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The Press Box For Aug. 2
August 2, 2017

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Back in the 1960's the Statler Brothers had a number one hit with the song." Flowers on the Wall." If you've ever listened to the words who'll know where I'm coming from.

If all a person wants to do is set around and twiddle their thumbs that's fine but don't complain there isn't anything else to do. Fall sports season now upon us and summer vacation's out of the way, if you haven't had anything to do this summer I would say it's your own fault.

This has been a decent summer, maybe a little more rain than normal but not nearly as hot as most years. As the old tune goes " Playin' solitaire till dawn with a deck of fifty one, smoking cigarettes and watchin' Captain Kangaroo now don't tell me, I've nothing to do."

Now, I'm not advocating smoking or taking drugs or drinking or anything else of that order, however don't set around and complain when there is a world around you full of opportunity.

Traveling through two communities this past week I got a look at some of the activities available to the local residents including youth. There are several favorite fishing holes and rafting seems to be a favorite on the creeks and river. Parks for the kids and adults to enjoy, and swimming pools in nearly all the towns. There have been music events, boat races, 4-H camp, vacation bible school, (which should be a priority) and golf courses on both sides of the river, people are out walking and jogging.

A couple nice bowling alleys are still in operation, farmers markets are set up, and hiking is another favorite. Yard sales galore and if none of that suits your fancy get out and work on your lawn or do some much needed repairs around the house. It seems many have forgot that part. When the kids say there's nothing to do, put a bucket of water and a sponge in their hands and get the car cleaned up.

Listen there is always something to do, read a book if that's all there is or watch a good movie. Go to the theatre.

I remember mom used to tell us to get out of the house and do something. I really thing there is more to do today than back then. We didn't have computer's, cell-phones, no electronic games, lucky to have a TV and if you did it was a 19 inch black and white, a 25 inch was the largest. Not every family had a car. Now every family member seems to!

Cards and board games were quite big! We used to play a lot of rummey and monopoly, mostly later in the evening after we had spent the day out in the heat. No air conditioning, not even in the cars. A dip in the creek was the way to cool off. Well times do change but there is still plenty to do and I know there's something for everyone.

It's fair and festival time and from now till late October there should be something nearly every weekend. For those who say they have no money or can't afford it, I say throw those cigarettes away, put the beer back on the shelve, walk instead of driving and enjoy the free things in life. Sistersville puts on all kinds of free events, Paden City has the big labor day event free of charge. There's plenty to do!

If none of that is your cup of tea than remember the local high school sports scene is up and running as practice for all area teams started on Monday. Won't be long till game time.

That old song should haunt you if you're using the excuse "there's nothing to do." I just don't buy it, there's something out there and "If I was walking in your shoes, I wouldn't worry none. While you'n' your friends are worried about me I'm havin' lots of fun." Anything 's better than doing nothing!

The Sistersville summer basketball league finished up on Friday with a terrific game between the Black team and the Green team. It was a good league this year with lots of good ball players.

Marshall University had it's annual volleyball camp at Tyler Consolidated this past week, girls from middle school through high school took part in a morning session and an afternoon session. It was a great way for many of the locals to jump start their season, learning from Division 1 collegiate coaches has to improve your game.

The annual Jim Quinet memorial scholarship 5-K run/walk was held Saturday, at 9 a.m. What a nice event! I had been wanting to try one for quite awhile, was glad to finally get to take part. One old timer who's been running for the past 35 years at least, said he was happy to see me back.

I thought of that old song again, "It's good to see you, I must go, I know I look a fright. Anyway my eyes are not accustomed to this light. And my shoes are not accustomed to this hard concrete, so I must go back to my room and make my day complete."

It was good to see a lot of people taking part in a great race. Whether you ran or walked you were sure to reap some benefit from the exercise. I enjoyed talking to Dave Roberts from Middlebourne who finished about a minute quicker than I did. Dave had a liver transplant a while back and seems to be recovering well. I felt like I did pretty good for my first race in probably 25 years and after having a few bouts with my heart including a five way by-pass two years ago. Dave passing me up around the two mile mark has now got me ready to improve for the next one. Plus it's a great way to take off some pounds.

But with a new school year on the horizen and sports season here, you can find something I'm sure to keep you entertained or you can set around, "Countin' flowers on the wall, That don't bother me at all, just don't tell me, I've nothin' to do." eparsons@tylerstarnews.com

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