Out and About – Week of June 18th

This Thursday, June 21, is the first day of summer, at least according to my calendar. Unfortunately, my calendar has no way of knowing that this is Michigan. In Michigan we’ve been known to experience several different seasons in the same week. This makes it difficult to keep separate closets for winter and summer clothes. I have faith, however, that for the next couple of months we won’t be experiencing temperatures in the twenties.

This year’s Water Festival is now in the books. Should you encounter one of the many volunteers who helped make this festival happen, thank them for their time and efforts. I would like to personally thank those Public Service workers for their patience and understanding. It’s not a lot of fun cleaning up after those who don’t pick up after themselves. A special thank you to the Public Safety employees for keeping us safe during this time of celebration.

The high road to service is traveled with integrity, compassion and understanding.

This Saturday, June 23, the George Washington Carver Community Center will host their Annual Block Party. The festivities begin at 10 AM and the fun continues until 5 PM. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Webster’s New World Dictionary and Thesaurus defines “procrastinate” as to put off doing something until later. There are times when I feel the best time to do something is tomorrow. This is especially true when it comes to doing that task we dread the most. I’m pretty sure we all procrastinate at one time or another. Most of us procrastinate when we are met with a task that just isn’t fun at all, no matter how exciting you try to make it. Here are four suggestions to keep in mind when faced with a task that must be finished on time:

Separate a task into smaller chunks and take them on one by one.
Choose a sensible time to work on a task. An example would be to not try to balance your checkbook while watching your favorite television show. In most cases, the temptation to watch will be too great.
When you finally accomplish that less than desirable task, reward yourself with a little treat. Having dinner out or playing a round of golf might be just the ticket.
Probably one of the best ways to motivate yourself would be to keep someone in mind who will be pleased that the job is finally done and is proud of you for sticking with it.
Most apartment complexes have large dumpsters for the tenants to use for their trash. It amazes me how lazy some people can be when it comes to using these containers. More than once, I’ve seen a dumpster overflowing with one of the lids up and the other one down. I guess there are some who don’t realize that if you open the closed lid, you’ll find plenty of room for several more yards of trash bags. It all goes back to being a little more responsible for your actions. Why let trash bags pile up on the ground when all you need to do is open the other side of the trash container? I’ve also noticed an empty toilet paper core on the dispenser with a full roll on top of it. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how to change a roll of toilet paper. I won’t even go into the proper way to install a roll of toilet paper. Should the roll go over the top or underneath? I’ve tried Googling this and have not been successful.

Why don’t we ever hear any father-in-law jokes?

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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