Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2007

Better late than never

April 26, 2007

Here it is Monday night and it is the latest that I have ever written an article, and I hope it makes this week's paper in time.

In spite of back pain and old age, I got involved with helping our sons David and Tom dismantle the Auto Repair Building on North Main. Several of the day's work lasted 12 or 14 hours.

The amazing thing was the power of the mind that permitted my body to completely forget about my back pain when I was involved in helping with the lifting and moving heavy steel beams and siding. I was on a mission, therefore it was easy.

The deadline was today and our mission was accomplished.

I have learned that many of our acquaintances have had similar problems with aches and pains. I realize that I really helped my back problem by getting different types of exercise. It reminds me of the old saying, "it is better to wear out than to rust out."

The past week, working along the highway, observing the bumper-to-bumper traffic all day and all evening, was quite mind-boggling. Even as late as midnight there were cars, one right after another.

It was really fun watching all the men doing their job, especially the curb machine. I would love to operate a machine like that as it is really a fascinating operation.

We also have noticed the patience and politeness of most of the drivers, how they would slow down long enough to let you enter the highway from a side driveway or street. One of these days when it is all finished, we will forget the hassle and think that it had always been that way.

Our congratulations go out to all the workers who are doing their best to do their work and at the same time watch out for the safety of everyone. The whole project is about the addition of the turn lanes that will keep all our drivers safe.

I noticed a book recently titled "A Guide to Life After 50s, 60s and 70s and beyond For Dummies." Since I have never been my age before, I really don't know how to act. Maybe I should pick up a copy of that book and get informed.

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