The Coastal Post - April 2000

Spring Forward, Fall Back

By Judy Borello

Many terms piqued my curiosity last month, and some continue to amuse and/or irritate me.

1. There's a lady who's a science teacher in San Jose. She developed a goldfish pond in her back yard and, lo and behold, the little tree frogs decided that this would be a great place to mate and croak a lot. Well, the neighbors who are obviously accustomed to hearing trucks, airplanes, and leaf blowers, complained to the frog police (animal control) and they told her, as if the tree frogs were her pets, that if she didn't shut them up, they would come out and bag them. No wonder our planet's big trouble.

Out here, there is a new group being started called the West Marin Coalition on Aircraft Noise, and they claim that 250+ flights go over West Marin every day. After checking this out with a few people in the know, I found the person who could best address their problems is Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (507-9554). Inundate her office with phone calls; she will be glad to hear from all of you, and if all else fails, call the frog police in San Jose and croak to them about noise. They seem to respond efficiently and with hopping-mad attitudes.

Of course, the best solution that solves both problems is to do a trade (call E-Bay) and master the possibilities. West Marin will lovingly take the frogs to Ann Dick's field on Mesa Road in Pt. Reyes Station where a few more croakers won't matter, and we will send the San Jose neighborhood our airplanes, which I'm sure these people are used to, and everybody's happy. You know the old adage, "What's one man's another's meat or drink."

Another group is forming to advocate more affordable housing. This should have been done before EAH's project on the Toby Giacomini property right smack in the middle of our commercial downtown. This project will only provide a temporary bandage on the problem and it will lock out the growth for commercial businesses forever.

Not to mention the aesthetics that we're ruining sticking a housing development in the center of our quaint little town. The developer, EAH, requested Marin County Planning Commissioners to rezone portions of the property to allow the multiple-use structures it has proposed to build prior to being issued permits. How ludicrous this plan is! I believe that the affordable housing is just a ploy to create subdivisions and tract developments that will spoil the county we've all moved here for.

How many groups do we need or want?

There's the Tomales Bay Association, the Tomales Bay Advisory Committee, and now an off-shoot, the Local Watershed Stewardship Planning Group. Same people, different names. For every man, a group. In addition to these new groups are the old standbys, the EAC (Environmental Action Committee), and the Pt. Reyes Village Association. I guess when you don't feel self-important enough in one group, you start another that enhances your personal agenda. I would assume that if you have the time and inclination to attend all the group's meetings, you could become a real power in West Marin.

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George Carlin-isms:

Do people in Australia call the rest of the world "up over"?

Can a stupid person be a smart-ass?

Daylight savings time-where are they saving it and why?

Did Noah keep his bees in archives?

Do pilots take crash courses?

Are part-time band leaders semi-conductors?

Do stars clean themselves with meteor showers?

If athletes get athlete's foot, do astronauts get missiletoe?

If blind people wear dark glasses, why don't deaf people wear earmuffs?

If swimming is good for your shape, they why do the whales look the way they do?

If space is a vacuum, who changes the bags?

Why do they call it Chile if it's hot?

Does killing time damage eternity?

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If your loved one or your mate doesn't pay attention to you anymore, join a group. In fact, join two or three while you're at it.

Happy Easter.

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