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Live strong: We get a lot of stuff from PR firms at the newspaper; most isn’t anything we’d use because it does not have a local angle. So, when I received an e-mail headlined “Have you noticed everyone wearing those yellow wrist band bracelets,” it didn’t ring a bell with me. The press release went on to say that the bracelets are in support of uberbicyclist Lance Armstrong and his fight against cancer, and they say “LIVE STRONG.” I figured I probably would never see one in Nevada County, but our new Outdoors writer, Ryan Hodgkin, came into the office wearing one on Monday. You never know …

Fan mail: Carole Carson brought me a letter she received that really blew my mind. As Carole’s editor, I often talk to her about upcoming columns, the Meltdown, nutrition ideas, etc. Last year, I turned her on to a publication called the Nutrition Action Newsletter, out of Washington, D.C., by a group called the Center for Science in the Public Interest. (They’re the ones who first exposed the highly fattening movie theater popcorn.) Anyway, Carole subscribed, and she loves it. But, listen to this … she received a handwritten personal letter from them. Here is what it said: “Dear Ms. Carson, I recently learned of your Nevada County Meltdown program. It was inspiring to see how you organized to promote the health of your community. Thank you for sharing information about your program. We are often asked by other communities and the press about good model programs.” Isn’t that amazing? Did they “Google” her? Did they get her address from their subscription base? Another mystery.

A first for me: I don’t want to sound like a whiner when I leave town and then complain about it, but … this is a weird one. Last weekend we met some friends in San Francisco. The traffic – ugh. The homeless issue – terrible. But this took the cake. Our friends made reservations a month ago for a place called Julius’ Castle. Their policy for parties of six or more (we had six) is that you have to MAIL THEM a check for $150 as a “deposit” on the dinner. Can you believe it? And does that give you a clue as to how expensive this place is? They have an absolutely fabulous view from their hilltop location, but a deposit for dinner really shocked me.



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Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at dixier@theunion.com, or by fax at 477-4292.


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