In Other Words

Nuked By The Border Patrol;

Two Supes  Start Races

NO NUKES IS GOOD NUKES, when it comes to war.
But when it comes to your own ticker a little check up using some isotopes to look for clogging is a pretty good thing.
I’ve been having annual heart checkups since encountering a few bumps in the road several years ago. Newspaper work can do that to you.
My annual checkup fell this year just before Valentine’s Day, appropriately enough. I proved once again that I really do have a heart, despite what some people think.
One of the drawbacks to the isotopes is that they leave a residue for a couple of days that shows up on a geiger counter. I became radioactive, which was something the US Border Patrol didn’t think was such a good thing to be.
As I approached the Hwy. 78 checkpoint, their machine went off and I was duly moved form the mainstream to a staging area where I could be checked out.
Much to my chagrin, I was made to feel like a criminal, even though the Border Patrol’s treatment was respectful and courtesy.
Imagine! Me! Mr. Patriot, being under suspicion!
It was quite a blow to my ego, I have to admit. I was even asked for papers. Papers! Like in a cheap European movie about suspicious characters and the secret police. “Your papers are not in order,” I could hear someone in a trenchcoat saying in my ear with a thick accent.
But, as it turned out, it was just a formality. No, I didn’t have any papers and no, I actually didn’t need them.  It would have made the USBP’s job a little easier, but I wasn’t in a great mood for doing that at the moment.
After a few minutes and a couple of geiger scans of my vehicle I was sent on my way with a courteous thank you. But somewhere, deep within the confines of a bureaucrat’s office, my paperwork is on file as being a suspect in a  nuclear plot.
Who knows? Maybe that will come up again someday. I hope not. But in the interests of national security I may just wait a couple of days after my next test before traveling. It will be a less harrowing trip if I do.
And the whole nation will breathe safer!
THE LOCAL POLITICAL SCENE IS STARTING to come to life once again with the new year and an opening on the County Board of Supervisors.
Like spring flowers, the politicians start to bud in January and February. Both board races should pit multiple candidates against each other in a run-off that may make it hard for anyone to get a majority in the primary.
A 51 percent primary majority is enough to win the whole election and avoid a Fall campaign.
In District One, the Calexico District, former Mayor John Renison is the next to announce his candidacy for the seat currently held by Appointee Louis Fuentes and vacated by his good friend Victor Carrillo.
Renison served on the Calexico City Council for 12 years and he and Carrillo helped stimulate an unprecedented amount of growth and speculation about building there.
Can they do it again if he gets elected? He will have to overcome Fuentes, who has proven to be a formidable candidate and appears to have lot of ambition aimed at a political career. A couple more Calexico names may surface before  the filings close too.
It will make for some hotly contested politics once again in this always politically hot Border City.
Over in District Five Wally Leimgruber will go for a fourth term on the board and he is wasting no time getting in some positives with the public. He was there dedicating the regional distribution center that is proposed for the corner of Heber Road and Hwy. 111 and you can expect to see him in front of the TV cameras and in the press regularly for the next several months.
Leimgruber has proven to be a tough campaigner and has come out in front in a couple of very close elections. He’ll face competition from Brawley’s Steve Vasquez and El Centro’s Ray Castillo, who lost by a handful of votes the last time.
Let the games begin.
ANYBODY WATCHING THE OLYMPICS? They’re pretty hard to miss and offer a primetime look at some sports you never think about except at this time. I get a kick out of snowboarding, which looks like a bunch of kids at the local park putting on a show. Except these are actually adults.
And don’t forget mogul skiing. You need piston-like knees and a a hearty backside to try this. The U.S. has already won a couple of medals and it is considerably more interesting to watch than traditional Alpine events.
There’s a lot more to come.