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Under My Hat

Saturday, April 10, 2010
Tom Hartz Sr.

In so many ways, firefighters put the needs of others first. That's the way Tom Hartz, Sr., lived.

The former chief of Citizens Fire Company in Tamaqua passed away recently and unexpectedly after a lifetime of devotion.

By age 70, he had given over 50 years of service to the fire department and his fellow man.

Hartz embodied all that is good about firemen and his contributions to the community are beyond measure.

That's because firemen do much more than fight fires.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

You probably own a cell phone and, if so, you probably have a contract.

And if you're like most people, you're probably paying way too much.

With services such as unlimited calling, text messaging, plus taxes and other add-ons, a monthly cell phone bill can run from $80 to well over $100.

People are overpaying to talk on a cell phone. Many believe the high price is a rip-off. Worse yet, early contract termination penalties can run up to a few hundred dollars. Cell phone service shouldn't be so costly and that's one reason why Wal-Mart jumped into the cell business.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I recently watched the televised broadcast of the State of the Union address.

It reminded me of The Muppet Show, where those two old men sit in the balcony and offer comments to each other throughout the production.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

If you think the world has changed in a short amount of time, you'll feel that way even more after eavesdropping on this conversation. It was sent to me by friend Aletha in Vermont.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandpa about current events.

The grandson asked his grandpa what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

Grandpa replied, "Well, let me think a minute. I was born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The subject of cars has been in the news.

When we think of cars and the auto industry, we think of all things American and apple pie. Cars are a big part of our culture.

We conjure up visions of Henry Ford's assembly line, the Big Three and taking our Chevy to the levee. Or a Ford. We had fun, fun, fun until Daddy took the Tbird away.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The following comments are priceless.

They were sent to me from my brother, who received them in an email. Check them out and see if they apply to you. Above all, take time to think and appreciate:

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored, lead-based paints.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Did you know that buying a simple sinus pill has become a complicated process?

It's been that way for a few years now. But I didn't fully appreciate the rigamarole until the recent arctic blast blew in.

Last Sunday I woke up with a sinus headache that measured 99.5 on the Richter scale.

I needed a pharmacy real fast and so I drove to the nearest Wally World.

There, I found a common sinus medicine product that's been advertised heavily. I won't mention the name, but let's just say it rhymes with Madville.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The first person who figures out how to bottle individual initiative will make millions. Of course, it's impossible to do. But I always marvel at the inspiration of people who demonstrate initiative.

People with individual initiative are the ones with a burning passion to accomplish. They go places and do things.

They take an interest in something, anything, and they go on to excel. They're the Thomas Edisons of our day, the go-getters, the innovators. They're everyday people who do good.

Those thoughts went through my mind during the month of December.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The cold weather has arrived and another highwheel season ends.

The hobby of demonstrating 125-year-old bicycles takes my friends and me to about 30 events each year. Most are in Pennsylvania, along with a few in New York and New Jersey.

The biggest event once again was the annual Scranton St. Patrick's Day Parade. They had over 100,000 spectators lining the streets and countless others watching on television.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

There is a cottage industry based on the premise that, on December 12, 2012, the world will end.

Some say an asteroid will hit Earth.

Others say there will be all kinds of natural disasters owing to some kind of odd celestial formation.

One website says: "The galactic alignment is the alignment of the December solstice sun as viewed from Earth with the galactic equator. The galactic equator is basically the Milky Way, as it's perceived in the sky. This is an alignment that is caused by the procession of the equinoxes, and it happens only once every 26,000 years."