Out and About – Week of November 20th

Thanksgiving is this week. This means several things. There will be no mail delivery or garbage pick up. If your garbage is picked up on Thursday or Friday, it will be a day later this week. If you want to start your holiday shopping early, I’d advise you to do so before Thanksgiving Day. If you are one of those “Black Friday Shoppers”, I wish you the best of luck. Wear extra padding and please take some extra patience with you, because you’ll definitely need it. Lastly, but most important, remember the true meaning of this special holiday. Be thankful for all you have and share the bounty of your many blessings. As Garry Moore used to say, “Be kind to one another.”

Starting with this week’s column, I’ll share with you some “Energy Myths” that have been proven to be either true or false. This will cover the next seven weeks. Enjoy!

Turning the heat down at night doesn’t save any energy, because you just have to warm it up again. FALSE. It takes less energy to warm up a cold room in the morning than it does to maintain a constant temperature throughout the night.

I have a fantastic family doctor, and I’m not just saying that hoping that she will read this column, but I am very sincere when I say that I appreciate her care. There are, however, some doctors out there who aren’t as considerate. Let me state an example or two.

As a patient, you are requested to arrive at the doctor’s office fifteen minutes early, in order to fill out any necessary paperwork. The chances you will be called into the examination room by your scheduled appointment time are slim. Once in that room, your vital signs will be taken. They want to be sure that you did arrive alive. After your vitals are taken, you are told that the doctor will be in to see you in just a few minutes. If this is true, why are there magazines in the examination room for you to read? When the doctor does come in, he/she will ask you what your problem is. This puzzles me, because in most cases, you’ve already told at least two other members of the staff the reason you made the call in the first place.

As previously mentioned, I’m very fortunate to have the doctor I have. She is competent and caring, and she’s younger than I am, which means she’ll probably outlive me. The problem is, if I’m going to get sick, it will usually be on a Thursday evening, and the doctor’s office doesn’t have any Friday hours. More incentive to take good care of myself, especially as the weekend approaches.

One of the special things we enjoy about Thanksgiving is the turkey dinner. We all eat too much and regret it later. However, there are those less fortunate who must seek a place to enjoy a warm meal seven days a week. Hunger never takes a holiday. I am pleased to announce that the Three Rivers community hasn’t forgotten those who could use some overdue nourishment. The Three Rivers Community Kitchen has joined forces with many of the area churches and will provide a FREE dinner on Wednesday, November 22, from 4 till 6 PM. The venue is the Trinity Episcopal Church, 321 North Main Street in Three Rivers. Because of this, the Community Kitchen will not be open today or Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. This FREE dinner is an annual event, so let me be the first to say “Kudos” to all the volunteers who work together to make this “Give Back” possible.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.


See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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