Once in a while Hillman lets me write something on this internet thing. I believe it is called a blog. Not sure what that means or if it stands for something. I have no idea at all. Since Martha died a few years ago, I have been kind of at odds with myself about what I can do for the years, or less, that I have left to me. I am sure that God has a plan and that he will make sure that it comes out all right.
Most of my friends like Glenn Finnefrock, Boots Hadley, and Will Pennypacker have gone on to their rewards. There are still a couple like Joe Fotos, Truman Mills, and Merle Wetzel are still there but they have their lives to live and they are somewhat younger than me. I sometimes go to the County Seat on Main Street in Clarion and see these guys, some with their wives, but I kind of keep to myself after a few half hearted hellos. I take out my copy of the Oil City Derrick and go to the obituary pages and see if my name is in there. If it isn’t, I think it’s going to be a good day.
This getting old stuff is getting old. I have always had my interests in hunting, fishing and the like, but I can’t really get out there in the cold and dampness anymore and my arthritis kicks in like crazy. But there is one thing that I can do even better than when I was younger and that is observe what is going on around me.
Yup, I know that change is all you can count on. There are a bunch of folks who want things to go back to 1954. Some are real sincere about it and think that morality and human relations were much better then. That’s just not so. Eveyone knew their place, some people complain. If that means what I think it means, I don’t want any part of that. It’s nice to see that so many people are now being given a chance that they would not have had in 1954.
This whole political thing is about going back to a time in the past. All of these yellers and screamers about the current state of affairs in our country, would have said the same thing back in 1954 about times past. As a matter of fact, they did. I was there. There was always criticism of what is happening in the present. I can imagine the Egyptians complaining about the Hebrews leaving Egypt about how they wished things were the way they were in 1400 b.c.
That’s the way folks are, most folks anyway. The people with uncommon sense don’t think that way. They think in a totally different way. I knew a real rich man once who came to Clarion in the 1980’s and when told that there wasn’t anything here after the coal companies left, he said, “This is a golden opportunity for someone to come in and do amazing things.” I often wish he would have come here to do it, but he went somewhere else and was very successful.
I always am afeared of people who complain all the time and don’t seem to be able to get off a dime. They come into the restaurant and begin complaining at the door and don’t stop until they leave. They are very unhappy people. I wonder if they ever did anything to stop and fix something. I’ll bet they didn’t.
I guess that I am tired of all the political ads and the bad stuff that they say about each other. There is no cause to do that. Why don’t they tell us what THEY are going to do to fix the problems. We aren’t that dumb. Whoever is going to be Governor of this state will inherit a huge financial problem. No one will be able to fix it themselves. Stop spending money on trying to downgrade the other guy and start working on some plans. Jeez, we have so much unemployment. Let’s begin there and get our own folks to work. Stop importing people from other states to work on the Marcellus Shale stuff . Let’s all work on it together.
I guess Hillman is probably pissed off at me for taking up so much space. But, you know what, I don’t care a whit about his opinion. He thinks too much of himself anyway. Have you read any of the other crap that he puts on here. I don’t believe most of it and the other stuff makes no sense to me. I must say that he does have guts enough to put it on so that others can read it and that scares me.