Just Sayin’: Here I Go, Again

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Can you just hear that old Ray Charles tune, “Here I Go Again”?

It’s kind of interesting to sit back and just watch to see what my acquaintance with Doni is going to get me into next. But, nonetheless, here’s yet another (ad) venture in my life precipitated by none other than hers truly.

First it was the idea that #1a) I could write something coherent; and #1b) there would be anyone out there interested in reading it. I know you’ve all heard the story, ad nauseam, about how a passing comment from Doni — something to the effect that I should think about writing a column for anewscafe.com — resulted in my aspiring to the ranks of the verbally adept.

Having never written anything for public consumption . . . well, if you exclude all the notices and information papers I wrote for kids to take home to their parents, which inevitably got left in the kid’s backpack . . . I naïvely piped, “Okay!” And so was born, ‘Just Sayin’ . . . and now, almost seven years and 60-+ columns into this endeavor, I find I still shake my head in puzzlement at her leap of faith in my direction.

And all was well in the kingdom until . . . .#2) Matthew Lister and Align Private Training showed up in her life. It was bad enough that good health began to work its magic in her life, but, can you believe it; she felt she needed to share with the rest of us? And, worst of all, she was having a great time doing it!

Well, what’s a body to do; especially considering the body I happen to own. I kind of felt like the little kid running after the Wells Fargo wagon yelling, “Me too! Me too, wait for me!” And alas, there I was involved with some healthy magic of my own at Align Private Training with Matthew Lister. But those details are chronicled elsewhere.

So, OK. Good friends are about helping you make your life better; sharing the wealth of good information; you know, like what store is having the best shoe sale or which strawberry stand opens first in the spring or which bar has the best happy hour. That kind of stuff. And so, those two additions to my life certainly qualify in the wealth-of-good-information category.

But wait. There’s more.

The other morning, over coffee, I was bemoaning  — maybe “bewhining” is more accurate — the financial pressure I’m under due parts wearing out on this aging body. The warranty has long since expired. And yeah, on my car, too. To which Doni bubbled innocently, “You should do Airbnb!”

Well, there you have it: No. 3!

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So now I find myself preparing my house like Great Aunt Matilda is coming from Lower Slobovia for a month long visit. Which brings us to the truth/fallacy of diminishing returns. No, I didn’t totally redecorate the room . . . quite. No, I didn’t remodel the guest bathroom . . . exactly. But it’s hard when you find yourself in Ross Dress for Less or T J Max not to see some cute little pillow or trinket and go, “Oh that would look so cute in that room!”

It’s almost as good as a brand new pair of shoes, not only in your size, but on sale, too!

In the meantime, I’m on standby and keeping an open mind for item No. 4.

Adrienne Jacoby
Adrienne Jacoby is a 40-plus-year resident of Shasta County and native-born Californian. She was a teacher of vocal music in the Enterprise Schools for 27 years and has been retired for 11 years. A musician all her life, she was married to the late Bill Jacoby with whom she formed a locally well -known musical group who prided themselves in playing for weddings, wakes, riots, bar mitzvas and super market openings. And, oh yes … she has two children, J’Anna and Jayson.
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12 Responses

  1. Avatar CoachBob says:

    “But wait! There’s more!” Simply the second best advertising slogan ever created!

  2. What I love about your writing, Adrienne, is that I HEAR you speaking every word — it is SO authentic and 100% YOU. Always makes me smile. I’ll bet your AirBNB guests will enjoy your company, too. Best wishes with this adventure — and the one that comes next. 🙂

    • A. Jacoby A. Jacoby says:

      LOL!! I had a boss one time who remarked that I could disguise everything about me but my voice. When I told him I was going to a conference incognito, his remark was, “Yeah, until you open your mouth!”


  3. Avatar Carol says:

    A thoroughly delightful read. Thanks!

  4. Avatar Jan G says:

    Good luck with Airbnb — you’re a natural.  They’ll love you.

    Loved the column, AJ.


  5. Avatar EasternCounty says:

    Until Doni wrote about her venture into being an Airbnb hostess, I’d never heard the term — and I read it as AirBUB.  Couldn’t figure out what she was telling us.

  6. Avatar Sally says:

    Hi AJ – I read this piece on FB, but happy to read it again!!! I am surprised you are considering participating with Airbnb.  Hope it ends up all fun!!!

  7. Avatar KarenC says:

    Great article and FWIW, I have a friend who is doing Airbnb in Palo Cedro.  She is crazy busy.  A full-time single business woman, an esthetician, who has met folks from all over the world.  Mostly, one night stays who travel I-5 but want a clean, cool and comfy place for the night and not have to pay an inflated price.  She loves it and is making those few extra bucks she needs right now for a special project.

    You do have to be careful, talk to the folks at length, have a set of rules for them to follow and instructions for house usage.  She does not provide food other than coffee, tea, water but has a nice information sheet on all the best breakfast, lunch, and dinner places within 5  miles of her home. Plus directions to the Holiday Market out there so they can pick up a snack or other e items they need.

    Good luck with your new adventures AJ.