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Blog entry by trucker12349 posted 12-04-2008 04:19 PM 653 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was gowing up there was an “old” man down the street who seemed to be the one person you could go to if you needed help with something or needed to borrow a tool . I feel old today because while talking to my 21 year old I mentioned that man and my son said ” you mean like you are now”. I didn’t realize that I had turned into the “old ” man in my neighborhood until then. My neighbors always borrow tools and ladders and I have no problem with them borrowing, as long as they bring them back in the same condition they received them in. I’m sure a lot of you have neighbors or relatives who consider you the “old” man in the neighborhood. Isn’t it nice to be wanted and needed, lol.

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#1 posted 12-04-2008 04:51 PM

Yes Trucker,
I know what you mean and how you feel. I am to looked at as the go to guy in my neighborhood.
Almost on a daily basis I get calls asking how to do something or to borrow tools. It feels good to know people trust and respect your opinion and look twords you for answers to the small tasks life throws at us.
Thanks for the post.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#2 posted 12-04-2008 04:53 PM

We are not old!! We are wise with experience!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 12-06-2008 11:40 PM

I have a simple rule Trucker. I don’t generally lend tools but If I do there is a condition that if it gets broken it’s is replaced or fixed by the borrower.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 12-06-2008 11:45 PM

It’s rather interesting being the “old guy”. When I bought my house 30 odd years ago, I was the kid in the neighborhood. When we decided to downsize and my daughter bought our house, I looked around and most of the people in the area were just starting their families. It was an eye-opener, but it felt good.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#5 posted 12-24-2008 08:00 PM

reminds me of the story that Rick tells, where he used to tell stories about some old guy and then he looked in the mirror one day and realized that he was older than the guy he was talking about.

A nice compliment about your life! A special person, indeed.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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