Let's see, we're counting the days until Christmas after we just finished counting our blessings for Thanksgiving. Shoppers are counting on big discounts, and retailers are counting on sales to make their year profitable.
With numbers on the minds of so many, it only seems fitting to features a few numbers of note on this last Saturday of November:
7 -- This is the jersey number of Colin Kaepernick, the former Pitman High School star who had an outstanding showing in his first NFL start with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night and appears to have earned the starting position again for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.
Kaepernick has been a familiar name to north valley sports fans for years, as they followed his successful career in high school. not just in football but in baseball and basketball as well. He went on to play at the University of Nevada at Reno.
Kaepernick had impressive numbers in last Monday's game, but he's also been impressive in interviews since then, with a demeanor that makes us all proud. Congratulations to Colin and his parents, Rick and Teresa Kaepernick.
2,800 -- This is the estimated number of people who will be employed full time at the new state prison health care facility under construction off Highway 99 in south Stockton. According to The Record, the project manager said that the $900 million facility could be in full operation by the end of 2013.
590,788 -- This is how many Californians signed up to vote using the new online registration system, which went into effect in mid-September, less than two months before the presidential election. And, not surprisingly, nearly half of them were from 18 to 29 years old, the age group not only most comfortable with computers but also expecting to handle most of its business online. Combining totals for online and paper applicants, the state registered 986,290 new voters in the 45 days before the Oct. 22 deadline, according to The Sacramento Bee's Capitol Alert. Of that number, 46 percent were ages 18 to 29, Secretary of State spokeswoman Shannan Velayas said.
64 -- The percent of Merced County's eligible voters who cast ballots on Nov. 6, according to the Nov. 19 results of the county elections office.
3 -- The number of ballot measures already confirmed for the state ballot in November 2014. They are: The $11 billion water bond proposal, twice postponed from the 2010 and 2012 elections; an initiative on health insurance rates; and a proposed constitutional amendment saying that initiatives and referendums should go before voters in only November elections in even-numbered years. So yes, we'll be voting on when we get to vote.