Out and About – Week of April 4th

Welcome to the month of April. We’ll have to see if “April showers will bring May flowers”.
My how time flies. This month marks ten years that I’ve been putting this column together. I’ve loved every minute of it, because the column gives me the opportunity to share my thoughts and adventures with you readers. I’ve learned a lot about life and people, because many of you have shared your feelings and given me feedback. Most of all, I appreciate the opportunity to hopefully brighten everyone’s day with positive ideas and as much humor as I can muster. To quote Chamfort, “The most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed.” We should all learn to not take life so seriously.
This past Friday, we decided to enjoy a nice dinner out at a place we’ve never been before. I’m not permitted to mention the restaurant by name, but I will give you an idea as to its approximate location. It’s next door to the funeral home in Mendon. Please don’t let that discourage you. The venue is relaxing, the food selection is plentiful, and the staff is more than accommodating. Take my advice. If you like it, tell your friends.
Growing up, I had some rules to follow, which were strictly enforced by my parents. Later on, I married and had some new rules to live by. Most of these new rules were reasonable and easy to follow, and I must admit, I’m one of those guys who always needs some form of guidance. What I’m getting at is that we must all answer to someone and there is always a set of rules to follow, which, if followed, makes our daily life much easier. Here are three simple rules in life:
If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.
If you don’t ask, the answer will always be “No”.
If you don’t step forward, you’ll always be in the same place.
I was setting up my weekly meds the other day. I use two of those little plastic containers with seven compartments, one for each day of the week: one container for my morning meds and one for the meds I take at bedtime. I was amazed at how many prescription bottles I had in front of me. Thirty years ago I was taking vitamins only and now the only vitamin I’m taking is B-Plus Complex. I have no idea how many young people read this column, but if you’re in your thirties or forties, please plan for your future. Be ready to have a huge medicine cabinet, well stocked with expensive medications. Also, be ready to have your doctor’s office on speed-dial, because you’ll be making regular visits to see that doctor. Good medical insurance is a must, and make sure it includes a good co-pay. Having to take some expensive medications can be very difficult to live with, but it’s better than the alternative. Oh yes, don’t wait for retirement to take that dream vacation. Do it now before you have your own parking space at the neighborhood pharmacy.
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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