Ready for Summer’s Upbeat



Is it me or a sign of the times?  Between the state’s drought, a massive fruit recall and all the Ebola virus stories, I’m ready to lock myself indoors for the next six months.

California is 100 percent in drought.  The broken water main that flooded UCLA last week with 20 million gallons of H20 was ironic at best and horrific at worst. By my count, 320 million eight ounce glasses of water were lost in Westwood.

What’s a shopper to do when Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Costco, Whole Foods, Ralphs, Food 4 Less and Walmart all say their fruit is contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and needs to be pulled from the shelves? In case you are wondering, the symptoms of listeriosis are high fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headaches, stiffness and nausea. Good times for sure.

Have you seen the hazmat suits the physicians are wearing to treat America’s Ebola victims? The two people we know about are in a special hospital unit in Atlanta. But what about the X factor? Apparently another person, previously unknown to any one, is now being examined in New York City. Who is the next Ebola victim and where?

In the past, my summers were filled with familiar backyard BBQs, family vacations and down time to recharge my batteries. This year my summer is about managing uncharted waters (no pun intended in California).

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some good news.  Some very good news.

Denny Freidenrich, Laguna Beach

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