Excellence On The Wrestling Mat Is Defeated By Fat

ROUTE 2-A weekly journey through Anne Arundel County

December 04, 1991|By Lem Satterfield Deidre Nerreau McCabe

'Tis just six days after Thanksgiving. Several wrestlers are way overweight.

For as much as they wished,

They just couldn't resist,

What was piled up so high on their plates.

There was turkey, ham, stuffing and gravy. There were pumpkin and blueberry pies.

For the grapplers the treat,

Though they dare not overeat,

Was too scrumptious; a sight for sore eyes.

So they seized the stuff like an opponent: Inside-singled a turkey drumstick.

And with barely a yawn,

The food, it was gone,

Parents stammer, seeing it eaten so quick.

Now most grapplers regret all their gluttony, some are beginning to have little faith

That they'll get down to weight,

After all that they ate,

They'll be wrestling come December 8th!

Now Shawn Miller, Sherrard Neal, they've got willpower. They've compiled some incredible stats.

But putfood on their plates,

And that simply negates,

Any toughness they've shown on the mats.

Now Miller, you know he's a talker. At 119 pounds, he takes little jive.

But on Thanksgiving Day,

His mouth was, I must say,

Food-filled -- now he's 135!

What about at the home of Sherrard Neal? His dad, Ty, is also his coach.

At the Neal's house, no less,

When they sit down for mess,

They are not past consumptive reproach.

Come practice, they're just like the others; guts gorged and ready to burst.

All fattened from stuffing,

Still most will try bluffing,

That it happened from quenching their thirst.

In high school I lamented likewise. As a 132-pounder, I guess.

Though Thanksgiving was fun,

I was 10 pounds overdone,

Cutting weight was no fun, I confess.

Our senior team captain approached me, and a valuable lesson I learned.

He showed me that day,

How I could get away,

From the table without getting burned.

He said, "I relate, you homey. I have eaten a lot in my days.

"Here's some advice for you,

"You must do as I do,

"And start practicing your push-aways."

Place both hands firmly againstthe table, your feet on the legs, bracing yours.

Pray to heaven above,

Then you take a quick shove,

Push away, and run out-of-doors!

Moms and dads, they won't understand this; raised you eating since diapers, you see.

So appease them you must,

By eating some stuff

From your plate, but soon, you must flee.

I'm psyched for a good wrestling season. Six state champs, or something like that.

Yes, all should be well,

If your tummies don't swell,

Do those push-aways, and you won't get fat.

RECYCLING IS A START; NOW CUT DOWN USAGE

What's that in the trash? An envelope? Computer paper?

Good grief, get it out.

Anne Arundel County employees already have saved 450 trees, 185,570 gallons of water and 108,691 kilowatts of energy in just the past eight months by recycling much of their used office paper.

And to think you were just going to dump that bundle of used paper goods in the trash.

Shame on you.

Amy Burdick,recycling project manager for the county, said that so far the County Office Paper Recycling Program (C.O.R.P. for short) has been going extremely well, collecting more than 53,000 pounds of paper since theprogram was launched last April.

"We expected there would be somegrumbling about it," she said. "But so far everyone has been cooperating very well."

The biggest problem, she said, is that the collection containers located at 32 county office buildings tend to fill uptoo fast, because so many employees are recycling.

The solution? Bigger receptacles, right?

Absolutely not.

The next step in cutting waste will be to figure out ways to use less paper, Burdick said.

"Recycling is great, but there may be ways to cut down on the use of paper to begin with," she said.

C.O.R.P. and other programs like it elsewhere in the state have been prompted largely by a state mandate that all counties reduce by 20 percent the amount of trash going into local landfills by 1994. Although the amount of paper county employees are keeping out of the landfill constitutes only a tiny fraction of the total amount of trash, Burdick said every little bit helps.

And more importantly, county employees are setting a good example.

"We have to be leaders in this. We need to set the example," she said.

Through the county's efforts, she says she hopes more businesses will set up similar programs.

"Fifty percent of waste comes from business, including government," she said. "There's information out there now about how to cut down on waste and what to do."

Using a little less paper and a little more vigilance about what goes into the trash could sure save a lot of trees, water and energy.

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