While here in the park, I have read two books that I had a hard time putting down. Two years ago, I read the book by Steven Ambrose called "The Band of Brothers". It is the WW2 history of Easy Company of (I forget the details.) I really enjoyed it. In the park library are two more books related to the Band of Brothers. The first one was by Dick Winters (Major) who went from being a Lt. with a squad to being the battalion commander. Lt. Winters was a "People Person" who earned the respect of his men and ended up being Battalion commander after the airplane with the command staff was shot down and all hands aboard were lost on D-Day. Lt Winters knew what the mission was and made it happen. Dick Winters wrote his book after Steven Ambrose returned all of the notes that Ambrose had gathered in order to write his book.
Dick Winters looked at the notes and realized that a lot of what he thought was important was left out, so Dick Winters wrote what was really a biography of his military career. It obviously was written showing the trials and tribulations of a leader placed in an extremely difficult position.
The second book was written by two GI's in the company. It is written from their prospective as two GI's who were often called to do the impossible. Both books were easy reading for me.
As we hit the road tomorrow, I have a thick book about Napoleon Bonaparte that I haven't finished yet. It is an interesting work detailing the ups and downs of Napoleon's career. The one problem I have is that it was written by a Frenchman, who often left quotes in French verses giving the English version.
The reason we came here this fall was to get a shed onto our lot, one way or another. Three years ago, the local committee rejected my request because it was too close to a power transformer. Well, nothing moved. However, we have new members on the committee and after they looked at the permit request and the rules on the transformer, they said, "It looks okay to us." So we bought a metal shed from Home Depot and last week, we assembled it. This week, we had a load of gravel delivered and leveled and later we had the anchors installed for our shed.
With all of that done, we're ready to leave. (And the really good news is that the lot is rented for the rest of the season.)
The Old Farmer's Advice: Meanness don't just happen overnight.