You know you’re officially an ‘old geezer’ when … |

You know you’re officially an ‘old geezer’ when …

Cathy Walton-Smith " View from the Lake

The General hates when I write about him in my column. He never reads it, but he gets comments from other people.

It was his birthday yesterday, and he officially became an old geezer, and I am compelled to write on the subject.

Most of us don’t know just exactly what it takes to become an old geezer, but we know one when we see him (or hear him snore). Here are a few signs:

– The only reason they’re awake at 4 a.m. is indigestion.

– Their arms are too short to read the newspaper.

– They’re asleep, but others worry that they’re dead.

– Their ears are hairier than their head.

– Happy hour is a nap.

– They’ve confused a clear conscience with a bad memory.

– There is nothing left to learn the hard way.

– AARP keeps trying to find them.

– They can’t remember where they put their glasses, but they remember when gas was 25¢ a gallon.

This year free flu shots will be given at one large flu shot clinic. Set aside Saturday, Nov. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Middle Park High School in Granby. For more information call the Grand County Public Health Department at (970) 725-3288.

There is a vacancy on the Grand Lake Town Planning Commission. Interested citizens should submit a letter to the Town Board of Trustees. For more details call Shane Hale at 627-3435.

For the first time in recorded history, Caroline’s Cuisine will stay open for the entire month of November. For the winter, they will be open Thursday through Sunday with Ralph’s famous wine tastings every Friday. See you there.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner … in just two weeks. Our merchants are busy organizing for Olde Fashioned Christmas shopping, and the Grand Arts Council is busy organizing the Christmas Craft Bazaar. This year, the bazaar will be bigger and better than ever. It will be in the elementary school gym, where there is more room.

Thirty-two booth spaces are already filled, but a few are still available. To reserve one to sell your crafts, call Barbara Ahrens at 627-3097.

The Town of Grand Lake has a new tree removal plan for town-owned trees and is offering an opportunity for residents to participate at the town price. Dead and infested trees will be removed this winter and spring.

If property owners choose not to participate, there is a deadline of having all dead trees removed by June 1. If an approved plan for removal is not in place by that date, you could be liable for fines, cost of inspection and removal of your trees by the town.

I think they’re serious.

The Grand Lake Post Office has announced its holiday mailing and shipping cutoff dates. The most urgent reminder is for military APO/FPO addresses overseas and to international addresses. The parcel post cutoff to those locations for Dec. 25 delivery is next Tuesday, Nov. 13. Better get your shopping done this weekend.

It may not look much like winter outside, but it’s coming. The Grand Lake Metro Rec District has announced that cross-country ski season passes are on sale at the Grand Lake Touring Center for a pre-season rate of $120 if purchased by Dec. 10th. After that the cost is $150. The first Full Moon Ski of the season is scheduled for Nov. 24, if we have snow. Golf club memberships and season passes for next year are also available. Why not give the gift of summer for Christmas?

While you’re out and about this week ask Suzi Maki what appointment she forgot … ask Dean about his Crepe’s Suzette … and ask Sue Sheriff about her recent cash advance.

Watch reruns, they replay your memories.

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