29 August 2013

Helping Make a World of Difference

Last weekend saw me at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis working as a volunteer with the Festival of Nations. This is an annual multicultural festival presented by the International Institute of St. Louis, an organization which helps immigrants settle into this area. Late Saturday afternoon (24 August), I helped at a drinks booth, taking money and passing out beverages: soda, beer, water, and margaritas. We had plenty of business in that booth, and I'm sure the other booths did as well. The next day (25 Augus), I helped staff an information booth, assisting attendees with finding their way around the festival grounds. It was great to be of help to the organization, and I enjoyed my free time before the shifts. I checked out the music, dancing, and food booths (I had Brazilian on Saturday and Turkish on Sunday), as well as craft booths and booths from various organizations. Overall, a great time.

Working hard despite the heat, with temperatures topping 90 degrees F this week. Work as the car rental firm is going nicely, as we added a new vehicle service agent to help take some load off of me. Also been editing and proofreading from home, including proofreading a procedures manual for a friend and editing articles for the upcoming issue of Naturally Autistic magazine.

Yesterday (28 August), an off day from work, I was at the dentist for a routine visit. No real problems noted, my teeth were cleaned, and I'm good for another six months. I got some flyers for the IPMS/Gateway Invitational out to three area hobby shops later that day. The show is Sat., 14 Sept. (two weeks from this Saturday). Details at http://ipms-gateway.com.

Speaking of IPMS/Gateway, I was at the club's business meeting in Arnold, Missouri last night. We discussed the Invitational and other club business, and planned next month's club general and business meetings.

I wish my fellow Americans a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend.