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Out and About – Week of October 1st

The 2019 cars and trucks are finally arriving at the dealerships. There are many who shy away from purchasing a new car because of the depreciation that occurs the minute you drive it out of the showroom. You can buy a very nice used car if you go about it the right way. It’s difficult to find that older lady who just drove her car to church every Sunday, but if you do your homework, you can find a vehicle that still has plenty of life and will give you many good years of service. Research shows that about eighty-seven percent of Americans dislike shopping for cars at dealerships and more than half would rather buy or sell a car from home. Here are some hints that will help in making a private purchase a happy transaction for both parties:

When you’re looking, do some research. Know what you’re looking for and what most people typically pay for a certain model. Kelley Blue Book is a good resource. Watch out for those red flags. Ask to see a title to the vehicle, and if the car is priced suspiciously low, back out.
Once you’ve found that car, investigate its history. A private owner probably won’t offer any type of warranty, so it will usually be “As Is”. Carfax is a good place to go for help. You’ll need the VIN number. This will help as far as past accidents or flood damage.
If you know a good mechanic, it’s always a good idea to have him inspect the car before you open your billfold.
From last week, here are the final six things you might want to consider if you feel lost in your life:

Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and where you want to be.
“Listen” and “Silent” are spelled with the same letters. Think about that for a moment.
Sometimes you need to talk to a three-year-old so you can really understand life again.
You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.
Sometimes you have to stop thinking so much and just go where your heart takes you.
Never stop believing because miracles happen every day.
Norm Brunner passed away a couple of weeks ago. He had been ill for the past several years, so his passing was not a surprise to me. I’ve known him for at least sixty years because he was a friend of my oldest brother. Upon returning to Three Rivers in 1996, I became reacquainted with Norm through the Three Rivers Community Players. I’m pretty sure he was a charter member. I was never in a production with him, but we conversed quite a bit at meetings and at performances. On occasion, I’d run into him at the newspaper when he’d stop to pick up a paper. We’d always exchange the popular greeting from the television show “Cheers” by shouting out “NORM”!

Norm had a peculiar sense of humor and was able to deliver a punch line without cracking up. I wish I had been able to work with him on stage. I’m sure it would have been a memorable experience.

The problem with getting older is that your list of living friends continues to diminish. You always wish you had just a little more time to spend with those you are really close to. This is just another reason to take advantage of the time we do have and let those friends know just how much they mean to us.

I’ll miss you Norm. You were definitely a class act.

A few things to keep in mind while you’re daydreaming:

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
Success is how high you bounce when you’ve hit rock bottom.
You’re never beaten until you admit it.
Live for something rather than die for nothing.
Do everything you ask of those you command.
See you Out and About!

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