Out and About – Week of July 20th

Probably the nicest and largest flea market around is in Shipshewana, Indiana. I’m not sure what days the flea market is open, but if you’re in the Shipshewana area and traffic is bumper-to-bumper, it’s a good chance that the flea market is open for business. I’ve visited the market and there are bargains there for everyone. To check out everything, you should plan on spending an entire day there. Here are some tips that might help you walk away a winner:

Follow the strategy of antique dealers. Arrive early as the vendors are setting up their wares. Vendors would rather sell an item than arrange it in a display.
Look around a little before making a purchase. Many vendors have similar items. Look for the best deal before making a major purchase.
Be ready to bargain. Some vendors will list their items high so that they can come down in price and make the customer feel as though they are getting a real deal.
Return close to the end of the day, when vendors are starting to pack up their goods. They would rather sell an item at a reduced price than take it back home.
Flea markets are great, because the money is kept local. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Be good to your spouse. Remember, right now they could poison you and it could be counted as a Covid-19 death.

Mark Twain and Will Rogers are known for their wit and quotes that, most of the time, make a lot of sense. Here are three quotes from Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain):

“A soiled baby, with a neglected nose, cannot be conscientiously regarded as a thing of beauty.”
“It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bothers me, it’s the parts that I do understand.”
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man.”
I’ve never been a hunter or fisherman, but I have friends who enjoy both activities. Living on a lake, we see quite a few fishermen all year round. In talking with them, I’ve learned a few things worth sharing:

When purchasing a tackle box, plastic and fiberglass boxes are the best. Steel boxes tend to rust and aluminum boxes are easily dented.
Clean your gear at the end of the day to prevent corrosion and keep everything working. If you fish in salt water, make sure to rinse your tackle with fresh water.
Fish have a keen sense of smell, and traces of gas, oil, tobacco, sweat, insect repellent, or even soap on gear can repel them. Good old WD-40 is great when it comes to masking odors.
Change your fishing line after eight hours of use. Worn line doesn’t perform well and may break at that moment when you are about to reel in that big catch.
I always feel uncomfortable when I have to say no when asked to help with something or am invited to attend a particular event. Jules Rivard was quoted as saying, “The only man who is really free is the man who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving any excuse.”

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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