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    Default work, work, work, work, retire and then die...


    A month after retiring, 100-year-old transit worker dies
    'Mr. Reliable' missed just one day of work in over 70 years


    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Less than a month after retiring on his 100th birthday, longtime Los Angeles County transit employee Arthur Winston died in his sleep, his family said Friday.

    The man co-workers celebrated as Mr. Reliable had recently been admitted to a hospital for exhaustion and dehydration, but returned to his home April 6. He died Thursday evening.

    To his former colleagues at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Winston was more than a model employee known for his energy, punctuality and longevity. He was a legend. (Watch as Winston explained last month that he'd "worked long enough" -- 1:45)

    Winston missed one day of work in over 70 years, and that was to attend his wife's funeral in 1988. In 1996, he received an "Employee of the Century" citation from President Bill Clinton.

    "He leaves behind a great legacy," said his grandniece, Yvette Chappell-Ingram.

    Winston worked at the MTA and its predecessor agencies for 76 years. For decades, Winston reported to work at a bus yard at the crack of dawn to supervise a crew of workers as they cleaned and refueled the region's bus fleet.

    "Arthur Winston's life of service will stand as an unparalleled example of dedication to principles, commitment to excellence and pride in the American work ethic," said John Catoe, the MTA's deputy chief executive officer.

    Winston was born in Oklahoma and said he began picking cotton at age 10. His family headed west when droughts and storms ruined several crop seasons, and in 1924 he found work with the Pacific Electric Railway Co., a forerunner of the MTA.

    He left the company in 1928, returned six years later and stayed until his retirement last month.

    In an interview last month, Winston credited his father for teaching him a strong work ethic.

    "My dad got us out of bed whether it was raining or snowing. We got up at 6 o'clock, no matter what," he said.

    At age 99, Winston was responsible for a crew of 11 employees who cleaned, maintained and refueled Metro buses.

    When he retired last month, Winston was offered a new job as an honorary spokesman for the 99 Cents Only stores.

    "I'll be on the move. I'm not going to sit and mope in the house," he said at the time.
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    Retirement is the number one killer of people over 55.

    Seems as if you've got something to do, you stick around longer.

    Go figure.

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    Saw this on the news last night. Great story. God Bless that man. Anyone who lives to 100 is damn lucky.

    RIP
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    I think when you get elderly, and elderly is a relative term to each individual, that your body gets accustomed to a exercise routine, be it work or whatever. When you change that, the body cannot handle it and shuts down. I have seen many people do this very thing. I don't think I will ever retire, or if I do, I will retire slowly...change my routine slowly.
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    That's weird, I was just riding on the Metro yesterday and saw his bio. Amazing guy!
    "Suck a fat one, faggot."
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    That's the bad part of life. But this guy like lived a really long life that most will not even come close to.

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    How sad.

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    Man, of all people, this guy deserves a statue or a street named after him.

    It's bitter sweet, the way I look at it, God figured that if we were done with him that there was important work elsewhere. Although personally I hope the guy is up there with his wife in a big easy chair with a big Marguritia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300
    Marguritia.
    Never had one of those, what's in 'em?
    "Suck a fat one, faggot."
    -MikeL, showing off that sharp wit of his.

    "You may recognize some of these chemicals. Let's start with cyanide...The one the Aum Shinrikyo cult attempted to use to commit mass murder in a Tokyo subway in May 1995...The same cyanide produced routinely--1.4 million tons per year--for use in the production of plastics, adhesives, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and so on. It seems that those who put small amounts of cyanide in subways are terrorists. But those who produce it in mass quantities and contaminate broad reaches of soil, water, and air, killing countless living beings, are not terrorists, but rather capitalists, and are counted among the finest and most powerful people on the planet."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300
    Marguritia.
    'Tis the capital of Somalia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberfiddl
    'Tis the capital of Somalia.
    nah, thats mogadishu.
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    Heh at first I 'thought' this thread was about working for sbc/at&t but they would prefer that you died during the whole work, work work, work phase to avoid paying for a retirement party

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrussou812
    Heh at first I 'thought' this thread was about working for sbc/at&t but they would prefer that you died during the whole work, work work, work phase to avoid paying for a retirement party

    LOL, trust me, I know how you feel.
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    It's sad really, but he probably would have been better off not retiring.

    My sister's old boss at work is one of those people that just hates missing a day of work. Here about 2 months ago, they thought she was having a heart attack, and they made her leave work to go to the hospital. She was crying because she had to leave work, because she said that she still had stuff to do.
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    Work Ethic.

    Today's society knows nothing of it. This man lived it.

    Outstanding.

 

 

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