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By Felix Adamo
By Richard Beene
GOOD FORM: Here’s your pick-me-up story for a Friday. Debbie Lewis was downtown last weekend, celebrating her birthday when she lost her wallet while getting out of a cab. She called the cab company, which could not locate it.
“Fast forward to Sunday morning, my mom sent a text explaining that a young man named Colton had driven across town to my parents’ house and had returned my wallet to their address, which was listed on my driver’s license.
“Not a single credit card or cash dollar was out of place. Whomever you are, sympathetic mystery person, THANK YOU and I will be happy to buy you lunch at Moo Creamery. You made my birthday weekend wrap up with a heart hug and smile.”
FACE-LIFT: I dropped by one of my favorite locally owned restaurants the other day — Uricchio’s Trattoria — and was pleased to see the family has given it a fresh, new face-lift.
New paint, new trim and striking new carpeting has spruced the place up, and of course, its food, service and wine remain some of the best in town.
ANGELOU: I was saddened to hear of the death of Maya Angelou, one of our nation’s outstanding poets and thinkers. One of her poems — “Still I Rise” — is a powerful poem that I shared with students when I read at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, where my daughters attended.
The opening phrases: “You may write me down in history ... With your bitter, twisted lies ... You may tread me in the very dirt ... But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”
SCHOOL: Benny de la Cruz wrote to wonder if anyone remembers St. Joseph’s School, across the street from Washington School on Baker Street.
“It would be nice to have a school reunion, but I’m afraid there are only a few of us alumni left,” he said.
MORE GOOD FORM: Joan Muller submitted this bit of good form after a 30-foot tree fell on her house last week. Neighbors alerted her and in the 20 minutes “it took me to get there my fantastic neighbors (on Redwood Meadow Drive in Oildale) had used their hand saws to cut away some branches so I could at least get my vehicle into the garage as the front door was completely blocked.
“My gardener, Tino Olvera of Olvera’s Trimming (444-9992), came by that night to make sure I was OK and assess the situation.
“He returned bright and early on Friday morning and worked all day to clear the tree. He had the whole yard cleaned up by the time I got home from work.
“He even took pictures of the damage to the roof for me. I am beyond blessed to have all these extraordinary people in my life and am now trying to think of an appropriate way to thank them for all their support.”
VIETNAM: In keeping with the spirit of Memorial Day, Charlie Wilmot updated me on some statistics on the Vietnam War Memorial: “Originally, the Wall had 57,939 names on it when dedicated in 1982. ... Since then, 361 names have been added, with the latest 14 additions being dedicated May 11, 2014; 1,642 names on the wall are missing in action; one soldier, Pfc. Dan Bullock, was only 15 years old.”
Email Richard Beene, Californian president and CEO, at email@example.com. His column appears here on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; the views expressed are his own. Read more on his blog at BakersfieldObserved.com.