Monday, October 27, 2008

AL..Hands Down, the Most Unique Guy I have met!

Al, this was the most unique guy I ever met. He & Judy went into the hills of upper ‘Down East’ in Maine. Bought some acreage and began to build a log cabin. He did go to the County to see what permits he needed. None, as long as you do not ask for power, was the answer. So they built a beautiful log house on a small mountain top, no electricity. He ran some twelve volt lights. If they wanted to use them he plugged the house into his truck using the trailer connections. Unique, that was Al.
We visited them on their mountain. I think I could live like that, but Sherry says, uh uh! Florida in the Winter! Al said he became a lobsta’ man by accident. He was driving a truck and very often passed a house that had a 35-40 foot boat in the front yard. The Bow was split. After a couple years he said he stopped. Talked to the owner. Al asked him what he was asking for the boat?
The owner said, “I don’t know, what will you give?”
Al said he was joking and said, “I think I could go a dollar a foot, maybe $37.00.”
“When can you move it, it is yours.” Said the owner laughing.
Al said the guy was not joking. So he had to find a trailer and took it to his place, put it between two big trees and with two ‘come-alongs ‘ over a period of a week or so pulled the bow together and put a steel plate to hold it. He quit the trucking company, Launched the boat, started it, built some lobsta pots and started fishing.

The last enterprise Al & Judy were in was baking pies. They *raked the wild blue berries, picked the rubarb. He made the boxes, The company was called the brown box pie company. The boxes were so strong you could actually stand on them. Judy made some delicious pies.
They retired just a few years after we met them. Al got sick and needed dialysis.
You will not believe this, his toe began to deteriorate. The Dr. said we are going to have to take it off. “No you are not!”
“We are only concerned about your health.” Dr. said.
“Not half as concerned as I am!” retorted Al.
This is what you are not going to believe. In about six weeks the toe ‘rotted’ off. The stump looked better than an amputation. He kept his toe in a baggie. Later a finger did the same thing, Al put it in the same baggie.
I said Al D. was very unique. I miss him. Al was a great guy, I loved to hea’ him tawlk. Judy is still alive and living in Kennebunkport, Maine. If I can find a picture of their house I will post it. I think it is for sale now. If you can live without electricity and on a mountain.
Nite Shipslog.
* For us who did/do not know. They rake wild berries (using a small hand rake, a cup looking device with fingers) in Maine, they do not pick them.
PS: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A State Trooper pulls over a pickup on Highway 16and says to the driver, 'Got any I.D. ?'.and the driver replies 'Bout wut?'
Did you hear about the $3 million Redneck Lottery ?The winner gets $3.00 a year for a million years.
A new Redneck law was just recently passed .When a couple gets divorced, they are STILL cousins.
Did you hear that the Redneck governor's mansion burned down ?'Yep. Prit'near took out the whole trailer park. The library was a total loss too. Both books went poof . . .. up in flames and the governor hadn't even finished coloring one of them.'


shirl72 said...

It is hard to believe a person can live without electricity. We are so spoiled we
have everything and more. You and Sherry have
met a lot of nice and interesting people from
all over the world.


Sandra said...

that sounds like a wonderful couple but i don't know if I could live full time like that... maybe for a vacation. they are made of stronger stuff than me

Debbie said...

Their home is beautiful. Shirl is right we are all spoiled. I wouldn't want to live like that but I'm sure we all could if we had to.

betty said...

he does seem like a very unique type of individual; glad he had a wife that enjoyed going along with him on some of his plans; I'm not sure I'd like the house without electricity, but I would take one of their pies for sure!

thanks for sharing about him :)


Paula said...

Very interesting. Enjoyed reading this. I can remember not having electricity but don't think I would want to go back to it. I love my central heat and air.

Glendy said...

Makes me think about winding up a wick in the
hurricane lamp after Frances, then Jeanne. I
ended up buying a "reserve" of lamp oil that season as there was a run on supply here in OKEE. Agree with Paula, have been without power but it's something I am grateful for. It was
weird as I'd flip the switch and then pause to
remember...ain't no 'lectric!

Jean said...

I can remember when I was growing up we didn't have electricity until I was about 12 years old. I love their home, but I don't think I would like to live there. The pies sound so good. Yum. Take care, jean