You gotta live what you preach. An older man comes and sits with me at Arby's.

@TheHorse (142088)
Walnut Creek, California
October 14, 2021 4:53pm CST
I'm on my way home from Montana. One of my joys on the road from Montana is Arby's. At an Arby's in Nevada, I order a roast beef sandwich. About halfway through my sandwich, an older man moves from his table to mine. He says, "St. Jude's is a good institution. I have donated to them." We are both watching FOX News. I say, "They seem like the real deal to me. I have considered donating to them." We talk for about ten minutes. He tells me where he has lived, and where he lives now. He has a difficult time understading what I say. But he makes it clear that he bought a house in 1951 in Antioch CA for about $10,000, with his wife, and sold it a couple of years later for $14,000. I tell him that my parents sold a house in the Berkeley hills for about $40,000 in 1966. Finally, I tell him that I have to "hit the road" and we shake hands. He says, "See you here another time." I do the math and realize that he is older than my father would be if he were alive. I think about older folks as I head West. Here is my version of John Prine's "Hello in There." We'll all be there soon.
“Hello in There” A song by John PrineColin H. Sacks - Vocal and GuitarsSound Engineer - Michael Stenberg
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@JudyEv (259303)
• Rockingham, Australia
14 Oct
I don't think John Prine has ever written a bad song. It's nice the old man shared some time with you.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Oct
I hope he enjoyed it as much as I did. I was sorry that I "had to move on." But I did.
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@JudyEv (259303)
• Rockingham, Australia
15 Oct
@TheHorse I'm sure you would have enjoyed his time with you.
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@Fleura (17863)
• United Kingdom
14 Oct
So what do you 'preach'? I'm missing the connection with the title.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Oct
I preach sitting and talking with older folks. How did I fail to express that? Did you miss the meaning of the song? Or did the link not work? If so, I'm sorry.
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@Fleura (17863)
• United Kingdom
14 Oct
@TheHorse I haven't watched the song yet. I guess that's why.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Oct
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@DaddyEvil (63742)
• United States
14 Oct
Sometimes, you never know who you're going to meet when you're traveling or how they may affect you after you move on.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Oct
I hope he enjoyed the interaction.
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@DaddyEvil (63742)
• United States
14 Oct
@TheHorse I do, too... You can be a little uhm... ahh... ahem... once in a while.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Oct
@DaddyEvil Do explain. I was happy to chat with this older fella for a few minutes.
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@CarolDM (163633)
• United States
14 Oct
Oh wow, this was an amazing encounter. Nice song, well done.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Oct
I hope he (the older fella) enjoyed the interaction.
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@CarolDM (163633)
• United States
14 Oct
@TheHorse I have a feeling he will never forget it.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Oct
@CarolDM I hope he has many interactions like the one he had with me.
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@wolfgirl569 (52041)
• Marion, Ohio
15 Oct
Hope you do get lucky and see him again.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Oct
I'd imagine it was one of those one-time encuonters.
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@sallypup (49547)
• Moses Lake, Washington
15 Oct
I can't watch that video right now. It makes me cry. What a profound way he sings it.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Oct
Perhaps because he really feels it.
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@kaylachan (27964)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
15 Oct
Sounds like you had a rather.... interesting conversation.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Oct
It was a pleasure. But I did have to get back on the road.
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@GardenGerty (140512)
• United States
14 Oct
That was a good bit of conversation that you shared with him.
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@TheHorse (142088)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Oct
It brought me some pleasure. As he was in his 90s, I hope he remembers it and treasures it as well.
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• Eugene, Oregon
15 Oct
Right, and some already are!
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@1creekgirl (28618)
• United States
16 Oct
I think you probably both were blessed.
@just4him (257892)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Oct
That was nice he came and sat with you and you had a good conversation.
@LadyDuck (368418)
• Switzerland
15 Oct
Some old people do not realize how old they are and that may be there will never be a "next time".