On September 21st (September is Latin for 7, October is Latin for 8, November is Latin for 9, and December is Latin for 10) the Old Men of the Mountain met at Mrs. K’s Restaurant in Middleburgh. We use Latin all the time and don’t know it, and we also use Japanese, French, Spanish, and German just by the names of things.

However, going back to September 21st one carload of OF’s arrived just as the school busses were leaving Middleburgh school. One after another the yellow line of busses pulled onto Rte. 145, like a bunch of hornets leaving the nest in the warming sun. The OF’s said they learned all they needed to know about living by riding the school bus. One OF said kids that could walk to school missed out on all that.

This scribe also has an apology to make. He left off three guys on the attendance of last week. This scribe must have been interrupted while he was penning the names. So now this scribe will put them here to keep peace in the family because this scribe knows they were there; how could the scribe miss the beard? It has been recommended that the scribe bring a camera and take table shots each Tuesday so this doesn’t happen. In attendance last week were Steve Kelly, Roger Shafer, and Spike Taylor. Correction made.

One table spoke considerably about whole-house generators, and how those who own them are very pleased with the way these generators work out. Along with this the OF’s spoke about the wide range in prices for propane which, not being in the business, the OF’s found confusing. The prices were widely different from $1.60 per gallon to $3.43 per gallon for the same stuff. It is interesting that not too long ago propane was a nuisance in the manufacture of gasoline. Propane was like skim milk and gasoline manufacturers had no idea what to do with it and they just got rid of it. Now look at it, why is that? Eventually the manufacturers came up with a way of distilling the propane from the gas and in a couple of years or so they found it safe enough to use for cooking. Gas varies about 60 cents, the question is why propane varies from as much as two dollars plus per gallon, and one OF reported he was charged 4.50 a gallon for propane. The OF’s are really perplexed on this one. Still that is not too hard to do.

Back to the generators. Living in the country the OF’s do lose power every now and then, but when the power really goes out over a large area the power company takes care of the greater populations first. This is understandable. Now that the generators have become more reasonable and dependable they are also becoming more popular. The OF’s, in their discussion this morning, find that it is important to call around for prices for generators and their installation. What the OF’s found is that there are people out there taking advantage of the power outage situation by charging some pretty high prices, and the OF’s have found that it is possible to find people who do better work for the same generator from those that charge much less. Just like everything else the OF’s advise to check around and ask for ‘whatever’ it is that is being purchased from those that have purchased the same ‘whatever’ and see what they think and their experiences with the ‘whatever.’ To the ‘whatever’ purchased though, there is a ‘however.’ As one OF put it many people do not like to admit they made a mistake — they may have been taken, or have purchased a piece of junk and won’t admit to it.

We also have an OF who is painting a small shed which is sided with Texture 1-11. This is not fun painting by hand with a brush, because by the time this OF finishes painting this little building made with that stuff he could have painted a whole barn and used half the paint. If a sprayer was used the OF would not have had a problem, but then he would not have had the enjoyment of resting in his chair and enjoying the view of the valley from his backyard every twenty minutes or so. Hey the OF’s are old, that is why we are OF’s, and most of the OF’s are not in any particular hurry.

One table spoke about running into hives of bees, especially ground bees when mowing hay. These little flying wonders become quite agitated when disturbed like that. One OF reported that he had this experience more than once; only one time did they form the typical flying “V” that is seen in cartoons. This OF said fortunately there was a pond not too far away and the OF got off the tractor and made a bee line, lickety-split for that body of water with the bees right behind. Just like the cartoons.

Another OF reported that a hive of bees was once picked up by the hay loader. That time the two guys mowing the hay away on the wagon had to deal with these bees. The OF said he was driving the tractor and saw these two jump of the wagon and run like h— for the hedgerow. The OF said he had no idea what got into them until he saw the cloud of bees over the wagon. Ah, just some of the joys of farming.

This scribe can’t remember if he heard this someplace or just made it up on the spur of moment, but in parting from a pleasant conversation with a good friend, the friend said as he walked away “Have a good day, and don’t do anything bad.” To which this scribe answered, “Hey, I’m too old to be bad.’ Tain’t that the truth.

Those attending the breakfast at Mrs. K’s restaurant in Middleburgh, and most of those attending fitting the bill of too old to be bad were: (and the scribe hopes no one is missed. The scribe practiced his Santa imitation of making the list and checking it twice to be sure) John Rossmann, Roger Chapman, Harold Guest, Dave Williams, Skip Skinner, Jim Watson, Bob Benac, Duane Wagenbaugh, Harold Eck, Garry Porter, Mace Porter, Bob Dietz, Bill Bartholomew, Ted Pelkey, Carl Walls, Robie Osterman, Miner Stevens, Carl Slater, Don Moser, Arnold Geraldsen, Willard Osterhout, Harold Grippen, Ted Willsey, Mike Willsey, Gerry Chartier, and me.