Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


What an unlikely title....but we went shopping today and ran into a friend that we haven't seen or heard from in about 35 years. She recognized Inklings or we wouldn't have recognized her. She and her husband were good friends while I was going to school at both universities I attended after we were married. We had a lot of fun together and killed a lot of weekends.

After we graduated he went into a business where he developed a bacteria (I think---may have been a fungus) that ate oil. It was used in oil spill clean-ups all over the world. It took him lots of tries and a lot of time to finally work through and come up with his discovery. About the time he started to make a lot of money (and he made a lot of money) from it he found out he had cancer (caused by his experimenting) and he died within a couple of years. He left a young family of wife and three children. It was sad.

She told us today she married one of his employees who helped her run the business but she finally got fed up with him and got a divorce. After that she went to nursing school and was a nurse for a lot of years. She said she retired this year from nursing but still has to work two days a month---I don't know if this is to pay her insurance or what.

It was good to see her and get reacquainted---she owns a house about 30 miles south of us and said she spends about half of her time there. That will make it easy to stay in touch with her from now on.


Amber said...

That's so cool that she lives close enough to visit every now and again! I wonder if they're using that bacteria now to help clean up the oil spill?

Dee Ice Hole said...

I don't know but on the news last week they said they had found something in Utah that has been stored for years that they are taking down there to use---made me wonder if it was his stuff.