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Why Women Live Longer than Men

This past Saturday I spent part of the day helping with some landscaping at the future home of Frontline Missions International. It was a hot day and we worked hard, but by the end of our time there, the area we worked on was greatly improved. When I went there to help, I had no idea that part of my work would involve driving a dump truck. Below is a picture of me in the cab of the truck, followed by a picture of me dumping one of the loads of dirt.

As the day went on I was asked to jump into the driver's seat of the backhoe we were using to fill the dump truck.

I really did drive the dump truck and hauled and dumped about a half-dozen loads of dirt, but the picture of me driving the backhoe was just a photo-op - the engine was not even running. Fortunately I know my limits!

That experience made me think of some pictures in my collection - pictures that could explain why women live longer than men.

Some guys don't share my healthy respect for heavy equipment.

No ramp to get up to the railroad car? No problem! The series of pictures below shows you how to let your machinery work in your favor!

The man in the picture below seems to be doing nothing too dangerous.

But the picture below adds some needed perspective.

Some guys don't need to wear protective gear.

But then others have different ideas about what constitutes protective gear.

In construction zones, foam rubber "soft hats" can apparently offer the same protection as hard hats.

Some men are adept at doing necessary car maintenance, even when ramps are unavailable.

Many men exercise great care when working on scaffolding or ladders.

Men in the Western world do not have a corner on the market when it comes to the wise use of ladders.

Some men are skilled at combining heavy equipment with ladders to perform amazing tasks.

When heavy equipment is not available, some men can show great ingenuity.

The final picture is a tribute to the boldest use of a ladder to accomplish the job!

Yesterday (September 9) our grandson Drew was 6 months old. Megan took him for his check-up on Friday and learned he's doing very well, now weighing 14 pounds. That's wonderful progress considering that he started out at 3 lb. 15 oz. as a preemie born over 6 weeks early! The doctor told Megan that she can now start him out on baby cereal. So for his 6-month birthday, Drew tried rice cereal. Below are several pictures of this experience.


"Women don't want to hear what you think. They want to hear what they think in a deeper voice." - Bill Cosby

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6 Comments on “Why Women Live Longer than Men”

  1. #1 David McGuire
    on Sep 10th, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    All I’ve got to say is that you have depicted twenty examples of premeditated stupidity in your photo spread. Your next blog entry will no doubt illustrate the skills of women drivers! Nah . . . not you Rob. You happen to be related to too many on the distaff side. Besides, I suspect that you intend to be a blogger for many years to come, and you have to be alive and well in order to do that. Carry on, my friend.

    Rob adds:
    Never fear, David … my next blog post is a series of pictures called “what if women ruled the world.” Tune in later this week…. (ivman is an equal opportunity tease).

  2. #2 Carrie
    on Sep 10th, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks, Mr. Loach. You have just taken ten good years off my life. :o)

  3. #3 Sara Bennett Griggers
    on Sep 10th, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Love it! Those are some of the funniest pictures I’ve ever seen. Had to pass them on to my husband for his viewing pleasure :o) Way too funny.

    Drew is getting so big. Can’t believe it’s already time for cereals and table foods. He is simply adorable!

    Was impressed with the backhoe picture…and then laughed when you said it was just a photo-op ;o)

    Thanks, Mr. Loach, for making us all laugh!

  4. #4 Mary Ries
    on Sep 11th, 2007 at 9:44 am

    I had an unfortunate episode a few years back of gracefullly diving off a ladder in my driveway and breaking my left arm whack in two pieces. (Yes, I was standing too far up and not using good ladder safety.) These pictures just bring back the splatting sound as I hit the concrete, especially the one of the man on top of the bucket on top of the ladder. Let’s be careful out there people!

  5. #5 Matthew
    on Sep 11th, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    Believe it or not, the backhoe-on-railcar is actually a regular revenue operation. http://www.herzogcompanies.com/rrservices/cartopper.php

    There is a more complete picture sequence of the mounting maneuver at http://www.midland-ry.org/midland/ROW.html , which was taken during some work on the Midland Railway.

  6. #6 Garrison
    on Jan 29th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    SOooo… what’s wrong with the ladder in the pool???

    ivman adds:

    Garry, look at that one again!