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Loitering, leisure, haute trash show

Yeah, we’re into our third week of loitering at the Washington bar – I haven’t noticed you’re tired of it yet, so don’t complain.

Other leisure-time options are relaxing on the back deck of the hotel if it isn’t too cold (but it is), retreating to the warmth of the bar itself (except then you get to talking to people and won’t leave), or moseying up the street to the front porch of the Washington General Store to watch the world go by.

A very common pastime is simply to stand dead spang in the middle of the street deep in conversation with a neighbor you saw, oh, maybe an hour ago up at the post office. If a car comes along, you really don’t have to move unless there’s a dog curled up sound asleep in the other lane. In that case, it’s the polite thing to do to take a Mother-May-I giant step to the side to let the car go by. An extra little courtesy is a nod and big smile to the driver, just to demonstrate that, yes, some of us locals do have teeth of one sort or another.



I ran into Gene Godfrey in the cafe getting himself a cup of coffee, and I asked him what he does during bad weather.

“Oh, I work on my income-tax papers, polish and cut gemstones, stuff like that.” And how about his wife, Jean’ne? “Aw hell, she’s standing right behind me, tellin’ me what to do and how to do it, and I do it, too!” and he roared with laughter.




Up at the WGS, owner Debbie Shipley said she gets out lots of board games when it gets nasty outside. “We like Gesters, Monopoly, Sequence, Yahtzee … we can play for hours.”

Who is “we”?

“Why, my daughter, Alyssa, and my other daughters Lacey and Lindsay. They’re at our house so much, they might as well be my girls; why not? I certainly love ’em just as much!”

Here’s some important news on Washington School’s upcoming fund-raiser Friday, Feb. 6. The students’ end-of-the-year trip will be a visit to Monterey, and rather than frantic last-minute efforts to raise money for expenses, it was agreed to have fund-raisers all during the school term.

So you are hereby warmly invited to Washington School’s Dinner and Haute Trash Fashion Show this Friday, Feb. 6 (yes, I know I said it twice), and I understand it’s going to be a lulu of an evening. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with a giant baked potato and toppings bar, plus a salad with a choice of dressings, beverage and dessert, which seems to be leaning toward apple cobbler at this point. The price is $7, half off for kids under 7, and includes meeting oodles of Washington residents. I’ve certainly told you enough about the people here; it’s time you came on down and met them in person.

The kids’ community project this year is an anti-litter campaign, so all their clothing and accessories for the show will be created from recyclables, like plastic bags, aluminum foil and Christmas wrapping, to name just a few.

Everyone has their fingers crossed for good weather, but you never can tell in Nevada County at this time of year. However, God willin’ and if the creeks don’t rise, we hope you’ll come out next Friday to see us. Even The Union’s Prospector will be running a little blurb about the show. Thank-you, The Union.

And now just a few words about the Washington Hotel Valentine’s Day Extravaganza Saturday, Feb. 14: delicious, gourmet, discreet, romantic, intimate, candlelight, sweethearts, with more to follow next Saturday.

Vivian Herron is a longtime resident of the town of Washington whose column appears on Saturdays. You can write her in care of The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945.


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