This breakfast was held on Tuesday, November 17th at the Knox Country Store where no fireworks happened this time. That is a good sign. The OF’s wonder when traveling around the country and passing through small towns and noticing a lot of cars around a little country store what’s going on there. Strangers, probably lost, going through Knox on the Tuesday we meet at the Knox Country Store are more than likely wondering the same thing. “What in the world is the attraction to that place?” the passers through might think. The OF’s reply would be nothing… just a bunch of OF’s having breakfast.

The OF’s have been enjoying the nice fall weather we have been having BUT, we are all a little edgy because we now the other shoe is going to drop but we don’t know when. One OF said if people do not have the house buttoned up for winter it is not the weather sneaking up on them this year. We all have had plenty of time to get those chores done.

One OG said he has been working in the woods for quite some time now clearing the woods of trees that are hindering the growth of the bigger oaks and maples. This OG is one of the ones that we have mentioned before that has an outside wood burning furnace. This OG said that right now he has about 10 full cords of wood under cover and by the furnace, and thinks on the 10 acre lot there may be another 8 to 10 full cords to cut up and bring in. The basic reason for relating this story is that this work ethic is what keeps the OG’s going. It is good old fashioned work, physical work, not sitting on you duff work, but lifting, hauling, walking work.

We do have OF’s that have worked like this most of their lives but have had certain ailments that have sneaked up on them and they can no longer work like that. This causes considerable complaining at the breakfast of their inability to do simple chores. The best advice the OF’s have that have the “been there and done that syndrome,” and are in the same boat is to do what the doctor says. If the doc says take it easy, then you should take it easy; if the doc says exercise, then you should exercise. From experience of more than one OF if the doctor says wiggle you little finger ten times to the right, and ten times to the left, well, that is what you do. The OF’s do not say if ten helps, then 15 will help more. Not so, the doctors don’t make these numbers up.

The OF’s did get on the government and generally this scribe does not report on this. The OF’s are registered in one party or the other but their thinking is very independent. Local government is different than that of larger populations. In local government if you have a beef most of the time the OF can call a board member, or go right to the highway super, and generally things are ironed out, but try doing that with a county legislator, or State Senator, or even higher and you wind up dealing with staff. Most of the time the concern never reaches the legislator, hence lobbyists, and political action groups get their ear(s) first and the concerns of small groups like the OMOTM are not even a whisper. The OF’s say this is too bad because most lobbyists are concerned with only one thing, and think that their one thing is the most important problem in the world and the world will come to an end if it is not addressed right away, but to many of the OF’s they could care less about what many of these one action groups are touting for that day. One OG said that the next day an action group of some sort will hire the same people, load them on busses and shuffle them off to Albany, or Washington with a bunch of signs to promote their particular agenda, and the people on the busses don’t care they are still getting paid, and a neat bus ride to boot.

Another OG said the ten people with a lot of money can get more done their way in the legislator than ten thousand people with no money. It seems to be the only thing those in Albany listen to is the sound of money dropping in their election fund buckets than they do for real concerns of the people they are supposed to represent.

Those OF’s that made it to the Knox Country Store, and parked their cars in profusion around the little building in the Town of Knox and were stimulating the stranger passing by into wondering what goes on in Knox were: Roger Chapman, (and for a brief time Gerry Irwin), Henry Witt, Miner Stevens, (and Knoxonian or Knoxite) Robie Osterman, Don Moser, Skip Skinner, Harold Guest, John Rossmann, Mace Porter, Gary Porter, Steve Kelly (it was good to see Steve out and about after extensive back surgery), Roger Shafer, Ted Pelkey, Frank Pauli, Arnold Geraldsen, (another Knoxonian or Knoxite), Jim Rissacher, Ted Willsey, Paul Paulsen, Willard Osterhout, Dennis White, Mike Willsey, Harold Grippen, and me.