Commonwealth Journal

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August 17, 2012

Motorized garbage can cart a cool gadget for local woman

Somerset —  

“Age is a number and mine is unlisted.”
Sort of a carefree attitude for a woman celebrating her 87th birthday. But this woman doesn’t look 87, and she certainly doesn’t act 87, or however you’re supposed to act after living eight decades plus 7.
Pardon us for the diversion. We were supposed to be taking a photograph of unique garbage can cart made by a son for his mother who was finding it difficult getting her trash can to the curb for pickup.
The garbage can cart was there, decorated in University of Kentucky blue. But the real story was the pert, youthful-looking, lady who pushes the cart.
Her name is Juanita Appleby. The occasion was her birthday and she was taking it all in stride.
“Age is all about attitude,” said Appleby. “It’s how you think about it.”
Appleby admits to having an attitude, mostly positive. For example, most folks, particularly older folks, get to their doctor’s office 30 minutes early so they will be sure not to miss their appointment.
Not Appleby. She had a doctor’s appointment at 9:30 a.m. on the day of her birthday. 
A reporter-photographer called to wish her happy birthday and ask if he could come right up and take a photograph of her and the unusual garbage can cart made by her son.
It was 8:40 a.m., only 50 minutes before she was scheduled to be in the doctor’s office. She lives on North Ky. 1247 at Campground and it would take the reporter-photographer 15-20 minutes to get to her place.
Then, there would be a picture-taking session, and after that she would have to drive to the doctor’s office. No doubt, she would be late.
“C’mon up,” laughed Appleby. “I always have to wait at the doctor’s office anyway. They are always running behind.”

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