Monday, February 9, 2015

Cliffhanger Monday: Did former 'Walking Man' make it to work today in his new Ford Taurus?

I have girded my loins while awaiting word from the media in order to learn if James Robertson made it to work today. After all, today is presumably the first day Mr. Robertson will be driving to work in the last 10 years, and the weather reports state the roads are covered in ice.

It was just last week that we learned the story about James Robertson, a 56-year-old Detroit man who has walked 21 miles a day to work and back AND HAS NEVER MISSED A DAY!! 

Can you imagine that? In this day and age where so many folks are looking for free handouts and expect something for nothing, here is a gentleman of unparalleled work ethic and character.

His story went viral and contributions were collected for over $300,000, culminating in his receiving the new car this past Friday. A shiny new Ford Taurus!

“it’s simple on the outside and strong on the inside — like me.”

And now we wait... Will he get a flat tire or other car issue that ruins his perfect attendance at work? Will he now adopt a sedentary lifestyle, gain 50 pounds and have assorted health issues because he quit walking? Am I the only one who is worried about these questions?

Why can't I read a feel-good human interest story and simply let it warm the cockles of my heart instead of worrying about the potential negative repercussions? 

Do you see the glass as half empty or half full... of coliform bacteria and other toxic disease-carrying pathogens?


  1. I'm one of the realists, but I have been wrong once or twice in my life ;)

    I hope this man continues his strong work ethic, but $350,000 has spoiled other people in the past.

    Why doesn't somebody start a start up for me?

  2. cube...Jerry and I will start a telethon for CUBE :-)

    I thought this was a wonderful story, but I actually did think how healthy it is to walk all those miles every day.
    On the other hand, I had a fairly evil thought, which was "He's kind of heavy set....what the heck does he eat? I think I'd have to be eating POUNDS of fattening food every day to walk that much and still be a bit overweight!

  3. Most people walk at 4mph.
    42 miles a day would be an 8 hour day in itself.
    I don't know How you work 8, walk 8 and sleep 8.

  4. I once owned a Taurus. After it was all said, and done, I'd have to toss a coin on whether I'd want a free Taurus, or not.

  5. cube, after further consideration, Z and I don't want to chance spoiling you. We like you just the way you are.

    Z, he is a big guy, but I bet those legs are Clydesdales. I dread the 31 steps from the back door of my office building to my car most winter days.

    Ed, I think maybe he sleepwalks. Crazy ain't it?

    Jess, +1 that cracked me up!

  6. Drat! I was already dreaming about living large on that free telethon cash ;)