I write about a couple of April shopping trips to a supermarket, the first nerve-wracking, the second less so, in Sunday’s column, helped along with some reader comments. After a few non-coronavirus columns, it felt right to get back to a more personal essay on the subject. What have you thought of your shopping experiences?
I catch up on a couple of April topics — singing while handwashing, reading/subscribing to newspapers — while adding a skipped topic, the end of the “Kevin and Bean” radio show and its successor, once notorious for its bashing of the Inland Empire. That’s all in Friday’s column.
In one item, I write about the possibly permanent closing of the Mt. Baldy Trout Pools after decades of offering an easy way to catch a trout. In the second, I write about the mayor of Pomona and his wife having their first child during the pandemic. Those, plus a Valley Vignette (under a new name), make up Friday’s column.
In Wednesday’s column, I buy a mask, share what readers told me about how they got their masks, and google “neck gaiter.”
I write about people who didn’t wash their hands pre-coronavirus, offer some hand-washing tips and present reader ideas of song to sing while scrubbing up, all in Sunday’s hygienic column.
It’s been March for a long time and seemingly will always be March. I write about the strange, endless month in Sunday’s column. (And also solicit your stories about hand washing and about co-workers past who didn’t do it.)
I use Sunday’s column to tie up some loose ends from 2019, with reader comments or new information on previous column topics involving Frank Zappa, Sammy Davis Jr., Sizzlin, the print New York Times and the University of La Verne chapel. As it turned out there were a few too many loose ends to tie up in one column, a sequel may be forthcoming.
Trivia note: Usually we post my Sunday columns online on Saturday mornings, but we experimented today with posting it on Sunday at 10 a.m. Why? Saturday is the deadest day for online traffic and we want to see if posting the column on Sunday will yield different, i.e., better results.
Interestingly, you could actually read the column a few hours earlier if you buy an old-school print edition or, as a subscriber, if you check out our e-edition online, which replicates the print paper. I’ll continue to post the columns here, natch, but will do so at whatever point Sundays that I’m free.
In what I hope is a pleasant annual ritual, I count down the Top 10 strange news in the Inland Valley in Sunday’s column. Count along with me!
In an annual ritual, I clean my desktop and report some of my findings, all of them column items that almost got away. That’s my Friday column.
I clear out more pending items — about John Witherspoon, the Claremont Public Library, a Hollywood Sign engineer, electric vehicles in Pomona and the old Casa de Mayo restaurant — in Sunday’s column.