Curley, from Manhattan Kansas, at the Library
(57/100 Strangers) "If you want to pan for gold, Idaho is the best place to do it," Curley told me.
He's panned most of the western states, from New Mexico up to Idaho. While Colorado isn't on that list, he lived there for a while, too.
Curley has friends all over, and has been to about every state west of Ohio. "Many of [my friends] are from the military," Curley told me, although he hasn't served himself.
He's also seen plenty of them die before him. At 79, "Many of [my friends] sit in front of the television." Not him, though. He still works every day, "although not too much, luckily." Curley smiled as he told me this.
He attributes this to his health at 79, and prefers to read, or spend time outside. He'll even throw on a back brace, and mow lawns, while many of his friends prefer retirement. From 12am - 4 in the morning, he listens to national radio programs, if there's anything good on, and gets about 2-3 hours of sleep a night.
I laughed, "I don't know how you do it." Curley smiled. "Neither do I."
This picture is #57 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page