Hawthorne Happenings July 20, 2017

News for the City of Good Neighbors from Norb Huber

 All Quiet on the Western Front
Now that the 4th is past us, it seems rather quiet these days around these parts.  Like the past twenty years, the July 4th holiday in our area was nothing but loud.  If anything, the illegal fireworks that shoot up in the air or make a bomb sound is becoming more common and the legal fireworks sold by our non-profits is becoming a thing of the past. Who wants to wave a sparkler around when you can have a huge sparkler explode in the sky above your neighbor’s house?  Why go spend $20 at the legal fireworks stand, when you can sit on your porch and watch a fireworks show for free for hours and hours? The question is this: Should the City continue to sanction the sale of safe and sane fireworks? The non-profits are not making the money they used to. Many of the stands broke even on sales this year or one of the city’s clubs actually lost money after spending eight days to set up, man, and tear down the stand.  It doesn’t make a difference whether or not legal fireworks are sold. Your neighbor or friend can take a drive to Las Vegas, Mexico, or any American Indian reservation in the country and purchase the big blasters. The Hawthorne City Council has the power to simply end the fireworks sales.  Will this help quiet things down for Fido, your traumatized dog?  Probably not.  Do they make dog ear plugs?  We all just need to relax and have one.

 Historical Society Museum Moving Date
The Hawthorne Historical Society will be moving into their new digs this Saturday. There are truck loads of furniture and boxes to be moved into the new Hawthorne Museum which is located at 14100 Prairie Avenue.  The building is located just north of the American Legion building on the east side of Prairie. Able bodies are needed to move furniture and lift boxes so that the history of our great city can go on display.  Good Neighbors Day, the first annual John Baker Memorial Car Show, and the grand opening of the Museum are all planned for Saturday, September 16 at the Jim Thorpe Park site.  Call Danny at 310-643-6139 if you would like to get involved. 

Resolve to Rise
There will be a “Right Touch” workshop on Saturday, July 29th at 10 a.m. at the Funship Learning Preschool sponsored by Resolve to Rise.  The workshop is meant for children and their parents to learn how to prevent sexual abuse.  Please RSVP by calling 310-465-86522 or go to eventbrite.com and search: the Right Touch.

AI or me?
Just this week, Elon, warned America that AI, artificial intelligence, will surpass human capabilities eventually.  Which naturally leads me to wonder where we are headed.  If man can make computers and robots perform better than ourselves, then what is the purpose of life?  Why are we even necessary?  As I have said in my ramblings before, God created us perfect.  However, we screwed it all up and sinned.  Now, we live in a sinful world.  We are not perfect any longer.  But, God loved us even while we were sinners and gave us his only Son. You and me are special.  We are made in God’s image and have been given dominion over the things of the world.  I do not know how far God will allow us to go in our technology and space exploration.  I rely on God’s Word to guild me.  Proverbs 3:5-6 tells me all that I need to know:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”  Don’t stress it folks.  You don’t need AI to tell you when you need a cold one. God has given us thirst, so quench yourself and enjoy life.

 Contact email: norbhuber@gmail.com