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Out and About – Week of September 9th

My office is small. If it were larger, I’d just fill it up with stuff. The late George Carlin once did a bit called, “Stuff”. I can truly relate to this, as can my wife. I think that all of us save, or collect, items that we probably will never use again. At one time, I had a nice set of metric wrenches. I’m not a mechanic, or even closely mechanically inclined, but I had these metric tools, because every guy should have them. I finally gave them away to another “guy”.

I have a set of two-way radios, the kind you might use at an amusement park, when you want to locate other members of your family. I haven’t used them for about twenty years, but I don’t want to get rid of them, because the moment I do, I’ll all of a sudden need them for something.

I have one of those camcorders that uses a full-size cassette. When I first purchased it, I found plenty of uses for it, and it was a lot of fun taping events and then reliving them later. I can’t get it to work, and I wouldn’t know where to take it to get it fixed. They’d probably laugh at me for even taking it in. I was advised to hold onto it, because someday, a museum might be interested in it.

It has been said that we should all move every ten years, because that would provide an opportunity to get rid of many things that we don’t use anymore. It has also been said that, if you haven’t used something for ten years, you really don’t need it anymore. I don’t hang out, or play with my 67-year-old teddy bear anymore, but I have no plans of getting rid of Boo. He’s quite comfortable in our display case, even though he has only one eye.

It was heartwarming to see such a great turnout for Bruce Snook’s memorial service this past Thursday. A special thanks to Pastor Paul Booko and everyone at Riverside Church for making their facility available. Kudos also to the many Lions in attendance, especially the Honor Guard. As Lion President Barb Stutesman said, “Bruce was a Lion before he ever joined a Lions club.” Bruce would have been proud and humbled by the many kind words spoken on his behalf.

It won’t be long before volunteers will be out collecting the litter along our major highways. Thank you for giving of your time, so that our highways remain litter-free. If you happen to see these folks along the shoulders, please slow down and give them a thumbs up for putting forth the effort. If you see someone throwing their garbage out their car window, make note of their license plate and report them to the authorities. If proper action is taken, perhaps they will be picking up litter in their orange jumpsuits.

September has always been “Back to School Month” in my mind. Summer vacation is over and it’s time to continue enriching our minds. The next time you’re near the Three Rivers Public Library, stop in and ask about their youth programs that started this month. They have interesting things for children from Kindergarten through the teenage years. The adults haven’t been forgotten, either. Remember, all library programs are FREE.

The yard and garage sale days are winding down, but you’ll be happy to know that the First United Methodist Church, 215 North Main Street, in Three Rivers, will host a rummage sale this Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14. I don’t know the difference between a rummage sale and a yard sale, except maybe a rummage sale is held indoors. Anyway, the sale will run from 9 AM until 5 PM. It might be a good idea to plan your visit around noon, because lunch will be available. Sounds to me like a good reason to get Out and About.

Once again, I’d like to wrap up this week’s column with, what some might consider, good advice:

When giving a “Thank You” speech, short and sweet is best.

Stand up to bullies. You’ll only have to do it once.

Don’t be the talker in the movie theater.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman