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Friday, July 30, 2021

    Thinking Spring (Break)

    Tony Tone
    Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

    Muscatine Living

    Friendly reminder that next week will mark spring break for all Muscatine Community School District students and staff. Yes, that’s where I work, and no, I won’t have the entire week off (my choice). I am taking a few days to unplug, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to it. My coworkers throughout the entire school district deserve a week to recharge their batteries given how much they’ve been tasked with this year. I hope that you’ll think of those working in education fondly and wish them well for the rest of the school year. This week, parent teacher conferences will be held virtually and don’t forget school gets out two hours early on Thursday and we’ve got no school this Friday (March 12).

    We’ve got a few projects happening at our house that will be completed that week. Shoutout to my friend Randy with A Handyman Can, my pal James with Real Men Carpet Cleaning, and Brian Mathis who is going to re-glaze our bathtub and surround. I’m all about supporting local, and those folks, along with Gainz Construction (did a fantastic job in our kitchen) are all working hard and are more than worthy of your business. While I’m at it, I should have called Poop Pals to handle well, you know, the “treasures” that all the melting snow has uncovered!

    My oldest son, Henry, asked about going to Disney World. I told him that we certainly will make that trip when it is safer. Not sure if that’s this summer or even fall, but also, have you seen how much tickets cost to Disney?! I needed to start saving money yesterday!

    Part of me feels like we should take a ride to the Chicago area to see my dad, brothers, and sister, but we’re still being safe with COVID and going to wait a bit until more folks have an opportunity to be vaccinated. That, and I’m not sure that I’m mentally prepared to deal with Chicago traffic. I was telling a friend how it can take so long to get from place to place up there because of the sheer amount of people.

    Plus, I’ve got to deep clean my garage and grill! Some of you perhaps didn’t stop grilling even as temperatures dropped below freezing. My grill was buried in snow on our deck with no cover on it. Go ahead, call me foolish for not investing in a grill cover. I am going to take the time to really deep clean the grill grates and invest in a new grill brush. Does that make me old? Last spring and summer, I really took to grilling and working on my skills. Nothing better than being outside, a grill roaring, and of course, wearing shorts! I think most Muscatine County residents have brought out their favorite pair of shorts once temps broke 35 degrees!

    Here’s to the arrival of spring and being outside. I for one am ready. I just need to remember to “spring ahead” the clocks in our house this weekend (March 14)! 

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