Harold the Crane Operator

Harold
This is Harold.



Not the guy in the man lift but the one behind him in the wheelchair on the sidewalk. He stays in the nursing home across the street from where we’re building. Since day 1 when I arrived on this job site I’ve noticed him sitting there every morning from 7am he takes lunch when we do and doesn’t leave until I shut the crane down and head out. I originally had thought to myself, “He’s just a curious old man and wanting to enjoy his days outside vs being cooped up in his room.”

Well after a couple days, I myself got curious, so I walked over and introduced myself to him. We had a long conversation, two and a half hours worth, but long story short Harold is nearing the end. His heart valves are clogged and some disease has been eating at him for years. ( I don’t know the name of it) and when he was able to work before everything had happened to him health wise he was a crane operator. He said he enjoys seeing what he use to love to do for a living and never thought he’d ever be able to see or be around a crane again and let alone be so close to see one in action. He has family, 2 daughters and a son who haven’t seen him for the last 7 years he’s been in a nursing home.

So I made Harold an a deal! He originally wanted to be put on payroll ? as I explained to him that wasn’t possible I quickly came to what I thought was a fair agreement. Our deal is this, Harold ran cranes for over 50 years and no matter how good you think you are at something there’s always more to learn. So I told Harold every day after work I’ll sit with him for a little bit so he can critique me and judge me on how I did for that day (give him something to talk about that he enjoys) while I also get to learn from him and In return I would bring him a black coffee every morning for as long as I’m here and buy him lunch twice a week from wherever he chooses….. he didn’t skip a beat before ABSOLUTELY! came out of his mouth ❤️

I guess I’m writing this post because if I would have never walked over to him i would have never gotten to know him. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to make this mans last days enjoyable. Filled with purpose and to be able to help him smile again. I challenge any of you on here to not be like I was in the beginning and don’t be afraid to make someone else’s day better. Always try to enlighten someone’s spirits. When God chooses to take this man home I’m happy knowing that I’ve been placed here at this location to make his days better. I’m happy with that❤️

MOUSEKETEER FOUND DEAD

The State Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed last month that a body found April 6 at the Oregon home shared by Dennis Day, 76, and his husband, Ernie Caswell, belonged to the child star.

Caswell suffers from “age-related memory loss” and has been living at a care facility. Prior to Day’s disappearance, Caswell had fallen in the couple’s home and been hospitalized, and reported his husband missing after he realized that Day had not been to visit him in several weeks, according to Day’s family.

Last seen in July, 2018, walking to visit friends, Day’s remains were found in the couple’s home in Phoenix, Oregon on April 4th 2019. Captain Timothy Fox of the Oregon State Police said it took some time for them to identify the remains because of their poor condition, which prevented them from using dental records or DNA. The cause of death is unknown. Citing an ongoing investigation, Police have not revealed where on the property Day’s body was found.

According to the Mail Tribune, warrants issued last week accuse Wanda Diane Garcia, 57, of Medford, and Lori Ann Declusin, 34, of White City, of felony unauthorized use of Day’s 1990s model Ford Escort after they were stopped in the vehicle last July 26.

In addition, Garcia is charged with first-degree theft after allegedly taking and selling a brooch on July 19 that belonged to Day.

According to the criminal charge, Garcia, Declusin and a third person were allegedly stopped July 26 driving Day’s car. No arrests were made at the time but Garcia was cited for driving with a suspended license and the car was impounded, reports the Mail Tribune.

Garcia pleaded not guilty to the charges related to Day but remained in the Jackson County jail Monday with bail listed at $20,000, according to online records.

Declusin also entered a plea of not guilty and was released on her own recognizance, reports KOBI.