Monthly Archives: June 2013

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BARRY’S BLOG FRIDAY 6-14-13

The City of Auburn, Chamber of Commerce and the Placer Arts held their annual “Art Walk” last night. This is an opportunity for residents to come out and walk the town, visit all the merchants that participate by giving local artists display space for their work.

As I walked the walk, and visited the artists, I enjoyed all types of work that local artists display. I also enjoy meeting and talking with all other walkers along the way. The real fun is meeting and talking with the artists themselves.

I marvel at the variety of art work you experience. Art has so many varieties from jewelry to clothing, oil and acrylics on canvas, stones and ceramics, steel and iron to paper and special materials. It is endless fascination at the creativity of our local artists.

Living in a small town with the character of Auburn is a blessing. Thanks for the wonderful and enjoyable evening. All artists will have their work displayed for two months for everyone to enjoy. Turns the entire town into a gallery. How cool!

Have a great day and weekend. Be kind to your self!

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BARRY’S BLOG 6-13-13

How does one justify lying before the country and world, on National Television, about the Government poking into every resident’s personal data and movement. Wouldn’t the person doing the lying, and lets face it, he is certainly aware he is lying, know the press and investigations into the truth would make him the “fool” of the week if not the month.

I have witnessed many years of politicians and others who duck questions, usually by ignoring it and talking about something they have as an agenda. Not sure this qualifies as a lie, just a duck!

Others have gone on television and spin a story that is totally untrue. We often question the motive, and usually it is to get attention, and get that famous “5 minutes of fame”.

People do what they do….for whatever the reason. Again, I believe the basic constitution and our legal system does a fair job of getting to the truth when it matters. The real question is why the Government feels they need to know I had a jelly donut and a black coffee with nutmeg this morning. Oh, I paid with cash, maybe they don’t know!

Have a great day, be kind to your self!

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BARRY’S BLOG WEDNESDAY6-12-13

I have worn glasses for distant seeing since I was in High School. I have always hated them because they get heavy, always need cleaned, get lost, sat on a couple of times, etc. You know what I am talking about. I tried contact lenses, first a long time ago with the “Hard Lens”. Remember those? Oh what a nightmare. They would dry out, and needed a little suction cup on a stick to pop them out……scary and painful. Then I tried the soft lens, and they were OK. Took a lot of maintenance and could irritate the eye sometimes…but were a good step forward.

Then I just gave up. Way to much trouble.

Years have gone by, and with my last check up three weeks ago, Dr. said, “maybe you should try contacts again”. “We have come a long way”! This was in response to my complaining about glasses, summer coming and not wanting to wear them etc. We talked about laser surgery, but then I would need to wear glasses to work at computer which I spend a lot of time, and read. This didn’t make sense to me, particularly since this is a permanent adjustment to your eyes.

So here I go again. So far I have been fitted with two lens that are the same, need glasses to read. One lens only so I can use one eye focus locally and one for distance, and the brain is supposed to fix the foggy look. So far fog was still there. Brain not cooperating. Then, wow, Bi-focal lens. I was very suspect but darn, they work, so far anyway. Dr. was right…they have come a long way.

Now all I need to do is overcome the technique of putting them in and out. So far I have had two major challenges. First was when I tried to put them in, inside my car with the air conditioner running. I had one of those “Freeze in time” moments as I watched in slow motion as one lens left my fingertip and sailed through the air condition bast tumbling over and over as it plunged down between the drivers seat and the center island. Of course my hand did not fit there, and I stared at the little plastic disk just laying on the metal structure of the seat. I decided that if I moved the seat back I maybe could reach it. Chewed it into little pieces…..it was like watching a horror movie. After a lot of laughter, Dr. gave me a replacement (still in fitting process) after having a fit of laughter at my expense.

After two days of success, I was gaining confidence until last night. As I was removing the lens getting ready to end the day, one popped out and dropped like a rock to the floor and through the air conditioning duct. In ghastly disbelief I grabbed my cell phone, turned on the flash light feature and there it was, perched on the side of the duct…..ran for a screw driver and removed the duct cover, cautiously plucked the lens to safety, and into the little case with disinfect juice, quickly placed the cap on and exhausted fell into bed trying not to think about it any more for the day. As I sit here drinking my coffee with my glasses on, I am thinking about how I will survive the day.

Have a great day, and be kind to yourself!

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BARRY’S BLOG TUESDAY 6-11-13

The theme today from Washington is “The administration can’t keep politics out of Government”.

I have been thinking about that statement, and trying to analyze and understand what that means. Government is Politics….at least that is what I was thinking. Now I am thinking maybe they (not sure yet who they are) are saying that the administration should have the stature of being able to represent all the people, regardless their affiliation to a political party. The administration should focus on running the Government, administrating policy, presenting to other nations our strength’s and leadership as the largest and most successful government in the history of the world, so far. Therefore, the political wrangling should be left to the congress since they are directly elected by the people and are to represent the will of the people.

Our founders and our constitution set up the three branches of Government with equal powers for a reason. History shows that when one branch becomes too strong, society can fail, and the result is a disaster. The society that properly represents the people, parties and politics, argue and compromise to get the best balance based on the PEOPLE and their needs and desires….does make sense.

The other way when a few Political Party officials create an agenda they want and then set out using “dirty tricks” to accomplish that agenda, we start to lean in the wrong direction. The “whistle blower” that has supposedly exposed the administration using personal data from the major computer companies like Microsoft, Google, Verizon, credit card companies, and tracking our every second action and movement is scary particularly if it is being used politically to “identify and harm” non enemy residents.

Officials in Government that have been lying must be made accountable for their actions. Lets hope full investigation will bring forth the truth and we as normal constitutional believers are not being watched to bring harm to those that do not agree with political agendas.

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BARRY’S BLOG MONDAY 6-10-13

Last weekend’s heat wave brought many of us to realize that extreme weather in either direction must be met with common sense and caution. We all feel we can stand anything for a few hours but that can be very dangerous. Judgement is tested when we are inconvenienced by the weather, and many have suffered stroke or worse, possible loss of life, most of which might be prevented.

Such conditions were present this weekend when temperatures rose into the 116 degree range, and the sun was very direct and hot. Early on Saturday, the many high schools in our area were holding their Graduation exercises. Del Oro High School in Loomis was faced with a near-crisis when Fire and Ambulance services were overwhelmed with several calls for over-come people who were in attendance.

Officials who are charged with public safety which includes the Fire Chief and School executives, made the decision to stop the ceremonies, and send everyone to their cars and to the relief of air conditioning and shield from the burning sun. There were some “boos” from the audience but all in all they left the outdoor stadium and went to their vehicles as requested. Seniors with names that started with A through D were the only students that walked across the stage and received their diplomas.

What happened next is an example of a community that pulls together in time of stress, and just make it happen. The Bay Side Church in Roseville came to the rescue and on Sunday the remaining grads received their diplomas inside the large church air conditioned auditorium. Great solution, and a fine demonstration of community cooperation. Congratulations to great folks that made this happen.

Have a great day and be kind to yourself!

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BARRY’S BLOG FRIDAY 6-7-13

There was a lot of coverage yesterday about “D” Day which occurred on June 6th, 1944 as Allied troops assaulted the coast of Normandy, France and started to end World War II. The commander of the Allied Armies, General Dwight Eisenhower had planned and then executed the orders for this life changing event. General “IKE” became the hero of the world and maybe one of the most influential leaders of all time.

Over many years, I found that he was one of my hero’s. I selected him as the one person I would liked to have met in person and have dinner. I would like to discuss some of his idea’s that he put into motion that many folks don’t know he was responsible for. I also admired his leadership skills.

IKE started the process of integration. First in the military, then in the District of Columbia when he was President, and then started the law change process that brought us into full USA integration Civil Rights Law which was carried out by JFK and Lyndon Johnson.

The one thing IKE did that I believe was a greatest shift in the century was the Interstate Highway System. IKE started that program because he believe we needed it so we could move Armies quickly from Coast to Coast and Border to Border. What happened was every small town in America was close to a major highway and moving goods and services became swift and economical. The Trucking industry quickly replaced railroads as the distributor of material from Ports to Cities, and from Small Town America to Ports and major cities.

IKE changed the executive branch of our Government by installing the staff support and establishing a well defined organizational chart for the White House. Ike also established the first regularly scheduled Press Conference giving the Press direct access to him, setting another precedent that has survived over time.

So, Does anyone have a “I LIKE IKE” Button?

Have a great weekend and be kind to yourself today!

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BARRY’S BLOG THURSDAY 6-6-13

I am beginning to feel that most American’s are starting to “Get mad as Hell” and “not going to take it anymore”. The hearings this week in DC probing into actions by the FBI, Attorney General’s office and the IRS have been revealing as to how far these agencies have gone into spying on people and business in this country. Now this morning we find out that the administration has forced Verizon to turn over our personal phone records “as a security need” to fight terrorism. What about AT&T, SPRINT, SWBELL etc.

I read recently that we have our pictures taken at least 100 times every day. ATM machines to traffic monitoring to PC’s in our homes, all have become watching and listening tools that can deliver information to the Government for them to use any way they please.

What is next, an imbedded programmed chip that can be monitored by satellite and trace every move we make? Well we do it for our pets….think this is a beta site for human implants. Google Glasses that can take pictures and transmit them directly to the internet for world wide distribution. Gads…..we are all going to be spys!

Pogo was right, we have seen the enemy and it is US!

Have a nice day, be kind to yourself!

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BARRY’S BLOG WEDNESDAY 6-5-13

Don and Cherry Yamasaki will end a 16 year stint as Saturday Morning Radio Hosts on KAHI radio this coming Saturday. Don worked on his fathers Ranch then the Yamasaki Nursery on Highway 49, which served this area for many years. You can’t drive on any Auburn street where the skills, trees and flowers from the Yamasaki Nursery can’t be seen and enjoyed. We have all walked the isles and smelled the wonderful aroma of native and special plants that were sold to an eager customer base. Don did the first show on his own, but talked Cherry into being co-host, the same role she has played in Don’s life as his wife and partner. They have been a charming and informative couple for lots of years, and we will miss them on Saturday mornings here at KAHI Radio.

Local radio stations started to serve local communities when KDKA radio went on public airwaves in 1920 in Pittsburgh PA. First there was music with local bands and singers, then on to entertainment and eventually NEWS, Weather and features like Don and Sherry provided. Network radio came along and took a lot of time away from local features, and radio sort of dropped away except for people in their cars who wanted local information. Some radio stations like KAHI, stayed tuned to the local market and people like Don and Cherry found a home for many years. We can say the same for Jim Victorine with his fishing report, and Howard Flemming with his Wall Street report. Saturday’s with Captain Saturday, SwapShop, Farm Show, and many many others.

I fell in love with Local Radio while still in High School back in Pennsylvania. I built my own station in my bedroom, and broadcast by wire to local friends homes. Their parents were a little unhappy with my station because we did not have an OFF button. When I was broadcasting, you heard me. One parent told me that if I played Harry James Orchestra one more time he was going to cut the wires. We added OFF buttons.

I was selected in my Junior Year to do the local High School NEWS on Friday afternoons, then got hired to be the Weekend Board Operator and Announcer. My first love, so to speak. Over many years, and several career moves, I returned to Local Radio when I joined the staff here at KAHI, AM 950 about 10 years ago. KAHI has been on the air since 1957. Having the opportunity to talk with local and visiting people daily as I report NEWS, talk about the weather and current events is a happy thing. Thanks for listening and making people like Don and Cherry important information sharers and our own local celebrities. Best to you both, and may God Bless!

Have a great day and be kind to yourself!

BARRY’S BLOG

BARRY’S BLOG WEDNESDAY 6-4-13

Don and Cherry Yamasaki will end a 16 year stint as Saturday Morning Radio Hosts on KAHI radio this coming Saturday. Don worked on his fathers Ranch then the Yamasaki Nursery on Highway 49, which served this area for many years. You can’t drive on any Auburn street where the skills, trees and flowers from the Yamasaki Nursery can’t be seen and enjoyed. We have all walked the isles and smelled the wonderful aroma of native and special plants that were sold to an eager customer base. Don did the first show on his own, but talked Cherry into being co-host, the same role she has played in Don’s life as his wife and partner. They have been a charming and informative couple for lots of years, and we will miss them on Saturday mornings here at KAHI Radio.

Local radio stations started to serve local communities when KDKA radio went on public airwaves in 1920 in Pittsburgh PA. First there was music with local bands and singers, then on to entertainment and eventually NEWS, Weather and features like Don and Sherry provided. Network radio came along and took a lot of time away from local features, and radio sort of dropped away except for people in their cars who wanted local information. Some radio stations like KAHI, stayed tuned to the local market and people like Don and Cherry found a home for many years. We can say the same for Jim Victorine with his fishing report, and Howard Flemming with his Wall Street report. Saturday’s with Captain Saturday, SwapShop, Farm Show, and many many others.

I fell in love with Local Radio while still in High School back in Pennsylvania. I built my own station in my bedroom, and broadcast by wire to local friends homes. Their parents were a little unhappy with my station because we did not have an OFF button. When I was broadcasting, you heard me. One parent told me that if I played Harry James Orchestra one more time he was going to cut the wires. We added OFF buttons.

I was selected in my Junior Year to do the local High School NEWS on Friday afternoons, then got hired to be the Weekend Board Operator and Announcer. My first love, so to speak. Over many years, and several career moves, I returned to Local Radio when I joined the staff here at KAHI, AM 950 about 10 years ago. KAHI has been on the air since 1957. Having the opportunity to talk with local and visiting people daily as I report NEWS, talk about the weather and current events is a happy thing. Thanks for listening and making people like Don and Cherry important information sharers and our own local celebrities. Best to you both, and may God Bless!

Have a great day and be kind to yourself!