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Out and About – Week of January 28th

The last I checked, we were fighting a war on drugs. This is a great idea, but I’m afraid we’re losing. Perhaps the penalties for drug possession aren’t strong enough. Who knows? I did some research recently by watching television in the evening. I don’t care what network or channel you might enjoy watching, but just about all of them have an over abundance of ads. If you watch a half-hour program, you could very easily enjoy ten minutes of ads. In my hour or so of observing these ads, I witnessed about one-third of them contained ads for various drugs. I’m not talking about recreational drugs but the over-the-counter variety. The abuse of these drugs can also be harmful and habit forming. What surprised me were the after effects of some of these wonder drugs. By using some of them, you might experience some really fun results, such as diarrhea, nausea, cramps, dizziness and headaches. Call me old fashioned, but I can think of better ways of having a good time than hanging out in the bathroom. If you’re sick, take what the doctor prescribed, but be aware of what the label says about side effects.

Before I place the subject of TV ads on the back burner, I’d like to comment on those ads that show someone taking their brand new pickup and climbing over rocks and making donuts in a parking lot. The ad people must really think we are all lacking intelligence.

I’ve been writing this column since April of 2006 and the time has come for me to sever my ties with the Commercial-News. I have started a blog where the column will appear on a weekly basis and WLKM Radio will continue to carry my column on their website, just as they have for the past ten or twelve years, therefore the column isn’t ceasing to exist, it’s just going to be available in different ways.

If you’d like to see the column in my blog, use your browser and go to: outandabout.live.

If you’d like to visit the WLKM website, go to www.WLKM.com. In the upper left corner of the screen, you’ll see a drop-down menu: “Around Town”. Hover your mouse over that, then click on “Out and About”.

If you don’t have access to a computer, you might want to have a friend do the surfing for you.

I’d like to thank all you readers and hope you will continue to follow the column. I promise that I will do my best to brighten your day and keep you informed about what’s going on in and around St. Joseph County. I might even do a restaurant review from time to time.

Five more thoughtful quotes to share with friends:

“Different sores must have different salves.” – English Proverb
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Edmund Burke
“The hope of every nation in the world is its children.” – Quest International
“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” – Henry James
“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
The expert in anything was once a beginner.

Some people are like clouds. When they disappear, it’s a beautiful day.

Why do I bother pushing “one” for English? I still get someone that can’t speak it.

See you Out and About!

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