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Good people reach out

Published October 30. 2010 09:00AM

You must never lose faith in mankind because there will always be people out there willing to go the extra mile for you.

My wife watches our 14-month-old grandson, Sean James, during the week while my son and daughter-in-law are off at work.

Recently she was returning home early in the morning with Sean in his car seat when she experienced car trouble. What she thought was smoke filled the interior of the car. She quickly pulled over and got the little guy out of his seat as she feared the car might be on fire.

As it turned out, a hose burst, and what filled the car wasn't smoke, it was steam from the radiator. Krajcirik's garage had the problem fixed before the end of the day.

But while she was waiting for help, people, customers and workers, came out of the Friendly Market on Lansford's West Patterson Street (formerly PennMart), to assist. One person told her to come into the store to keep warm. Others asked if they could call someone for her, while another stranger volunteered to "drive you anywhere you want to go".

What began as a stressful morning, turned into a feel-good day thanks to people who took the time to care, and who offered to help.

We can never have too many good people in the world. So, when we lose one, it creates a huge void.

Dr. Rober A. Arner, the Summit Hill dentist, died this week at the age of 79. He's being buried today.

I'll miss the talks we had in his office while his son, Kirk, worked on my teeth.

A strong and compassionate man, he was dedicated to his family, his church, his community and his practice. What more can you ask?

He'll be missed by the many people he touched throughout his life.

With apologies to David Letterman, here's a list of the 10 best reasons when you know you're too old to go trick or treating. Thanks to my old friend, Bill Edwards for sending this along.

You know you are too old to Trick or Treat when:

10. You get winded from knocking on the door.

9. You have to have another kid chew the candy for you.

8. You ask for high fiber candy only.

7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over.

6. People say: "Great Boris Karloff Mask," and you're not wearing a mask.

5. When the door opens you yell, "Trick or..." and can't remember the rest.

4. By the end of the night, you have a bag full of restraining orders.

3. You have to carefully choose a costume that won't dislodge your hairpiece.

2. You're the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a walker.

And the number one reason Seniors should not go Trick Or Treating...

1. You keep having to go home to go to the bathroom.

And, in keeping with the silliness of the season, here's another contribution from a reader titled, "Murphy's Lesser Known Laws".

1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you listen to them.

2. Change is inevitable, except of course from a vending machine.

3. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.

4. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

5. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90 percent probability you'll get it wrong.

6. If you lined up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them, five or six at a time, on a hill, in the fog.

7. The things that come to those who wait will usually be the scraggly junk left by those who got there first.

8. The shin bone is a device used for finding furniture in a dark room.

9. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

10. When you go into court, you are putting yourself into the hands of 12 people who weren't creative enough to get out of jury duty.

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