Of course a year ago I was not doing a single thing it seemed. For a couple of weeks I had to crash in my Aunt Rose’s basement, although she decided that she would get a lot of work out of me in exchange. I did not grouch about that. She knew that while I was in college I spent a summer doing tree pruning in Asheville NC and so that was the first thing she set me to doing, although I told her that I really never did the real job. That requires the special tools, some teaching and a whole lot of guts. I would have to have a lot better health insurance to do, because it is quite dangerous when you are using a chainsaw 30 and 40 feet up a tree. She did not really want anything done that could not be done with a pole saw and a handsaw with a ladder.
At any rate I have been doing almost everything you can imagine, mostly without paying taxes on it so that I could collect unemployment too. Most of the time I have been doing yard work. This was only possible because one of my uncles had all of the things I needed and did not care if I borrowed all of it. The guy has pretty much become a gigolo in his golden years. He hooked up with a rich widow and the two of them are out spending her money all over the place now. Right now they have a big RV that they are traveling the West with. The last post card that I got was Idaho, right near the Montana border. He could not care much less what I do with his mowers, truck and trailers at this point in time.