Getting it up ?
A miraculous thing happened the past week, I actually did some work! It was prompted by a visit by my son Anthony. He flew up from Texas for a working visit, our goal being the raising of a radio tower and antenna. On Tuesday we worked to lower the antenna at the home of the man that sold it to me, just outside Fairbanks. And on Wednesday and Friday we pushed, (he was leaving on Sunday), to clear the ground near my cabin, prep and anchor the tower, and re-assemble the antenna. Then finally on Saturday with the help of friends and neighbors raise the antenna.
Not much you say? Considering that the first two days of work my son carried the load of most of the work. Remember I can not work for more than a few minutes at a time without stopping and my strength now is that of a child. In the photo below he is holding the new antenna.
I think the gist of this posting is the focus on helping others. As we first prepared the site for the wires that would hold the base and tower in place, I needed some trees cut down. One of my closest friends who’s property I live on had another friend show up and he cut down some nice sized trees that were in the way. Later I went to another neighbor’s cabin, (a little over a mile away), to borrow another chain saw to cut some more logs out of the way, when John who had the that first chainsaw, was now cutting firewood. When the neighbor heard the reason for me cutting the logs he said he would stop over and give me a hand the next day. Saturday the day we raised the antenna he showed up with yet another neighbor and later John and Paul showed up to help finish the raising.
All-in-all 6 people reached out to help. It is one of the things I love about living in the Alaska and the wilderness, when you hear someone needs a hand you come out to help. I feel woefully neglectful in this regard because I can no longer be one of the ‘good guys’ who just show up and do what needs to be done. In fact only recently my help would have been of service to someone that has been there for me for many years, and I feel badly only hoping that she understands.