Out and About – Week of October 26th

This Saturday is Halloween. Last week I wrote something about the origins of this last day of October. If you are planning to celebrate Halloween this weekend, please have a very festive time. If you happen to be Out and About, be watchful for the little goblins wandering about the neighborhoods. They will be wearing more than the usual masks and their vision will be limited. Kudos to all the parents who will be accompanying their little ones as they travel door-to-door. Most importantly, before you go to bed Saturday night, please check under your bed and in your closet for the boogeyman. He loves to touch any exposed feet.

Next Sunday, November 1, Daylight Savings Time ends, so don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed. As usual, I’ll stay up until 2 AM Sunday morning to change my clocks.

Next Tuesday, November 3, is Election Day. If you don’t cast your ballot and vote, you have absolutely no right to complain about the election results. I always look forward to Election Day, because it means that those tasteless, idiotic, and mud-slinging campaign ads will be done for a while.

Kudos to the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority. Once again the Authority will be giving FREE rides to the polls on Tuesday, November 3. All riders must wear a mask while riding the bus and should contact the Authority to schedule the ride. Please phone 269-273-7808 to arrange a pick up.

I do care who wins the election on November 3, but I will not discuss politics or religion in this column. I will leave that to those individuals who live for the opportunity to flood Facebook with their opinions, hoping to persuade others to think the way they do. I will, however, give some advice, via quotes, to whoever will reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, in Washington, D.C., in January, 2021:

“The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he/she wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”~Theodore Roosevelt
“Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.”
~ J. Donald Walters

“The very essence of leadership is having vision.” ~ Fr. Theodore Hesburg
Lately, we’ve heard a lot of things we should all do in order to get along better with each other. These are very trying times, so here are some things to seriously think about and then act on:

Remember that all news is biased.
Let people pull in front of you when you’re stopped in traffic.
Hug children after you discipline them.
When someone is relating an important event that’s happened to them, don’t try to top them with a story of your own. Let them have the stage.
Praise in public. Criticize in private.
Drivers in Three Rivers have had to deal with way too much confusion, when it comes to the construction on US-131. Now that most of the construction is completed, we must deal with the new signs that will help us get to where we are going safely. All we need to do is drive alert and take the time to follow directions. If you think we have traffic jams here, wait until next week and I’ll share with you areas that have really bad traffic jams.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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