Out and About – Week of April 27th

This evening (Tuesday), the community gathers at Belle Epoque to celebrate Al Heivilin. Al was chosen as this year’s Bruce C. Snook Citizen of the Year. If you do not have a ticket for the banquet, I’m afraid you’re out of luck, because tickets will not be available at the door. On behalf of the Three Rivers Lions Club and the community of Three Rivers, I’d like to congratulate Al Heivilin on being the 2015 Bruce C. Snook Lions Club Citizen of the Year. SEMPER FI, my friend.
I’d like to thank a friend of mine for pointing out a false fact to me. She evidently peeled more than one or two bananas and discovered that no matter how you peel a banana, you’re still going to end up with those little strings. In an earlier column, I stated that if you peel a banana from the non-stem end, you won’t end up with the strings. I guess you can’t believe everything you read on the internet.
This same friend enlightened me by explaining that Daylight Savings Time came into effect because of golf courses and other businesses, not for the benefit of the farmers. I guess cows still need to be milked according to their internal clock, and cows can’t tell time. Thank you, Anna, I now feel more informed and I all of a sudden have the urge to buy a bunch of bananas. Go figure.
I made the right decision years ago, when I decided to not become a brain surgeon. Besides the fact that I don’t have the “smarts” for all that schooling, I’m also a bit clumsy at times. After all, during a surgical procedure, the last thing one wants to hear is “Oops!”
I’m hoping that my clumsiness occurs only at certain times, for instance if I’m in a hurry. The other day I overslept, so I was trying to get back on schedule. I’m retired, so why should I have a schedule? Anyway, I dropped something in the bathroom and after reaching down to pick up that fallen object, I banged my head on an overhanging shelf. Our cat, Dixie, must have installed that shelf while I was sleeping. That just added to my anxiety. While taking my morning medication, a capsule slipped out of my fingers and fell to the floor. Observing the five-second rule, I quickly recovered the pill before thousands of germs had the chance to take over my 2 Mg capsule. I’d like to blame my clumsiness, once again, on the cat, but Dixie usually heads upstairs whenever I come down. I don’t think she likes me all that much. To sum up my feelings on this malady, I’m hoping that I’m not the only one who experiences two hands that are unwilling to work together with the brain.
The biggest lie I tell myself is, “I don’t need to write that down…..I’ll remember it.”
We spent this past weekend attending our Lions District Convention in Holland, Michigan. Although the tulips are not yet fully blooming, Holland is still a wonderful place to just get away. Last year we held our convention in Holland also, which is why we decided to return this year. The Holland Doubletree is a fantastic convention venue. One of the things that was different from last year’s event was that this year I was able to get around without a cane.
The weekend passed much too quickly, and it was more like a family reunion than a convention. We, of course, took care of the needed business items, but we primarily had a great time visiting with our Lion friends and making some new ones.
Some things that I thought of that just don’t matter:
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters.
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See you Out and About!

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