Out and About – Week of March 20th

I consider myself to be one of the luckiest guys around. I’m retired, so I have plenty of time to do what I want, or what needs to be done, and if I don’t get things done today, there’s always tomorrow. I volunteer with several groups and try my best to be a good citizen and a nice guy. Most of all, I am fortunate to put together this column on a weekly basis. This column allows me to share with others some personal experiences and my opinions on just about everything except politics and religion. I feel if you want to express your opinion on those two topics, do as most people do and shout it out on Facebook or Twitter. I also try to inject as much humor as possible. There just doesn’t seem to be enough laughter in the world today, and that’s too bad.
I have also found that by sharing experiences, there are many others who have experienced the same thing. For example, I find myself dropping things more often these days. I could pick up a pen from my desk and it falls on the floor. Why did this happen? Was there a lack of communication between my brain and my fingers? Dropping things like this really makes me mad at myself. I now know why I’m not a brain surgeon. “Whoops! did I just drop that scalpel?”
I find myself commenting quite a bit on the lack of consideration for others that seems to be abundant these days. I am just as guilty as the next person. I find myself more willing to talk about my daily experiences than asking others about what’s going on in their personal lives. I’m trying to correct that. When dining out, I prefer a booth over a table, because in a booth you don’t have to worry about your chair sticking out in the way of someone trying to get by. With my stomach, finding a booth with enough “stomach-room” can sometimes be difficult. With my stomach just touching the table, it will catch the food that slips off my fork. I’ve been told that I should wear a bib. When sitting at a table, you usually end up dealing with a person sitting behind you who has at least ten inches of space between the table and their stomach. As a result, getting up from the table can present a problem.
I am a big procrastinator. I was going to touch on this subject a month ago, but decided to wait until now. I have a membership at Health TRAC, but I have difficulty in finding time to visit the facility. What I should do is make the time and do so on a regular basis. What I should do is go with someone who has the same problem.
Here in Three Rivers, we are fortunate to have several places to go and do some sort of workout. If you are looking for a place to work out and feel better about yourself, you’ll want to find one that matches your needs. If you’d like a place to lift weights, you won’t need one that offers a sauna or treadmill, which might mean a higher cost for membership. As far as membership is concerned, before you make a long-term commitment, sign-up for a trial or short-term membership. It’s also very important to learn about the club’s refund policy prior to signing a contract. Finally, it would be a good idea to visit the club at the time you plan to exercise. Find out how crowded it is and whether the equipment you want to use is accessible.
From my buddy, Vic, here are some trivia facts about our great state of Michigan:
Michigan’s Isle Royal Park shelters one of the largest moose herds remaining in our country.
The first auto traffic tunnel built between two nations was the mile-long Detroit-Windsor tunnel under the Detroit River.
In 1929, the Michigan State Police established the first state police radio system in the world.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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