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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

January 2021

President, Tony Pizza,

Now itís 2021, and so far, about the same as 2020. We should have a new President by now, and a vaccine is soon to be available to us seniors. So thatís something. We still canít go out anywhere to enjoy ourselves because there is nothing open to enjoy. Essentials, grocery stores, other stores, and doctors offices are the big outings.

The usual nagging: donít forget to pay your dues when the bill comes, or call Carl to sign up for dues withholding for the cash bribe. Send some money for NARFE-PAC when the request comes.

I just renewed my driverís license. It didnít expire until May. Iím over 70, but didnít have to take an eye or written test. I didnít even go to the DMV office. Beginning December 6, 2020, all drivers, including 70+, are eligible to renew online or by mail for expirations March 2020 through the COVID-19 pandemic. In December, people with birthdays in April or earlier were eligible. On January 4th  I was not eligible. But on the 6th I was. The renewal is for five years.

To renew, you first have to register for an account with the DMV. Start at www.dmv.ca.gov and under Online Services, click on driverís license renewal. In addition to your driverís license number and personal information, you will need an email address and a phone number. You will be sent verification codes to each. You can watch a short video at https://youtu.be/sUb8Qzdy-zI that describes the process. You then pay with credit or debit card, $38 plus an 80 cent service charge.

This woman's husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months, yet she had stayed by his bedside every single day. One day, when he came to, he motioned for her to come nearer.

As she sat by him, he whispered, eyes full of tears, "You know what? You have been with me through all the bad times. When I got fired, you were there to support me. When my business failed, you were there. When I got shot, you were by my side. When we lost the house, you stayed right here. When my health started failing, you were still by my side... You know what?"

"What dear," she gently asked, smiling as her heart began to fill with warmth and compassion.

"I hate to tell you this,................. but I think you're bad luck....."