Archive - Dec 16, 2011
Just in the St. Nick of time, the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport opened its passenger annex Thursday.
The tent-like structure, similar to the Eagle Lodge structure, is officially a â€śtemporaryâ€ť building, but then so was Eagle Lodge, and itâ€™s still there.
It was built by Sprung Structures, the Utah company that provided the buildings at Eagle Lodge. It is a tension membrane structure. The building itself has become known as, simply, â€śThe Sprung Structure.â€ť
Therein lies a problem.
Itâ€™s a Monday afternoon in early December and school just got out.
On the big, warm, green-curtained multi-purpose room stage at Mammoth Elementary School, about a dozen third through fifth graders, boys and girls, Caucasian and Hispanic, are gathered together, just like they have been for many Mondays previously.
The stage vibrates with the pranks and laughter of 14 high-energy students, but teacher Dee Di Gioia has done this before, and more than once.
The ubiquitous Woolly showed up at the Sprung Structure opening at the airport the other day. â€śHey, here comes Whatâ€™s-His-Nameâ€ť enthused Top Cop Dan Watson. â€¦
Speaking of the Chief, doesnâ€™t everybody know that his son-in-law is a mascot for the NHLâ€™s Los Angeles Kings? â€¦
Big day for Andy Selters fans this coming Wednesday. The photographer/author will be at the Booky Joint to sign books and calendars. The book is â€śWays to the Sky,â€ť the mountaineering history book that the Wall Street Journal said is one of the five best adventure books of all time. â€¦
Fido is shopping.
â€śThe trick,â€ť he said, â€śis to find gifts that dogs themselves dig, rather than humans. Get it? Digging dogs?â€ť
Fido paused to lick his, um, belly. He lay near the table, dictating to me as I worked the Web on his behalf. His legs are as nimble as fence posts, and his paws just canâ€™t work a keyboard.
â€śYou have an actual strategy?â€ť I asked.
â€śWhy, yes,â€ť he said.
â€śI get it. You are a very clever dog, my good man.â€ť I gave him a pat and a scratch.
Fido closed his eyes halfway. He was in thought.