Call her the accidental businesswoman.
Linda Garrett is keeping rather busy these days -- and nights.
The Griggsville resident's full-time job finds her at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield, working the night shift as a registered nurse.
The rest of most days are spent as some sort of combination of personal trainer, teacher and nutritionist. That wasn't necessarily what Garrett had planned a few years ago, but she has no complaints with the way things have worked out.
Garrett, 48, and her husband, Michael, have turned the family garage into a gymnasium, where she holds many of her one-on-one training sessions. She also has a public workout site at 109 W. Quincy St., on the square in Griggsville. It's called LG Fitness.
"It's my passion," Garrett said of her quest to help others help themselves. "My focus is on helping people get their lives back together, to move better. ... I have all ages involved."
From older adults to high school students, and even elementary school attendees, Garrett is becoming the pied piper of purple martin country.
"A lot of older people do not want to go to (regular gyms or fitness centers)," Garrett said. "They're intimidated."
Garrett understands. It was a just a few years ago that she was a physical wreck, despite her background as a U.S. Marine.
"I am 5-foot-1, and I was obese," Garrett said. "I realized I needed to change my life."
And she did.
And she wants to help others do the same.
By individual appointment or as part of a class, Garrett wants to help. Most classes are at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
"(The business end of things) all started out as a dream of mine," she said. "I felt inspired to help others."
Garrett, a native of Oregon who has lived in the Pike County area for 27 years, also stresses proper nutrition and teaches an exercise/weight-loss philosophy.
And there's an intangible, too. It's something Garrett stresses as much as proper diet and workout form.
"We have fun," she said.
Garrett be reached at 217-491-0576 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is available at lgfitness.org.
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Adams Telephone Co-Operative headquarters remains at 405 Emminga Road in Golden.
Americans can be thankful they do not pay the gasoline prices of many foreign countries, particularly in Europe.
Europeans normally pay about twice as much as U.S. residents, but for most of the past year, that ratio has increased dramatically. Europeans are paying, in some cases, more than three of four times as much a gallon as what Americans are.
There are a number of reasons for the disparities. In Middle East countries, gas is dirt cheap because so much is readily available, which helps explain the low prices in countries such as Kuwait. Norway is a major oil producer but doesn't subsidize fuel at the pump; instead, it uses oil profits to fund free college education and infrastructure development.
Highest prices (gallon)
United Kingdom $5.79
Saudi Arabia $0.91
Puerto Rico $1.74
South Africa $2.62
According to Forbes magazine, the world's five highest-paid athletes in 2015 were:
1. Floyd Mayweather, United States, boxing, $285 million ($15 million in endorsements).
2. Manny Pacquiao, Philippines, boxing, $160 million ($12 million in endorsements).
3. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, soccer, $79.6 million ($27 million in endorsements).
4. Lionel Messi, Argentina, soccer, $73.8 million ($22 million in endorsements).
5. Roger Federer, Switzerland, tennis, $67 million ($58 million in endorsements).
Other notables: LeBron James, United States, basketball, $64.8 million ($44 million in endorsements); Tiger Woods, United States, golf, $50.6 million ($50 million in endorsements); Peyton Manning, United States, football, $27 million ($12 million in endorsements); Dale Earnhardt Jr., United States, NASCAR, $23.6 million ($9 million in endorsements); Usain Bolt, Jamaica, track, $21 million ($21 million in endorsements).
Bronze medal: "Users hate wireline data caps because they create artificial scarcity that increases the cost of getting online. To make matters worse, limited competition in the high-speed broadband market means users often have nowhere else to turn for a better deal." -- Noah Theran, a spokesman for the Internet Association, a Washington trade group that represents companies that include Netflix and Google Inc.'s YouTube. Bloomberg financial news reports that in a growing number of cities, Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, has begun imposing extra fees on Internet customers who use what it considers excessive amounts of data. The move could bring in new revenue to offset losses from those dropping pay-TV service to stream material online.
Silver medal: "The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out." --Dee Hock, founder of Visa.
Gold medal: "While the masses are waiting to pick the right numbers and praying for prosperity, the great ones are solving problems." -- Steve Jobs.