Rick 386 wrote:Damn I get busy 1 day and don't check all the threads and come to find out CK does another wonderful deed. Good going Terry. You sir are a gentleman of the highest caliber.
I got to say something here:
For some it has been years since we did a google search for help on burning coal and get directed to this site. For others it is more recent. We post a question and the answers come flooding back. Some times the responses are almost instantaneous. Its almost like we each want to be the first one to offer assistance. New members introduce themselves and we embrace their presence. We stress safety as paramount because we all care about the newbies not having a bad experience. We offer suggestions to improve their coal burning experience. We share our successes and failures. Some stay a short time and others never seem to leave. We have heard from spouses when their loved ones have departed if they now need our help or just to let us know that they have passed.
Those that do stick around become part of this family. Thanks to Richard for putting together this site and expanding it for the off coal burning topics. We get the chance to "know" one another. Even if only through the typed word or the occasional picture posted. We send messages back and forth via PM's. The longer we are here, the more personal the topics become. We vent, we grieve, we boast, everything a family does.
And finally when one of our family needs help, comfort, or advice, we rush to help, console, or offer assistance.
Didn't want to get all sappy here, but I for one, am DAMN PROUD of this group !!!!!! Seeing Freddy post about the unexpected gift he received from Terry, well that says it all.
Sorry I got to go, I think a bug flew into my eyes........
Keep this bus rolling. There is a diesel fuel stop ahead. The fuel is prepaid.
Rick, I feel the same way about this forum that you do, like family. Thanks for the atta boys but all I did was pay back the good will and good thoughts that picked me up when I needed it a few weeks ago. And to be able to share what I believe to be the best crab cakes in the world (and I've had plenty) with Freddy and Marty was my honor and privledge.
Although I've never been lucky enough to meet Freddy, I've had a few business transactions with him He made me an ash pan for my Jotul and a banner for my sons wedding reception party, both made and shipped before my check ever reached him. I'm in a business where I meet lots of people and I pride myself in being able to size people up and judge their character. I don't believe there is a finer gentleman on this forum than Freddy. He hosts the most popular thread on the forum for regulars every Saturday moring. Just a genuine nice guy. If there is anything in the world we as a group can do to make this bus trip easier and nicer, we should do it. "Now is the time for all good men (and women) to come to the aid of the country, err family."