To start with, we want to remind everyone the June Senior Social is coming up Thursday. Come join us for out door games. We have a couple of new games -- top toss and bean bag throw. Bring a friend. It's from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Health Improvement's senior activity area and gazebo. There will be light snacks.
We've been thinking of things that bug us, starting with the times there are two events happening at the same time. We can't be two places at once. That might happen this weekend -- the senior social and camping club getting together at Marian Lake.
Sometimes there are things that really bug us and there isn't anything we can do about them. For example, plastic bags hanging out of reach from tree branches or hanging on fences torn and looking ugly waving in the wind.
Did you ever watch the wind pick up a bag and play with it up and down the street? It goes up in the air floating away, high over buildings, then comes down in the ally rolling along. The bag continues to travel until it is caught by a weed, tree branch or barbed wire fence.
It is a mystery where they come from -- seems as though they appear from nowhere. If we all used the cloth shopping bags available at many shopping centers, maybe we could cut down on the ugly sight of plastic on the fences, especially along the highway as travelers come into our community.
Have you ever tried to pick up a bag from a fence? It's no easy job. The fence doesn't want to give up its catch.
When we were kids, purchases were wrapped in brown paper and tied with string. The string came from the cone-shaped spool at the end of the counter and the paper from a huge roll underneath the counter. Also, items were carried out in brown paper sacks, which are still available at some stores.
When the plastic bag was invented we all thought they were so great. With easy-to-hold handles, we could carry more than one bag in each hand. They came in handy as liners for the waste basket, and we could tie the handles to make an enclosed package. But now, the plastic bags seems to have taken over. They need to be recycled -- taken care of so they aren't getting away from us and ending up ruining our landscape.
Other things that bug us: trash left behind by partiers at the campground, cell phones, new technology we don't understand how to use, drivers not using direction lights, TV change to digital, junk mail and catalogs. But all these things have a story of their own. Maybe we'll discuss them in the future.
Father's Day is coming. We found a clever story in the Catholic Digest giving a humorous explanation about the tools in dad's toolbox. We got the biggest kick out of the "Dang It Tool" -- any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling "dang it" at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need. Now, wouldn't that bug you?
Jim and Opal Flinn, Ellis, are members of the Generations Advisory Group.