Okay, yes, blogging. Here we go. A couple of items in today’s Bee today that caught my eye (does anybody else love Fred Armisen’s “political comedian” character on SNL?)… First is Jeannette Barrett of Placerville, who is highlighted in a piece about public assistance and social services for people caring for children of relatives. In Barrett’s case, she is living in the house she planned to be her retirement castle with 5 great-nieces and nephews (I have always wondered why there is not a word like “sibling” or “spouse” to refer to nieces and nephews).
“I’m having the time of my life,” she said. “It’s filled my life.”
Not to get all maudlin on you this morning but I think Jeannette Barrett deserves a big right awn. More and more kids are being raised by grandparents and aunts and uncles (that’s another one, there is no term for that, is there?). Younger people get dumber and dumber while older folks stay classy. It’s a sad thing but here is Jeannette Barrett shouldering a huge responsibility for these kids. Right awn.
And then on a lighter note there was Sam McManis’s profile of Fox40 sportscaster Jim Crandell. I am a big fan of Crandell’s style since local sportscasting went in the toilet a few years ago, when the ratings battle between KCRA News10 and CBS13 kicked into high gear. Not to insult the fine folks at Fox40 but you get the feeling Fox40 knows it is never going to be at that level and they don’t bother trying. CW31 has the tie in with CBS now, so they can pretend to be in that upper echelon. But the budgets, the graphics, and everything about a Fox40 newscast screams 1998. That’s not a bad thing for Crandell though, who dishes sports straight up, part of a dying breed.
Tom Ziller of Sactownroyalty.com (and one-time Sac Rag correspondent) is quoted in the piece and has some great comments about the state of local sports coverage.