A tired prospector in the Klondike.
I told my skipper (in Key West) once, I needed two weeks leave to go to North Carolina and buy a house and settle my wife and family in.
He looked at me like a cow looking at a new gate, then he said, “Chief, you have never bought a house before have you?”
“No sir, but I am going to.”
“I will approve two weeks leave, but you will not find and buy a house in that short time. That is impossible!”
The first couple days I learned I was a ‘little ignorant’ and I began to sweat. BUT at that time you I learned something, one could pay a borrower and ‘assume’ his loan. In the second week we found such a place, one block from Sonny and Colette (Sherry’s sister). It took one day, we paid $2000 (in savings bonds) and assumed a $22k loan. Lawyer’s fees were less than $150. A nice 3BR 1½ bath.
I went back to the base in Key West and informed the Skipper, my wife was living in OUR house in Charlotte NC. He was shocked.
I said that to tell you that the purchase was God sent. I got to know Sonny (BIL) better and we became BEST FRIENDS. I loved the BIG 3’ oaks at his house. When he told me he had planted those 55 years ago, I almost fainted.
NOW, about 22 years ago I built the house we are parked behind. At the time I made three 5’ swings because I was a cheapscape, at the hardware they were $90 each. LOL I used the metal that had blocked the road we had bought with this land, to hang the swings.
Now that we are back I look at the metals left and the popular trees have eaten them.
About a year after the swings I built a tree house for the grand kids. The tree house is gone but here are the rungs of the ladder they climbed to the tree house. How could this happen in MY life time. It is not a 3’ oak of course, but it has also only been 22 years.
As I remember Rick W over in Alabama has some pretty good size trees he has planted. To my ‘honor’ I also went to the woods and dug up some trees and planted them at that house we bought in Charlotte. They are pretty big themselves.
All that means is: proof exists that Jack is getting OLD (like the prospector at the top of the post. LOL).