by Robert C. Waggoner
Copyright 2013 Robert C. Waggoner
Jules Widding worked for the railroad for almost thirty five years. He was due to retire in about ten months. Both he and his wife were anxiously looking forward to that milestone. Jules was an ordinary man who neither smoked nor drank much. The drinking was on special occasions such as anniversary or a birthday.
His job wasn't an easy one. His responsibility was the baggage and freight on a passenger train. It wasn't uncommon to heft over 60 pounds at a time. Sure carts were handy; but only after you unloaded or loaded the cart. Somewhere along the line a baggage man lifted a lot of weight in one shift.
Jules had been doing this for years. He was stout, but more than a little over weight. Obese might be too harsh a word, but a spare tire was impossible to hide for Jules.