Stop Automatic Calls


Random thoughts Shopping etiquette:

If you have forgotten or can’t find what you came for, please do not park your shopping cart in the middle of the aisle while you are looking, making it impossible for other shoppers to get through.

Meet an old friend in the produce department? Please carry on your conversation somewhere besides the center of the aisle.

Got an urgent call on your cell phone? For heaven’s sake, there’s no need to shout. The rest of us really don’t give a darn if Aunt Sue is coming for a visit or if neighbor Bob’s dog ran away.

When checking out, have your credit or debit card, check or cash ready before the clerk finishes. It should not be a surprise that you are going to have to pay for your purchases!

Here’s my favorite:  Don’t even think of checking your 22 items out in the quick check lane which has “15 items or less” clearly spelled out above it.

Annoying phone calls

Recently we have been getting a lot of calls with no one at the other end, at all different times of the day and evening.

In speaking to a friend, she said she also was having that experience.

The answer came via the Internet a few days later. A machine makes the phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone. This information is then used by a “real” sales person to determine the best time of day to call back with a sales pitch.

When answering the phone, as soon as you notice there is no one on the line, hit the “#” button on your phone several times. This confuses the machine that dialed your call and it kicks your number out of the system.

Pine/Strawberry Senior Center and Thrift Store

The Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store is planning a fashion show, bake sale and silent auction from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23 in the dining room behind the store on Highway 87 in downtown Pine. Holiday fashions will be shown. If you would like to be a model, call (928) 476-4633 for information. Home-baked cakes, brownies, cookies and more will be available for purchase whole or by individual piece. There is no charge for admission.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

The Country Gospel Misfits will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 6, 13 and 20 in the Center Dining Room. The event is open to the public. There is no admission charge, but if you are planning to stay for lunch, advance reservations are required. Cost of the meal is $3 for those 60 and older, $5 for younger than 60. There is no tax or tip. Monthly menus and event schedules are available in the Center lobby, 514 W. Main St., weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, call (928) 474-4876.

There will be a Bible study at 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center on Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Free movies and free hot muffins are offered at 9:30 a.m. Fridays in the Center dining room. No reservations are needed.

Country Western Dance lessons are held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Center.

Helen Tennent teaches a free art class at 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Senior Center. Call her at (928) 474-3996 for information.

A field trip is planned for Oct. 28 to visit the Zane Grey Museum in Green Valley Park. The Senior Center bus will take members to the museum at 10:30 a.m. Cost for the trip is $3, which includes admission. Persons wishing to attend should sign up in the Center lobby prior to the day of the trip.

Bingo will be played starting at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 18 in the Center dining room. The public is invited.

Nancy Carroll is Volunteer of the Month for October. Nancy works in the Thrift Store, sorting and pricing clothing.


“You Are The Answer” is the topic to be explored at the Book Discussion Group from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7 and 14 at East West Exchange, 100 N. Tonto St. No admission charge or membership required.

A presentation and book signing by two authors will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13 at East West Exchange. Laurie Wagner Buyer and WC Jameson will read and discuss their many books focused on living in the West. The free event is open to the public.

Think about it — Wouldn’t it be great if, when we lose our temper, we couldn’t find it again?


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