George Worthy

Here it is October already. This month doesn’t hold much for me. Besides Halloween, what is there to look forward to? You wake up to cold dreary morning drizzle and the day just doesn’t get much better. Of course, we live in the 21st century, so the politicians have had a lot of years to declare that some holidays are needed. 

On the fourth day of the month, we celebrate Yom Kippur. This day is the 10th day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. Everyone looks for forgiveness and closer ties with family.

Columbus Day is celebrated on the 10th day of our calendar; not quite plain to me why we have this day. I mean, we have Thanksgiving next month, so I guess this was just a typo somewhere back in history.

Now Thanksgiving, that’s a holiday. I really like that day. On Thanksgiving we share what we have with family, friends and plenty to eat; that is, if you can afford it. What with all the problems Biden has brought us, I can only hope that we can afford a chicken.

This month is an expensive month for me personally. My love, my life, has a birthday to celebrate this month. I suppose I should get her a gift. I mean, I’m not quite sure she liked the McDonald’s gift certificate I gave her last year. I really looked hard for a gift last year. It was quite an inspiration if you ask me.  

Of course, she would tell me she loved them, but I’m just not quite sure. I mean, you have to eat, and since she does almost all the cooking here at home, I thought she might enjoy just driving through rattling off her desire for refreshment at the head of a clown. 

I’m just kidding. Like all gift-giving occasions, I gave her a trinket from our favorite jewelry store. No matter what I give her, she will always make me think I was a hero for my choices of a gift.

My heart is full of joy because not only does Lorraine have a birthday, it is also the month of the empty purse. That’s because my son and my daughter also share this month with a birthday. With those two, I just give money. I have found that they like picking out their own gift and that takes another stone off my chest. 

This month there is another birthdate where we all get together and all join in on the celebration. On the 15th there will be a great time, as we all share in wishing Gonzales Happy 75th Anniversary. 

Our little town has been around for 75 years. There will be all types of things to do and see. Just make sure you mark the 15th of the month on your calendar, where we will be having a town party downtown, and if you have ever seen one of the parties we have downtown, you know you will have a great time.

There is another day that I’m pretty sure most of you don’t know about. It’s called “Dia de la Raza.” It is celebrated as Race Day, in recognition of the mixed indigenous and European heritage of Mexico. The Mestizo character of its population and because many Mexicans object to the controversial explorer and conqueror Christopher Columbus, this is celebrated instead of Columbus Day. The day teaches the honor, respect and dignity for all people.

There is another anniversary to be had this month. Thirty-four years my love and I have been together. My youngest son has a birthday on the 20th and my daughter will also celebrate her birthday on the eighth. You can see why my pocketbook gets a little thin this month. I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Just in case you are keeping score, I want to tell you I brought my truck home last week. It’s not where I want it to be. The mechanic working on my truck took my heater apart and forgot how it goes, so I have to put that back together. It’s not easy finding manuals for a 64-year-old truck. Shoot! It’s really hard to find parts. It will run so I can drive it, but there are still things that have to be done. I guess I’ll have to get under it again.

I could go on about all my problems, but you know the old saying, “If everyone puts all their problems in a pile and you are given a choice about which one you get to take back, you would always take your own back.”

Signs of the time. You may have noticed the plethora of signs in everyone’s yard, they seem to be growing. I’m not sure what kind of fertilizer they are using, but it must be better than Miracle Gro. I put one in my yard to keep from having to mow my lawn. 

The signs don’t tell the whole story; get to know your candidates and what they stand for. Stop them on the street, give them a call, send them an email. They should always listen to what you have to say. After all this is YOUR town.

God Bless.

Previous articleMonterey County, Arts Council unveil ‘Destination, Salinas’ mural
Next articleNew detour planned for highway ramp closures in King City beginning Tuesday
Gonzales columnist George Worthy may be reached at [email protected].


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here