The Orange Tent in the Woods

Not ours, by the way since we graduated to the Class “A” motorhome from our Sears tent.

I don’t know what your particular thing is, whether it’s setting homeless people on fire, or smashing their stuff to teach them a lesson about life or maybe you just complain about people wanting to “live for free” while you pay your property taxes. Religiously.

But the orange tent in the woods at the Hooksett, NH park and ride? You know the park and ride at the Hooksett exit from the I-93 toll booths? I don’t know who took the tent. Was it another homeless couple? Or maybe DOT cleaning up? Or maybe just some citizen taking matters into their own hands.

But I do know something. The people that tent belonged to before it was removed and why that tent was there.

Imagine driving 120 miles from Vermont to Boston, MA regularly for cancer treatment. Imagine the expense. As you sit in your home, in your comfortable chair or lie on you sofa, imagine just wanting to stretch out on your way home from your chemotherapy.

Well, now that his tent is gone, the cancer guy, some guy in his twenties and thin as a rail is sleeping in his car, exhausted from his chemotherapy for a life threatening illness. Just wanting to finish his drive home.

About Art

55 years old. By training, ability and experience I am a master toolmaker. My most recent projects include designing and building a process to grind a G rotor pump shaft with four diameters and holding all four diameters within plus or minus 4 microns of nominal. This was an automated process using two centerless grinders refitted to my specifications using automatic load and unload machines plus automatic feedback gauging. I also designed and built an inspection machine to check for the presence and size of a straight knurl on a hinge pin using a vision system for non-contact gauging.
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