Thanks for looking In on my thread guys. 2013 has been a tough year for many of us, From major surgery for one of our JF friends in the begining of the year, to numerous plumbing and home repair issues, along with Jeep problems for another, job loss for a couple others to health issues with parents. MoC's dad, and most recently double bypass surgery for my Mom the day after Christmas.
Here's hopeing 2014 is better for all of us.
Some of the highlights for my year with fellow JF members were at least 3 times visiting my good friend Jim Crabtree in Missouri, one of those times was meeting Dave (243) at Jim's home.
The 24 hours I spent with MoC at the Superlift park in Hot Springs AR. and off roading in my cj5.
Was it 2013 George, when we met for the first time in Indiana at the Badlands, or was it '12?
The numerous texts and phone calls with Scott, Foxe, Dave, Paul, Matt, Fred, Chris, and last but not least, George.
Thanks men, I am proud to call you my friends.
On a side note, I spent the day with my Dad today. One of my Moms nurses' was a former Army Ranger, I thanked the young man for his service to our country. At this same time , with my Dad standing next to me, I told the Ranger of my Dads Air Force service in Korea. Today while my dad and I were together he told me he was a little embarrassed that I mentioned his time in the Air force. Dad told me today that he didnt feel he was in the same league as some Veterans. He also related to me a time he met a WW2 Vet who was at Normandy. I told my Dad that his service was just a important as any other Vet, he kept F84's and F86's in the air over Korea, I told Dad that I was proud to let others know what he did. During our talk we were driving around in the Rubicon, so my eyes were focused mainly on the road. At a stop light I looked over at my Dad, he was wiping tears from his eyes. This is a day I won't forget.
Happy 2014 everyone , may our 2014 be a great one for all of us!!!
1957 WILLYS pickup,
1973 J 4000,
1978 CJ7 DD.
1979 CJ7 360, TH400/Quadratrac.
1980 CJ5 trail Jeep.
1989 YJ the CJ to YJ.
Hey Bill well said! I also wish a prosperous and Happy New Year to my friends and acquaintances on this forum or as the SheGator calls it Jeep Facebook.
A special thanks to Matt who I have never met in person but we have talked on the phone several times. Matt especially makes me chuckle since I envision him sitting at his desk that makes the control center from a nuclear power plant look like an old relic and preaches about how the old technology is better than the new stuff; while yakking away on his IPhone and Mac Computer.
And what can you say about the Skipper? He has a knack to make a mundane trip to the grocery store into an epic adventure and provide many laughs along the way!
And to Jim whose accent is so Southern; that it makes Skipper sound like he is a Yankee! While providing pearls of wisdom.
To MoC I also wish to see have a very good new year and his fleas find some good dogs to pester.
And to Fred who is a French speaking Texan who is quite knowledgeable on Jeeps. Now there is something to try wrap your noggin around!
To Shawn I hope you have a great year.
And to Billy who is a very special friend with a great sense of humor I wish you to have a great New Year you have everything a man could want a great wife, Jeeps, Grand kids, dogs and a heated steering wheel.
And yes Billy it twas I who hid your snow shovels so that you would get in trouble for not doing your Honey Do List!!!!!
And I think its was in 12 that we met a the Badlands.
...On a side note, I spent the day with my Dad today. One of my Moms nurses' was a former Army Ranger, I thanked the young man for his service to our country. At this same time , with my Dad standing next to me, I told the Ranger of my Dads Air Force service in Korea. Today while my dad and I were together he told me he was a little embarrassed that I mentioned his time in the Air force. Dad told me today that he didnt feel he was in the same league as some Veterans. He also related to me a time he met a WW2 Vet who was at Normandy. I told my Dad that his service was just a important as any other Vet, he kept F84's and F86's in the air over Korea, I told Dad that I was proud to let others know what he did. During our talk we were driving around in the Rubicon, so my eyes were focused mainly on the road. At a stop light I looked over at my Dad, he was wiping tears from his eyes. This is a day I won't forget.
Happy 2014 everyone , may our 2014 be a great one for all of us!!!
Good talking to you this morning, Bill. I'm glad you told your Dad that EVERY servicemember, no matter what their job, is important to the success of our Forces' missions. I never understood some of the guys I served with, who looked down on the Admin folks....without them, our paperwork would never get done and we might not get paid, have our schools added to our files, etc. Fixing aircraft is EXTREMELY important! When I was a UH-1 crewchief, our pilots continuously told us that what we did was more important than what they did, because we kept them alive....personally, I always felt that them being able to fly was pretty important, because that ensured we stayed in the air, but I digress.
Thank your Dad for me.
Happy New Year, buddy!
__________________ Fred Retired Army Guy
High Plains Drifter
1976 CJ-5 Lime Green
Black Wellington Vinyl Bench Seats
258 I-6 1bbl
3.54:1 Open Gears
Thanks for including me in the list of friends Bill. I consider you one of mine as well. Sorry to hear your mom had the surgery but I hope she's better now. Looking back on 2013 it sure seems to have went fast. I'm kinda out of the loop on everything that's going on with everybody here but I hope this new year is one they'll treasure. We all should do that. Even taking the bad with the good, it's all part of life. My wife tells me her dad was always telling people to "do what's right". I think that's sound advice. The problem is so many people have no moral compass to guide them. Those of us that grew up so that we were influenced by the older folks that lived through hard times, ie. the Great Depression, are fortunate. We have first hand info of what it was like to do without. During WWII there were rations on just about everything. I heard the older ladies talk about not being able to get sugar so they used maple syrup to sweeten pies and things like that. A neighbor lady to my Grandma told me how here and her husband were on their way home, walking, and they found a dime. They went right back to the store and spent it on food. Most folks won't even pick up a dime today, or work for one for that matter!
My mind often goes through "what if". What if our power supply goes out in this cold weather? What if our monetary system crumbles? What if more folks lose their jobs? I don't do this out of a spirit of fear or dread though. I do this to try to prepare myself to be that person that is in the place to help others. Our society takes so much for granted. We take for granted that there's not a power in the world that can challenge us with arms and threaten the very existance of our nation. December 7th 1941 should be a reminder that things can change overnight. We take for granted that the paycheck the company handed you last week didn't bounce. We take for granted if we get sick there will be help for us. I think our country is headed for a wake up call ad it aint going to be pretty. So many are so used to having everything NOW that if it stops being that way they're going to have a major melt down. I think we used to call that being selfish.
Another thing I used to hear was from Grandpa. If he told me once he told me 1000 times to "be encouraged". And I am. Reason being is that there's still good in some folks. I have seen it on here out of people. I've shook the hands of men I've met through here that I feel are good men. There are some here that I know would be there for me and never ask why. I hope they know I'd do the same for them. There are many on here that I pray for every single day even though weeks or months pass and we don't talk. I hope you do the same for me. But most of all I am encouraged because I don't think God has thrown the towell in for us quite yet. He sees all that's going on and knows all that's going to happen. With that in mind if really bad times do befall us He's already blessed us with some folks that will lend us a hand.
I think 2014 would be a good year for us to turn back to God as a nation and regain our moral compass.
Thanks Bill for letting me vent here on your thread and I'll look forward to our next visit!