Wheaty is in the headlines again. I first told you about finding a Wheatland Pipe flag soaked through, hidden under a bridge of I-80, in Wheatland Pipe No Longer Hostage. That was a happy story.
Yesterday at 6:03pm I passed my bay window overlooking old Beaver Creek and was thrown out of time and place. Wheaty was not on duty and no where to be seen. I can’t remember what I was intending to do before that moment.
I grabbed my camera and walked out on the deck. If a crime had occurred I ment to have a record. I found Wheaty crumpled against a deck post, not more than twelve feet from his work station.
As I started down the steps I took a second photo but I already felt there was no serious physical harm done. When I got on the ground I took a third photo; but said nothing.
If a pipe flag has the will and pride to fight to go home, words against it will only be gratuitous humiliation. For you GPS-addicted, he was headed due west.
Wheaty came from the west, Wheatland Pipe an old name for Wheatland Tube Company now married into the John Maneely Company allied with The Carlyle Group. Names may change and mix; but home boys never forget.
Wheaty will go back to work in a couple of days. Charles Marlin