Monthly Archives: May, 2015

One Hundred Bits of Wisdom

Captured from the internet:

1. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs is not one of them.

2. Never cancel dinner plans by text message.

3. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.

4. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck.

5. Always use “we” when referring to your home team or your government.

6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.

7. DON’T underestimate free throws in a game of HORSE.

8. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

9. Don’t dumb it down.

10. You only get one chance to notice a new haircut.

11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack.

12. Never park in front of a bar.

13. Expect the seat in front of you to recline. Prepare accordingly.

14. Keep a picture of your first fish, first car, and first girl/boyfriend.

15. Hold your heroes to a high standard.

16. A suntan is earned, not bought.

17. Never lie to your doctor.

18. All guns are loaded.

19. Don’t mention sunburns. Believe me, they know.

20. The best way to show thanks is to wear it. Even if it’s only once.

21. Take a vacation of your cell phone, internet, and TV once a year.

22. Don’t fill up on bread, no matter how good.

23. A handshake beats an autograph.

24. Don’t linger in the doorway. In or out.

25. If you choose to go in drag, don’t sell yourself short.

26. If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a caricature.

27. Never get your haircut the day of a special event.

28. Be mindful of what comes between you and the Earth. Always buy good shoes, tires, and sheets.

29. Never eat lunch at your desk if you can avoid it.

30. When you’re with new friends, don’t just talk about old friends.

31. Eat lunch with the new kids.

32. When traveling, keep your wits about you.

33. It’s never too late for an apology.

34. Don’t pose with booze.

35. If you have right of way. TAKE IT.

36. You don’t get to choose your own nickname.

37. When you marry someone, remember you marry their entire family.

38. Never push someone off a dock.

39. Under no circumstances should you ask a woman if she is pregnant.

40. It’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry, live up to it.

41. Don’t make a scene.

42. When giving a thank you speech, short and sweet is best.

43. Know when to ignore the camera.

44. Never gloat.

45. Invest in great luggage.

46. Make time for your mom on your birthday, It’s her special day too.

47. When opening presents, no one likes a good guesser.

48. Sympathy is a crutch, never fake a limp.

49. Give credit. Take Blame.

50. Suck it up every now and again.

51. Never be the last one in the pool.

52. Don’t stare.

53. Address everyone that carries a firearm professionally.

54. Stand up to bullies. You’ll only have to do it once.

55. If you’ve made your point, stop talking.

56. Admit it when you’re wrong.

57. If you offer to help don’t quit until the job is done.

58. Look people in the eye when you thank them.

59. Thank the bus driver.

60. Never answer the phone at the dinner table.

61. Forgive yourself for your mistakes.

62. Know at least one good joke.

63. Don’t boo. Even the ref is somebody’s son.

64. Know how to cook one good meal.

65. Learn to drive a stick shift.

66. Be cool to younger kids. Reputations are built over a lifetime.

67. It’s okay to go to the movies by yourself.

68. Dance with your mother/father.

69. Don’t lose your cool. Especially at work.

70. Always thank the host.

71. If you don’t understand, ask before it’s too late.

72. Know the size of your boyfriend/girlfriends clothes.

73. There is nothing wrong with a plain t-shirt.

74. Be a good listener. Don’t just take your turn to talk.

75. Keep your word.

76. In college always sit in the front. You’ll stand out immediately. Come grade time might come in handy.

77. Carry your mother’s bags. She carried you for 9 months.

78. Be patient with airport security. They are just doing their job.

79. Don’t be the talker in a movie.

80. The opposite sex likes people who shower.

81. You are what you do. Not what you say.

82. Learn to change a tire.

83. Be kind. Everyone has a hard fight ahead of them.

84. An hour with grandparents is time well spent. Ask for advice when you need it.

85. Don’t litter.

86. If you have a sister, get to know her boyfriend. Your opinion is important.

87. You won’t always be the strongest of fastest. But you can be the toughest.

88. Never call someone before or after 9 AM and 9PM.

89. Buy the orange properties in Monopoly.

90. Make the little things count.

91. Always wear a bra at work.

92. There is a fine line between looking sultry and slutty. Find it.

93. You’re never too old to need your mom.

94. Ladies, if you make the decision to wear heels on the first date commit to keeping them on and keeping your trap shut about how much your feet kill.

95. Know the words to your national anthem.

96. Your dance moves might not be the best, but I promise making a fool of yourself is more fun than sitting on the bench alone.

97. Smile at strangers.

98. Make Goals.

99. Being old is not dictated by your bedtime.

100. If you HAVE to fight, punch first and punch hard.

2015 Preservation Expo and Alano – What Did We Learn?

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9:00 AM – today – was a great day for Alano.  Alano participated in the first ever Preservation Expo 2015 in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Our participation was limited to inviting Preservation Expo participants into our building for one hour, 9-10 AM.  We learned a few things.

The preservation community is very supportive of the work we are doing to restore our building.  There were around fifty different people who toured the building.  They did not come as a single group but rather came in groups of two to six.  These people were greeted by several Alano volunteers who represented our mission very,very well.  I, for one, was completely satisfied and happy at the strong representation our group gave on behalf of all of us.  Those people who served as greeters and chaperones were:  Jeff C., Danny B.  Julie B., and Greg B.  All of us should be proud of the mature and thoughtful work of these brave souls.

Groups of people mingled in our facility for some time, taking pictures of our fireplaces, woodwork, ornamental door and window hardware, and our original ornate chandeliers.  Each of the groups was accompanied by one of our volunteers.  The discussion were casual and informative.  Some of the visitors offered us further insight into our building and the history of the Hax family.

stairwell 4One lady lives in a sort of companion home – that is to say that she lives in a Krug home of the same vintage.  A Hax was married to a Krug and George Hax, the original owner of our building, was in the meat packing business with the Krugs.  Our visitor noted that the stairwell in her home is identical to the main stairwell at Alano.  She informed us that contrary to popular belief, not all of the ornate wood decor was labored over by St. Joseph craftsmen with hammers and chisels.  In the late 1800’s one could order fireplace mantels and stairwells from companies in such far away places as Chicago.  The identical stairwells suggest that perhaps these items were shipped in from out of town.

cannaThe same lady does gardening across the street at the Wyeth-Tootle Museum.  She offered to trim our rose bushes to help them thrive.  I was happy to accommodate – clearly she knows what she is doing.  She also noted our iris’s on the front garden and commented that the Iris is becoming popular in our neighborhood – along with cannas. It is time for canna planting and she offered to share some with Alano.  Being neighborly is a wonderful thing.  We are grateful for the neighborhood support.

Two gentlemen we spoke with were knowledgeable about some of our history.  I told them that Ms. Hax bequeathed the building to the St. Joseph Art Society in 1947 and Alano acquired the building in 1948.  These men informed us that Ms Hax was very active and generous with the local art community.  The same St. Joseph Art Society started what is now the Albright-Kemper Museum of Art.  Anyone heard of that?

Several important things happened at our property this morning.  We were able to show the restoration work we have been laboring hard to complete.  We were able to effectively tell the Alano story and to educate many people about our mission. And we saw four volunteers rise to the occasion, they represented Alano and 12 Step Programs as enthusiastic, mature, responsible, knowledgeable, and caring people.  The Alano image was greatly enhanced by the work of all of the people who have contributed time, labor, money, and encouragement to the ongoing process of restoring the interior of the building.  And particularly by these four volunteers that served as ambassadors for all of us.

We created alliances with our neighbors today.  These alliances shall serves us well as we progress into the future.

FYI – We used a fact sheet so we each told the same story – the following are the facts as were presented today:

Alano Club Fact sheet 2015

July 17, 1948 Chartered by the State
Acquired property at 401 S. 11th Street

August, 1949 Building opened as Alano Mercy Hospital

1956 Ceased hospital operations
Shifted focus to support for Alcoholics Anonymous meetings

May 1965 Tri-Al-Anon formed

1991 Building repainted beige

1993 Bylaws amendment to allow Al-Anon member on Board of Directors

1995 Tri-Al-Anon moved to Patee Park Baptist Church

1997 New roof installed with City Grants

1998 Front Porch rebuilt with City Grants

2002 Charter amended to allow all 12 Step Programs.
Pony Express Gamblers Anonymous began

2006 Renovation of second floor room for Narcotics Anonymous
Stepping Stones NA formed

2010 First floor parquet wood floor restoration

2011 Stepping Stones becomes Opportunity-4-Hope

2012 Wrought Iron Fence Restoration
Landscape restoration

2014 January – New Hope Alano formed
July – Interior restoration begins with Alanon Room.
November – Restoration of main hall begins

2015 April – Restoration of Gamblers Anonymous room begins.