Ben Davis

19 Dec 18
Red Bluff Daily News
If you are a regular reader of this column, you know I seldom, if ever, write about anything that should be taken seriously. Neither am I interested in providing useful or factual information. I write my column because America is the land of opportunity. Only in America can a mediocre, ego-driven student who ranked number 27 out of 31 in Mrs. Stoll’s high school English class find himself writing 1,000 words per week. Those words are to be read by a couple dozen old folks who actually still take the paper, and who lead such pitiful lives that they have nothing better to do than read every last word in the five days per week “Daily” News. It is to these faithful readers that I dedicate my annual Christmas letter. Dear ___________, Calendar year 2018 was a very busy year in the Cornelius household. We are extremely fortunate, because our two children and four grandchildren live nearby; and the fast-aging wife and I wander from event to event to be a part of their lives. Both Wyatt (14) and Taiton (12) follow in grandpa’s footsteps by being exceptional athletes, so January and February were filled with trips to gymnasiums throughout Northern California to watch them play basketball. As I type this column, both boys are back on the hardwood playing basketball for West Valley High School and Evergreen Middle School, respectively. Spring, summer and fall found the boys excelling on the baseball diamond. Not to be outdone, granddaughters Samantha (12) and Alix Rose (7) were standouts on the soccer field. Both their teams were undefeated in their recently completed fall soccer league. More important, all four grandchildren are straight-A students; something their grandfather is not familiar with. March was an especially important month in our lives, as Billie and I celebrated our Golden Anniversary. I know what you are thinking; and yes, she is a lucky lady. After months of trying to decide how and where to celebrate our anniversary, we settled on a wonderful dinner at the Farwood Restaurant with our beautiful family. This was followed by a quick trip to the wine country, where we splurged, and stayed in a two-and-a-half-star hotel. My favorite part of the trip undoubtedly occurred when in the middle of the night an intruder “accidentally” entered our room through a malfunctioning exterior door. Management was kind enough to refund our room charge for our entire stay, making our anniversary a special occasion indeed. In May we traveled to our favorite get-away-for-a-few days spot, The Little River Inn, on the Mendocino Coast. Friends Larry Jantzen, retired NFL Lineman Jeff Stover, and Tom Fletcher and our wives accompanied us. While I find retired NFL linemen to be somewhat intellectually challenged, they do come in handy if one has a tendency to be a smart aleck in a bar. This year also marked the first full year that we have owned our now 16-month-old Labrador Retriever, Clancy. What were we thinking? We like to travel, and finding doggy care is difficult. It feels like today’s dog needs a vaccination almost every month. Food is stupid expensive. Getting her spayed cost more than my vasectomy of 1975. In short, we needed a dog like we needed a hole in the head. But you know what? She loves me unconditionally, and that is sort of hard to do. She is my best friend, and I wouldn’t sell her for a million bucks. Okay, I would probably sell her for a couple hundred bucks, but the point is I like her a lot and I think she is here to stay. In addition to getting a dog that we needed like a hole in the head, in April Billie and I also purchased a vacation home located on the Peninsula at Lake Almanor. It is a small and humble dwelling, but it is ours. In recognition of a clock that seems to tick faster each day, we escape to our little piece of heaven as often as our busy schedules allow. It is hard to believe, but 2018 marks the ninth year of my affiliation with the historic State Theatre, and with the outstanding support of an amazing community, the theater product continues to grow each and every year. In 2018, over fifty events/concerts were featured at the theater. We are particularly proud of our Performance Series Concerts that in calendar year 2018 featured: Ben Haggard and Chad Bushnell; Marty Stuart; The Riders in the Sky; Lee Ann Womack; Richard Marx; Dailey and Vincent Blue Grass; Nu Blue; Clint Black; Children’s Theatre Camp; Rita Wilson; Mark Wills; The Gatlin Brothers; Polar Express movie; and Petula Clark. It was a very busy year, and we thank each of you for your support. As I look back at calendar year 2018, I understand and appreciate how fortunate I really am. Billie and I are lucky to live near our entire family, and our entire family is healthy. Our children and our children’s children are all doing very well as contributing members of their community. While I complain about this occasionally or that occasionally, I fully realize that I have it better than most. As we celebrate Christmas in just a few days, our thoughts and prayers are with all those folks who are trying to rebuild after the devastating north state fires. Even more, our thoughts and prayers are with friends and families of friends we lost during the past year; good friends like David Gunsauls, Brian Church, Barry Thompson, Ken Lindauer, Erin Brainerd, Gerry Gray, Jim Franseth, Del Mackey, Bob Neebling, Jim Davis, Peggy Paulissen, Mary Treat and Bruce Phelps. Take some time to hug your friends and your family. When you stop to think about it, along with your health, friends and family are all that really matter. Merry Christmas to you all. Bill and Billie Cornelius Bill Cornelius is a life long resident of Red Bluff, a retired Chief Probation Officer, a champion of the State Theatre and an exceptional athlete. He can be reached at bill.cornelius@sbcglobal.net.  
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