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Thoughts While Shaving for January 27

When I look at the stock market and see the huge moves, mostly upward, I think about how good the economy is, and it is for many, but many are suffering, living hand to mouth, strugglin’. The divide is about as wide as I can remember…

Remember when sawmills were everywhere … mobile … could move from one place to another and needed several folks to operate … not counting those cutting the timber down, those driving the trucks and others moving lumber away to wherever needed. Just one example of an industry that has changed, changed, changed. Today, big machinery does the job, many with far less workers than the 40s, 50s & 60s … In fact, not sure that there are any mobile sawmills today … If yes, very few.

No, not interested in returning to those days, just an example of many jobs gone forever … A little like the tobacco industry … Remember when tobacco was the primary crop in our area … Can ride for miles throughout the county and see very little if any tobacco fields … When was the last time you saw a tobacco bed?

Look on the bright side … a couple of years at Bladen Community College can assist in getting the education it takes to move on and up in the world we live in today…

Just thinkin’ out loud … some would accuse me of living in the past … I plead guilty…

And, there were no Dupont’s then … no Smithfield Foods … in fact, options were limited … on the bright side, there are other ways to make a living … Bladen is still a great place to live, work and play…

I know, kinda all over the landscape … just an old ‘pout’ reliving yesteryear…

“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age.” Lucile Ball

“When I was young I was call a rugged individualist. When I was in my fifties I was considered eccentric. Here I am doing and saying the same things I did then and I’m labeled senile.” George Burns

“As you get older, the pickings get slimmer, but the people don’t.” Carrie Fisher

robert g hester
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910-876-2322

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