Life's Lane Changes
Grandparenting and a Real Job

A lot has happened in my life in the last year. In October of 2005 I began to drive a propane cylinder route (pictures below) and the 2005 Election gave us a new Trustee, Dave Vartenuk, giving us a new Board of Trustees.

At my Wife's family reunion I commented to cousin Darrell Kahler that having a new Trustee was similar to one time when I brought a new cat home. The cat we had, our dog, and the new cat spent the entire evening in the family room in separate corners meowing, howling, and growling at each other. It was all part of getting to know each other, finding a comfort zone.

Darrell said I needed to practice the arts of political back scratching and deal making. This picture is of Darrell (white shirt) showing me how back scratching is done, "Now see Ron, you scratch their back and they'll scratch yours."

Trustee Ron Mishler, a Pro-pane Gasman

On the route I deliver between 80 and 120 forktruck cylinders a day and refill them. They weigh 60 pounds full and I handle the full ones 4 or 5 times each and when empty they weigh 30 pounds and I handle them 3 or 4 times each. That adds up to a lot of pounds in a day's time and I am a tired Trustee at the end of the day and with that and a Trustees Meeting, I am a tried Trustee. But its been my health spa because I have lost 25 pounds and for the first time in 10 years I am not on blood pressure pills. It is neat to go around to the customers and see how all of their businesses, warehouses, and factories have cycles and interact with the general economy.
An interesting coincidence on the route was to discover two adjacent streets in Maple Heights named Royal and Pease.

Well, Royal Pease was the founder of Suffield Township in 1802 and it struck me odd that two unusual names were along Granger Road, so I inquired with the Maple Heights Historical Society and some of Royal's Suffield, Connecticut relatives settled in that area and there is more to the story.

Below, my 15-month old Granddaughter, Sadie, busily shows me interesting things. She seems to think there is a whole new world out there.

It has been almost 10 years since we've taught students to drive at the Suffield Driving School shown below. It is hard to believe that it has been that long ago. We had over 5,000 students from every continent but Antarctica. Mrs. Trustee Mishler retired in 2001 from teaching at Suffield Elementary School after 30 years of service.