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If I wasn't up on the roof, putting on shingles,

by JP Bill / May 19, 2010 6:51 AM PDT
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My 83 year old next door neighbour used to put up a Santa's
by Ziks511 / May 21, 2010 3:47 AM PDT

sleigh and reindeer with lights every Christmas (though his age tended to vary each year). I tried to help, tried to persuade him to let me do the running around on the snowy slippery roof. No dice. He'd been a carpenter all his life and was an exceedingly spry 83. I used to pop over and help in his shop on occasion, and he did some table sawing of lumber for me. Great guy. Remembered the great heat wave (in Toronto) of 1937 during which he was up on a set of roofs while building houses and Army barracks. People were keeling over every day of heat exhaustion. 1995 broke the 1937 record with just over 2 weeks when the temperature went over 100 degrees every day.


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I now have a "roofers tan"
by JP Bill / May 21, 2010 4:53 AM PDT

When I built the house in 85 I thought I'd be dead or would have moved by the time it needed re-shingling, but here I am....1 shingle at a time.

I've got all summer.... Happy

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