Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
10 THI LETHM1DOI HHAIO Saturday, January I, 1971 iiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiii family life By MAUREEN JAMIESON Breathes there a gal with soul so dead Who DCVH- to herself has said Some of these pounds I've got to shed! as Sir Walter Scolt certainly didn't say. Just how is your New Year resolution to shed the excess flab shaping up? A quick check around the newsroom indi- cates six out of ten bods surveyed are still Firmly Resolved. Misery loving company, we got together to compare notes and agreed nothing is more revolting to the starv- ing dieter than to pass a bookstand displaying titles such as Dieting Made Easy, Diet and Like It, The Gourmet's Diet Book, Dieting Can Be a Pleasure. It's next to impossible to resist the lure of these pocketbooks when you're living on a raw carrot and lialf a stick of celery particularly if you bate raw carrots and celery leaves you cold. Quickly you grab the book, pay your dollar, and dash home to discover the hidden delights of dieting. Excited, you scan the pages and disillusion sets in. Here is the same old raw carrot, granished with a dash of ginger and a smidgin of curry powder there is the same old stick of celery, with perhaps two sesame seeds for exotic flavor. Can't you just picture that hoard of horrible, skinny dieticians leaping out of bed at dawn (window open summer and cunningly composing meaner diets for happy-go luciy fallies. Food is the only self indulgence that's left to'us that's legal, and those miserable Scrooges want to spoil that too! Mad ascetics, living on polyunsaturated raw peanuts, they just can't bear the thought of us cuddly types enjoying our- selves. They see evil in every excess ounce of blubber! Whatever happened to the image of us happy tubbies, anyway? We've gone out of fashion solely because we.'re vic- tims of B vicious whisper campaign by a bunch of morbid skinnies who are jealous of our fabled good nature. So what if they do live longer they don't enjoy themselves as much. Live high, die yoimg. and enjoy that chocolate fudge sun- dae if it's what you really want that's my New Year resolution. Why? Because, flying in the face of the professional die- tician, with her miserable calorie counters and her quarter- cup servings of glue, I'm actually managing to lose weight, almost painlessly (note the almost, I deceive you Out go all the things I don't like. You know, the kind of sawdust you eat in measured regulation, at the time the diet sheet says you should. (Then at midnight you raid the fridge and stoke up the old engine on everything at Gone also is the single-perfect rose-on-the-placemat rou- tine, which is supposed lo elevate the mind and carry it above mundane thoughts of the slice of cucumber and the two grapefruit sections lying stark and lonely on plate in front of you. The new motto reads "don't eat anything unless you really and truly enjoy with a couple of little riders such as "try and eat a little less of it" and "try and remem'-er 32 munches.per mouthful really do help." Your doctor would probably be overcome with extreme nausea If you were to tell him you're living on chocolate milkshakes, pickled onions and french fries for a that's his problem, not yours. So forget your guilt complexes for a while. Enjoy, enjoy and do away with all those nasty ancillary calories in lettuce, cottage cheese and raw cabbage if they don't turn you on. And if that's the sort of stuff that does tickle your palate, you don't have to worry about your weight anyway. (What's more, I'll bet you're the kind who never has dirty dishes in the sink or your hair in rollers when company comes unex- Sticking rigidly to my new diet for two months, particu- larly over the Christmas holidays, 1 gathered up enough cour- age to sail into a store to buy a new dress. Deep in the heart of the fitting rooms, I discovered the giddy delight of needing B smaller size! I hate to admit it wasn't all the work of my personalized diet plan, but in all honesty I am compelled to say that two weeks under the spell of the flu bug might just possibly have helped a very little bit. We're not living we're existing' N. HELP US TO HELP OTHERSI The Salvation Army Welfare Services Needs Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effect! CALL 328-2860 FOR PICKUP SERVICE OR LEAVE AT 412 lit AVE. S. By MAUREEN JAMIESON Staff Writer rtPPORTUMTIES for youth arc abundant ...but what about opportunities for the youth of the 1900s? Undaunted is an apt way to describe senior citizens living alone in Lethbridge. 1 am impressed by the cheerfulness of our old folks in the face of such bitter facts o[ life as loneliness, rents that take giant bites from meagre pensions, inadequate facilities, and many repair problems. Most are indignant. Few are bil- Ler. I rap on the broken door of one peppy little lady, and am invited into her dreary little apartment. The floor is cold underfoot. There is one kitchen cabinet, no closet, and little else. A hole in the living room wall is covered, but not in- sulated, by an imitation cupboard. Clumsy pipes festoon both rooms. The woman has managed to provide herself with only one small gas heater. "It isn't so bad in the kitchen with the flower pot on the she says, explaining she had read this hint for radiating heat in a newspaper column. Walls and ceilings are cracked, bHstered and peeling, but the tiny front room gleams. It's "clean just because my friend painted it for me as a Christmas present. I wouldn't be surprised if the landlord came in and raised the she says, somewhat mischievously. She laughs heartily at the suggestion of repairs, adding "be would only put the rent up if he did anything." Still, "I'm she claims. Her rent is a month, plus electricity, somewhat lower than most of the other apartments in her building, even though she has her own miniature bathroom, while the others share this conven- ience. I move on to another ancient building. The hallway is freshly decorated, but tired nonetheless. Choosing a door at random, I receive a friendly greeting from a woman whose sprightliness and youthful looks belie her claim to senior ci- tizenship. In her snug little suite the atmosphere is cosy and a gasfire (her blazes away. But the gay paint can't dis- guise the patches and pipes on the walls. A few opsn shelves hold the necessaries in the kitchen, and there is no closet. One bathroom and one toilet are shared by six apartments. Rent is ?40 a month, plus electricity. The woman across the hall is not so lucky. Her heater has been condemned by the gas company, so she uses the cooker to heat her two rooms and worries whether it is safe to do so. For some reason, Lhe storm windows have not been put up this year. "It's no use she says, making the best of it will] a smile. The next port of call is scruffy and depressing outside, but the interior is much more inviting. The first two apart- ments each have a bedroom and share a furnace between them. The next six suites have a living-cum-bedroom, a com- pact kitchen and a two-to-a-bathroom arrangement. Though peeling paint and the need for decoration are evident, the apartments1 look structurally sound and not unattractive in design. However the older folk (tad it difficult to manoeuvre tie chesterueds and ioid-down couches they need to keep their apartments looking attractive, and one man lias already broken his hip on the ice on the back path. Now the others are scared to put their garbage out. They complain of excessive heat in summer, due, they say, to inadequate insulation. Rents vary from to 170, plus for electricity. "We're Dot living we're existing, that's Is the way one woman puts it. Far, far worse, though, are the conditions in' what are euphemistically termed 'housekeeping rooms.' The ones I see are incredibly bleak and dreary little boxes in miserable old buildings, musty with the smell of decay. Few have cupboards none closet space. Groceries are piled high on a table, clothing stacked in odd corners. Cooking is sometimes done over the room heater, sometimes in a communal kilchen. There is no water in the rooms, and bathroom facilities are woefully inadequate. One little lady tells me "I wouldn't even mind going into a Home, if only I could take my desk and my bureau with me. I live out of them, you know. If only they'd let me. These are active, energetic and interesting people, not in- valids. They have nn to retire from life. They want to do things for themselves within the limits of their capabilities, but few are physically capable of doing repairs or decorating or coping with such servicing problems as shovelling snow. Calgary and Edmonton both have facilities designed to solve these problems for our senior citizens. These are apart- ment blocks, built with government subsidies, which cater to tile special needs of Lhe aged. Lethbridge can lave these facilities also. Don LeBaron, administrator of the Gresn Acres Foimda- tiou, director ol the Provincial Homes Association in Leth- bridge and a member of the Alberta Council on Aging, says "we have everything but Lhe for low rentals for our senior citizens. The chief problem, he says, would amost certainly be rental cost, which could be too high for the average pen- sioner. However, in many areas local government, cities and ser- vice clubs have been willing to extend a helping hand to their old folk. A f j ni P LI (Calendar Faith Rebekah Lodge wil meet at O p.m. on Monday Mrs. A. Roberts, DDP, will in stall the officers. Visiting Re- bekahs are welcome. Ogden Unit of Southminster UCW will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant. All mem bers are asked to attend. Sigma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will meet at the home of Marlene Armstrong 2418 11 Ave. A S. Tuesday at B p.m. The program will be presented by Delores Susnar on The Printed Word and Your Life. Co-hostess is Gloria Virostek. 4 The regular monthly lunch- eon of the Christian Women's Club will be held Monday at p.m. at Sven Ericksen's Capture that once In a lifetime pose nowl DARREN SHANE 6 yeorl Son of MR, and MRS. DONALD AILEN lethbrldae Family Restaurant. Featured will be a demonstration of Resin Craft by Mrs. H. Heldc- brecht. Solo by Mr. D. Hodge. For reservations phone 327- 5979. Nursery available. Every- one welcome. Tom Gilchrist and family will present an afternoon of African Adventure on Sunday, Jan. 16 a- Southminster Church, from p.m. The regular monthly meet- ing of the Canadian Pacific Railway Pensioners' Associa- tion will be held in the Club Rooms at 2. p.m. on Tuesday. All members are urged to at- tend. Southminster square dance learners' group will dance on Monday at 8 p.m. in Southntn- ster Hall. Women are asked to please bring a box lunch. The local Quota Club will hold a business meeting at p.m. Tuesday in the gas com- pany auditorium. V The Royal Canadian Legion Auxiliary will hold a supper meeting on Monday at p.m. in the Legion Hall. The meeting will be ft 8 p.m. fol- lowed by a social hour. For further informa t i o n please call 327-5171. Show sets record EDMONTON (CP) Most theatre managers are happy lo report sold-out performances, so Olive Finland, general manager for The Citadel, was ecstatic when she reported that a record lor regional professional thea- tres had been set. The Citadel's opening presentation of the 1971-72 season had sold-out signs out for every performance, UV eluding matinees. Bosses ofeay mini. veto bra-less look NEW YORK CAP) A fe- male employee in miniskirt and boots or a pants suit is accept- able, but bra-less and hot pants styles are not, a survey reports A male worker can grow u beard, long hair, moustache and sideburns and wear bell bottom slacks, but sandals are out and a tie and jacket, are These are the conclusions o. ii recent grooming survey of 370 companies by the Administra- tive Management Society, which has its headquarters in Grove, Pa. The society said 91 per cent of the respondents stated they now permitted miniskirts and boots as regular office attire, while 92 per cent approved pants-suits. Hot pants were re- jected for office wear by 67 per cent, however. It was the question of whether Lhe bra less natural look was appropriate for the office that drew the most comment from companies surveyed. But most of the comments were nip- pant. Typical was the response of one manager who said he would require further time to study the situation, but that "any girl coming to work nude will be .sent home after lunch." Little controversy was raised by men's apparel, the society said. Previously taboo long hair styles now are approved by per cent of the companies sur- veyed, and 68 per cent said beards were acceptable. F.O.E. BINGO TONIGHT EAGLES HALL 6th Ava. A and 13th St. N. Every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. 5 Cqidl for 1.00 or 25C Each Twelve 7 Number Garnet JACKPOT Free Gamei and Free DOOR POIZE Cold cardi pay double money Children under 16 net allowed CASH BINGO TONIGHT, SATURDAY 8 O'CLOCK HUNGARIAN OLD TIMERS HALL A 5100 Blackout Bingo played for till won every Saturday plui 2-7-Number Jackpot] JACKPOTS NOW AND 5 Cards for or 25e eoch (totaled Next !o No. 1 Fireholl) SIMPSONS-SEARS 1972 WINTER CATALOGUE NOW OUT! Look for the VALUE AWARD SYMBOLS They point the way to BIG SAVINGS! 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