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Hitting the Ground Running

OK, we are running on the new server. And the design and programming are going well. I have cautious hope the transformed site will be running by early next week. One addition will be comments. I have wanted to open this site to comments for a year now but also wanted some other new features on the site that have taken time to plan. I think you will see some features that you have not seen elsewhere. And I hope they make this site more useful for you and all citizens in our area.

Just a few fun light comments this evening.

Solar Cycle 24 has now begun - after a false start a month ago. Sunspot 981, of the last few days, proved to have negative polarity and was in a high latitude - and NOAA has now said it is the beginning of the new cycle. While to some this may seem a very obscure trivial event, the solar sunspot cycle is extremely important to our climate and our growing communications. It is the beginning of the Solar spring.

Clinton, McCain, Obama, Huckabee - we have a presidential race. This is good for Democracy. Edwards and Romney are still viable with VP possibilities. Obama - Edwards is my guess for their ticket. I’m for Obama but am very glad Clinton is doing so well in New Hampshire. Our news media has acted like the cheap bullies they are and kicked her for this past week when they thought her down. And McCain, as much as I think him wrong for the country, is the only genuine guy on the Republican side. Glad to see him win.

And a personal note. I’ve never considered this a blog as I’ve not used it as a place to reflect on my personal journey through life or to comment about myself. I think those practices are great and I enjoy what Sam Taylor and John Watts post about their own changing situations. But I do have one for this evening and plan to post more in the future on the new site.

Lambeau Field. Playing on it. The Seahawks get to play there this Saturday and the temperature will be a very mild 20 degrees. Whew. It could be 10 below zero mid January. I grew up in Green Bay. I’ve watched many Packer games there. And more than that, I was a very lucky young guy. I knew Lombardi and more interesting is he knew me. I was that kid. A photographer on the staff of the Green Bay Press Gazette as a news photographer from 1960 through 1962. As such, I got to photograph Packer practices from on the field and the home games from along the sidelines. And watch and listen to Lombardi run practices and games. The experience gave me many personal Lombardi memories and some lessons that have been useful in my own life. I look forward to watching the game on Saturday. Oh, and playing on Lambeau Field? Back in the late summer of 1957, a few of us teenagers climbed over the fence one afternoon and played touch football there. With security today I doubt any kids could do that. Ahh, but what memories. Joel Ungrodt, Donny Crabb, Joel Gordon and I don’t remember who else. So that is my personal note. Some day I will write of some of the Lombardi experiences. And some other Packer stories. Yes, I’ll be for Green Bay this weekend. Go Pack.

About John Servais

Citizen Journalist and Editor • Fairhaven, Washington USA • Member since Feb 26, 2008

John started Northwest Citizen in 1995 to inform fellow citizens of serious local political issues that the Bellingham Herald was ignoring. With the help of donors from the beginning, he has [...]