be overlooked is the adverse societal impact upon our children.
One of the issues we always face in the weekly newspaper business is what I call the "gap."
A daily newspaper typically publishes and distributes on the same day. But weeklies generally have to work around the press schedule of dailies or other publications produced by the printer and in rural areas like ours also have to allow time for the newspaper to be delivered.
Christmas, American Style, is upon us once again. It's a rather strange mix of disparate elements: Trees and tinsel, neighborhoods aglow with LED lights and plastic reindeer, Black Friday and Midnight Mass, Silent Night and Rudolph, hot cocoa by the fireplace and shop 'til you drop, family gatherings at Grandma's house and traffic jams ten miles long.
It was announced last week that Tommy John will be the featured speaker at CSUB Baseball's "Hot Stove Dinner" set for Feb. 8 at the Kern County Fairgrounds.
As 2014 approaches, families everywhere sit down to reflect on the year that has passed and begin looking to the New Year. In the same spirit, Golden Hills Community Services District is engaged in this annual ritual. We've had a great year and are already working on plans to make 2014 even better.