Out and About – Week of September 28th

Six more aphorisms:

A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water.
How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?
Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.
Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.
No one ever says “It’s only a game” when their team is winning.
Do you realize that in about 40 years we’ll have millions of old ladies running around with tattoos, and rap music will be the Golden Oldies?
As you get Out and About during this time of the year, you can’t help but notice the number of garage and yard sales. Barbara Ruggles out on Buckhorn Road just had her final yard sale this past weekend. She has had a yard sale every year for the last 48 years. This year she made the decision that this was going to be her final year. It’s something she must really enjoy doing if she has done it for so long. It’s amazing how much fun you can have looking over the treasures on display.

If you are planning to host a yard/garage sale in the near future, please let the Commercial-News know about it and they will be happy to work with you when it comes to advertising your event. Once you do this, let me know and I’ll gladly mention it in the Out and About column. You’ll help support this newspaper and I’ll support you.

Here are a few things that might you go “Hmmm”:

Why do you have to “put your two cents in”…but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”? Where’s that extra penny going to? Taxes?
Why are you “IN” a movie, but you are “ON TV”?
If a 911 operator has a heart attack, whom does he/she call?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a garage. I think I’m part of the minority who actually keeps my car in the garage. So many use their garage to store most of their “stuff”. If you actually do keep a vehicle in your garage and want to do your best to properly care for it, here are some helpful suggestions:

Hang a tennis ball with a string from the garage ceiling to mark exactly where the car should stop when it comes into the garage. Hang the ball so that when it just touches the middle of the windshield, the car is exactly where it should be.
Install a smoke alarm and a fire extinguisher in your garage. It is just as vulnerable to fire as the rooms in your house – more so if you keep gasoline or other combustibles in the garage.
Before taking a broom to a concrete garage floor, sprinkle the floor with slightly damp coffee grounds. The grounds will keep the dust down while you sweep.
Clean oil and grease left by the car by covering the spots with cat litter. Leave it for a while to absorb the oil, then sweep it up. Sprinkle the remaining stains with dishwashing detergent, let it stand for a few minutes, then scrub it off with boiling water.
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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