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I ~ ' _ I . _ .[l~llR- - ~ 1 I~Will~JiBl PlUII~U]LIJ I| R~R ~ Illll | ll!lilll RimJlRnl January 11, 2012 The Julian News 7 Serving The Community We Live/n For Over 60 Years Bye, Bye Jim: Jesse And I Will Miss You Today one less shopping cart, overflowing with aluminum cans, plies the streets of east El Cajon. Jesse, the German shepherd puppy, no longer rides shotgun. Jim, my homeless friend, has returned to his Maker where shopping carts and cans aren't needed. His cheerful countenance and kind understanding nature will be missed by the policemen and shopkeepers as well as his fellow cart pushers. It seems so unlikely that I would ever count a homeless person among my friends. I had never known such a soul and avoided contact with such people, giving'them a wide berth, lest I be asked for a quarter. No, I would not aid and abet their evil habits. I was quick to make a judgment about their worth; smug in the knowledge that if they would control their drinking and or drugs, they too would have shelter and sustenance. Then l met Jim. He was the long lost father of a friend of mine, and he changed all my pre-conceived notions of the homeless, at least about this homeless man. Did he have a drinking problem? You bet! But he was intelligent, well read, and a mentor to the street people he lived amongst. It wasn't long until he was like a member of my family. On Thanksgiving I invited him to dinner and he looked mighty sharp all cleaned up. The other guests had no idea that he pushed a cart and had been sleeping m doorways for over twenty years. Well informed about current events, history, and religion, his charm and good humor made him very good company At Christmas he was again invited to dinner and we enjoyed his company so much, we insisted he spend the entire holiday season with us. He made himself usefu in the kitchen, keeping it spotless and preparing breakfast on demand. I hated to return him to the streets, but that was where he wanted to be. Survival on the streets is not easy. Surviving and retaining your dignity is even harder. Jim existed by recycling cans and bottles from dumpsters, businesses, and homes along a regular route. He had slept in the doorway of one business for a long time. When the shop closed he was finally told to move on by the police. He found another place that was reasonably dry and warm. The business people and police liked having him close by. They knew he was like an unpaid watchman. Their property was secure while he was near. His dog, Jesse, was a comfort and companion to him. On a cold night it felt mighty good to have her curl up close to him. Intensely loyal, she allowed only a few well-known friends to approach the cart. No longer did he worry about his belongings being stolen from the cart. She happily rode in the cart all day, never eating within the cart, nor touching any food of his. Today we lay him to rest. A pack of Pall Malls in his shirt pocket, and an empty can at his side. He returns to his heavenly home with the love of his children, the respect of fellow street people and my tears. Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires. That's the only reason 1 can see why people in the US continue to vote against their own interests. John Steinbeck Beyond the usual hype at the Detroit auto show, automakers have plenty to crow about this year: U.S. sales are the highest since 2008 and they're expected to keep growing. Buyers are being lured by cheap loans and an improving economy. The timing is perfect for automakers to unveil more than 40 new cars and trucks this month at the industry's annual trade show in Detroit. While there will be a few wild concept cars, like a tiny pickup from Smart, there will also be many models that will go on sale this year. Carmakers, feeling buoyant about their prospects for 2012, will try to outdo each other with lights, music and models to generate buzz among the show's 750,000 expected visitors. Here are three trends to look for when the show opens to the public on Jan. 14: Fuel-efficient cars with more style and safety features; trendy subcompacts for younger buyers; and small luxury sedans. Smaller but stylish: Gas prices have dropped from their $4 peak last spring but remain high. People looking for a more efficient car will have plenty of choices among midsize sedans and compacts. Being efficient doesn't mean these cars will be stripped down. They'll be loaded with gadgets to win customers in these fiercely (NAPSA)--Making it easier to bake with whole grains are Ultra- grain@ All-Purpos~ Flour with Whole Grain and Ultragrain 1005~ White Whole Wheat Flour, They let you swap white flour for whole grain without sacrificing fla- vor, texture or color. You can learn more and get great recipes online at Share your Uttragrain recipes at www. s At by Dee-ann Durbin And Tom competitive car segments. Midsize and compact are nearly tied as the largest segment in the U.S, and combined they make up more than 40 percent of the nation's sales. Ford unveils a redone version of its top-selling Fusion midsize sedan. The new model which goes on sale this fall, will feature a sharper, more chiseled design and a warning system to alert drivers when they drift into another lane. It's the first time such a system has been on a non-luxury car, Ford says. The price and fuel economy of the Fusion aren't finalized, but expect them to be competitive. Honda, normally a top-seller of midsize cars, will unveil a new Accord coupe, a model that will foreshadow the looks of its new sedan due in showrooms later this year. Both cars will compete with Chevrolet's new Malibu sedan, which goes on sale this spring. With better fuel economy, improved styling and new features, the three cars hope to steal sales from Toyota's Camry, the perennial leader among midsize sedans. The show will also feature smaller cars, including the Dodge Dart, which is the jointly designed by Chrysler and its Italian owner, Fiat SpA. The Dart's name is borrowed from a hot-selling compact introduced in 1960. It's Chrysler's latest effort to launch a strong competitor in small cars, a segment where it normally falls short. The Dart will heat up an already competitive market that includes the new Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic. Volkswagen will also debut a hybrid version of the Jetta, hoping to keep its sales momentum going. Last year, sales of the Jetta jumped after it was redesigned. Downsized Luxury: Luxury car sales grew just 2.8 percent compared with 10-percent growth for the industry as a whole, according to Autodata Corp. But an improving economy and a slew of new cars could turn that around, especially since many of those new models are less expensive, small sedans. Cadillac, BMW and Acura all plan to unveil new small cars. Hyundai a company that targets more budget-minded customers will launch a new Genesis Coulee, aiming for luxury buyers who want to spend less. Ford's Lincoln brand, which is being overhauled, wil give a big hint about its new direction with a concept version of the MKZ midsize car. The new MKZ will go on sale later this year. But the most striking luxury model may be at the Lexus stand, which will display the swooping LF-LC hybrid sports car concept that Krisher (PiP and OfficialWire) was crafted in Toyota's California design studio. Mad for Millennials: Millennials -- the 70 million people born between 1981 and 2000 -- are a growing force in the market. But they'd just as soon buy a smart phone and text their friends as purchase a car to go visit them. Like buyers from the past, Millennials will start out with small, more affordable cars. But unlike earlier generations, they expect luxury and connectivity, automakers say. To appeal to this group, this year's show will feature subcompacts with perks like leather seats, ambient lighting, and easy connections to cell phone applications like Pandora. Subcompacts unveiled at the show wil include Toyota's new Prius C hybrid, the Mini Roadster convertible, the sporty Chevrolet Sonic RS and a turbocharged version of the new Hyundai Veloster. Smart will debut the For-Us concept, an electric pickup truck that is so tiny it could fit in the bed of a regular truck. And Chevrolet will show off two concept cars aimed at Millennials. No details on those yet, but they're expected to have high gas mileage and enough room to haul friends around. The press will get a preview starting Monday January 9, public show starts the 14th. Live in Julian. Shoo in Julian Business Spotlight: Just 2 Cowgirls the Secret Shopper This little shop is located at 2016 Main Street. The shop =s open seven days a week, Monday-Thursday 11:00 to 5:00 and Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00 to 7:00. Sandy Schrader has owned the shop for three years and employs four Julian residents. The shops specialty is used cowboy boots. They currently have about 100 boots in stock ranging in sizes and styles for men, women and children. Most of the boots are Made in the USA and include styles from Nacoma, Tony Lama, Frye and Justin. They range in price from $30 up to $250 depending on brand and condition of the boot. Sandy stocks a great variety of Western Couture clothing for women. There are blouses and t-shirts ranging in price from $20 to $50, sweaters from $20 to $80, skirts, hats, scarves, fleece lined leggings and vintage coats. Along with cute clothes she also stocks a variety of cowboy hats for men and women. There is also a great assortment of western, bling and fringe purses, hand tooled leather purses and vegan purses., a little something for everyone. They carry a large variety of jewelry style including silver, rhinestone and costume jewelry. Local artist Leena Hannonen supplies the shop with hand made silver and gemstone jewelry and sculptures. Stop in, walk through and check out all the goodies, they offer a local discount of 10%. ercial 000 000 ont GASCheck" r~l PROPANE ~d Lq~]l COUNCIL 24 Hour Emergency Service Ben Sulser, District Manager