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I’m looking for information on babysitters in the area. When I was growing up, I can’t remember ever having had a babysitter. I am five years older than my brother and therefore I always watched him when my parents went out. I’m not having children in the near future or anything, it’s just that I read an article saying that in New York baby sitters make $14 an hour. Now, I had friends who did some occassional babysitting…and I don’t remember them making more than $20 in a whole night. I have a few friends with younger kids and I don’t know of any of them having an actual babysitter. So, are there still sitters out there? How much do you make? If you have a sitter, what qualifications do they have and what do you expect them to do (i.e. cleaning, homework help, etc.)? Respond here or give me a call at the office, 719-0040.

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Frengo?

Over on the right side of this page is a headling called Blogroll. In itself that’s confusing enough for the uninitiated like me. It’s a list of websites linked to this blog. The one at the top of the list is Frengo. What the heck is Frengo? I wish I could tell you specifically. My son Owen works for Frengo in Redwood City, Calif. All I really know it that it’s a start-up company that”provides content for cellphones.”

Now I can barely get a signal most of the time on my phone, and text messaging, which Frengo makes considerable use of, is beyond me. But then again, I’m not the demographic they’re after. It’s considerably younger and hipper.

I do know this, Owen set up something and about once a week I get a text message asking me to place a bet (not real money) on a particular NFL game. Right now I have 300 points. I am indeed blessed.

I know he spends his days thinking up things like sports trivia questions to get people to interact with their cellphones and with their friends on cellphones.

I’d love someone from around here to click on the Frengo link in the blogroll, take a look at the site and tell me what this really is.

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So, last week we had our first confirmed case since the MRSA scare broke. It was going to happen sooner or later, especially since all last week we heard about cases drawing closer and closer to us. When I spoke with the Health Department on Monday, they discussed the fact that many people seemed to have the wrong impression. People were in a panic thinking they needed to keep their kids home from school, that if someone got it they would certainly die, or even worse. One of the reasons we have things like MRSA, a strain of staph that is resistant to some common antibiotics, is our society’s tendency to over-medicate. We have medicine for everything and we take medicine for everything. Too many shots and too many antibiotic hand washes have made the bugs that once may have caused some sniffles into monsters that keep you out of work for a week. Are we a nation given to panic at the first sign of fever? Have society’s attempts at raising us up from the dirt and debris of a couple of centuries ago weakened our immune systems while strengthening the germs? Is it beyond our control at this point? Or can we stop the rapid development of super-bugs, super-flu, and super-staph? For the record, MRSA is treatable with antibiotics. You should go to the doctor if you suspect you have a skin infection. If left untreated, it can become life-threatening. However, despite the panic, it is easily treatable with drugs that are readily available.

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Halloween memories for me include walking through the chilly night, rustling the fallen leaves, going door-to-door through our neighborhood to delight in having a fuss made over our costumes. When my children were small in Michigan these traditions were similar. It wasn’t until we moved down to Elkin 10 years ago where we were exposed to “drive-by trick-or-treating” — the odd custom of parents driving kids door-to-door instead of walking. I was astonished to see car after car pull up in our driveway, costumed kids jump out and come to the door, then back into the car to go to the next house. I then came to realize they were driving because they didn’t live in that neighborhood. I got into a heated discussion once with a father who drove his kids all over Elkin for the free candy and he claimed it was because he didn’t want some kook to get his kids. Well, I’m thinking, no one said to send them out alone –walk with them! All these cars on the streets doesn’t make it any safer for the few that were continuing to walk. And wouldn’t it be safer to visit the homes of people you know? And how much candy do you really need? (I do realize that some people may live out on a rural street not conducive for trick-or-treating and have to resort to driving into town.)
Is trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood on foot a thing of the past or is this drive-by trick-or-treating how it’s done now?
Set time limits? In our small town in Michigan the fire siren would blast at 6 p.m. to signal the start and again at 8 p.m. to signal the end. No dealing with scragglers like in Elkin. Even if you turn your lights off, they still come at 9:30.
And how old is too old? One year a group of teens, not even in costume, stood at my front door. One kid just thrust out his bag. I stared him in the eye and said, “well, at least say it.” He mumbled something to the effect of “Trick or Treat.” I feared the house getting egged or TP’ed the rest of the evening.
Should we just forego neighborhood trick-or-treating and instead hold what many already do — carnivals, trunk-or-treating, costume parties, etc?

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With the Andy Grffith memorabilia collection now safely ensconced at the Surry Arts Council, what should we be doing about a new visitors center for Mount Airy? Should we build a new facilty? If so, downtown or farther out, perhaps by one of the interstate exits? Or should we utilize the chamber or some other existing building?

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And in the South Ward, incumbent Todd Harris, somewhat of a maverick, is being challenged by Bill Clark. If you have a preference, tell us why.

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In the North Ward it’s a battle of two newcomers, Dean Brown and Robert Livengood. Who has the better ideas, the better vision?

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