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Wandering off the Wall

Leo_G Member Posts: 89
Well Dan has always said it is good to wander off the Wall now and then, so tonight I did.

I noticed that my name was highlighted so clicked it. My Lord what wondrous things appeared! Seems that I have been a member since 2002.

2002! Amazing!

Read some of the posts I have made over the years, barely, if even remembering them. But the most delightful piece of nostalgia I happened upon, was my recounting of grafting a Wolfe River apple to a tree in my back yard that has a lot of family significance. Wow!

Since then Pop has passed. One Boy has graduated university with a degree in Honours Philosophy. The other Boy took a year off and returns in the fall, changing from music to writing. We own property up country now, and are starting to build our retirement home this spring. Though we all know that old heaters never retire, we just slowly fade away.

To keep up with my wife, I took up horse riding the last couple of years. Though I will never be John Wayne in the saddle, it is a pleasure that is hard to beat.

The grind goes on, but truthfully, as I age, I find more pleasure in this trade as I realize just how wonderful a trade it is and knowing that eventually it and I will part. Taking the learned and stored knowledge with me when I go. I try to pass on everything I have learned to my crew, but know that they will follow their path, taking some of my wisdom and discovering most of their own.

And finally, a huge heartfelt THANKYOU to Dan for creating, keeping and more importantly sustaining such a unique and wondrous place.

The great American Richard Rose said that there are only 3 emotions in life, hate, love and nostalgia. Today, I can confirm that he is right.

I am in your debt always Mr. Holohan.

Peace everybody, and hug your kids!


  • "Old heaters never retire"- they just cool down! Nice remenicinceses--NBC
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,523
    Thanks, Leo. You've been a wonderful part of it all.
    Retired and loving it.
  • Mark Eatherton
    Mark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,853
    Leo!!! It's great to see your words!

    Thought possibly you'd fallen off the edge of the World :-)

    Funny how we all eventually come back here.

    Lots of water under the bridge here as well. Good to hear from you. Don't be a stranger.

    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,826
    Gonna put a steam system in your new house?
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
  • Leo_G
    Leo_G Member Posts: 89
    Hey NBC, glad you took the time to read it. How bout this - Old heaters never die, they just become boat anchors!

    Prof, yes I curtailed my posting drastically for a while. Went through some busyness probs, but looks pretty good now. Glas to see you are doing great.

    Steamhead, as much as I have wished to work on one those bad boys, here in Vancouver, they are only an urban myth when it comes to residential. I still have never had the joy of installing/working on one.

    I am thinking since our property up country has 18 acres, the primary boiler will be wood fired, backed up by either an electric or a propane combi. Still haven't finalized the design yet.

    But I have installed the outhouse!