Travel seems to bring out the best and the worst in people, and recent trips have really pointed that out to me. There are too many people who are oblivious to anything else around them. I have seen a couple stand at the top of an escalator blocking entrance to anyone else while they discuss which way they should go. Suz and I have bruises from people rushing past and hitting us with their bags or briefcases. I witnessed a woman in the first row aisle seat of first class berate a flight attendant because she was asked to move a big, bulky bag from in front of her. She was on the bulkhead, and there is no space in front for storage. Most people are well aware that you can’t have something blocking an exit path in case of an emergency, but that didn’t seem to faze this person. She finally got up and stuffed the bag into an overhead compartment with no concern about anyone else’s items.

On the same flight, I saw several people offer to help an elderly lady who was waiting for wheelchair assistance. Several people relayed bags forward to those who had to go well beyond their seat to stow their carry-on pieces. I have witnessed people help families or single moms with small children and more luggage than they can easily handle. I’ve noticed some being helpful in guiding people to where they need to go. I have seen people shrug and ignore requests for assistance.

How do you treat people around you? My guess is that most of you bring out the best. That’s just the kind of people in this industry. You care about others as much as, or more than, yourself. Keep up the good work. I’ve observed that the more people try to be helpful, the more others around them take notice. They jump on the helpful bandwagon. Being helpful is much more gratifying than being grumpy because things aren’t going your way.

As we enter into this season of giving, make sure that you continue and even step up your giving spirit. When you see people being helpful, especially if it is to you, let them know you appreciate their efforts. If your giving attitude needs a little adjustment, now is a good time to work on it.

I hope that each and every one of you have a most joyous holiday season.

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Kevin Vaughn’s pre-germination tub.

Tips from the Pros

In the spring and fall, we pre-germinate the seed that we put down in the goalmouths for the players to cleat in. We use a pre-germination tub that I developed. It’s an oval-shaped tub that can hold up to 200 pounds of seed at one time. We insert a circle of tubing around the bottom of the tub and put four 50-pound seed bags into the tub on top of the tubing. Then we fill the tub with water so the bags are entirely covered. We hook the line from our air compressor to the tub, channeling the air into the tubing to circulate the water. We place blocks on top of the seed bags to keep them from rising above the surface of the water when the seed gets wet. We keep the seed in the tub for three days, changing the water each day. We have a spigot at the bottom of the tub to drain the water. We remove the seed on the fourth day and it’s ready to go out on the field.

Submitted by Kevin Vaughn
Parks maintenance worker
Dublin, Ohio