On Tuesday the 7th day of April, the Old Men of the Mountain met at the Home Front Café, in Altamont.

On the mountain there was snow, and snow most of the way down the hill, so the first topic of the day of course was the weather. (What else.) One of the OF snowbirds returned from Arizona, and was fortunate enough to be greeted by an April snow shower on his way to the breakfast at the Home Front. Welcome back. As this OG walked through the door each OG already there had something to say. The OG’s wouldn’t pass that one up. Sneak out on them to warmer weather and get caught in just a little bit of what we go through in the winter months, so he had to pay for that with good natured ribbing. He was then welcomed back graciously like he should be.

The OF’s also got into a discussion about when snow tires should come off the vehicles. With the many years that the OF’s have been taking them off and putting them on, one would think that all the OG’s should know, but no…there had to be a discussion. However, as this scribe listened he thinks the issue was resolved, but this scribe did not make a note of it, and now doesn’t remember what the resolution was, and if he did he would not be able to put it in the column because this scribe didn’t really know if the OF’s were right or not.

Oh! There was a short, excited exchange about the Yankees with all their millions invested in those hot shot players — they lost their opening game. Money can’t buy love, Money can’t buy happiness, and Money apparently can’t buy good ball players. With the amount of money the Yankees have shelled out for players they may win their division, but actually they should win the whole thing with 162 games in the win column. They can’t do it now after losing game number one. Though it is after the breakfast, the Yankees have also lost game number two.

Now for the OF’s health report. Many OF’s are beginning to have a problem with the simple act of bending over. Young kids today and even toddlers, have shoes with Velcro on them. The OG’s have now reverted to that stage where Velcro on shoes is a big help. Many OG’s say if something falls now let it lie there. “I ain’t bending over to get it. If I do, I won’t make it back up.” To that one OF added, “Once it has fallen to the ground or the floor where else is it going to go, and if it is food call the dog.” Another OF said, “I walk with a cane, don’t need one though to walk, just need it to push myself up if I have to bend over.” A statement just like last week was added. Amen brother, Amen.

The Old Men of the Mountain are sort of a microcosm of the type of drivers there are on the roads. Some are pokes and don’t know it, some are conservative, some drive a tad too fast and don’t know it, some drive too close, some hang way back, the OF’s slosh around in the pool of drivers on the road like everyone else. The topic of how to drive the interstates, and the four or six lane highways came up. What the OF’s found is that if they stick to basically the speed limit, stay in the middle lane, and watch many cars go shooting by in the left lane (hurrying to nowhere really) because when they arrive at the toll booth there are the same cars, just 3 or 4 cars ahead of them. The same thing happens at red lights. These drivers waste all that gas by not driving at a steady pace, and get no further than the OF in the same amount of time — check it out.

The OF’s have one of their truisms coming up. If you are traveling 100 miles, and you travel 65 miles an hour you will get there in 1 hour and 35 minutes. If you travel at 70 miles an hour you will arrive in 1 hour and 30 minutes, 5 MINUTES difference. The OF’s say in the course of life if 5 minutes travel time is that important in your life then brother you are never going to become an energetic OF, you are going to burn yourself out, and instead of being like most the OF’s in this group who are 60, 70, plus and look 40 to 50 years old, you will be 40 to 50 years old, and look and act 60 to 70 years old. See ya at the toll booth.

During the breakfast Cindy came out to see if everything was OK and she made a little announcement to the group that on May 31st, there will be an open house at the Altamont Fire House, from 1 to 5 p.m., to honor the first recipient of the Medal of Honor, who will be 100 years old. There will be other recipients of the Medal of Honor there, and some are traveling from as far away as San Diego, California to participate in this event.

Those OF’s having breakfast at the Home Front in Altamont, and arriving in their motorized chariots safely were: Skip Skinner, Carl Slater, Arnold Geraldsen, Don Moser, Robbie Osterman, Paul Paulsen, Roger Chapman, Gary Porter, Mace Porter, John Rossmann, Harold Guest, Ted Pelkey, Ted Willsey, Mike Willsey, Harold Grippen, Warren Willsey, Gerard Cartier, and me.

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