Out and About – Week of August 27th

Public restrooms are just that. They are for the public. I applaud businesses who provide a room where patrons can go “Rest”. It’s the responsibility of the business owner to maintain that room of rest, but I feel the public should share in some of that responsibility. I’m not saying we should scrub the toilet or mop the floor, but I think it’s only fair that we should do what we can to keep that room as neat as it was when we entered. Here are some suggestions:

There is usually an extra roll of toilet paper nearby. If you find an empty core on the dispenser, replace it. I won’t go into the proper way the tissue should flow off the roll.
If the paper towel dispenser is out or almost out of paper towels, let someone know.
If the wastebasket is full of paper towels, use your foot and pack it down.
After wiping your hands with paper towels, wipe off the excess water you left on or around the sink.
Flush the toilet.
When entering the restroom, close and lock the door. You’d be surprised how many people I’ve caught with their pants down.
Don’t help yourself to that extra roll of toilet paper. It’s not that expensive, so buy your own.
With school starting, please be extra cautious around school zones. The speed limit is usually lower than normal and is always posted. Like deer, children do not always cross where the signs say they will.

When approaching or following a school bus, watch the lights on the bus. Flashing yellow means to approach with caution, because the bus will probably be stopping soon to take on or drop off passengers. If you see flashing red lights, stop well behind or in front of the bus and don’t proceed until the lights are turned off. You will be cited if you disobey these signals.

I’d like to applaud all school bus drivers. You are transporting precious cargo. You must keep order on the bus, while paying attention to the traffic outside. This can be difficult at times, because most children find it difficult to sit still and keep quiet. It takes a special person to drive a school bus. You must have the patience of a saint and the driving skills of an Indy 500 race car driver. Kudos to you!

Something special for mothers: The bond between mother and child lasts a lifetime. It remains unchanged by time and distance. It is the purest love – unconditional and true. It is understanding of any situation and forgiving of any mistake. If your mother is still living, let her know in some way that she is loved and appreciated.

Final four slip ups from newspapers:

“City unsure why the sewer smells.”
“Starvation can lead to health hazards.”
“Parents keep kids home to protest school closure.”
“Hospitals resort to hiring doctors.”
The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just need to find the ones worth suffering for.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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