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.
Those of you following the sewer chronicles may remember that I wrote in April 2013 of the positive accomplishments of the Receiver, Clifford Bressler, in the year following his appointment in April 2012 by Kern County Superior Court to keep the wastewater plant operating.
The blood donors of Tehachapi can be so proud of their efforts in 2013! With two blood drives remaining, they have already collected more units this year than ever before!
We have all heard the old saying, "the third time is a charm" and in the weekly newspaper business over the years I've observed the truth of this.
Now that the holidays are right around the corner, you may find yourself wondering which tech gadget you should buy your loved-one. While the world may be migrating toward tablets, phones and other more portable devices, perhaps the person you have in-mind still wants a plain computer instead. Portable devices may be growing rapidly in popularity, but there are definitely computers that you can purchase that are efficient for any need.
Last week in this space I introduced Kim, a woman who I have not met. We had a telephone conversation and it seemed to me that the bottom line was that she was asking for my kindness in the world.
I'm delighted my last column engendered such deep emotions in so many people and I'd like to thank them for talking the time to write in. If every one of those people gave $40 to a local rescue, they could be instrumental in helping stop slaughter in America.
We have all probably heard of term "malware." This term, however, is only an umbrella to many sub-categories of malware types. Under the general term "malware" are Viruses, Trojans, Worms, Adware, Spyware, Logic Bombs and Ransomware. While all of these perform very different malicious activities, ransomware generally takes assets (in most cases: files), locks them up and them demands money from you (ransom).
Now the holidays are in full swing -- not that they weren't already since retailers now elect to skip right over Thanksgiving the start blasting Christmas decorations the day after Halloween. We find ourselves preparing for yet another holiday season full of discount prices, shopping headaches and then eventually Christmas itself, which always comes with a welcome relief.
A loving mother drowns her children. A decorated soldier prowls through homes in Afghanistan, killing people in their beds. A quiet, popular community leader kills himself and his wife. A respected minister runs away with his secretary. How could it happen?