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Christmas memories

It was May 1979 when I left my job at Gaston’s TV in Fair Oaks, Calif., and went to work for C.J. Appliance, owned by Charles and Mary Delaney, then later sold to Jim and Lyla Rittenhouse. Our president was Jimmy Carter, and all the jobs were still in America before Ronald Reagan took office.

On the eves of Thanksgiving and Christmas, all of us employees got a weekly paycheck, a holiday bonus and a holiday turkey. Thank you, Jim and Lyla. God bless you.

Christmas of ’79 was the first Christmas my brother spent away from home, and the next day, my brother and his wife had plans to visit Mom and Dad, God rest their souls.



Unfortunately, my brother and sister-in-law got stuck coming over the summit and couldn’t make it until it stopped snowing. I had to calm my parents down because they kept saying, “Our kids don’t love us anymore.” But Christmas was saved when they showed up the next day. It turned out to be a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year’s after all.

Meanwhile to everyone, merry Christmas 2013 and happy New Year’s.




Paul Pease

Grass Valley


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