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Out and About – Week of April 8th

“It’s not my job.” This phrase is heard too much lately. I worked with a person who constantly said this. He was lazy and did exactly what was in his job description. Unfortunately, he was promoted, which didn’t say much about my employer.

How many times do you walk past a piece of litter and fail to reach down, pick it up, and dispose of it properly? How many times do you throw something out your car window without giving any thought about who is going to pick up your trash? We are living in a world where some of us feel we are owed something. I’ve mentioned several times that, while you’re out walking the dog or just walking for the exercise, and should you see litter in your path, you might bend down and pick it up. How many people do you know who, when visiting a fast-food eatery, leave their cups and sandwich wrappers on the table? Perhaps they are blind and don’t notice the trash receptacles in the room. Their excuse is usually, “That’s what someone else is paid to do. It’s not my job.”

Some very respected individuals have spoken some great truths. Let me share these with you:

“In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.” ~ John Adams
“If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.” ~ Mark Twain
“I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” ~ Winston Churchill
“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

~ George Bernard Shaw
“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.”
~ P.J. O’Rourke

I’ll share more of these truths next week.

If you haven’t filed your income taxes yet, you have less than a week to get them done. Next Monday, you must either file them by midnight, or go look for a cave where no one will ever find you.

A couple more rules that a parent might want to share with their children. More suggestions next week:

Carry two handkerchiefs. The one in your back pocket is for you. The one in your breast pocket is for her.
You marry the girl, you marry the family.
Experience the serenity of traveling alone.
Never be afraid to ask out the best looking girl in the room.
Never turn down a breath mint.
If you’ve been looking for a time and place to get rid of any hazardous waste, electronics, old tires, latex paint and appliances, your wait is over. This next Saturday, April 13, you may take these items to the St. Joe County Grange Fairgrounds and they’ll be happy to take them off your hands. There will be people there to receive these unwanted items from 8 AM until noon. Please use the entrance off M-86.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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