Bob worked in heavy equipment — bulldozers, wreckers, big trucks, little trucks. He said, “We’d get equipment out of Pease and fix it for them. The boss — Gibson Motor and Machine — he wanted to get the equipment back to Pease that day. “He says, ‘Christ, don’t go sleeping on the job.’ We said, ‘Jack, you know damn well we aren’t sleeping.’”

Jack had a glass eye. He took it out and put it on a lower rail of the scaffolding. He says, “Now I’m gonna keep my eye on you.”

After Jack left, Vern climbs up to the top with the glass eye and sets it on the highest rail.

When Jack comes back he looks around, “Where the hell is my eyeball?”

Vern says, “I put it up top. You can see more from up there.”


If you look carefully at the photo above, you’ll see a little Saw Whet Owl — right in the middle (almost the same color as the maple tree). That little guy sat on that tree for over an hour in our back yard in Northwood. He also had a bird’s eye view.