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MERCER ISLAND REPORTER Wednesday July 22 Page A4 P Some thoughts on marriage, and reviving Sadie Hawkins' Day By JOHN LUSTIG Tell the truth now. Do you reel listless, Unwanted" Unloved? Did you batter your mailbox yes- terday, flying into a rage when you received nothing but bills and ads" Did you wake up this morning m a panic, knowing that the royal wedding is only a week away -- and that somehow your invitation still hasnt arrayed" Embarrassing. lsnt It It's also darned mconvement What, for instance d(> you do with that nifty little toaster you bought Chuck and Di ? Should you go ahead and send it to the pal- ace. or just take ]t back and try to get a refund at the store -- even though it was sale merchandise~ Whatever you decide, try to relax. Okay. so you won t make it to "the event of the century "But there's no need to sulk. DonLt get mad. Don't even bother trying to get even Do what I'm going to do. Get rich Weddings have always been big business, and the wedding el Prince Charles and Lady Diana is bound to be the biggest of them all. Thanks to the all-seeing eye of television, the ceremony should be the most widely- watched wedding in history, Despite recent unrest in Brit- ain. the tourist trade will boom as people pour into London. Com- memorative wedding souvenirs will be hot items, selling faster than Mount St, Helen's ashtrays We're talking about big bucks here. Bucko. and I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out how we can all get a piece of the ac- tion Unfortunately. my efforts have not been entirel.v success- [ul There doesnt seem to be any ~a,v we can directly profit from the wedding, Oh. sure. after the honeymoon some of us could put up signs on our homes, saying "Prince Charles and Lad) Di slept here'~ -- and then charge admission But how long could we gtt away with it? Sooner or later even tourasts catch on. Next I considered ways we could lndireetl:, profit from the wedding Everyone seems to enjoy a big. fancy wedding -- especially a royal wedding. Unfortunately. we don't have any royalty in this country The next best thing, a presidential wedding, seems al- most as remote IThink about it How man> swinging bachelor presidents have we ever elect- ed, Nor do we apparently" get too excited if the presidential off- spring decide to get hitched. When one of Ron and Nancy Reagan's children recently got married, it generated about as much press coverage as an over- cast Groundhog Day. There doesn't seem to be a beck of a lot to get excited about. romantically, when it comes to other national celebrities. Dare we hope that Sonny and Cher will remarry? If her neighborhood is sprayed for fruit fly infestation. will Linda Ronstadt finally move into the governor's mansion with Jerry Brown? If so. so what? The best we can expect is a gala housewarming party. On the local level, prospects aren't much better. There seems to be a definite lack of prominent, high-profile bachelors here. Indeed. as near as I can figure, the most hotly- pursued eligible bachelor lives in the city dump. J. P. Patches has been dodging the advances of his O gargantuan girlfriend. Gertrude, on his local TV show for about 2~) years now. While such a union might re- sult in a splash in "'The National Enquirer." I doubt it would in- crease our international tourist trade. Despair not. however There is an answer We just substitute quantity for quality Think of it Ten thousand brides and groom, stepping in time to the Weddm~ March as they move across I-9() It would be irresistible To further spice up the pro- ceedings and ensure parncipa lion. I propose that we also begin holding an annual Sadie Ha~- kins' Day Race. As a character in AI Capp's "Li'I Ahner once explained, the rules for such a race are simple: 'At th rust shot. th' fear-crazed bachelors takes off. Second shot, th' howlin l/less (~' un t.ed t2ats ~2oc, ;+ lu ta('t ,he~ might even do a lot t)etter :Or course to hc hiir lt~ thes(. liberated u)'ne, ,xt, should make certain adjustment> The vonwn can chase the rne!l ()no year hilt the men ,~hould act t, .cllLl-~u tht' women the next The scheme als,) l+la< m( I'+t be cause ~t wdi hell) a}levlatc thc dreadful chscrmunatmh which still plaeues thal nw-t nla:l~ned ot all our mlnCl'Ity ~I'(.)UD- :h~ termmatly ucl3 N, mor, will ',nes, .dnt.rtu !tart'. hay(' t~, suffer, knowing t!!+,', the> will never have a (,i)anct It) marry one el the }h,au:ttu~ Peopb' Once Sadie Hawkm- flay is instituted, the matrimonial race will no longer c t~+ m t the beautiful or the bt+;i}ian'~ It will gotothe swift. In addit ion to an increase in the touri,',t husmess there would be +)thet" benefits. Tux shops would cteau up The floral business u.tfld flourish And there would hc a sudden upswing in the jog- ~:|nu craze as men and women tried desperately to get in shape. There would be a run on jog- ~tn~ outfit.~ Physical fitness cen- ter. wouht be springing up everywhere We would be the healthwst people in the world. Inttl we got married, of coursc After that. I guess it reaUs wouldn't really matter. We could all go to pot. EDITORIAL COMMENT: Breathes there a correspondent with soul so dead. he-she-it never to him-her-itself hath said, "The last governor wasn't all that bad !" Now we're hearing it from Olympia. as the honeymoon with Gov. SpeUman winds down and the press begins to recall some of the good qualities of Dixy Lee Ray. And there were good points. She was fun on a one-to-one basis, she was warm and friendly when you didn't rile her. and sure, you knew where she stood even though you usually didn't like it, and had to check frequently because the lady did change her mind. A half-buried item in Monday morning's paper endeared me to Dixy. for all time. Instead of a $10,000 portrait commission. paid by the taxpayers, and an elaborate hanging ceremony at the capitol to which all ex-governors are entitled and to which her predecessor. Dan Evans, acceded. Dixy had her portrait painted by artist unknown, apparently from a photograph, and sent it to the Capitol to be hung without ceremony and, at least to date. without a bill to the public treasury, Neat. Dr. Ray', May your tribe increase PEGGY REYNOLDS at city A couple of city counciimembers+ outvoted by their col- leagues, are implying that the council has acted secretly and illegally m decidmg to lease out rather than occupy the building on Sunset Highway gwen the city by Farmers New World Life Insurance Company To the contrary, we believe the council majority has acted in the best interests ot the citizenry. Rental from that building will bolster a badly-strained public treasury and give the city space to operate within the state-imposed budget squeeze, without eoing to the taxpayer every time it wants to take a step. The buildin~s location and design can be put to best use by a tenant other than municipal government, and rental payments can help the city braid a much-smaller and more suitable structure. in a better locatmn lot its purposes. There has been nothing clandestine in the citys decismn. It acquired the 12 acres on ~h~ch the building sits in a swap with land In the business district, on which Farmers is now butidm~ its new home office Farmers donated the building on the 12 acres. The city originally thought it might make a good home for city offices, now housed in 12.000 square feet of Shorewood Apartments and at the Community Center at Mercer View. But the Farmers building is 37.000 square feet. of which the cit~ might at the most use 17.00o. Remodelling would be expensive And the location is far from the business center, which should become Mercer Island's focal point We need city hall dt)~n here. Put it all together, and the cry council made the right det~ sion. we beliew It will bring much-needed revenue, and keep alive hopes and dreams for a real multi-purpose mummpal cen- ter+ someday We see nothing illegal about the decision nor the manner m which it was made We suggest the amateurs han)~ up the!r gumshoes PEGGY REYNOLDS MERCER ISLAND P(,) [:~,'(3'~ 273777thbL Metier [~-,a,i ~,~,'~ ~+~(,4 232-1215 We don't need additional housing, or new housing law. on Mercer Island Enough is enough: I can't be- lieve what I see happening on my Island. Yes. my Island. I own but a small piece of it but I consider myself part owner and I love this Island. Maybe that's why it hurts so to see what is happening to it. We had an opportunity to do somethin~ great here because we are an Island. What are we doing? We are becoming just like Seattle and the other cities around us. Shame I When I go to the center, my heart hurts. This isn't good plan- ning. This is a perfect example of every owner thinking of himself and the all-mighty buck. With all the planning that is lacking in this city, what is the commission doing, studying "~ranny flats" legislation. First. let's call a spade a spade. Who's fooling whom by calling it "granny flat?'" Call it "'investment flat'" -- that's what it really is It my granny or any other member of my family reaUy needed a place to live and I had room. they'd be living with me. I don't need your legislation. What the change is needed for is to legalize dividing homes into rental units, Let's take a close look at that and see who would benefit. How many homes are out there for sale and arent moving* As a single-family unit they are expensive. As an invest- ment. divided up into twu c! more units, they are a pretty good buy This is what this new legisla- tion is for. Once this legislation is passed, there is no way that the city will be able to control it They admit that there are al- ready 400 mr more) illegal rent- als on the Island. Can you imae- ine what will happen if this legis- lation passes? Where did the planning com- mission get the idea that the ho- meowners of Mercer Island want as many people crammed onto this Island as possible? We would have stayed in Seattle mr wher- ever we came from) if we wanted that Does th~s sound seh>!: ' 51:~ybv it'. time for peopic to t)ccomt+ selfish. Maybe ~,+ ~,!me 'no too~ a look at the rest ct the I iand wh(, wc leave our !:ttl< 'dea+)-enit street> it) go back to work and create real progress I'd like them to stop looking at Seattle for ideas. I moved out of Seattle onto Mercer Island because I believed Mercer Island could be different. For those ot yOLI that nave rivet or, mc Island for :, number o: vear~ - I ask you arc yo,J pleased w~t. th, ~, call(, 'progres> you ve seen aappen l'nl not l It you [eei a~ l du tneL its time to let the planmn~ c(m tmsslon know thal we want ther:t June Llndse,v states. "The planning commission must de- cide whether a tough law or a loose one IS preferable.'" I nave a better solution--no new taw at all Jo Scalzo Court courtesy called for Will Mc:ce~ island e~(': change" or'+ In+. ,JuJ) ~" ~)U,~ weekend, l experience,! ~ >t':+>~ of commun!t3 ann+: I.lll}l, ; TI:t + never tell betorv Ho,aeve~ :~ :. dlsheartenm~' b) ieart~ tha~ ' ' ;- spirit does not extend to the pu~ lie tennis courts ot the Islan.: When l wa> younEcr i >fLIt> bornly gave up the court- ~ those 'adults" wh, deman(h,d their privilege t+, plat attt'~ , p.m, At the tim, I toun,! thi- ,: :i;s~'ustln2 practice Sin, tha~ the shoe is on the (,'he! too'. one can galn no re- >peel Rules art, posted but not ai',v a v-; toilo~ ed I reat~ze that thls situation has hm~ Oecomc an Island tradition. But nu~ I also realize that com- mon courtesy on the court is not a vu'tue practiced by man>" an "Is- lander Jeffrey M. Davis Youth Services' thanks for support A belated but enthusiastic "Thank Youi" for your super story, photo and ads telling of the Rummage Sales' momentous move to the Community Center at Mercer View. This thank you ~s part of an ongoing feeling of gratitude for the continued cov- erage and support by the Report- er staff It would possibly seem to some of us that everyone knows about the incredible sales held in the Youth Services' new location. But we continue to meet people who are not aware of these sales. which have been held for more than six years to raise needed tund> to support the valued Youth Services programs. So. your continued coverage is need- ed and important and appreciat- ed! Thanks again and again to all Islanders who continue to donate carloads to the donation box next to our new "'store." (Tax receipts for donations can be obtained from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, although the donation box is available for donations at any time. With our new location and more comfortable quarters, we again need to ask for more volun- teers. Call 233-3525 if you can help with sorting or selling rum- mage donations. Marilyn Hawkins Alia Bergen Joy Thomson Rummage Sale Chairwomen What about other students recognized for achievements at S. Mercer? In 3our ~Aednesda3 .I. la'. 1981 editlor o) th,' Hep(,rt(':. ,' page B1,). you bud an at'tw)+ about the recipmnt~ ot dcadem)~ awards at South Mercer Jumt)r High. Unfortunatei!, you ('u~ ered only part of the stor~ There ~e),+ also nine other a~ard 'Aulner> that evening Each u on an a~ at',! for special recogll!tl(m t(); out standine work in llIn(- c).)rl )('h}~!: areas The (+ a~t,i+F(t- !Ilt'~iii' ,+ great deal t() the .~tuthq,t- ail<', their tamllie~ It ~ould be IH(~' !t they couht also ha~ e been ll~chlt[ ed in the article "['h(. >tudent- were Molly Lens. Scan I-'arre!i Eric Gord>. Kell3 Mac~Ira~), Leslie Katsmar Jan))(, Studc bake!, AnD Gale. Jenniter Gib- bon< and Terrt Kirchner. ||m~ did ~ou happen to over- look nine students' achieve- met!ts ? Or did you simply run out (,t room" l notice you managed to co~er ,~ ~oman's 40th birthday celehl atmn m great detail. If you can r include all the winners, it a,uht hi. better perhaps not to ~ !.:to ,i story at all Marty Gale . ! j~t,c . note N<) oversight lie1'! +I ,t()ry announcing the at)(;~ c t~ ~nners ran in the May 27 Is.sue ot the Reporter. page 112. Despite a rather lengthy expla- that Broufllet is in some other can't be too optimistic as to the nation of his reasoning, it is still OI, MPIA branch of state government outer)me difficult to understand why Gov. Rocketeller. he said. ~ouhl L)( That was when Dixv Lee Ray John Spellman needs a $50.000-a- working with the SPI. ~lth the fed borruv~ed" David Jenkins, once year special assistant for educa- ~1~ eral government and with the col an aide of hers on the Atomic En- rich leges around the state t() help en ergo Commission. Jenkins, for his The governor is quick to point hance the governor~ ablhty to bt, nca'rb $4o.000 a year (three- out that haft of the salary for his able to have an impact in the plan+ hmrths paid by the fedsb was sup- new aide. W. Phillips Rockefeller, ning of the total educational pro posed to advise The Guy on energy will be paid by the federal govern- Are we to have an education cess in the state of Washington and ~ork up a report on energy emnt on a intergovernmental czar in the governor's office, run- from kindergarten through higher and the environment. deal. ning in competition with the man education.'" ,I don't know how much advising But it's still coming out of the the Constitution says "shall have Spellman said there has been a hc e~er did. but the report never taxpayers' pockets, regardless of supervision over all matters per- "discoordination" of the various did materialize. And we reporters which branch of the governmentraining to public schools?" elements of education, especlall~ asked about it to the point of be- picks upthe tab. at the higher educatmn level, anti coming nuisances, t It also is more, by almost 18,000. Gov. Spellman. when asked it was his aim to learn how to"best Jenkins, who displayed his pique i C( than the state's superintendent of why. explained he needed his utilize the educational dollar at all at all the attention he was getting,i J~ public instruction makes, high-priced aide "because of the levels " by sporting a vanity plate reading sa And one must wonder exactly mess that education is in.'" Mr. Rockefeller will be assistm~ "FED UP." left after a couple of I co what Mr. Rockefeller is needed for "It is important that the execu- him in making recommendatmns,years i that SPI Frank "Buster"Brouillet )ave branch have a direct interest he said It will be interesting to see what ii couldn't do. especially since on a day-to-day basis in educa- Well. remembering what hap- the latest loan-out from the reds "Buster" is already on the pay- lion." said Gov Spellman. ap-pened in the last intergo~ernmen- produces And how SPI Brouillet re roll. patently under the misconception tal loan to the governors oftice. I hkes his clone i et I ! t