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On November 5th, the Old Men of the Mountain met at Mrs. K’s Restaurant in Middleburgh, and everybody was up and running, particularly those that run the restaurant. Most of the time early morning is the best time of day, especially if the OF happens to be an “A” person. The 5th was one of those days. At the breakfast this morning Loretta thanked all the OFs for coming to her birthday party, and presenting her with flowers and a hat which has the OMOTM logo on it. Hey, the OFs will go anywhere for a free meal. Well really, maybe not anywhere. Like the words always, never and the phrase American people (without the caveat some or most preceding the word American) are no-no’s.

On Saturday, October 12th, Middleburgh held its Fall Harvest Parade, and some of the OFs participated in this annual event. The OFs didn’t walk the parade route. One OF had an old tractor and another had an old horse-drawn grader. According to the OFs the parade was over an hour long and very well attended.

Anyone familiar with the village of Middleburgh knows it has one main road in from the north or south to the Schoharie creek. Even locals ─ if they are caught before any of the side streets start through the village ─ find there is no way around, and then these people are in for the duration. One OF mentioned that for him to get home from the parade he was caught in the line of traffic, and this OF is a long time Middleburger. The OF said there was no ducking in and out of the side streets to get around traffic.

Other OFs mentioned about being caught in small town parades with only one way in and one way out and just hanging out until the parade is over; one OF added that when the parade is over then the traffic becomes a parade itself.

The Memorial Day parades in Schoharie and Esperance were also mentioned as parades where the unsuspecting driver is trapped until the parade marches on. One OF mentioned if this happens and you are not too far back, pull the car to the side of road, get out, walk down, and join the crowd, enjoy some fried dough, get a few ballons, and a couple of flags before you go on your way. You might just as well enjoy the parade because you are going to be there anyway.

The next topic that came up was “Going to the Dentist.” The poor dentist has the reputation of running a torture chamber. The dentist should be dressed in black, with earrings in the ears, and whips hanging on the walls according to the OFs. Most of the OFs do not like going to the dentist but off they go and again most find out now-a-days it is not that bad. The OFs claim it is best to go periodically, and have regular maintenance and little things taken care of before they become major problems and can really hurt.

The sensation of Novocain is not pleasant according to the OFs but many would rather put up with that and not have it hurt while at the dentist. A few OF say they will not take Novocain for minor stuff because the dentist works in your mouth only a short time and the hurt is over when he stops. However, with Novocain the OF said he is biting his tongue, drooling, and conversing with slurred speech until it wears off, and then the OF said after it wears off he still feels some of the discomfort from the dental work.

An OG then opined, “That is what you get, you guys that kept your own teeth. Mine come out at night and go in, in the morning, along with my hearing aids, and glasses. That is, once I take the teeth out of the Efferdent, put new batteries in the aids, and clean my glasses, I am set to go.” “Yeah,” one OF answered, “If you lose all that stuff, you are walking into walls because you can’t see, stepping in front of busses because you can’t hear, and living on soup because you can’t chew. I’ll put up with the dentist twice a year.”

This Tuesday was Election Day and some politics were discussed but not much. Sitting at the table of the OMOTM was one Councilman, one former Councilman, and a former Town Board Supervisor. The consensus of this group seemed to be that serving in these capacities is like being married, but with no fun thrown in.

Only two topics came up on how people were going to vote. It seemed (at least to this scribe) that one issue was a no vote on casino gambling and the other was a yes vote for older judges. What would one expect from this group? More specifically, regarding the vote for older judges, the OFs say they still have the mental capacity to say, “Throw the bum in jail,” so what more is necessary?

The OFs will have to wait until next Tuesday to discuss how it all turned out.

Those attending the breakfast at Mrs. K’s Restaurant in Middleburgh, and had already been to the polls, or were headed to the polls, were: Andy Tinning, Don Wood, Harold Guest, George Washburn, Glenn Patterson, Roger Shafer, Roger Chapman, Steve Kelly, Jim Heiser, Mark Traver, Robie Osterman, John Rossmann, Duncan Bellinger, Mace Porter, Ken Hughes, Gary Porter, Jack Norray, Harold Guest, Mike Willsey, Gerry Chartier, Ted Willsey, Jim Rissacher, Bill Krause, and me.

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