Steamless drive-in

Advice from Mom
By Rita Lessard

Last week, our son Glenn brought his daughters Olivia and Abby for a two day visit. Since Tom has been having trouble with his leg, he stayed home while we went to Grand Bend for a great time on the new and improved beachfront. Tuesday night we went to the Star-lite Drive-In in Shipka to see the latest Harry Potter movie. I have never had the chance to see any of these movies, so it was quite a treat.
At the drive-in, Glenn impressed me with his ingenuity. In the past when we went to the drive-in, we always had to put the windows up because of the mosquitoes and other pesky insects that would invade us. Before Glenn went to the movie, he bought some window screening, cut out the pattern of his windows, and just before the movie started, he taped the screening to the open window. We all enjoyed an insect- and condensation-free night with the breeze flowing through the screening. What a neat idea.
Glenn’s pretty smart. He also gave me a tip for my coffee-drinking customers. He said that in order to prevent spilling his coffee while he’s driving, he inserts the lid tab inside the cup instead of the outside, thus drinking the coffee as opposed to wearing it. I guess it works because I suggested this trick to a lady customer who asked for a straw to drink her coffee, and she said a truck driver told her that that was what he did. Who knew?

Gardening hurts your knees?
Make kneepads with newspaper. After you’ve read the Grand Bend Strip, save it and use it in this way (Ed: Mom! My precious paper!). Fold enough newspaper to make a thickness of one inch, wrap tightly with a cloth or plastic bag and seal the open ends with duct tape. Voila. Knee pads!

Outdoor tools rusty?
Metal tools left on a damp lawn or stored in a humid garage can quickly develop rust. To clean them, dip the metal portion in a pot of cider vinegar for 24 hours. Remove and wipe with a clean dry rag. Rust will come off easily.

Our society is too automated
Have you ever noticed that when a traffic signal turns green, it automatically activates the horn of the car behind you?

Found in The Sun magazine:
Pete was telling a friend that he had just lost his job. “Why did the foreman fine you?” the friend asked in surprise.
“Oh,” Pete said, “You know how foreman are. They stand around with their hands in their pockets watching everybody else work.”
“Sure,” replied his friend, “But why did he let you go?”
“Jealousy,” answered Pete. “All the other workers thought I was the foreman.”