I thought this would be a great story to get the week started off on a positive note. While there are stories upon stories of shortages of construction workers all throughout the country, one 98-year-old man got to fulfill a lifelong dream of his and become a construction worker for a day.
Bill Grun, who lives at a senior retirement living community in Pennsylvania, wanted to celebrate 98 years in this earth in one of the best ways possible: doing some demolition. Through the retirement community’s program called WEL Wishes, which encourages residents to fulfill their “bucket list” aspirations, Bill, along with his friend who also lives at the community and is also named Bill, travelled to Diggerland XL in New Jersey to cross this one off the list.
Bill chose his buddy to join him, because he was one of the few people in the community that actually worked construction in his life. While at Diggerland, which is an amusement park focused on construction equipment for both adults and children, the pair of Bills got to tear apart an old bus using an excavator.
It’s a cool story and just shows that there are still people out there that think what construction workers do on a daily basis is cool. I’m glad Bill got to experience the thrill.
CBS Philly was there to capture some video of Bill’s big day, which you can watch below:
Full story: 98-Year-Old Man Spends His Birthday Becoming A Construction Worker | CBS Philly
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