If you don’t like it…


There’s always something you can do about it, like these old favorites…

  • If you don’t like the heat… get out of the kitchen.
  • If you don’t like it here… move. You’re not a tree, are you?
  • If you don’t like the way I drive… get off the sidewalk!

There’s always something more interesting, more fun and more sensible to do whenever you stumble across something you just don’t like. Remember this one? “If life gives you lemons…make lemonade!”

So how’s your LQ today? That’s your “Lemonade Quotient”. Are you turning more lemons into lemonade than most people are? People with a high LG are really, really good at turning bad stuff into good stuff. Here are some famous and even inspiring examples:

  • A man failed at making a new super-glue but turned the stuff into… Post-It Notes.
  • A druggist failed at curing headaches but his tasty concoction became… Coca Cola.
  • A Big-Pharma company cooked up something called UK92480 to treat heart disease. It failed miserably! But it had interesting side effects… they named it Viagra.

Now that’s a lot of lemonade.

Consider one more example. This one is all about finding great uses for something as common as water. In fact it is water, in its solid form: Ice
This time of year ice slicks up the roads and causes accidents. Ice cracks garden faucet pipes you forgot to turn off last fall. And it creeps into roadways to make cracks that become potholes that turn into craters big enough to eat whole Volkswagens.

Ice… if you don’t like it, the Jamestown Gazette this week has some introductions to make. We Jamestowners have a few world-class examples of making ice into lemonade. Our examples are, of course, nothing new, but just in case you haven’t noticed them lately, Cortney takes us on a tour this week of some of our very best examples, like ice skating, for instance.

Ice skating is as ancient as it is modern. Recently, National Geographic scientists discovered that people were ice skating 5,000 years ago in Finland. They made their skates from old animal bones. Today you can buy your own for anywhere from $50 to $2,000 made of much better stuff.

To see more of the best ice skating around, Cortney, the Northwest Ice Arena and Kraft Foods invite you to help bring the National Hockey League right here to Jamestown this year by logging on to https://www.krafthockeyville.com/. See the video and cast your proud vote for Jamestown.

But there’s so much more to enjoy at the arena this year. Skating for fun with friends, families, kids, teens and seniors, for sport, figure skating and team competitions are only a start. And don’t miss the Southern Tier Xpress, Jamestown’s NA3HL ice hockey team, and the Chautauqua County Youth Hockey Association’s Lakers.

Ice! If you don’t like it… maybe you just haven’t tried it. It really is much more than those clinking cubes that keep your lemonade mug cold and frosty on a summer day. Head on down to the arena and try it… you’ll like it.

Walt Pickut

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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.