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Sometimes, you get what you need

What do the Rolling Stones, Leonard Susskind and the Silver Foxes Den have in common?

In 1968 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards began recording “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” for the “Let It Bleed” album. The chorus is “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find ... You get what you need.”

I think of this song often at the Senior Center. I dream of endless funds to build a beautiful new building, funds to take trips and provide extensive classes. For now, the dreams must wait. However, in my vortex of good fortune I find the world’s greatest volunteers, a savory lunch every day, riveting speakers, infinite stories and best of all, a dining room full of friends.

Dr. Leonard Susskind is the director of Theoretical Physics at Stanford University. He was featured on the science channel in “Through the Wormhole,” narrated by Morgan Freeman. The series explores quantum physics, wormholes, time travel and other burning questions for which I would love to know the answers. Susskind developed many of the theories that rule the quantum physics world today. These theories, taken to illogical extremes, suggest that I can send thoughts into the future and arrange quantum particles with my mind to make my wishes come true.

Sitting at my desk avoiding government reports, I wondered if I focused clearly enough could I wish for something to appear? I closed my eyes, clenched my fists and began to think of something fun and tasty. At that exact moment, one of my people entered my office to tell me that the Black Hawk helicopters were here because of the aliens out at Williams Reservoir. I ushered her into the dining room where I began to set the tables for lunch, my mental experiment forgotten.

It was forgotten until Lyman Allen approached me and said, “Hey, I left you a present on your desk.”

I ran to my office. An unopened Shrek Donkey Chia Pet was perched in my “In” box. Chia Pets are clay shaped animals that one spreads chia seeds on the outside and water is poured into the inside. In two weeks the seeds grow to resemble hair or fur. Definitely fun, but tasty? I picked it up and returned to the dining room to tell this crazy story.

Bob Pace, spotting the Chia Pet box, interrupted my progress with “Jodi, did you know you can eat those Chia herbs on your salad? They are really good.” Fun and tasty! It worked!

I rushed to the Artist table in the back of the dining room. Greg Hudson, Jeanette and Ron Monteleone, and Walter Hinchman listened to my breathless story that ended with, “Of course, this is a loose application of theoretical physics.” Walter burst into laughter and countered knowingly with, “That is a terrible application of theoretical physics.”

I asked Walter what profession he was engaged in before he retired. “Physics,” he said. “And you should have visualized Strawberries Romanov.”

Come to the Silver Foxes Den where you can enjoy a satisfying lunch, hang with your friends and if you try, sometimes you get what you need.

Thank you

Thank you, Cleda Campbell, for donating your garden fresh green beans.

Thank you, County Extension personnel, for bringing over the impressive donation for our free shelf.

Thank you Hillary Adams for the glorious birthday hat. It certainly is one of a kind.

Senior transportation

With the closing of the downtown City Market, we remind you that we have a Senior Bus that runs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call me, Jodi, at 264-2167 for details.

Medicare counselors

Do you enjoy helping others? The SHIP program (Senior Health Insurance Program) and SMP (Medicare Fraud Program), available through the Silver Foxes Den Senior Center, is looking for additional talented volunteers to join the Medicare Navigators Team. These programs educate, counsel and assist Colorado’s Medicare beneficiaries. We need people who have a desire to help others in the community, who have computer skills and are Internet-savvy.

The Colorado Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program is part of a national network of programs that offer free, confidential counseling and assistance for people with Medicare. Congress established SHIP’s in 1990 to help beneficiaries navigate an increasingly complex health care system. It’s also home to the SMP Medicare Fraud Program.

Each year, the Colorado SHIP/SMP provides invaluable services to people with Medicare, including: Counseling beneficiaries through the annual prescription drug plan enrollment period, connecting with beneficiaries who have limited incomes to help them save money on health care costs, and educating the community about health insurance issues.

Please call Musetta Wollenweber at 264-2167 if you are interested in assisting us in providing this necessary service.

Weekly activities

Friday, Sept. 17 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Tai Chi 11 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 20 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Scrabble with Kay Pace 1 p.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 21 — Yoga 10 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Box Making with Jodi 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 22 — Dance for Health 10 a.m.; Healthier Living 1 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 23 — No lunch, administrative day.

Friday, Sept. 24 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Book Club 10:30 a.m.; Tai Chi 11 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.

The Archuleta County Senior Center Newsletter is now available on Archuleta County’s website: www.archuletacounty.org/Seniors/seniors.asp. Look it up!

This week’s menu

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, kids 12 and under and guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act, United Way, and Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other contributions and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $9.75. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 17 — Spaghetti and meatballs, salad, seasoned green beans, orange wedges, garlic stick.

Monday, Sept. 20 — Spinach lasagna, tossed veggie salad, seasoned green beans, tangerine, whole wheat roll.

Tuesday, Sept. 21 — Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, California vegetable medley, pineapple tidbits, whole wheat roll.

Wednesday, Sept. 22 — Grilled Rueben with swiss, sauerkraut, rye bread, baked french fries, peas, apricots.

Thursday, Sept. 23 — No lunch, administrative day.

Friday, Sept. 24 — Stuffed bell peppers, spinach, corn applesauce with raisins, whole wheat roll.