Monday, December 9, 2019
Silly dreams and Man of the year
American vehicle: 1958 Chevy
Christmas is a wonderful happy time. People do become more joyful. Thoughtful of others. In the Fall Kids start thinking of what they would like for Christmas. As a kid I could think of a lot of things I wanted. From ball gloves to roller skates or bikes.
Even some adults start thinking of what they would like. I don’t think most people ‘envy’ things others have. Many times I have wished I had the money to buy a bike, car or house LIKE someone else had, but that is not the same as wanting someone’s stuff, which is to covet, imma thinking.
Many people have a ‘silly to others’ dream but do not express it. Mine is to have an antique car to drive around. Maybe get into a car club when I get old. I have two acquaintances who do that and get a kick out of it. One is always in the Belmont Christmas parade where the passenger in his 1958 Chevy convertible is a local celebrity. One year it was ‘Man of the Year’, Preston Taylor. Preston did all my surveying when I was in business.
Joe's 1958 Convertible in Belmont
Preston is different. After every job I had to chase him down to pay him, he wouldn't think of sending a bill. BUT in all the years I knew him in business I never knew of his dedication to the less fortunate.
He is a great guy. He became man of the year for all his volunteer work. Every year he and his wife serve thousands of meals at no cost to the underprivileged. He has done many favors for me and saved me many headaches by suggesting things when dividing parcels of land.
He is now in his 90s and still does volunteer work. I am glad to know him and to see him recognized. Many of the meals are served around Christmas time. He looked good in that '58.