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O L Duncan is an 80 year old retiree working at a small gas station, the T and M Truckstop, along Interstate 40 just west of Shamrock, Texas. The store is filled with old junk and the walls are covered in photos of celebrities who have stopped there.


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O. L. Duncan

I met Mr. O.L. Duncan when my son and I were driving to Santa Fe in July, 2007. He was working at the T and M Truck Stop, a tiny gas station along Interstate 40 in the Texas panhandle just west of the town of Shamrock.

Mr. Duncan told me that he retired from the oil industry in the mid 1980's, but decided to work at the gas station to have something to do. He insisted that most retired men just sit around "Twiddling their thumbs," which he believed was bad for their health. He told me that those who twiddle their thumbs all day tend to die within a few years of retirement, and he credited his continued work for his long life and good health.


Update: I drove past the T and M Truck Stop again in August, 2011. I was saddened to see that it was closed and partially demolished. I wonder what happened to O.L. Duncan?

Update II: I've learned that Mr. Duncan passed away on June 26, 2010. According to his obituary in the Amarillo Globe-News, he had been the manager of the T and M Truck Stop for the last 20 years of his life. His full name was Orbie Lee Duncan, and he was 83 when he died.




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