Out and About – Week of April 10th

People can attend college for as long as they wish, or for as long as their bankroll holds out and their grades remain acceptable. If they wish, they can work hard and receive many degrees and go on and succeed in any field they choose. However, I don’t know of anyone who has a degree in “Common Sense”. I doubt if there is a course you can take that will enable you to gain common sense. I guess that it is just something you attain through careful thinking and concentration.
Upon visiting a medium-size airport, I witnessed the lack of common sense in action. Airports are one of the best places to people watch and actually see people walk around lacking common sense. I saw a well-dressed businessman walk past a public restroom and ask the next person he saw where the closest restroom was located. After watching more people wandering around as if they had just landed on a strange planet, I ventured outside to see if someone had posted a sign over a garbage can reading, “Please Deposit All Common Sense Here.”
You don’t have to go to an airport to witness this type of behavior. Go to a local fast-food eatery, and you’ll see someone waiting in line to be served and waiting until they get to the counter before they peruse the menu. I once met a medical doctor who had no idea how to make a pot of coffee. It seems that coffee had always been made for him.
Is there a cure for the lack of common sense? The only answer I can come up with is to be careful and avoid being in their presence. You might get hurt.
Easter is this next Sunday, which means that Good Friday is this next Friday. Some businesses will close for several hours on Friday in observance of this special religious time. Sunday church services will be well attended, of course. In Canada, Easter is celebrated on Monday, April 17.
Today is Elena Meadow’s last day as Managing Editor with this paper. I join many of you who are very sorry to see her go, but fully understand her reason for leaving and support her fully in her new endeavors. Elena has been an excellent reporter and if there was an important event happening, you could always count on seeing her there with her camera and notepad.
I always appreciate feedback on what I write in this column. Without criticism, I’ll never get any better. Of course, I prefer positive over negative criticism any day. It wasn’t criticism I received from a reader, but more of an additional hint on a subject. A week or so ago, I commented on having certain items hanging from your rearview mirror. This reader reminded me that having a “Handicapped” card hanging from your mirror, while the vehicle is being driven, is also a problem. Most people hang the card after they have parked their car, which is the proper and lawful thing to do. She went on to say that this advice is printed on the card, or with the instructions one receives when receiving the card. Again, just some helpful advice that could save you the hassle of having to appear in court.
I promised myself that I would really concentrate on getting more exercise by walking more. My doctor recommended that I should concentrate more on the length of time I walk, rather than how far. She said that I should walk for thirty minutes on a regular basis, so that’s what I’ve been doing. This is very difficult, because I start walking and counting my laps around the track, but then I start talking with someone and end up walking for about an hour. As a result, I’m walking about two miles at a time, rather than just a mile. I’m feeling good about this but am hoping that I don’t get into trouble for walking too much. I don’t walk every day, but usually every other day, or three times a week. I’m not much of a multi-tasker, but I am improving on being able to walk and talk at the same time.
You’ll be happy to know that a snail can sleep for three years.
The thing that has always puzzled me is why are they called stairs inside, but steps outside?
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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