By Richard DeRosa
We arrived at our winter redoubt in Arizona about a week ago. We have made this cross-country trek several times and always enjoy it. Even look forward to it.
Each of us experiences it differently. And those differences have elicited some curious responses when chatting about it with friends, not to mention some friendly quarreling about when to turn on
the radio to catch up on the news.
One of my quirks when traveling is to shut out the news as much as possible. I could easily drive back and forth across this endlessly beautiful and fascinating country without ever turning on a radio or sticking those god-awful buds into my ears. I am one of those rare birds who, as Thoreau put it so sagely in Walden, has “never met a companion as companionable as solitude.”
The heat in the Phoenix area was our greatest fear, and summertime highs of 120+ need to be respected: Drink a lot of water, wear a straw cowboy hat, and stay in the shade.
If you’re retired, perfect. Do what needs to be done in the early hours (8-to-10-ish), stay inside during the day, then emerge again in late afternoon.
(Another benefit of retirement: Stay off the highways during rush hour. Otherwise, it takes us 15-20 minutes to get anywhere we want to go.)
Today, Sunday, Aug. 24, it’s 84 degrees, very pleasant.
MILFORD – William “Bill” Truscott, 74, who retired from farming in Laurens, then pursued a career in business, living in Arizona and California, passed away peacefully Saturday night Feb. 1, 2020, surrounded by his family at home after a long battle with MS.
He was born on Aug 17, 1945, son of Howard and Alice (Buel) Truscott in Delhi. After graduation from Laurens Central School, Class of 1964, he served in the Navy for four years aboard the USS Mississinewa out of Newport, R.I.