Emery: Actors, watches and annoying phone calls
This first item is a little dated as it was dropped from a previous column but I wanted to make certain that it ran because it features one of those unique entertainment opportunities that we have in Poway, PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre.
Suzanne and I attended a performance of “Cowgirls” a while back and it was a wonderful treat. This musical comedy based on a book by Betsy Howie was a pleasure to watch. Tunes ranged from “Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique” to “From Chopin to Country” to “Don’t Call Me Trailer Trash.” Produced by Lynn Wolsey and directed by Mary L. Smith, the play never once dragged and coupled a sympathy evoking story line with real slapstick comedy. The all-girl cast did themselves up proud.
Unfortunately, “Cowgirls” is history but PowPAC has more in store for you. Coming in January is the comedy “Kitchen Witches” By Caroline Smith. Check PowPAC.org for tickets, Suzanne and I plan to.
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Sheriff’s report: A recent crime log of burglaries around North County listed the theft of a $12,500 watch from a home in Poway. As I write this I glance at my $28 Timex and wonder just what that watch could do that makes it worth so much. Mine tells the time and date, what else is a watch supposed to do? The report did not disclose whether it was a man’s or woman’s watch but regardless, what in the world can you do to a watch to make it worth $12,500? I suppose you can throw on some jewels and gold, but does that help you tell time? I always thought that was what a watch was for. Maybe it had a depth gauge for deep sea diving, or an altimeter for flying.
Maybe I could even see going out and blowing $500 on a watch but what about the $12,000 that would be left? How about a local charity or foundation that would use the money for a good cause? Obviously there is another world out there where $12,500 isn’t much money.
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We have been thinking recently about dropping our land line telephone in favor of our cell phones that we use 90 percent of the time. Suzanne uses her iPhone more than I use my “old fashioned” flip phone so the plan would be to move our land line number that we have had for 43 years, to my service.
The idea sounded great in theory, but with the proliferation of unsolicited junk calls, I am not sure that I want my pocket ringing eight to 10 times a day with inane robocalls.
Didn’t the nation institute a “Do Not Call” list a few years ago? We signed up for it and it seemed to work for a while but not any more. We get these robocalls several times a day selling everything from vinyl windows to weight-loss pills. The most galling are those that say “we have important information regarding your account at so-and-so bank.” They are not from our bank and they are extremely annoying.
The no-call list is a total failure and the Federal Trade Commission that is supposed to oversee it is totally overwhelmed by those who ignore the law and call anyway. My only tactic to combat it is to hang up immediately if no one is there the instant I pick up. If it is someone I want to talk to, they will call back
Reach Emery at Powaybob@cox.net.
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