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Out and About – Week of June 22nd

Lately, I’ve been giving some serious thought to manhole covers. They are round so that they won’t fall into the hole they cover, but that’s just about all I know about them. What’s under those cast iron objects that appear at least once on every city block? If I were to open one up and crawl inside, would I discover a tunnel system that would lead to almost anywhere in the city? Would I be confronted with rats the size of a large house cat? I ponder these questions as I go to sleep each night. Perhaps I’ll pay a visit to the Department of Public Works Garage. I know a couple of the guys who work for the city, maybe I should stop by for a visit and have my questions answered. Keep checking this column, because if I do have my questions answered I’ll share this information with all of you. Surely, someone out there is as curious as I am.

Just about every day I encounter a situation in which someone is blaming someone else for all their troubles. No one wants to accept responsibility for their actions. Everything you do is based on the choices YOU make. It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make. Wouldn’t it be great if every parent would have a good talk with their children, and explained this to them, as they graduated from high school and passed through the door that exposed them to the real world. The world owes you absolutely nothing. We must all earn our just rewards.

This year’s Water Festival is now in the history books. Many thanks to those volunteers who stepped forward to insure that a good time was had by all. A lot of planning goes into this annual event, which in most ways is FREE for all who attend. If you have any complaints about this year’s festival, perhaps you should contact the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce. Christy Trammel and her staff would be happy to find a place for you on one of the committees for next year’s Water Festival. They are always open to fresh new ideas. Remember my motto, “Volunteer…the World is Run by Those Who Show Up”.

I’ve been chastised for being my own worst critic. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and when things don’t go exactly as planned, I beat myself up about it. As a result, I’ve made note of a statement that I keep handy in case I feel like punching myself in the arm. You may write this down and keep it handy also, in case you find yourself in the same boat. Here it is:

Treat yourself the way you would treat a small child. Feed yourself healthy food and make

sure you spend time outside, put yourself to bed early, and let yourself take naps. Don’t say

mean things to yourself. Don’t put yourself in danger. Your skull and your heart are still

as fragile as eggshells.

I love to travel, but I prefer to travel locally instead of internationally. Getting Out and About, to me, means to travel within five hundred miles of Three Rivers. I’ve had the privilege of traveling overseas throughout my lifetime. I’ve been to Asia, Europe, and forty-nine of the fifty United States. I prefer to visit places where I can safely drink the water and can see the sights without fear of being kidnapped or killed. To me, the Seven Wonders of the World are: 1)To See, 2) To Hear, 3) To Touch, 4) To Taste, 5) To Feel, 6) To Laugh, and 7) To Love. I’ll leave the usual Seven Wonders to those more adventurous.

It seems that many individuals feel they are immortal. They have no fear. In most cases, these feelings are shared by the younger generation. They see nothing wrong with texting while they drive, or using their cell phones to make “urgent” calls or play some stupid game that can’t wait until a later, safer time. I have never met most of these people. I hope we don’t meet by accident.

Yesterday was my mother’s birthday. Had she lived, she would have been one hundred and twelve. Beginning yesterday, the hours of daylight are becoming shorter. Fall is just around the corner and then comes winter. Those complaining about the heat will soon complain about the cold.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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