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  • I'm growing old at a rather alarming rate, and there are many things I used to be capable of, that I can no longer do. My biggest stumbling block, is Peripheral artery disease (PAD). My legs tire easily, and are a constant source of pain and irritation.

    I used to enjoy downhill bicycling. I was forever running 30-40 mph, finding myself 15 feet in the air often . Nowadays I consider it a good day if I can ride more than 5 miles on level blacktop at a leisurely pace without several rest stops. Working an eight hour day would be nearly impossible, and I'd pay dearly in pain for the attempt. I'm working on getting my SSI early.

    I haven't given up everything yet, I still have my photography, family, and friends, and I refuse to give up my dreams.

    Some close friends of mine in eastern Washington; Sally and Roy McKelvy, gave this (pictured in photos) away on Craig’s list recently, and it broke my heart to hear that such a grand project had to be abandoned. The first is a picture they posted on facebook. I don’t know if it was the same photo they ran with the ad, I would assume they had taken many more. I made a small project of it for them to keep, as an artsy frame-able to remember the ‘old girl’…

    The ad ran as:
    [Sally McKelvy- ‎”Project” old cleat-track for FREE…..just take it, the trailer, and the canopy! Doesn’t run now, but did before it sat for several years. Had water drained prior to it’s sitting, and never had the oil drained from the engine, so should be reparable. It’s probably late 20’s, early 30’s, but was ‘remodeled’ with a Chevy Chevette 4 cyl. gasoline engine. Auto transmission tagged into standard transmission. No title, as one was never issued or required. Hubby had “Big Plans”….but his health has declined to the point he no longer fantasizes about this one. As you can see by the pics, it’s basically sat in the way of the lawnmower for so long, the WIFE finally won out!!! :)]

    My message to them, with the photo manipulation I did, on facebook was;
    "You deserve a frame-able keepsake for such a grand project lost. Will this do? I can email the image so it's printable larger than what you can download from facebook. If you do, have it printed at like Kinko's or somewhere similar as a 'Laser-jet print.
    It was a cool antique, and I was sad to hear you had to let it go.''

    With the email, I wrote;
    ''Re: The 'OLD GIRL' - I firmly believe, that though we may grow old, loose the ability to achieve our goals, and will pass away someday, our dreams should never die. They can be passed along to someone, somewhere."

    - With love; Leonard Adams.

    Perhaps our dreams are the part of our spirit destined to live on after we are gone.
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