Thanks for a wonderful afternoon

I would like to give a big shout out to GenSpan. Today, they treated 66 of our sixth graders from Bonita school to a delicious lunch at Hometown buffet and an afternoon theater performance at PCPA. This was a wonderful experience for our students to enjoy lunch out on the town and an opportunity to see a wonderful play. Thank you very much to GenSpan for making a difference in our students' lives.

Christina Stamford

Assistant Principal

Bonita School

Parking at Costco a bad dream

I had a dream last night, a dream of a new Costco on Betteravia Road where I drove 10 days before Christmas into the parking lot, slipped quietly into a parking space, and, after shopping, I followed arrows on the pavement to the left-turn light to go south and home.

But suddenly the light turned into a blazing neon sign, 20-feet high, with bright lights flashing. As I got closer, the lights changed into letters and the letters rearranged themselves into the words "Get Real Fool; this is Santa Maria."

My dream repeated itself, turning into a nightmare. I drove into the parking lot with no idea how to navigate it. The parking lot was laid out like the Badlands of New Mexico, with twists and turns and no clue as to how to get around. Returning to my car, I had to return my shopping cart to the store because a two-block walk was closer than walking up-and-down aisles looking for a cart return.

Getting into my car, there were no arrows to show me how to find my way out. Finally, after an age of going systematically around the parking lot, I headed toward the gas station, hoping it would provide a hint of how to leave. There, I found cones blocking aisles to prevent frustrated customers from slipping by. Finally arriving at the exit, I found no way to go south. Ahead of me, the line of cars backed up two blocks from the nearest turn, blocking the exit itself, and forcing me to wait until a kind driver allowed me in.

Michael Farris

Los Alamos