Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 09:20 AM.

I’m a good neighbor.

As I was pulling out of the driveway, I noticed my 16 year-old son had positioned our rolling trash container in the incorrect position.  The arrows were pointing toward our house.  It worried me, but I wrote it off as either him being in hurry or him checking the direction of the surgeon’s trash can next door and copying it.

Perhaps my son wants to be a doctor. 

So I thought about trash on my drive to work.  I thought about what “Trash tells us and what trash means to me.”

It brought back many good memories for me.  Before I was a scientist/mathematician type, I was a janitor.  Sometimes I like to tell folks that the movie, “Good Will Hunting” was based on my life. 

To set the record straight, I’m not telling the truth on that one.

In the movie, Matt Damon plays a Yankee fellow who was a janitor at MIT and had a gift for mathematics.  He ended up being a genius with some serious psychological issues.

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