Out and About – Week of March 26th

At one time, there were municipalities where your vehicle had to have a village or city sticker displayed on a corner of your windshield. In order to be issued a sticker, your vehicle had to pass a safety inspection. The inspection included having a working horn, headlights that weren’t broken or burned out, a working license plate light, and tires that had plenty of tread on them. I mention this because lately I’ve noticed a lot of cars with only one working headlight lately. Back in the day, if you were out with your favorite date and came across a car with a burned-out headlight, you might say, “Popeye”, and this would result in someone getting kissed. I now see why, as a teenager, we spent so much time cruising around town on a Saturday night.

My father was pretty free with advice. I heeded most of it, and for that I’m thankful. I recently came across a list of thirty-two rules that fathers should teach their sons. Some can also be shared with their daughters. I’ll share some of these with you over the next several weeks. Feel free to pass them on to your children and grandchildren:

Never shake a person’s hand sitting down.
Don’t enter a pool by the stairs.
The man at the BBQ grill is the closest thing to a king.
In a negotiation, never make the first offer.
When staying in a hotel, request a late check-out.
When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
Hold your heroes to a higher standard.
Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.
Play with passion, or not at all.
When shaking hands, grip firmly and look them in the eye. No one enjoys holding a dead fish.
We are in the middle of a special week. Last Sunday was Palm Sunday, this Friday is Good Friday, Passover begins Friday evening, and next Sunday is Easter Sunday. For a good percentage of us, we are celebrating the few days of Lent, a time when we should give up something we really enjoy. I gave up my membership at the local gym. It was a difficult thing to do, but it was either give that up, or cease having bacon and eggs. Tough choice. This being said, I wish you all a joyous season.

It’s been several weeks now since we were experiencing high levels of water in St. Joe County, and the problems that go along with flooding. Thanks to the help of friendly neighbors, the public service departments of Three Rivers, civic organizations, and the local food site, we’ve made it through a very difficult time. For many it was a real learning experience, one that no one wishes to experience again. The local food site on Railroad Drive, directly under Lowry’s Books, can always use donations of food and other household goods. They can also use able-bodied volunteers to help on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help sort and distribute items to those in need. Take a few minutes and stop in while they’re open and speak to Dave Berry. He’ll be happy to discuss their needs and ways you might be of service. My motto has always been, “Volunteer….the World is run by those who show up.”

Why do we wash BATH towels? Aren’t we clean when we use them? If not, then what was the purpose of the bath?

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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