I met Gord this morning, father of an old marching band mate. Gord and his son, who sold their farm just southeast of Regina three years ago, were two of my technical advisors for 14 Tractors. (It was Gord who told me he'd combined a skunk one harvest, among other tales.)
I've noticed that every time I read from that book, as I did the other night in Rosthern, people come up and tell me more tractor stories. If I ever write another tractor book, I say to them (not that I have any intention of doing so), that's the kind of stuff I'll use.
For sure I'd use some version of my conversation this morning with Gord. He showed the the cane he was using. I had a knee replaced, he said. Hurts like hell. You know what a sign on the wall of the doctor's office said? "EXPECT PAIN"! We talked a while about arthritis. Remembering that Gord was the one who'd told me that farmers tend to suffer more hearing loss in one ear than the other, I suggested that his knee deterioration might likewise be related to that certain repetitive twisting motion (see 14 Tractors, page 59). I think it's from 60 years of pushing in the clutch, Gord said.