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On Tuesday as usual, same day, different date, different place. This time it was the Hilltown Café in Rensselaerville.

As the OF’s have mentioned before this is a neat town, and a neat place to go to, but now to get there the OF’s say it is necessary to have either a small tank, or a military humvee or some really rugged off-road vehicle to traverse the roads in Rensselaerville. It is almost impossible to dodge some of the holes in the highway because they cover both lanes. One way to cut down on the speed of traffic is to have speed bumps, or roads like the ones in Rensselaerville, but fifteen miles an hour is a little slow; any faster than that and the vehicle will require front end work and alignment every other day, plus the expense of having all those tow trucks stationed along the roads to pull vehicles out of some the holes they were unable to miss.

The OF’s mentioned this morning the price that scrap yards are paying for scrap iron. If anyone has old metal, or old equipment hanging around that is not going to be used as art work, or spare parts, or part of a collection, now is the time to take it to the scrap yard. It will more than pay for the time and the fuel. The OF’s can almost understand the rash of low life’s who steal copper with the price of scrap copper being as high as it is. One OF suggested that a reputable scrap dealer would question all the copper being brought in like, “Where did this copper come from?” Then a different OF said that, “Hey, if they stole it, they would lie about that. This material should come with a form from whatever construction site, or home it came from attesting to when, where, etc. and signed by the contractor or home owner.” Then one OF commented that the other OF was form happy. He commented, “We have too many forms now. Take your chances, the percentage is small. Keep the government out of it with just another regulation; everything will be plastic shortly anyway.”
The OMOTM, had an OF return from a wedding in Germany, and with true dedication the OF landed in Albany on Monday night and was at the breakfast on Tuesday morning. (In the Wednesday issue 6-23-12 of the Albany Times Union was a column in the business section on just what this OF (who returned from Germany) was discussing. The political/financial situation in Greece. The OF’s are more than timely, the OF’s are, on occasion, internationally timely.)

The next discussion centered on an OF who mentioned that he was having trouble keeping his chickens in. The OF said one day he watched them and they would get in one corner of the penned in yard and start taking off like a B-29 and make it over the fence. So he raised the fence from 3 feet to 7 feet and that worked for the chickens, but not the Guinea hens. These hens take off like a helicopter, straight up and over the fence.
One more OF said, “If you fed those chickens they wouldn’t want to leave the yard. Those birds are just trying to find something to eat.” The OF didn’t mind the Guinea hens being range birds because part of the diet of Guinea hens is ticks. Guinea hens are a great defense against these nasty little insects. The OF’s may have discussed this before about the advantage of these birds. Not only are they beneficial, but they are entertaining, and great watch “dogs” like domestic geese. This OF said the birds let you know when something out of the ordinary is around. It could be an animal or a person and the anxious call of the Guinea hen is loud and just as good as a siren. Another OF confirmed this because he sat on the front porch and watched the hens gobble up the ticks and take off after the cat whenever it came around. This OF said the Guinea hens don’t seem to recognize size…they go after anything.

Next we discussed those OF’s that are Yankee fans. These fans are really down in the dumps. Their team does not seem to be doing so well. Those that are not Yankee fans, or even baseball fans, are getting on the case of the Yankee fans. The only retort the Yankee fans have right now is — just you wait — they are going to come out of this slump and be on top in no time. It is early yet those OF’s say, and they are only 5-1/2 games out. We shall see if the big money boys earn their pay. One OF said that one player on the Yankees makes as much as the whole Baltimore team, including ball boys, coaches, and the camp followers.

Those OF’s that made it to the Hilltown Café and asking, “Where is Cowen?” were: Robie Osterman, John Rossmann, Frank Pauli, Harold Guest, George Washburn, Art Frament, Bob Benac, Roger Chapman, Miner Stevens, Carl Slater, Lou Schenck, Jack Norray, Gary Porter, Mace Porter, Don Moser, Arnold Geraldsen, Harold Grippen, Mike Willsey, Ted Willsey, Jim Rissacher, Gerry Chartier, and me.