#VT – The truth is that I love all of the people in my world who help me keep this life humming, and yesterday was just another reminder of how very delightful it is to be living here in this brave little corner of the Universe.
In 2006, Michael and Valerie Wood-Lewis, newly relocated to Burlington, launched, out of necessity, a neat little on-line service called the Front Porch Forum, where Vermont neighbors can connect and share information. E-mail from the Forum arrives twice a day, and it’s there where you find out where the robberies are happening, who needs to borrow a canoe, who’s looking for a handyman. To date, I’ve used the Forum to find a mechanic for my dad’s vintage outboard motor, bales of straw, someone to do bodywork on my ’65 Ford pickup, a whole pig (butchered) and a web designer. Currently there’s a thread running on the Forum about trash removal services, and for days now my neighbors have been singing the praises of my garbageman, Gordy, who owns a business he calls Trashaway. Gordy is one of the nicest men I’ve ever met. He’ll take virtually anything and he doesn’t require that you haul your cans to the end of the driveway. He’s always in a good mood and never in a rush. I love “my” garbageman, and hold him in the very same esteem as “our” pediatrician. They are miracle workers to me–always there when I need them and very, very good at what they do.