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by Syd Iwan
I killed three birds with onestone, so to speak, on Friday. Wehad Good-Friday services sched-uled at the church so I calledaround and set it up to have atownship meeting at the churchhall before services and a church-board meeting there afterwards. Itworked a treat. We were able to getall three get-togethers done in onetrip.This sort of thing doesn’t happenvery often it seems. Lives tend tobe busy, and getting five or six peo-ple to agree on a time and place fora meeting may take awhile. As aresult, it’s a nice surprise wheneveryone can come at the sametime. It just happened to work outon Friday because those needed forthe meetings were coming to Good-Friday services anyway. Coming alittle earlier or leaving a little laterdidn’t make much difference.When mileage and time are aconcern in this far-flung areawhere going to town involves atleast a half hour both going andcoming, combining tasks justseems a sensible idea. In otherwords, I saved two hours of travel-ing time alone on Friday by sched-uling three meetings on the sameday. Then too, besides the expendi-tures of travel time and gas money,it interrupts a day to put downyour tools and run off to town.Sometimes it’s hard to get muchelse done on those days.Similar organizational high jinks have been going on all mylife, it seems, just because we liveso far out in the sticks. If you’regoing to go to town, you might aswell do a bunch of stuff so you don’thave to return right away. WifeCorinne learned early on in ourmarriage that my trips to townwere apt to involve a whole lot of stops. I might visit the post office,bank, hardware store, grocery,court house, gas station and sev-eral other places. I might evendrop off eggs here and there. Tento fifteen stops were not uncom-mon. After awhile, Corinne wouldinquire where all I was planning togo before agreeing to ride along. If the number of stops seemed exces-sive in her view, she might decideshe had too much work to do athome and couldn’t go along thatday. If she had someone she couldvisit in town while I dashed hereand there, that was okay. Other-wise, forget it.By the way, doing one job rightafter another is just fine with usfellows. What we aren’t too good atis multitasking. Gals have the edgeon us there. They seem able tokeep several plates spinning onsticks at the same time whereaswe guys prefer one at a time. I evenget a little frustrated when I pre-pare some meals. I find it difficultto get the meat, potatoes, veg-etable, salad and gravy all ready atthe same time. Far easier are one-pot meals such as when you throwa roast in the oven and later addpotatoes and carrots to the samepan. Even simpler is unwrapping afrozen pizza and sticking it in theoven for a while or heating a can of soup. Simplicity often wins theday.This week, though, was a tri-umph of scheduling. On Thursday,we had to visit the clinic since sonChance had a sore on his lip thatneeded attention. After that, I sug-gested we stop by the hairdresserto see if we could all get haircutssince Chance and I were gettingpretty shaggy. To my great sur-prise, both gals happened to haveopenings just then so Chance andCorinne could get their hairclipped at the same time with minebeing done just after. If we’d comea little earlier or a little later, itwouldn’t have worked out. We hap-pened to time it just right, though,so it did. I was pleased.As you might imagine, I’ve aboutrun my course on combiningevents. Luckily, there is nothingmuch on the schedule that wouldrequire it. In other words, I haveno plans to kill any birds with anystones. As far as I know, there isactually nothing specific scheduledfor the rest of the year althoughsomething will no doubt come up. Ican happily plod from bill paying toaccounting to cooking to going tochurch. None of this multiple-meeting business or multitasking.That’s fine with me. That’s actu-ally the way I prefer it. Theremight even be enough time to siton the deck occasionally and listento the meadowlarks sing. Theyhave recently returned so the timeto enjoy them has, of necessity,been added to my “busy” schedule.Now might be a good time to go dothat. Catch you later.
New Date …
The library will be hosting Gary Phillips’ talk “Con-tainer Gardening and More” on Thursday, April 11, at 7:00 pm inthe Community Room of the courthouse. Everyone is welcome.Please call the library at 859-2442 for more information.
aa & aLaNON MeetINGS …
will be held Monday nights at 8:00p.m. at the Alano Club in Philip.
COMMUNItY BetteRMeNt COMMIttee …
is sponsoringRelease Time clean-up. You may start any Wednesday after Easter.Bags and gloves are supplied. For more information, contact Dar-lene Matt at 859-2077.
PHILIP HeaLtH SeRVICeS aUXILIaRY …
will meet Thurs-day, April 4, in the conference room at the hospital at 7:00 p.m.
FRee taX PRePaRatION …
AARP TaxAide will be providingfree federal tax return preparations at the Bad River Senior Citi-zen’s Center in Philip on
from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The serv-ice is open to all ages with emphasis on low and middle income tax-payers. Call Bob McDaniel, 859-2227, for appointment or more in-formation.
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