Friday Catchall: Change comes in many forms

The Friday Catchall:

• CHANGES — Whilst pondering the consternation over the pending sale of Hotshot vehicles and the city’s pension debt, I had to marvel at how things have changed for all of us.

Most of us have seen the email that’s been making the rounds over the past decade: How as kids we ran with scissors; played all day in the sun — without sunscreen — and it was OK as long as we came home in time for dinner; rode our bikes without helmets, and made ramps to jump them from; and on and on. And, we turned out fine.

My parents and in-laws are from the generation for which: TV was only a dream (come true); school buses were largely non-existent because farm kids hiked to school; seeing airplanes other than the WWI variety was a rarity; male teachers always wore suits, women wore dresses — no slacks or shorts; air conditioning was a modern convenience — mostly for the rich; and WWII triggered many forms of mechanization.

For today’s generations, the internet and technology have changed much of what we do and how we do it. I mean, come on, I never would have imagined years ago standing in my barn talking on a cell phone with

my father, who lives in North Carolina.

Realizing how much the internet and technological changes have affected us over the past 10 years — including the hand-held devices — imagine how much they will change in the next five years.

Then there’s how silent things used to be when we moved to the rural parts of this country. Now we hear the constant hum of traffic, sirens and mowers, among other things.

If we could only enforce those pesky ordinances and Codes, Covenants and Restrictions, things would be, oh, so much more quiet. Then again, we didn’t need all these rules when we were growing up.

And then there’s the sale of things near and dear to us. Some places it’s called minimalism, others it’s purging or selling surplus property — that might even help pay the bills. Then we go buy more stuff. It’s all a hideous, endless circle, huh!?

• DON’T THINK for a second local firefighters are wasting time or tax dollars when you see them out and about shopping for groceries or in line at the post office.

It seems I get this complaint once a month: “They were just sitting there idling while one of them was in the store.”

Consider that these crews are on duty for 24 hours, so when they’re out and not on a call they have to go to the store for groceries for that shift. Typically, they’re picking up department/district mail.

It is hard to imagine working 24 hours straight. When would you do your personal errands? The answer to that is firefighters may work 24 hours on, then the next 24 off. Quite a different lifestyle.

Be thankful they’ll drop everything to come save us from those yet-named tragedies.

• QUOTE — “A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.” (Paul Sweeney, author)

Happy anniversary, Tracy!

• PICK OF THE WEEK — (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): The 20th annual Battle of the Bands in Prescott Valley’s Mountain Valley Park on Saturday; tunes, food and fun starting at 11 a.m. Visit for more info.