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Smith: Forget shirts, some gambler lost his shoes

  • Chris Smith.

Ed and Sally Jensen had the nicest outing to the Graton casino last Wednesday.

“We didn't lose any money,” Sally said. Lunch at the Daily Grill couldn't have been better.

Shortly afterward, Ed found in the way back of their SUV a large plastic bag full of men's shoes. He asked Sally what the heck they were doing there. She said he should know, as clearly he put them there.

“We had a little argument about who is losing it,” she shared.

They came to agree that someone, by accident or intent, placed the shoes in their car while they were in the casino.

Sally doubts the shoes were just dumped because they're quite nice: Golf shoes, sandals, tennis shoes, all either a size 13 or 8.5.

It makes you wonder if the owner of a similar SUV might be explaining how he went to the casino and didn't lose his shirt, but his shoes.

MEGAN'S HIGH NOTE: Having once heard 15-year-old Megan Fleischmann sing — she played young Fiona in last year's Summer Repertory Theatre production of “Shrek” — I envy all who'll be in the audience Feb. 9 at Carnegie Hall.

Megan, a freshman at Santa Rosa High, is one of the outstanding teens chosen to sing or play there in the Honors Performance Series.

Imagine being barely 15 and performing at Carnegie Hall.

A soprano, Megan will be in the Honors Choir with other fine young singers from across the country and also Canada and some international schools.

One of the songs is in Hebrew and a second in Russian, so in addition to her vigorous schedule of voice training, she's studying the languages.

Megan, who aspires to sing on Broadway and in films and on TV, will travel to Carnegie Hall with her greatest fan and mom, Tiffany.

DAD'S OLD HORN: Greg Jacobs holds a cornet, a relic that's fully playable and banged up just enough to give it character, and he marvels at the way life works.

Jacobs is the lifelong Sebastopol resident and amateur musician who served for years as the No. 2 person in the District Attorney's Office. A love of music was one of many things he shared with his dad, Jack, who began practicing dentistry in Sebastopol in 1947.

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