Friday, September 4, 2015


These anniversaries sneak up on you. Fifty years ago I went to work at this little appliance store in Washington, Iowa.

I swept floors, washed windows, cleaned nasty old refrigerators and stoves, and wrecked my back moving old 15 cubic foot freezers out of basements. I've been unemployed a total of two weeks since I became a wage slave. I worked on a section crew for a short time, took care of a handicapped student for a year, fought forest fires, and was a mechanic in both the oil and coal fields. Currently I take nice nature hikes and do a lot of writing.  I wore this jacket for a few years after I went off to school (I worked then, too.) and people understandably called me Jarvis. A few of them still do.

The end is in sight, but not quite yet. I'm not sure how I feel about it.

Might be this...

Or maybe this...(I'm not really into trigger warnings, but before you click Play, note that the video below is from Blazing Saddles.)

Let's face it, I'm Tired!


Anonymous said...

I coincidently watched this movie in its entirety this afternoon and got a lot of good laughs out of it. I had seen it many years ago, and remembered Ms. Kahn being in it. She was one-of-a-kind and was gone way too soon.

Best to the True Blue clan!

David aka True Blue Sam said...

A whole Lotta genius came together in that movie!

Joel (@Stranded Tree) said...

Dad said that after he retired, he thought he worked the hardest in his life. But he did what he wanted to do and enjoyed it for the most part. The railroad wanted the old guys out and paid him along with Teddy Bear, Harpo, Pauly, and Popeye to retire early.

We lost track of Popeye, but Dad outlived the others by 10+ years. He did not live a healthy lifestyle but he was active until the Labor Day weekend 8 years ago. One of the reasons I dislike this weekend most of all.

I imagine moss will not be growing near you after you make that decision.

Blazing Saddles could not be made today. Mel Brooks produced some good pictures in the 70's.