Come and honor an old friend

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By Ralph Damiani

This Wednesday there will be a very special FAN Club at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center at 109 Central Park Square.

From 5:30-7 p.m. the chamber is hosting a very  festive event – a time to come and thank someone who has given us hours of pure joy.

Wednesday is the day to come and celebrate 20 years of music and fun and to thank the man who is responsible – Russ Gordon.

The Los Alamos Summer Concert series is something we all look forward to. It means summer, outdoor activities and just some great fun and music.

Russ has been the driving force behind this wonderful phenomenon.

In addition to paying tribute to the man who has brought us so much fun, Russ will also introduce this season’s  lineup.

Katy Korkos with the chamber says they have papered the walls with posters and autographed photos from many of the bands who have performed here in the past and they will premiere this year’s poster, designed by Son-Shine Art.

Russ and the community also wanted to thank all of the sponsors who have helped to make the free concerts possible, many of whom are chamber members.

So if you like music, and appreciate the wonderful times spent at the outdoor concerts here, please come and get a sneak preview of all the great bands Russ has lined up in anticipation of the best summer ever and just shake Russ’ hand and say thanks.

See you Wednesday at the chamber offices.

It is time to put up

Speakers of the English language might enjoy this. It is yet another example of why people learning English have trouble with the language.  

Learning the nuances of English makes it a very difficult language. And while that may be  true of many languages, English is really a hard one.

My wife sent me this little drill and it shows the problem.

There is a two-letter word in English that perhaps has more meanings than any other word and that word is “UP.”  

It is listed in the dictionary as being used as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officials UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends and we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.  

We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times the little word has a real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this up is confusing:

• A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

• We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost a quarter of the page and can add UP to about 30 definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP.

When it rains, it wets UP the Earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP.

There are many more. But it is best to wrap it UP, for now ... or just say the time is UP, so shut UP!