The Miraculous Community Tree

While the holiday season has been over for a month now, I am starting early with my search for someone—or a number of people—to take over for the Holiday Tree Lighting event, a community tradition. I want to share with you the history of the tree, so you know how special it is to Scripps Ranch. I like to share community history so long-term residents can enjoy it and new residents can share our rich traditions.

Years ago we asked the children to collect aluminum cans, which we sold then used the money to buy a nice medium-sized community tree. Thus the children did their share and we planted our first of many trees. Unfortunately, it died. We had the crew come out in the dead of night, remove the tree, dig a new irrigated hole, and plant the new tree. What a “miracle”!

Alas, a heavy rain and wind storm came up, and the tree was flattened and most of the light strings were vandalized. So, again, we secured yet another tree—the third one! This time we used cables to hold it in place and built a security fence around the tree, the only such fence in Scripps Ranch.

We are reluctant to trim the tree to a more conventional shape for fear something will happen to it, so it is very bushy, not conical, and we use lots of lights to decorate it. If you would like to take over this wonderful family project, drop me a line at [email protected] It is fun working with the Girl Scouts and getting the lights back in shape. Most importantly, it brings happiness to our community. I must admit that at age 92, I am hard pressed to continue to do my share of work on it and really think it is a special event.

More Community History

Thanks to all of you who recycled your Christmas trees. Scripps Ranch once again led the way to the current tree recycling program. In 1976 our community joined with Joyce Urban of I Love a Clean San Diego and started the first San Diego Christmas tree recycling. We collected trees at Hoyt Park and in Mira Mesa. Unfortunately, someone torched the trees in Mira Mesa but since it was close to the fire station, it was put out quickly.

In Scripps Ranch we collected the trees in donated dumpsters. In fact, the program became so popular that we could no longer get the dumpsters donated because everyone wanted them. So we helped organize the city collection points and it works. Another Scripps Ranch first for San Diego, while helping recycle greenery.

Congratulations to Our Assemblymember

Hope you read the nice article in U-T San Diego about the appointment of our assemblymember, Brian Maienschein, as the chair of the Assembly Local Government Committee in Sacramento. As you probably know, Brian was elected to his second term in the Assembly last year.

During his first term Brian was very active in formulating legislation concerning many issues, including child safety. Brian continues the same dedication to getting things done he showed us as our City Council member for eight years. We wish him success as the only Republican committee chair this session.

Senior Thoughts for the Year

My classmates at West Point are all over 90 years old—the survivors, that is. Here are some truisms for your sense of humor.

  • It’s so frustrating that we know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask the questions.
  • Last year we joined a support group of procrastinators—we haven’t met them yet.
  • We do not trip over things in the house; we do “random gravity checks.”
  • Old age is coming at a really bad time.
  • We do not have gray or white hair. We have “wisdom highlights.”
  • Our people skills are just fine, it’s our tolerance for idiots that needs work.
  • The grandkids text us “plz,” which is shorter than “please.” We text back “no,” which is shorter than “yes.”
  • Of course we talk to ourselves. We need expert advice!
  • Finally, Lord, give us patience and give it to us NOW!

All my best,

Bob Dingeman, Senior Citizen