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Making a mess and taking the time

I learn something new every year I participate in the Chamber of Commerce's annual Administrative Professional's Day banquet.

Two years ago, I learned why I didn't rely on tips from waiting tables to make it through college.

Last year, I learned that I make an ugly woman, and that, for a sasquatch, so does Mike Carrington.

This year, I learned that if there's an art form to spilling tea, ice and water, just call me the Picasso of the pitcher.

I dodged the drag and side-stepped the singing for this year's event, but I couldn't waltz past waiting tables. Somehow, I got assigned - attrition, perhaps? - to filling the 235 or so glasses around the Box Factory building last Wednesday.

But I didn't stop at glasses. I ended up with tea on tablecloths, ice in pocketbooks and water in various spots on the wood floor.

But you can't really blame me. Every artist knows you have to make a mess to create a masterpiece.

Speaking of a mess, I took an afternoon off last week to play golf for the first time since October or so. And my education process continued.

Lesson No. 1: I'm getting too old to skip the stretching session before I play a round. Saturday was a long, sore day for me.

Lesson No. 2: Absence from the golf course makes the heart grow fonder for the game, but apparently does nothing for putting.

If you feel bored and stuck at home this coming Saturday, it's your own fault. There's two big events in the area that deserve your support.

First up is Dearing's annual Mayfest, complete with a parade, various booths and a great hamburger cook-off. Last year's event was a great success and raised a ton of money to help renovate the town's old gym. This year's event is even bigger and is raising money for the same great cause.

Now if I could just get an invitation to be a burger taster, I'd be set.

Also Saturday is the annual Car Show at The Depot. There's more than 200 cars scheduled to enter the event in downtown Thomson, and a remote-controlled car club from Augusta is planning to set up a race track during the day.

The car show is just one of a slew of events the Chamber of Commerce has planned for the coming months. Other activities on tap include the Blind Willie Blues Festival, Beach Blast, Miss Camellia Pageant, the Festival off Main and others.

And we need your help. (Yes, I said "we." I'm a member of the chamber's board of directors.)

We are looking for a few good volunteers to help with various activities throughout the year.

Chamber Executive Director Carolyn Gilbert sent out a note last week asking for folks to sign up either by calling the Chamber at 706-597-1000 or emailing her at

I hope you'll take her up on the opportunity to get involved with your community. You'd be surprised how far just a little volunteer help can go.

Web posted on Thursday, May 4, 2006

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