Billy Bob and Jimmy

Elaine and I met Billy Bob and his roommate, Vern, while we were in our twenties. I’m guessing Vern was in his late forties, but I remember Billy Bob was fifty-eight years old. These two men moved into the apartment next to Elaine and me.

Vern was an over-the-road truck driver who delivered new automobiles to dealerships across the U.S. He was tall and lanky, usually dirty from being on the road. He was seldom home.Billy Bob worked as a concrete laborer for a local company. I’m guessing that’s why we hit it off because my family was in the concrete business.