On March first (which came in with sun, cold, and a little breeze but not bad) it sure was not a lion. The OF’s wondered if this means a miserable end to March, and maybe an even more miserable April. The OF’s say we shall see. Anyway, March first was a Tuesday and the Old Men of the Mountain met at the Middleburgh Diner in Middleburgh. It seems the sun brought out most of the OF’s and a good group was enjoying the breakfast and the conversation.

A question was asked by one OF how long OMOTM have been having the breakfast. No one really could remember exactly and the guess was about 12 to 15 years. What we do know (with those that have been eating out from the beginning) is that the old saying, “you have to be tough to get old”  is not quite right. These OF’s say “it’s tough to get old.”

More parts of our body hurt now than they used to, and one OF said what do you mean parts, it is my whole body, and it has nothing to do with parts. You name it, it hurts. Another OF said he has to think about how to maneuver just to get out of the car. A couple of the OG’s said they could not wait for winter to start so they could get projects done around the house and not have to fuss with the yard. Yeah, right! One OF said he has one chore almost done out of about ten, and the other OG said the same with him, however, he did manage to get the garage cleaned so he could start on the projects but soon it will be spring and he won’t be able to do them because of the yard work and by that time the garage will be all cluttered up for next winter. The OF’s look at these projects and say to themselves, “Ooh that is going to hurt I just think I will let it lay for awhile.”

Another OG said he gave up trying to do the projects from the job jar and has his kids, or in-laws help or, the OF said, he contributes to the economy by hiring it done. Most of the others said to h— with it. We hurt too much and are too broke to hire it done so the projects just don’t get done. When we blink our eyes for the last time we won’t have to worry about it anyway, it will be someone else’s problem.

The continuing saga of the price of gas and fuel oil was discussed. Today, the OF’s said, it is necessary to carry at least sixty dollars in your wallet just to put gas in the car. Which brought up the dilemma that most states and the country are in with not enough money to pay the bills, and the bubble has burst. The OF’s can see the problems but really have no answers. Many OF’s could see there was going to be problems years ago. The big homes, the fancy cars and all the expensive toys, like boats, ATV’s, snowmobiles, and huge motor homes just for two or three week vacations made for a lifestyle which could not continue and it has now come to a head. Also, there became too many social and welfare programs that mandated quite a fancy living style for those who knew how to work the system. These people did not contribute to society, and many of them did just the opposite, and our legislature as well as we became a bunch of suckers to fall into their well-conceived traps. The OF’s say it has caught up with us. The do-gooders are sinking the ship and how to get it afloat again is quite a problem, and that is only one of the situations the OF’s have commented on many times. One OF said though, you guys have to be careful not to lump all those that really need help in that boat. The OF’s agreed with this statement and that makes the problem greater.

One OF said why would anyone want to run for any public office? All you do is get abuse on top of abuse, even if you have the answer. Another OF blamed all this instant communication of opinions with too many offering their opinion who do not know what they are talking about. Another OG said that each news media is pushing their own agenda, and that stirs the pot and now no one is happy. There has to be some level-headed people out there on both sides but as one OF said they are being buried by all the agitators creating just so much noise.

Do not ask the OF’s for answers, like mentioned above, we have many suggestions but no real answers and then again maybe we do (for one thing the OF’s are level-headed) but no one wants to listen to OF’s.

Oh yes, the snow. The OG’s on the hill basically had the same measurements of snow that fell Friday and it was 12; now that snow is rain-soaked. Boy, will there be some water running off the hill unless, as one OF put it, we have good sapping weather warm days and real cold nights.

To the scribe the morning conversations seemed to be redundant to the Tuesday before, and the Tuesday before that. There seems to be a hint of frustration creeping in on how the country is heading, or not heading. The conversations of old cars, tractors, and farming and how things used to be back in the day (when the OF’s were chasing women) seem to be taking a back seat.

Those attending the breakfast at the Middleburgh Diner and most who would like to see spring-type weather sometime soon were: Steve Kelly, Ted Pelkey, Dave Williams, Glenn Patterson, Mark Traver, Harold Guest, Roger Shafer, Miner Stevens, Frank Pauli, Carl Slater, Robie Osterman, George Washburn, Roger Chapman, Jim Rissacher, George Washburn, Arnold Geraldsen, Don Moser, Gary Porter, Lou Schenck, Gerry Chartier, Mike Willsey, Harold Grippen, Willard Osterhout, and me.