Brothers and Sisters,
Once again it is hard to believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner.
Upcoming Important Dates:
November 11.....Veterans Day
November 24.....Black Friday
December 7.......Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 11......Last day to get your party envelopes in
December 21......Retirees Christmas Party
December 25......Christmas Day
December 31.......New Year's Eve
Websites for Veterans Day Freebies:
Check out Cellphones for Soldiers
Donate your old phones for our service personnel. When you go onto this website they offer ways to donate your old cell phones (I had 5 of them). When checking out drop off places, call and make sure that the places still take your phones. There were some places in my area that didn't. If you can't find a drop off place, bring them to the retirees meeting and I will drop them off for you. http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/
Cool Car Hints
Use toothpaste to shine your headlights: This surprising household staple is very effective in shining headlights. Simply buff the headlight with toothpaste smeared on a soft cloth, and it'll look brand new in minutes!
Cool a car down instantly without turning on the A/C: Your car can feel like an oven on a hot day, particularly if you don't park in shaded areas. There's a trick to cooling it down quickly. Roll down one window and open and close the door on the other side five to six times. The hot air escapes through the door you're opening and closing, while the cool air enters through the window on the other side. What's great about this trick is that you're not wasting any gas by blasting the A/C.
Use a rubber band to hold your phone up: Thread a rubber band through your A/C vent for a makeshift phone holder.
Paint your windshield cracks with nail polish: To slow the cracking of your windshield while you're taking it to the repair shop, paint over the crack with clear nail polish on both sides of the glass. Look at the gas gauge to figure out which side to fill your gas: If you're driving a new car or a rental, there is usually an arrow on the gas gauge that will point to the side of the car the gas tank is on.
Take a photo of where you parked: You know you need to do this. Instead of trying to remember your parking spot, make it easier on yourself by taking a photo of where you parked your car with your cell phone.
Hang a shoe organizer on the back of a seat: Store your stuff in a shoe organizer - great for road trips.
Put your car key fob on your chin to increase range:
If you can't find your car, place the car key fob on your chin to increase the range of the car-retrieval signal. The fluids in your head turn it into an adequate conductor.
Remove dents with hot water and a plunger: Use hot water and a plunger to suck out dents. It's best for medium-size dents.
Buff your car with conditioner: Wax your car with hair conditioner to give it an extra shine and prevent water streaks from forming.
Clean the interior with a coffee filter: Dab the coffee filter with a little bit of olive oil to clean your car with. If you don't want to use the oils, feel free to go without it or use another cleaning solution instead. The filters are much better as cleaners than dryer sheets, which are often recommended as well. That's because dryer sheets can contain a lot of chemicals.
Keep food hot with a seat warmer: Taking home some pizza? Place it on a seat with the seat warmer on, so it won't cool off on your way home.
Use the tennis ball trick to avoid banging your car against the garage wall: Hang a tennis ball from the ceiling so you'll know exactly when to stop backing up.
Melt the ice on your car with a vinegar-water mixture: Spray your car with a 2/3 vinegar and 1/3 water mixture to melt ice instead of scraping it off.
De-ice a frozen lock: Add hand sanitizer to your key when trying to get at a frozen car lock. The alcohol on the key will melt the ice.
Use a cereal container as a trash can: Convert a cereal container into a useful, spill-proof trash can for your car by just putting a small plastic bag inside and sealing with the lid.
Open a key ring with a staple remover: You won't hurt your fingers if you use a staple remover to help you add in more keys to your car key
Store your quarters in a pill bottle: Upcycle an old pill bottle into a container to store your quarters in.
-- For bowlers, if Anne Arundel County schools are closed due to weather, then there is no bowling. If schools are just 2 hours late, then we bowl. (Remember we could use more bowlers!)
-- For retiree meetings, if Baltimore City schools are closed due to weather, then there is no meeting. If schools are 2 hours late, then we have a meeting.
-- For the Christmas party, if Baltimore City schools are closed, then there will be no party. If schools are 2 hours late, then we will have the party.
-- Remember to update the Union Hall with new telephone numbers and address changes.
-- The hall for our parties is the UAW Hall at 1010 South Oldham Street. It's near the corner of South Oldham Street and O’Donnell Street, right behind the BP station. The hall is right off the Boston Street exit of Route 95 (new tunnel) and the O’Donnell Street exit of Route 895 (old tunnel).
-- The Christmas party will be held on Thursday, December 21; there are some changes that have been made: (1) The hours for the parties are now 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (instead of noon to 4 p.m.), and (2) NO ONE will be allowed in the hall until 20 minutes prior to the start of the party. Start getting your envelopes in. Remember that your check should be $25 if one person and $50 if 2 people. No cash. You will get your check back at the party. They have to be received by Monday Dec. 11th. There will be a cake wheel and a money wheel. We need volunteers for both of the wheels. Please bring cakes for the cake wheel; thank you in advance.
New Members: Mark Spears (UPS), and Homer Hardesty (ABF)
Sick Members: Perry Conway, Jesse R. Taylor, Gary Rausch, Joe Gardner, Tyrone Howard, Will Sank , Maurice Crosby, Ernest Boritz, George Booker, Willie Webb and Emanuel Brown
Deceased Members: None
Remember to keep these members and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
The next meeting will be on Thursday, November 16, in the Sullivan Hall at Teamsters Local 355, 1030 S. Dukeland St., Baltimore, MD. Coffee and donuts are served at 9:30 a.m., the Executive Board meets at 10 a.m., and the General Meeting begins at 11 a.m. A light lunch is served following the General Meeting. Hope to see you there. Remember to bring another retiree with you. Remember, there will be no meeting in December due to the Christmas party.