Andrea Berman’s Beach City Buzz

Greetings, friends, and welcome to the Beach City BUZZ.  Since January is National Organizing Month (not to mention Super Bowl Sunday coming up, but let’s skip right over that one), I had an overwhelming urge to celebrate by spending some time cleaning out, throwing out, and moving out.  Needless to say, I didn’t get very far, because 2 minutes into the project, my Attention Deficit Disorder kicked into high gear and I decided to go shopping instead.  A++ for effort.  BUT…it did get me wondering just how much time the rest of America spends on everyday tasks.  Read on, and see if you’re a typical American:  Watching TV is the leisure activity that occupies the most time in the average American’s day (2.8 hours per day); Eating and drinking – 1.1 hours (obviously I am waaaay above average here); Caring for others – 1.2 hours; Working and commuting: 9 hours and 12 minutes (I’m definitely under par on this one); Sleeping – 7.6 hours; Participating in sports and recreation – 17 minutes; 15 minutes per day on the toilet; Shopping – 33 minutes; Grooming – 48 minutes; Using the internet, approximately an hour and a half (for Facebook fanatics, the average daily time spent on Facebook alone was 26 minutes); And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spends 11 minutes and 24 seconds cleaning the interior of his/her home.  THAT MUCH???  Fuhgeddabout it!  One other interesting statistic – The “average” American laughs only 4 times a day.  So if you haven’t met your quota today, heeere’s the BUZZ…Looking for a Valentine’s Day treat for your Sweetie?  How about something to make her/him smile?  Artie Januario, Revere’s favorite pharmacist by day, comedian by night, headlines at Giggles Comedy Club (Prince Pizza) on Route 1 in Saugus on Valentine’s Day night, February 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 8:00, and reservations are required.  Artie is one of the funniest guys around, so forget the flowers and candy, and make this a Valentine’s Day to remember…My friend Odd Ollie was eating lunch with his 6 year old granddaughter one day as the calendar was heading into February, when he decided to ask her, “Do you know what holiday is coming up?” “President’s Day,” she answered. She’s a smart kid. So he asked her, “What is so important about President’s Day? What does it mean?” He expected to hear something about Washington or Lincoln. She said, “President’s Day is when Mr. Obama steps out of the White House and if he sees his shadow, we’ll have one more year of unemployment!”…Looking for a night out that’s fun for the whole family?  DCR invites everyone to Breakheart Reservation’s Christopher P. Dunne Memorial Visitor Center on Friday, February 1st, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. for Movie Night, co-sponsored by Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment (S.A.V.E.)  Dress the kids in their PJs and spread out a cozy blanket for a free, G-rated night out and a family-friendly flick.  Free parking, too!.. One of our favorite BUZZers reported this conversation with her friend Mildred recently:  “My memory is getting so bad, Mildred, that I decided to change the password on my computer to ‘incorrect’.  That way, when I log in to my computer with the wrong password, my computer will tell me, “Your password is incorrect.”… This week’s Happy Birthday wishes heading out to Steve Bellardino and Larry Levy.  Enjoy your special day, and may all your birthday wishes come true!…Sandy Tapia sent this chuckle:  “Ever since I was a child, I’ve always had a fear of someone under my bed at night. So I went to a shrink and told him “I’ve got problems. Every time I go to bed I think there’s somebody under it. I’m scared. I think I’m going crazy.”  “Just put yourself in my hands for one year,” said the shrink. “Come talk to me three times a week and we should be able to get rid of those fears.” “How much do you charge?”  “Eighty dollars per visit,” replied the doctor. “I’ll sleep on it,” I said. Six months later the doctor met me on the street. “Why didn’t you ever come to see me about those fears you were having?” he asked. “Well, eighty bucks a visit three times a week for a year is an awful lot of money! A bartender cured me for $10. I was so happy to have saved all that money that I went and bought me a new pickup!” “Is that so!”  With an attitude he asked, “And how, may I ask, did a bartender cure you?”  “He told me to cut the legs off the bed! – Ain’t nobody under there now!”..Our friends at the Revere Fire Department would like to remind everyone that CO detectors don’t last forever. They have been required in Massachusetts since the introduction of Nicole’s Law in 2006. They have a life expectancy of 5-7 years, which means that if you installed one then, they are coming to the end of their useful life. Do something important for yourself and your family – replace yours  and keep everyone safe…I’ve decided that instead of calling my bathroom “the John”, I am changing it’s name to “Jim”.  That way, it sounds better when I say, “I go to the Jim first thing every morning.”…That’s it for the BUZZ, BUZZers.  Do whatever makes your heart sing, and remember:  Sometimes the smartest thing you can do is to play dumb…This week’s SMILEMAKERS:  Joe Santos, Jamie Flynn, Gina Walker, Helen Vasquez, Mike Reynolds, Amanda Brown,Tricia Seigal, Nick Pinabella, Josh Brown, Colleen Fortin,  Nicholas Leone, Robert Rose, John Mitchell, Gustavo Oliveira, Celine Conte, John Dwyer, Gerson Lopez, Debra DeBerge, Melissa Pepe, Stephen Gallant, Charles Hensky, Michaela Keohane, and Colleen Keller…Heeere’s the CHUCKLE: Tim decided to tie the knot with his long time girlfriend. One evening, after the honeymoon, he was organizing his golfing equipment. His wife was standing nearby watching him.  After a long period of silence she finally speaks. “Honey, I’ve been thinking, now that we’re married maybe it’s time you quit golfing. You spend so much time on the course. You could probably get a good price for your clubs.”  Tim gets this horrified look on his face.  She says, “Darling, what’s wrong?” “For a minute there you were sounding like my ex-wife.” “Ex wife!” she screams, “I didn’t know you were married before!” “I wasn’t,” he replied…Got comments? News?  Announcements?  Jokes?  Suggestions?  Want to congratulate someone on their anniversary, birthday, baby, divorce?  Is your group running a fundraiser, meeting, or event?  It’s almost Groundhog Day!  That means 6 more weeks of the BUZZ – and then some!  Email your BUZZ bits to:…Or snailmail the BUZZ at PO Box 101, Revere, MA 02151, and read it in The REVERE ADVOCATE!