BARRY’S BLOG TUESDAY 2-11-14

It has been a few days since I have written you all. The operation on my arm on the 21st of January was a whopper, and has been quite painful. That’s the bad NEWS. Good NEWS is I am in physical theropy as of today, and everything seems to be doing fine. Learning to live with one hand has been quite interesting. I was feeling a little depressed last weekend when going out to dinner and dancing with a friend saw a lovely lady with her left arm missing completely, and there she was dancing and enjoying the evening. Felt a little foolish and decided I had noting to complain about. It now will be a rebuilding the mussels and strength which I am told will be about three to four months. Met a man today who is now one year and three months, and still not fully functional. We are all different. There is little pain for me today, and good movement, so guess I am on the mend.

The surprise I have had is how many people have had this operation! Seems that as we age, the shoulders can give out from over use and stress. I miss Golf and so many other things I normally do with two hands…but looking forward to being back full strength.

This time off from Radio has been good, but I miss talking each day on the air. This week, I would have been on each day, but the weekend storm dropped a few inches of water into the radio station studios wetting the flooring and walls, and we have had to automate all week. SERVE PRO is attacking the problem, but for a few days, I get to sleep in.

The daily NEWS continues of course. The saving of “Ruth” from jumping off the Forest Hill bridge was incredible. The men and women that work in our police and public safety departments in this county are outstanding. They talked this lady back to reality and saved her life.

The several inches of rain we received over the weekend brought spirits up. Officials are fast to say however this was only a “drop in the bucket” compared to what we should have. I along with several others are watching the management of this new 6+ feet of water in the Folsom Dam, hoping we don’t give it away too. Congress and others are holding hearing with the Bureau of Reclamation hoping to get better understanding on the release of water this past summer. The Bureau is saying they are just following the rules and regulations set in place over many years driven by environmental and Fish and Game pressures. One of the statements from members of congress is they knew this was happening last summer when the Sacramento River was cresting higher than normal for several months as these releases were taking place. A good question is why weren’t the hearings staged then, and maybe we could have adverted this mess we appear to be in. What I am afraid of is a few doses of Pineapple Express storms, and everyone will get amnesia, and nothing will change to prevent this from happening again. This is the history of this situation. Maybe Mother Nature will bail us out one more time, so to speak. The numbers released by the BOR show 18.5 thousand Acre Feet in and 294 out of Folsom Dam which appears to be the right thing.

The Weather back East is roaring again. Atlanta is in serious trouble with massive ice and wind. They predict over 200 thousand people losing power over the next few hours and no power for several days or weeks. Panic at grocery stores is becoming a problem. Snow, Ice and Winds will dominate the entire East Coast from Florida to NY as they get pounded hard again. These coastal cities have no equipment or enough people with experience to get them back to normal for what could be weeks. I have many friends back there and we are talking daily. Some are “Old Hands” at this and others are asking me if I have a spare room?

The Olympics in Russia appear to be almost “Ho Hum”! Political overtones are playing a part, and the TV coverage is not getting the viewers. I remember when the Olympics at anytime of year got major ratings. I guess we are losing interest! Nice though to see some local “Sierra” names in the Gold columns.

Losing our Auburn new financial person was a disappointment. This is one of the most important jobs in City Government because it monitors the money. Our past auditors, like Andy, did a great job steering the city through tough times and we stayed fiscally sound. Hope we can find a good replacement. Looks like Mayor Bridget has hit the ground with some major challenges with the loss of Bob Richardson as City Manager and now the Auditor. She is a tough lady and I believe she will weather the storm, so to speak.

I hope the SERVE PRO people give me back “Studio One” soon and feels good back in the “Blog Chair” tonight. Have a great day, be kind to yourself, and “Be Happy”!

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