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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2011 -- Page 5 Do you play the weather game? By Paula Wrenn "So, how is the weather there?" the voice on the telephone asked. Relatives and friends up and down the East Coast and in the Midwest, even those accustomed to real winters, are being tested by the harshest cold season many can remember. So, sometimes when that question about my Califor- nia weather follows a long list of their described discomforts, I suspect a game of one-upmanship is underway. It may stem from them being com- petitive or perhaps it is a byproduct of cabin-fever, and they are tired of board games and watching Jeopardy. Regardless, it is important for me to quickly distinguish between the weather gamers and those in need of a sympathetic ear. If they say, "We've had temperatures in the low thirties for the past three weeks - so how's your weather?" I listen for a tone that would suggest this as the proper response: "Thirty degrees at night for three weeks? Brrr, I hear you. We had a snap of mid- twenties temperatures and had to cover all our plants Tuesday and citrus trees for a week." The gleeful weather competitor on the other line was will then respond with how many plants they've lost the or the cost of a plumbing bill from a burst pipe. They then introduce something they hope we can't top. worst "Well last Tuesday was the worst. I used a pick to break through an inch of ice covering my car from freezing rain. The roads were so bad it took three hours to get to work." At that point, I am happy to concede the game and my competitive caller can delight in his ability to better withstand miserable weather. A peculiar win-win, I suppose. However, this time I was talking to my cousin from North Carolina, a fellow not prone to exaggeration or rivalry. The coastal side of his state seldom sees snow and freezing temperatures. He described multiple lin- gering snow events. In a state where people don't know how to drive in snow, it is probably a blessing that the lack of snowplows to clear the roads discourages many people from venturing out. My cousin is a truck driver. Even on days off from work, he feels the effects of this harshest of winters. He also decried the tripled heating bills that might go even higher. Dialogue with a climate-traumatized caller requires delicacy. This is when my weather-guilt kicks into high gear. After all, despite an apparent shift in climate around the globe, overall the climate in the Sonoma Wine Country remains about as desirable as any place on the planet. So, when cousin asked for Wine Country weather details, my goal was a delicately framed and honest response. A true, but poor choice would have been: "Heck, we've had nothing but warm sun for three weeks and we're planning a backyard picnic today." Also not helpful to him would be: "We haven't had the heat or fireplace on for weeks now and we're watering the flowers in the yard." I have tried to explain micro-climates and my luck of the draw in choosing to live in Cloverdale, but have discarded that approach as too scientific and insufficiently sympathetic. My toned-down response to him: "Well, we had lots of early season rain. We're having some sun now but it still gets cold at night. We need more rain because it doesn't rain here in summer and everything dries out." No rain in summer would kill their crops and provide no relief from the humid heat, so that response let cousin know we also have climate issues. As to utility woes: "Our utility costs are worse in summer. We have lots Qf 90-degree or greater days." Temperatures above ninetg_d_egrees horrify East Coast folk whose humid summer days are unbearable at 80 degrees. Our chat moved on to family news and the economy in our respective locales. It doesn't matter to me that what we pay for our small, modest home buys something that looks like Hollywood where he lives. If there's no work, it's hard to hold onto a home anywhere. Then, quite unexpectedly, he baited me with a challenge. "You know, our gasoline here is skyrocketing," he slipped in. "The lowest I could find was $3.02 yesterday." Before I knew it, I was pouncing for the kill. "Oh, I felt lucky when I found $3.27 for regular the other day." Checkmate. Nobody in the U. S. can beat a Californian in the "Who Pays Most for Gasoline?" game. When we said our good-byes, I returned to paying bills and heaved a big sigh at the credit card statement that detailed gasoline charges for last month. Talk about a short-lived victory. Most interesting bag Television advertising promoted a producer of whole grain snack chips and their introduction of an environment-friendly bag that degrades in six months. What a great idea - not that we should toss them out the car window, but how good for landfills. Wanting to support a green-thinking company and as it seemed a healthy snack for a young visitor, I purchased a bag. I decided that once the bag is empty I will stake it down in my back yard and watch what happens. I think I'll take a photo each month to check the accuracy of the chip company's claims. Goofy, I know, but ! am curious. If you want to try this product and if you recently embarked on a diet for 2011, there's another benefit of purchasing these chips. The bag is by far the noisiest I've ever encountered. If your willpower to stop snacking between meals is not fully formed, be assured you will not sneak these chips. In doing so, you would not only alert everyone in the house, but the noise this bag makes would also be heard by neighbors if your windows are open. Once the "green" bio-degradable message sinks in, perhaps this loud chip bag could give the healthy snack company another compelling cam- paign to do with snacking behavior modification. @ Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle'cm" 00SPRING IS ALMOST HERE! Stephen Tice Electrical "Let there be light/" 894-8423 (TICE) cell: 479-4046 e-mail: steve tice@juno.com Lic. #310:393 Dolph D. Green, CFP  Financial Advisor Phone 707-894-0277 Fax 866-411-6565 231 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Retirement Planning Education Savings Insurance Services Stocks, Bonds & Mutual Funds For all your financial services needs and exceptional, local sewice, count on Dolph Qreen.Financial Advisor, Kriatin Kurpinsky.Branch Office Administrator, & Edward Jones. EdwardJone Making Sense of Investing www.edwardjones.com Insurance Lic. 0C24309 Member SIPC / @ The term CHS "Snack Shack" may not apply any longer. The brand new building which replaced the former "snack shack" which was burned down, features a brand new kitchen, three food ordering windows and men's and women's accessible bathrooms at each end of the building. Jeff Taylor, of Taylor Electric and Anthony Miranda, who has worked with Taylor for 12 years, are pictured in the photo above in front of the new building. They are almost finished with their electrical work on the project. According to the General Contractor, Scott Murray, of Murray Building, Inc., left, the building will be completed sometime this week. Joanne Argyres hands her donation to Dick Johnson, president of the CARE Foundation as superintendent of schools, Claudia Frandsen; CARE vice- president, Jane Snibbe; teacher and CARE board member Jonni Conway; and CARE board member Gene Lile look on. Save Our Schools (SOS) campaign has great start In August 2010, CARE (Clover- dale Adds Resources for Education) kicked-off the Save Our Schools (SOS) campaign to raise money for the schools in the Cloverdale Uni- fied School District. CARE would like to recognize the donors, so far, who have contributed over $4500 to the SOS program. With continued cuts in education on the horizon, the SOS funds will help schools purchase some of the necessary supplies to continue stu- dent programs. Teachers can access these funds to help subsidize field- trips and other classroom projects. Businesses and private parties, who wish to contribute to the SOS program, can receive information from the district's website (www.cusd.org) and click on the link for CARE Your contribution will be much appreciated!! Thank you, again, to our SOS do- nors. Donors to the SOS Program in- clude: Arthur Brothers Investment Co., Cloverdale Automotive and Tires, Cloverdale Food Center, Re- user, Inc., The Finishing Touches, Toy B Ville, Joanne Argyres, Ron and Lynn Caruso, Richard and Sus- an Cochran, Ron Pavelka, Rod and Cathy Park, A1 Sauder, Ralph and Janice Sceales, Mark Thayer and Jean Herschede. PONYTAIL Patty Bird, left, Danielle Haug, Cherna Alliston and Nikki Bird at the 2011 Ponytail registration desk in front of Ray's Food Place. The 2011 season promises to be fun for both organizers, volunteers and participants. THE TECH FOR ME III COMMENTARY: From the Editorial Desk... This is who we are... This past week reinforced what makes Cloverdale what it is, a small community that cares about our neighbors and friends. It started for us this past week when the news of the unexpected death of our postman reached us. Ed Schork, only 55 years old, had died at his home in his sleep. 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