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Old 07-06-2016, 11:45 AM   #11
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My parents used to let me take off in the morning on my bike, maybe take along a lunch and just need to show back up for dinner. Now they would be arrested for neglect.


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Old 07-06-2016, 12:36 PM   #12
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Once I got on my bike and followed the junk collector around town all day, curious about where he came from. Was a horse drawn wagon piled with junk people gave him, came by our house in the city every few weeks. Bob O'Dell delivered milk to your door from his Difco truck. Cool truck, you drove it standing up. I actually had a job for 4 weeks with him. 2 weeks learning his route, 2 weeks on my own so he could take a vacation. That was an experience.
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Old 07-06-2016, 12:47 PM   #13
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My Dad had a Divco truck when he worked for Davis Dairy in Cedar Raipds iin the late 1940's. I once asked him how he could drive those standing up, he just shrugged and said it was not hard. Little did I realize until later that he had driven tanks, road graders, all sorts of trucks, threshing tractors etc. No Wonder. While our generation did some amazing stuff, Tom Brokaw's Greatest Generation, pretty much smoked us.
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Old 07-06-2016, 01:02 PM   #14
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My Dad had a Divco truck when he worked for Davis Dairy in Cedar Raipds iin the late 1940's. I once asked him how he could drive those standing up, he just shrugged and said it was not hard. Little did I realize until later that he had driven tanks, road graders, all sorts of trucks, threshing tractors etc. No Wonder. While our generation did some amazing stuff, Tom Brokaw's Greatest Generation, pretty much smoked us.
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Hi: Iowa Dave... Here's a pic of my Dad at work for Parnell's Bakery in the winter. He drove standing up too!!! Alf
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Old 07-06-2016, 01:09 PM   #15
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Pretty much true. The people I admire most are those who can do alot of things well - maybe not professionally, but competently. One of my favorite quotes is from a novel by Robert Heinlein. It expresses his idea of the 'competent man':

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
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Old 07-06-2016, 01:27 PM   #16
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Well, here I was wondering if I am too old to take that plunge (the deposit is in anyway and delivery is in 11 months so it's academic) and I came across this wonderful thread.

Ice men, coal men, TV repairmen and horses with milk in tow that knew their way around Sandy Hill in Ottawa are just a part of what has brought me here. I do enjoy reading posts in any number topics from so many great, helpful and understanding people.

Are there threads dedicated to older newbies (65+)?
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Old 07-06-2016, 01:59 PM   #17
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Got the feeling the majority of our posts are for older newbies.
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:16 PM   #18
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Got the feeling the majority of our posts are for older newbies.
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:19 PM   #19
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Alright, I will admit it too that I am an old fart and set in my ways. And I remember the Sears catalog in the outhouse. Loren
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:21 PM   #20
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Got the feeling the majority of our posts are for older newbies.
While it's a fact that I sometimes feel sorry for the lifestyle of the building bound generation, regardless of age, it is heartening to meet and talk camping and outdoor adventures with today's young people when you encounter them. We spent some time last weekend putting a new floor in my 31 year old daughter and son in laws 42 year old boler. They learned, they helped and they were proud. When they got ready to leave yesterday I gave them a mismatched set of wrenches including a Bonney 7/8 made in West Germany and so marked. I'm trying to show them what I can and to make them realize just cause it's old don't mean it ain't good. Human, Steel or Cheese. They already have the hooch part down.
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