BARBWIRE BOB – Ramblin’ around the corral with Bob Sweeney

A get-well soon to Villager sports columnist Denny Dressman who is recovering from COVID-19.  He was fully vaccinated but has had a tough time for three weeks. He is recovering at home now. Jay Davidson,  President of First American State Bank is assisting Volunteers of America (VOA) in collecting new toys for children in Colorado this holiday season.  New toys may be dropped off at First American State Bank at 8390 E. Crescent Circle, Suite 100, in Greenwood Village, 80111.  Deadline for the toy drop is December 17.

Cash donations are also accepted: www.voa colorado.org/toydrive 

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If you take a new toy to the “Toy Drive” you can enter a drawing to win a bottle of John Elway Reserve 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, or two club level tickets with valet parking to the Cincinnati vs. Bronco football game 12/18/21.

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Received this advice in an email from a good friend about holiday season shopping.  The memo states the following:  “Before you go buy a bunch of “stuff” for family and friends this holiday season, ask them what they really need.  Maybe they need help with a utility bill, car payment, or the rent.  Maybe they need a kid-free night and could use a free babysitter.  Maybe they could use a home-cooked meal.  Maybe they need someone to listen to them over a cup of coffee.  Maybe they don’t know what to ask for and are too embarrassed to ask.  Maybe  you could be the one to give them exactly what they need this season, rather than some ”stuff” they’ll never use.” 

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Another email advises that with all those shipping containers stranded in the ocean remember that local artists have product and most stores have gift cards available.  There is plenty of merchandise available in local stores so spend your money in your neighborhoods or at the area malls.  The sales tax you spend locally returns to our city governments and the majority of money to support our schools.

 Supporting  local business firms saves jobs and keeps doors open.                                                          

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 In case you missed some of Freda Miklin’s election factoids here are a few numbers about the recent election.  There are 460,417 registered voters in Arapahoe County.  Of that total, 418,309 were considered to be eligible voters.  The election turnout was 146,309, 37.5 percent of the eligible voters.  Prior to the election unaffiliated registrations were 36 percent, registered Democrats 35 percent, and 29 percent were Republicans. The election results tell a different story with 45 percent of all registered Republicans voting, 37 percent of registered Democrats voting, and bringing up the rear were the unaffiliated with only 27 percent voting.  All of the contests were billed as “non-partisan,” but it appears that political party members pay more attention to elections.

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 I’m told that Dianne Bartlett hosted a terrific party for herself and other friends celebrating birthdays at Citron Bistro at Yosemite and Hampden Ave recently.  Tom and George have been in the local restaurant  business for decades, first with Seasons in the DTC and then Citron. They have survived COVID-19 and are going strong with their great cuisine and afternoon happy hours. Happy Birthday to Dianne and her female friends who enjoyed a spectacular party. Several Villager colleagues were among the attendees as we now  approach our own  40th  newspaper birthday December 2.

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I had my Pfizer booster shot at Safeway last week.  My arm was slightly sore the next day, but no other apparent ailments.  I just feel more secure and safe having the vaccination protection. I don’t like putting strange formulas into my body, but down through the years have had plenty of immunizations in the military and in school.  No one asked me about polio, smallpox, et al,  they just did it.  That’s probably how this pandemic should have been handled, but it is a matter of choice, at least for adults.  The good thing is that life is partially returning to normal, and less fear abounds. However, the cases are still rampant, and hospitals are full.  No doubt  doctors and nurses have learned how to save lives and treat patients better.  When will it end?  Not sure of the future, but in my opinion it is better to be safe, than sorry.  Science will prevail and hopefully a cure will be found.

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I purchased a 24 lb. Butterball frozen turkey at Safeway last week and there were plenty of turkeys available.  I didn’t check on the toilet paper supplies, but the store was full of Thanksgiving fare.

The Villager staff wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Look for the wishbone.