In Other Words

InOtherWordsHo, Ho, Ho!
The Curmudgeon Speaks!

I guess you’d say I have, but those doggone crowds still get me antsy. They make the merchants happy ‘cause they know they are making money. But, I for one, would prefer a little less crowded space.
I went into a couple of stores last week where the clerks were so incredibly nice that I had to stop and think where I was. This is definitely wasn’t used to, especially at Christmas Shopping time.
But there they were, all smile and ready to help me with my purchase.
One of them bagged them up and another rang me up, all while I was treated with smiles of genuine gratitude.
The store was full of people too. This definitely got me into a better mood and made me wonder why more merchants don’t train their help to smile and be nice. They might even get a little more business out of it. I know I bought an extra item because the people were so polite I wasn’t in any hurry to leave.
The same was true at a couple of other stores too. Smiling faces, in these cases, were good for business. Most of the other customers in the store were doing a lot of looking, but maybe not so much buying. They may have been basking in the niceness – a precious commodity  anytime of the year.
That experience lowered my blood pressure, lifted my spirits and kept me from huffing and puffing for the rest of the afternoon.
What’s a curmudgeon to do? You can’t get good and grumpy when everybody else is smiling. Maybe it will be a decent Christmas after all.
SPEAKING OF DIFFICULTIES WE got ours worked out with the Chamber of Commerce in Holtville over their brand new marquee. And you can see our name in lights, no doubt, within the next few days.
They were very accommodating and anxious to please. If you want a good buy to promote something, call the Chamber. The sign is a major asset to the city and the businesses located there.
We’d like to see some other folks in other cities put up such electronic signs. They are definitely attention getters. And your message gets blinked to passwersby around the clock, in some cases. You can even say Merry Christmas to anyone you want!
I THOUGHT I COULD GET GOOD AND GRUMPY by attending a city council meeting.
But even that proved to be an exercise in good cheer.
Starting with the public comments section where people air their complaints and suggestions, the council was more than polite. They were downright nice.
One fellow was unhappy because he was notified he had to put up a fence on his property. The council said  they would get more information and detail while referring him to the Planning Commission, politely, for more input.
Others wanted Mack Park remodeled to help out the Little League and Youth Soccer programs in town. Same thing. Nice people looking for nice answers.
The city even threw in some free coffee and cookies to celebrate the new mayor and mayor pro tem.
The coffee wasn’t too good, which gave me something to complain about. But the cookies were terrific!
How can you get good and grumpy with a plate of chocolate chip and  oatmeal and raisin cookies?
What’s a curmudgeon to do?
I’ll just have to enjoy the Holiday spirit and get on with being a nice guy for a change. I’m not sure I can stand it. But, even Scrooge saw the light.
It shows the spirit of the Holiday season is still alive and well among the people of Imperial Valley.
We hope you enjoy it and patronize the merchants who have advertised in it. They keep small town journalists like me working and writing.
It’s been a great year for us. I thank all of you who helped make it a special one and hope that we will all get to meet again in 2010.
Merry Christmas  and  Happy New Year to all! We’ll see you next year!