On February 9th the Old Men of the Mountain met at the Alley Cat Restaurant in Schoharie.

When this scribe picked up one of his riders at his home the rider advised him that he knew a short cut to Schoharie. The riders in the vehicle all raised an eyebrow because this is the same OF that knew the short cut to Rensselaerville, however, this time we did arrive in Schoharie because once this scribe got the gist of how he was given directions for the route to take, he said to himself “Ah, yep I know this way.” One day this scribe will have to measure the two main routes to Schoharie in time and miles and check whether it is in fact shorter than traveling from this OF’s home via Zimmer Road, to 156, to the Knox-Gallupville road, to 443, to 30. Another OF challenge; it doesn’t take much to keep the OF’s occupied.

Like gossiping over the fence the OF’s talked about the unusual weather the south and the mid Atlantic states are having. Many of the OF’s have friends and relatives that live below the Mason/Dixon line and we are chuckling a tad at the situations they are in and the complaining they are doing. One OF said it is funny but not funny. Up here in the northeast we are prepared for what winter can dish up, but down there they are not, not even in the way the building are constructed. Up here the code is that buildings are to be designed to support at least 55 lbs. per sq. ft. roof load, down there we are not sure what the code is, but don’t think it is that. (This can be another Google it, a challenge for some OF to find out what it is). For construction in the south they might not even worry about roof load, their problem may be wind shear.

One OF reported that one of his relatives lives in a city of about sixty thousand people. He said they have one truck with a plow on it and right now they have fifteen inches of snow. The OF’s say good luck with that. One OF said he doesn’t even want to call his uncle who goes west to Arizona during the winter and he imagines he is a little ticked because they are having their problems along with cold weather and constant rain, and he is in desert country.

Over and over the OF’s say, “Al Gore you are wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong again.” Co2 is washed out of the air by rain, and with all this rain and snow that is pelting the globe we are in for the reverse of green house gases warming things up, we are headed for another ice age. Mark your calendar for the year 5010 and remember that when New York State is one big ice cube the OF’s said it first.

OF, by now most readers know what OF means, as well as OG. One of the OF’s in our group passed this along to this scribe, and it fits The Old Men of the Mountain to a tee and we don’t mind being called Old Farts.

Actually, it’s not a bad thing to be called, as you will see. Old
Farts are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing of
the Star Spangled Banner. Old Farts remove their caps and stand at
attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and
believe in them.

Old Farts remember World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal,
Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War,
The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the
50 plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam.

If you bump into an Old Fart on the sidewalk he will apologize. If
you pass an Old Fart on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a
lady. Old Farts trust strangers and are courtly to women.

Old Farts hold the door for the next person and always, when
walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.

Old Farts get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and
children and they don’t like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies.

Old Farts have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom
brag unless it’s about their children or grandchildren.

It’s the Old Farts who know our great country is protected, not by
politicians, but by the young men and women in the military
serving their country.

This country needs Old Farts with their work ethic, sense of
responsibility, pride in their country and decent values.

We need them now more than ever.

Thank God for Old Farts!

I was taught to respect my elders. It’s just getting harder to find them.

Those OF’s that are still around and able to be found at the Alley Cat restaurant in Schoharie were: Harold Guest, Skip Skinner, Frank Pauli, Tom Hotaling, Roger Shafer, Paul Paulsen, Miner Stevens, Ted Pelkey, Roger Chapman, Dave Williams, Gary Porter, Don Moser, Arnold Geraldsen, Ted Willsey, Jim Rissacher, Gerry Chartier, Harold Grippen, Mike Willsey, and me.

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