Opinion: Thumbs up, thumbs down: August 28, 2013
Arbuckle's standout golfer
Thumbs up to Arbuckle's Ben Geyer, who earlier this month became the first golfer in 51 years to win the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play and Match Play championships in the same year.
Granted, it may not have the cachet of, say, a calendar-year Grand Slam, but we think anyone who can be the first to accomplish something in 51 years deserves a shout-out.
And Geyer has carved quite a name for himself in the annals of amateur golf. In July, he became the first player in 54 years to win back-to-back titles in the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship. Oh, and the 2009 graduate of Pierce High School was the NCGA Player of the Year in 2012.
It's time to close that chapter for him, though; he's going to turn professional soon. Who knows what awaits him as he attempts to climb through the myriad levels of pro golf? Someday, we might watch him tee it up alongside the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and the other stars of the PGA Tour.
But all of that is for the future — which, for a 21-year-old, looks to be bright indeed.
Whatever comes, he has already given family and friends in Arbuckle — and golf fans all over the area — a bag full of memories.
Classic cars and classic tunes
A wide-ranging thumbs up to Williams Mayor Pat Ash, the city's Parks and Rec Department, Citizens for a Better Williams and the Max Winders car club.
Three years ago, Ash started a summer concert series in Venice Park. This year's concert, which featured the classic rock band the Hot Rods and was put on with help from the fire department and the car club, was the only concert of the summer. We're disappointed by that, but one is better than none — and we're hoping it's the start of something bigger.
And hey, if you're going to have one concert, it was a doozy. Classic tunes and classic cars — what could be better? Beautiful music and beautiful automobiles made for a beautiful afternoon and evening at Venice Park.
We hear people complain sometimes that there's just not as much to do in a small town. And it's hard to argue that. But events such as this concert show that a little ingenuity, a little persistance and a lot of cooperation can go a long way.
So keep an eye out. There's more to do here than you might think.
And hopefully next summer, we'll have even more concerts to attend.
A retirement well earned
Thumbs up to one of Colusa's long-time fixtures: barber Ron Tyler, who after 53 years of cutting hair is putting down his clippers.
On Friday, Tyler and his family will have a celebration at the Colusa Golf Club, and they've invited everybody. We're guessing a lot of folks will show up, because he's touched a lot of lives over the years.
We're not happy to see him go, of course, but we figure after 53 years, he's earned the right to retire and spend more time with his family, travel, and whatever else takes his fancy.
He said he waited this long because he was hoping someone would come along to whom he could sell the shop and who would keep it going.
That's fine, but we're going to miss him.
Thank you, Ron, for 53 years of the finest cuts in town.
Ignoring boating safety
Labor Day weekend is almost upon us, and we're always concerned to see boaters recreate without safety in mind. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 85 percent of drowning victims in 2012 were not wearing life-saving equipment.
Much like with driving, don't let a fun trip or experience become a nightmare. You can still have a great time on the water.