Tuesday the 15th of November the Old Men of the Mountain met at the Home Front Café in Altamont.

Someone must have returned from Florida because the restaurant had a huge bowl of oranges on a table in the back. Each of the OMOTM got an orange. We feel the Home Front wants to keep the OFs healthy so there are enough of the old goats to continue this round robin of restaurants.

Particularly this morning at the Home Front at one table two of the OFs sat side by side and there was 183 years of living between them. Someone should sit them both down and compile that many years of living history. It would not only be local but national and international in scope.

There is an update on the old cars topic, an OF (not of this group because of geography) mentioned the Pierce Arrow which was made right here in New York State. According to this OF it was produced in Buffalo, NY. This scribe should have remembered this vehicle because it was one of the vehicles that convinced this scribe he should give up sign painting. This scribe was given the “chore” of striping a beautifully restored Pierce Arrow ─ talk about nerve wracking. Maybe this scribe tried to wash that experience from the gray cells that have it stored somewhere in his brain.

The election was briefly touched on and a strange phenomenon popped up as many of the OFs did not vote for one or the other, rather they voted against one or the other. One OF who works at the polls said that this election was the busiest he has ever seen and he has been doing it a long time. The OF said they did not even have time to eat. They caught a bite here and there as the evening went on. The OF said they usually (in the town of Knox) have pizza brought in or they call for take outs. Not this year ─ no time to do that. This OF also noted that the preponderance of young people voting was really noticeable. All the OFs are glad it is over and they can watch TV, and laugh at the GEICO and Aflac ads, along with some others that are so interesting the OFs say they forget what is being advertised.

The OFs commented on the new trend of taking naps. The OF’s are masters of how to do that. The OFs could write a book on nap taking. Most all the OFs say they feel refreshed after taking a nap. The duration of the naps and when they take them do vary, but basically the results are the same. One OF did mention that he does not nap because when he does he can’t sleep at night.
A couple of the OGs said that they have trouble sleeping at night and take naps all through the day. For them this seems to work. Some notable people who napped or got along on very little sleep were mentioned. One was Thomas Edison who had strange sleeping habits. One OF said that Edison thought ideas were in the air for anyone to grab and Edison figured that if he was sleeping he would miss some of these ideas.

One OF mentioned that he is tired all the time and all he has to do is sit down and he is asleep. How soundly the OFs were asleep in these naps did not come up but most claim they were actually asleep, and could tell by how much time had gone by that they did not realize had gone by. One OF said he wakes up from his naps quite often for the same reason he wakes up at night ─ he has to go to the bathroom.
“Isn’t it funny,” one OG remarked, “That even though the body is asleep the plumbing keeps right on working?”

A conversation that is common at this time of year is about the woodpiles of the OFs who burn wood for heat. Some have stoves, or wood-burning furnaces either in the cellar, or outdoor wood-burning furnaces. A few have the outdoor furnaces that they run all year round because they also use the furnace for hot water. One OF said that in his furnace he uses wood that, for the most part, came from trees that have fallen or are dead. This helps keep his wood lot clean. With the outdoor furnace it is possible to burn just about anything since the furnace, being a good distance from the house so if a chimney fire from creosote happens it is not a problem. What is a problem is to feed the dumb thing when it is ten below and outside there is two feet of snow to wade through. This makes it necessary to bundle up to put another log on the fire. Just like cows if the OF doesn’t feel good the cows still have to milked, and in this case the fire still has to be fed. Yep, it has to be done unless there is a good backup in case adversity happens.

The Old Men of the Mountain would like to offer their condolences to the family of Dick Ogsbury who passed away on Veteran’s Day. Dick was ill for a long time and courageously dealt with it.

The Old Men of the Mountain that made it to the Home Front Café in Altamont, where the restaurant made sure the OFs would not get scurvy, were: Miner Stevens, Bill Lichliter, Roger Chapman, Robie Osterman, George Washburn, Wayne Gaul, Ted Feurer, John Rossmann, Harold Guest, Roger Shafer, Chuck Aelesio, Richard Frank, Dave Williams, Mike Willsey, Jack Norray, Gerry Irwin, Mace Porter, Mark Traver, Otis Lawyer, Bob Giebitz, Jim Rissacher, Bill Rice, Henry Whipple, Ted Willsey, Elwood Vanderbilt, Rich Vanderbilt, Marty Herzog, Harold Grippen, and me.

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