Al Batt: Paying Forward, Backward – Austin Daily Herald


Al Batt: Pay forward, backward

Posted at 5:07 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Echoes of the Loafers’ Club meeting

I have 20 goldfish living in my bathtub.

What do you do when you want to take a bath?

I blindfold them.

drive by

Bruce’s Driving

I have a wonderful neighbor named Bruce. Every time I walk past his reader, thoughts come to mind. I was three days early to complete a task. Daylight saving always confuses me. My neighbor Crandall is teaching his turkeys to play the banjo. He hopes the turkeys will pluck. Crandall and I used to share a water supply. We have a long well. He believes in paying back. He told the young woman driving that the car behind him was going to pay for his food.

Smile and bear it

So I was there one November day in Alaska. I watched a brown bear catch salmon in Chilkoot Lake. I watched from a safe distance as I showed the bear to a couple from New England. The woman was interested but uncomfortable. Her husband tried to assure her, “This bear is more afraid of you than you are.

She replied quickly, “If the bear said that, he’s lying.”

do with or Do without

“Use it, use it, do it, or do it without.” The War Advertising Council coined this slogan during World War II during the Victory Garden era, saving kitchen grease and donating scrap metal for munitions. Its purpose was to promote the need to conserve scarce resources and to help keep prices low by not generating excess demand. Use it, wear it, have it done or do it without.

The good people who lived before us on my family’s farm lived in an attic while a house was being built. Back when T-shirts were all white, a boy at my school turned his around and wore it dirty. A beloved aunt of mine, after becoming the sole resident of her house, used both the top and bottom of a plate before washing it.

I parked in my assigned parking spot for a regular job I do in a city. My parking space had been replaced by a large excavator and a temporary fence. Someone had taken my parking space and left a big hole. I parked on the street. It wasn’t really a sacrifice, but I got by without it.

Ask Al

“How do I know if it’s a deer horn or antler?” If you hear the sound coming from a car, it’s a horn.

“How can I find more free time? Whenever you see an email, text or social media post promising to shock or scare you, don’t read it. It won’t be true.

“What is the recommended safe distance to maintain from a grizzly bear? » 17 miles.

“What streaming service did you have when you were a kid?” It was called the imaginary.

I have learned

I like the B better than the L or the T in a BLT.

Inacupuncture is ineffective.

If all the bugs are squashed on the back window of my car instead of the windshield, I’m driving too slowly.

Good hide-and-seek players are hard to find.

My wife said I could be an idiot sometimes, so I set aside an hour on Thursday for that.

Things to be thankful for at Thanksgiving

Stretch pants.

That you haven’t spared every twist tie.

Those who forgive unconditionally.

Natural notes

Squirrels skimmed the fallen acorns. Oaks can be 900 year old trees – 300 years of growth, 300 years of stasis and 300 years of decline. Most oak species begin producing acorns at around age 20, with peak production of masts around age 50 to 80. Every two to five years, oak trees have a mast year when they produce significantly more acorns than they produce in other years. An oak belongs to the genus Quercus. “Quer” means “end” and “cuez” means “tree” in Celtic. The root zone of an oak tree extends beyond the tree’s drip line. The drip line is the outer edge of a tree’s foliage. Oak trees are home to 897 species of caterpillars in the United States. A single pair of breeding tits needs 6,000 to 9,000 caterpillars to raise a brood of young birds, according to Doug Tallamy, professor of wildlife entomology and ecology at the University of Delaware. A black-capped chickadee weighs up to four or five cents.

Adjourned meeting

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that happens to you and of continually giving thanks. And because everything has contributed to your advancement, you must include everything in your gratitude. —Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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