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Rich Paulsen - What’s Up

It may be spring on the calendar but the weather gods so far are not cooperating

I think I’ve seen enough snow and ice this month and we are only 12 days into April. We keep getting teased with a couple of warm days and then we seem to go back to the more winter-like weather. I do see a number of spring flowers starting to show themselves. But, the grass is not very green in most of the yards as of yet. Last year this same week it was over 70 degrees on five of the seven days. I may be harvesting my tomatoes in September if this keeps up.

Obits

It seems like there have been a lot of funerals as of late. I checked our records and it looks like we have been almost double the number of obits the last six months. I guess we are all getting older or else we are in for a dry spell to make up for all of the deaths over the past few months. I sure can’t remember going to this many funerals ever in such a short of time. “May everyone live long and prosper.” Star Trek quote!

52 down

I did my sleeve surgery a little less than three months ago. I have lost 52 pounds over the first three months. The good thing is I don’t feel hungry even though I am probably only eating about 800-1,000 calories per day. The good part is I have cut down on my carbs immensely!

I try to hit the YMCA at least six days a week. If we would ever get some good, steady weather outside it would make it easier to get in a good walk at the end of the day. I’ve had a lot of people quizzing me about the process. So far, I would say it has worked well. I’m kind of halfway surprised by all the people I’ve met who have either done the surgery or are going to do it coming up. I’ve dropped four pant sizes already. So I’m starting to develop my new short-term wardrobe game plan. So if you see a lot of larger size clothes at the Re-Run shop, they may be part of my old collection!

YMCA

The YMCA has put in a lot of new equipment over the past couple of months. They have plans for putting in a new system that would extend the hours of the Y by using a card to let you in. The membership has grown by double digits over the past two months. I’ve been swimming in the mornings for the last 18 years and I would guess that probably half the time I was by myself. Now, I have lots of company in the early mornings. Usually by this time of year, the New Year’s resolution people have given up and lots of folks head for the outdoors. It looks like a lot of people are sticking to their exercise regiment with a little more determination.

Construction

I’m guessing by all the flags and orange paint going across the front lawn of the paper office it is going to be a busy construction season around Creston this year. I know there will be lots of new utilities that are going to be replaced or moved. Those big stanchions in the alleys are going away this spring and summer. Plus, all the street work that is going to happen around town this year will make for some fun detours. So get ready for those pretty orange cones or signs telling you you can’t go this way. There will be construction at almost every turn this summer. “Get your patience ready!”

Thought for the week: “A ball player’s got to be kept hungry to become a big leaguer. That’s why no boy from a rich family ever made the big leagues.” – Joe DiMaggio

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