The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The Year 2000. A new century.
I can remember being in the 3rd grade in the early 1950s and thinking, “I’m going to be alive in the Year 2000.”
I even figured out how old that would be – 57. I will turn 57 in November, thus I am actually 56 for most of the Year 2000. Give me points for subtracting in my head at the tender age of 8.
That seemed awfully old to me.
I could yammer on and on about the changes in the world that I’ve seen. I think I’ll wait until the age 76 – or 86, if I’m lucky.
The changes I’ve seen here are more dramatic.
In 1962, the population of Carson Valley was about 3,500. Miller’s Market, the grocery store that used to occupy the site of The Record-Courier building, closed at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
If you wanted to go out to eat, there was the Golden Bubble or the Minden Inn. In the summer, there was the Frosty Spot for burgers. There were the Basque dinner houses in Gardnerville, where you were proud to take your friends from out of state.
When you drove down the two-lane Highway 395, if you didn’t wave at the person in the car coming towards you – whom you knew or at least had waving privileges with – you were considered stuck up.
The Gardnerville movie theater burned down in the late ’60s, and we didn’t have a new one until the Meadowdale Cinema was built in the 1980s.
There wasn’t anything for kids to do then, either. Over the past 35-odd years, various attempts have been made to provide a teen center.
n The more it stays the same The next community center meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m., Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane. The topic of the meeting is multi-age community center for Douglas County.
If you are interested in the building of a place for kids as well as people of all ages, attend the meeting. All are welcome. For more information, call 782-9828.
If you are interested in helping to preserve open and agricultural spaces in Carson Valley, attend the workshops sponsored by the Douglas County Planning Commission Jan. 31, 6 p.m., old courthouse, 1616 Eighth Street, Minden.
We can help define what our Valley will be like in 2025.
n However, times, they are a-changing Yellow lines in the middle of a road used to mean no passing. For some reason, within the last five years double yellow lines have come to mean squat to most drivers.
And how about red traffic signals Doesn’t red mean stop?
Imagine my glee when last Wednesday about 5:30 p.m., a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy pulled over the driver at the intersection of highways 88 and 395 for going through a red light that had been red for several seconds.
n And winter is still cold Not much publicity has been given to a program offered by the new Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club #730, made up of young women in the Valley. The members have been collecting children’s coats in their Coats for Kids program.
The collection drop-off site is Two Guys from Italy in Gardnerville, and the cut off date is Saturday, Feb. 5.
If you have warm winter jackets or coats for youths that are in good condition, why not donate them?
n Support our youthThe Douglas High School band will march in the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade Feb. 19.
The band was invited – for the eight time in nine years – because of its high quality of marching and playing.
To help raise funds for the trip, you can adopt a member for $25 or a section for $100.
Call band director Bill Zabelsky at 782-5136.