Out and About – Week of April 3rd

For those of us here in St. Joseph County, March came in like a lion and went out as a lion. So much for sayings of old. However, I’m sure there are a few farmers out there who feel that we didn’t get enough rain. Now I’m wondering what the April showers will be like.
This month I start my twelfth year writing this column. The column has changed a bit over the years and I never thought I’d be able to keep it going this long, but it seems that just about every day I experience something that I feel is worth sharing. There have been times when I have felt it was time to hang it up. The column had run its course, and there just wasn’t anything worth writing about. Then I would see someone at a restaurant or at the post office, and they would express how much they enjoyed reading this weekly, sometimes funny and sometimes informative, piece of journalism.
I thank you for taking the time to read the column. I hope you continue to find it informative, but most of all, I hope it makes you feel better then you felt prior to reading it. We need more humor and less tragedy in this world. We need more love and hugs and less hate and slugs. If you chuckle while reading this, and if you treat one another a little better than you did before, then I’ve done my job.
Several years ago, I was stopped for driving a few miles over the posted speed limit. The police officer reminded me that it was against the law to have anything hanging from my rearview mirror. At the time, I had a pair of fuzzy dice hanging there. I wasn’t cited for this, but I did remove them and haven’t had anything hanging from there since. This is just a reminder for those of you who think it’s cool to have your graduation tassel hanging from the mirror. Having something hanging from your mirror obstructs your vision. Just some friendly free advice.
On a recent visit with my doctor, I was informed that I’m in pretty good shape, health-wise. The few pounds I’ve gained from attending recent Lions functions can be walked off now that the weather has improved. Sticking to a stricter regime at Health TRAC won’t hurt, either.
I also discussed my sleep pattern with the doctor. By going to bed at midnight and getting up at 6 AM, it seems I’m getting the minimum amount of sleep required by a person my age. I enjoy a mid-afternoon nap, but sometimes that turns into a two-hour sleep fest, which is not the best idea. A one-hour nap is better. A sixty-minute nap is best for improvement in remembering facts, faces and names. This nap includes slow-wave sleep, the deepest type. The downside is some grogginess upon waking up. I find this to be true, but by washing my face and brushing my teeth, I find myself totally alert.
A column or two ago, I mentioned several things we should all do when it comes to getting your car or truck ready for spring. A reader reminded me that we should also check the tire pressure because of the difference in air temperatures. I remember having to add air this past winter, because the lower temperatures caused the tire pressure to decrease. It only makes sense that as the temperatures increase, so does the pressure on your tires. Improper tire pressure can seriously affect your car’s drivability and fuel economy.
Speaking of fuel economy, I still haven’t had anyone explain to me why there is such a difference in the price of gasoline in Three Rivers, compared to the price in Sturgis, or Centreville. I’d also like to know why the price jumps twenty or thirty cents every other week or so, then decreases a few cents at a time over the next two-weeks. This makes me dislike the oil barons even more.
Here’s something to think about: Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?
Here’s another interesting, but not important fact: A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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