A Resident’s Perspective – No Yellow Pages

Written by Panorama resident, Mary Jo Shaw. September 2015

KNOCK. KNOCK. KNOCK…”In case you hear noises from above, we’ll be blowing pine needles from your roof and cleaning your gutters today.”

My mind flashed, Wow, I didn’t even have to pull out the yellow pages to hire someone.

Constantly, we see areas on our Panorama campus getting new garages, or brand new, pitch-roofs on new beautiful carports. Some carports become garages. We receive garden areas with new bushes and spruce trees, or other surprises. Others get newer down-in-the-ground, step-on, pop-up-lid trash cans. Someone showed up to sand and repaint the eves under the large overhangs around our little home and the other attached dwellings in our block. No resident had to use the yellow pages to find the best price.

It’s exciting to watch our close-circuit Panorama TV or read notices in the monthly Panorama Newsletter. We get advance notices of the upcoming schedules, announcing:

Weeding your garden

Replanting, trimming trees

Checking batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Changing batteries in your SARA pins (we wear and push if we fall or need help)

Checking on your laundry-dryer exhaust

Spray-cleaning patios, driveways and sidewalks

Giving your home a new roof

Those are just a few of the things we used to put on our calendars to compare prices in the yellow pages. Our neighbors tell of having to shovel snows where they lived. It’s not their problem anymore!

Last week our commode made funny gurgling noises. Instead of searching the yellow pages for a plumber, I called Panorama’s work-order desk Monday afternoon. The following morning Carlos arrived and replaced a ring in the tank.

When my laptop got ornery (I need my laptop to write my blog and my autobiography!), I called our Computer Learning Center (CLC) and obtained excellent over-the-phone-remedy from a retired Panorama volunteer. Last week, I needed help again. Larry, another CLC volunteer and good neighbor, came immediately, and I finished this blog!

Writing my book, I use lots of computer paper daily—rewriting, editing and critiquing and making hard copies. Katherine, auditorium manager, lets me bring home scratch paper that’s clean on one side. I’m recycling, and I’m not using the yellow pages to search for a good price on printer paper.

No wonder I don’t care much for pages that are the color yellow!

Mary Jo Bio

2 thoughts on “A Resident’s Perspective – No Yellow Pages

  1. You beat me to it, Mary Jo!!! There are always too many pluses to list, but you did a great job with them!!!

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