The Trauma Of Office Upheaval


You know how one thing usually leads to another? That happened to me recently — I got a new computer desk to replace my too small, rickety old one. The first trauma was transferring the computer equipment from one desk to the other. My heartfelt thanks to Kim Young and Jeff Rushlow from the Senior Thrift Store for going above and beyond the call of duty and getting my “new” office set up.

The second chore involved moving the 10-year accumulation of “stuff” from one desk to the other. Amazing what I found — old Christmas cards with notes written in them that I saved to answer someday, addresses that were outdated, recipes I had planned to try, clippings kept for a reason I no longer remember, ideas jotted down for future columns.

I’m probably not the only person in Payson with pack-rat syndrome, but I am pleased to report I am well on my way to getting things cleaned up and caught up. I’m even maintaining my goal of writing a letter a day until all the correspondence is current. So, don’t be surprised if you receive a note from me — you’re probably on the mailing list somewhere!

Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store is having a sale on western wear through Aug. 21. Garments are priced at $3 each or two for $5, unless otherwise marked. Yard goods also are on sale for half off the marked prices. The store is located at 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Payson Senior Center & Thrift Store

The monthly birthday celebration for those born in August will be celebrated at noon, Thursday, Aug. 20 in the Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. Menu for the day is turkey potpie, corn, whole wheat roll, cantaloupe cubes, cucumber salsa and beverage. Please make advance reservations by calling (928) 474-4876. There will be live entertainment by Wayne Todd, birthday cake from Payson Care Center and a drawing for a door prize. If your birthday is this month, be sure to put your name in the Birthday Barrel prior to lunch to be eligible for the drawing.

Big Bob Slauterbeck presents karaoke in the dining room at 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24.

At 11:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 30, Brenda Barton, candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives, will speak on issues of interest to voters. The presentation is open to the public, no reservations required unless you want to stay for lunch.

A detective with the Payson Police Department will discuss the problem of identity theft and how to avoid it at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 31 in the Center Dining Room.

There is a sign-up sheet in the Center Lobby for persons interested in playing poker, dominoes or dice.

Helen and Bob Hughes offer free country and western dance lessons Tuesdays at 5 p.m. at the Center. For information, call (928) 474-4876. 

Computer classes are held in the Senior Center Tuesday afternoons by appointment only. There is a sign-up sheet at the Information Desk in the lobby.


Christine Wailand Harrison will present a workshop and book signing from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28 at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St. Harrison, a Payson resident, is the author of How to Play Nice Together: Creating Communities Locally and Globally. The event is free and open to the public.

Call (928) 468-2435 for information.

Think about it: Wouldn’t it be nice if we could forget our troubles as easily as we forget our blessings?


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