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It’s All Hash Today

The Way I See It

August 31, 2014
By John Sheda ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Every once in a while, Mom in cleaning out the refrigerator, would simply toss everything together and call it "Hash." "It's Hash Day" she would say. Well, in the journalistic world, I'm just tossing everything together and calling it "My Hash Column." Here goes:

I enjoy poking fun at others but in doing so, must remember that you gotta laugh at yourself also. Last week, Deb and I spent a couple of days in Mt. Pleasant and I got online to find a place to stay by googling "Mt. Pleasant, Iowa." Going down the list of hotels, I selected one that fit our needs the best. It was cheap and had a free breakfast!! Well, we arrived in town and began looking for the hotel. We saw several others but not the one I booked. Deb thought we should ask for directions but, hey, I'm a guy, so NO WAY. We had the address and just kept looking and looking to no avail. Finally Deb noticed the entire address and I had booked a room in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. We were able to cancel the room and the only other good thing about this was I was very happy we didn't stop and ask for directions!! Now, that would have been embarrassing.

Enough of me, did you see where a gentleman by the name of Herman "Hy" Goldman celebrated his 101st work! Yep, he still works 4 days a week at Capital Lighting in East Hanover, New Jersey. He started in 1941 and even drives to work each day. His fellow workers threw Hy a huge birthday party. Hy is thinking of retiring in a year or so but isn't sure what he would do with all his free time. Now that's a work ethic don't you think?

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Have you noticed the "Ice Bucket Challenge" phenomena going around on Facebook? It's a fundraiser for ALS, (Lou Gehrig's disease), and once nominated to take the challenge, you are to pour a bucket of ice water over your head and then donate $10 to the ALS Foundation. Everyone's doing it and as they say in Internet lingo, it's gone viral. About 80 million dollars has been pledged or donated so far. So, have YOU been nominated yet? I nominate a cute lady by the name of Deb and two good friends of mine, John & Nancy!! Hmmmmmmmm!

In a Florida Starbucks, a gentleman bought a cup of coffee and then politely paid for the person behind him. This is called "Paying It Forward." It seems that this next person then paid for the person behind her and soon the Starbuck's employees began counting the number of consecutive "Pay It Forwards." It went for 378 people until later on in the afternoon, a lady when asked if she wanted to participate after her coffee had been paid, politely said "No, thank you, I just want to pay for mine." The "pay it forward" concept is a great idea. Try it and will bring a smile to your face for sure and probably to the person behind you.

Finally, last Sunday, my granddaughter and I had a couple of hours to ourselves after church to go out to eat. Her choice was McDonalds so she could play on the indoor playground. We sat and ate, talking about such important things as where does root beer come from, who invented the hamburger and at what age does one become when he doesn't enjoy indoor playgrounds anymore? And then she took off and played, played, played. Kids of all sizes came and went, some she knew as friends and some who just became friends. They laughed, ran, climbed and shouted, "look at me," to their respective loved ones. No fighting, no arguing, just good ol' fun. We stayed probably longer than we should but she was having a ball and I just watched and smiled to myself. Not a care in the world did she have. Life was simple, life was fun. And, you know, for a few minutes, just watching her and the other kids playing, I kind of thought of the really important things in life--big smiles, broad grins, loud laughs, being with friends & loved ones, making new friends and just enjoying the simple pleasures of life. To top it off, when we were finally ready to leave, my granddaughter and a new friend gave each other not one, not two but three "good-bye hugs." Now that's the good life!

That's The Way I See It.

Let me know how you see things at or call me at 319.327.4640.

And if you have time this week, head to any playground and climb the monkey bars and slide down the slide. You'll love it!



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