Never give a Sucker an even break
EDITOR: Our lives require us to change. We must adapt to our lives at different stages of our lives. The ways in which we change must be supported by our philosophical and emotional tenets. In a musical the score must support the characters and their actions. The older we become the more we long for our youth. The more creative we must be at reinventing ourselves. The music of our lives becomes softer, emotions are more instep with our philosophy. Then there is just life and it is what it is.
There is a mosquito in the room. The little bastard has been keeping me company day and night. I have affectionately named him “Sucker.” The pollen has backed up my sinuses and somehow this has affected my hearing. I can’t hear him coming. By the time I zero in on his position he escapes my grasp. The long-acting nasal decongestant, antihistamine and antibiotics are kicking in. I’m three days in, my hearing is getting better. Sucker is getting fatter and slower. The idea that if I just lay in wait, like bait. Sucker will land on my exposed skin and I will smack him is my resolute plan of action. In the mean time watch him zing by.
Incidentally, when I was younger I could catch a fly. The little winged emperor stood no chance, especially on cold days. So, I’m older and I’m slower. This does not affect my ability to fold the laundry. Sucker is getting older, too. His days are numbered and fewer than mine. Sooner or later he has to go to sleep. Then the shoe will be on the other foot. I will dispatch my well-fed companion. He escaped a direct blow with a fly swatter. I have known him since he was little. Just a spot on the wall. I’m going to miss missing him.
Hotel vital for economic future of Sonoma
EDITOR: As a local business owner and native Sonoman who works in hospitality, I support the
the Hotel Project Sonoma proposal as I personally feel it is vital forward for the economic future of Sonoma Valley. The hotel will offer a minimum 60 full-time living wage jobs, add more than $9 million to our tax base over five years, will improve an underutilized brownfield, and is within the urban growth boundary.
Having hosted many events in Sonoma where we seek lodging, it is continuously a challenge to locate enough hotel rooms to lodge our guests. We have hosted 10 years of cheese conferences; food and wine based seminars and hope to plan more in our future.
After reading through the proposal, I understand the proposed hotel is important to not only our economic future but also to our environmental future. It will incorporate sustainable design strategies and will be LEED certified, a green building certification. There will be state-of-the-art water and energy reduction programs and there will be a fleet of bikes enabling visitors to leave their cars behind.
This project is a “win-win” for Sonoma, bringing economic development and an environmentally sustainable business to our town in a location that is starved for a drastic renovation.
Hotel not appropriate for Plaza