Welcome summer interns Christina, Addie, Linneah

By: Tom Rupp
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Okay, summer is, as early 1990s rappers would say, “in full effect.” It is always a sort of bittersweet time once the annual rodeo and other Independence Day activities end, because then there is nothing big for a while.

Nothing, that is, besides the four different weekly free music venues across our local area through August. In fact, the Telegraph’s entertainment supplement is full of fun ideas.

Did you catch intern Christina Lee’s column last week? It’s always fun to include other voices, especially fresh young ones. She is a senior at Vista del Lago High School.

High School. Boy, as we chalk up the years, high school is becoming more and more of a fading memory for the rest of us. It is the way of all flesh. It’s been 41 years since our graduating class.

I happened to see a picture of my son and me from his 2002 graduation at Folsom High School. Even these past 16 years have wedged a growing block of fade between today’s perception and yesterday’s reality.   

Speaking of perception, over on this side of Folsom, it seems as if we are hearing sirens from the police and fire department sounding a lot more frequently these days (even way before the fourth). Of course, growing up in Baltimore, such sounds were part of the daily local flavor.

But still, it seems as if it is becoming a natural part of our growing habitat. One sociological formula I often cite is “people = problems.” Therefore, if this is true, then “more people = more problems.” It is not a judgment, not a rule; it is an observation. This is the way things tend to flow, from my point of view.

As we enjoy the benefits of growth, we will also undoubtedly be forced to face the challenges that it naturally brings with it. More people are coming to Folsom and El Dorado Hills. As we say in a wedding, “for better or worse” our future is coming. As Brad Paisley sang, “Welcome to the future.” Welcome, indeed.

So welcome, Christina, from the youngest of four kids as well. (Also to intern Addie McBee and Linneah Flahive) It will assuredly be a good thing to work with Bill, Matt and Rachel, as well as the other staff at the Telegraph. Enjoy these days and weeks, because, as Trace Adkins sang, “You’re gonna miss this, you’re gonna want this back, you’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast.”

Tom Rupp is a resident of Folsom and a weekly columnist in the Folsom Telegraph. You can reach him at