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Old 02-28-2014, 10:24 AM
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Default Damn, it's been awhile...but hello again.

So how are things?

I haven't been on here in awhile but figured I'd stop back by to see how the site is progressing and catch up with some old friends. I didn't realize it'd been so long until I saw this:

You last visited: 11-23-2008 at 05:18 AM

Oops.

Anyway, I'm remarried to a great woman, enjoying life here in the frozen north, and still jeepless. I do have my '71 Commando SC-1 and it's still in the barn, but even that is going up for sale since we may be moving to NC in a few years and I just don't have the time to restore it.

I sold the Scrambler to some folks in NH a few years ago and they are going to restore/fix it, and I just sold the Slamurai a few months ago since it's just been sitting for years and the rust was starting to have an effect.

I now drive and repair VW TDI's (diesels) in my spare time and we have three of them, with 209,000 miles, 329,000 miles and 441,000 miles on them. Great vehicles and the engines would make for a nice CJ swap.

I also do a lot of bicycling and have 6 bikes: two fixed gears I built from scratch and ride long distances, two road bikes (including a very rare and very early titanium Merlin), a full suspension mountain bike, and a new Snowbike that I don't want to stop riding. Between that, my hiking pursuits, work, and home, there isn't a lot of time for much else.

I still live in midcoast Maine and got remarried just under two years ago, moving 10 miles to her house, inheriting her 3 (grown) daughters.

Anyway, how's life been here on the short side?
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:57 AM
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Good to see you back! It has been a long time. Things are slow here, but some of the regulars still check in. Jeep God has been posting a little lately. He was AWOL for a long time too. We're starting to think about the annual Badlands Bash but haven't set a date yet. I suspect that traffic is down because those of us with old Jeeps have them pretty much figured out, and folks buying newer ones can't afford to tear into them the way we used to because of the economy and the complexity of the new ones. But what goes around will come around again. It's just a matter of time.

Anyway, good to see you back. Stop in more often. Maybe we can turn this into a hot stove league for us old farts.
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Thanks, Jim.

Damn, I remember when I had the most posts here, looks like I'm a newby again. LEVE and I used to go back and forth on the count, not that either of us cared.

Have things changed so much across the country that Jeeping and Off-Roading has gone by the wayside? I know it's frowned upon heavily in my area so very few people go out anymore.
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Well, it's not gone by the wayside, but I suspect that's it's gone way down in the last few years. The competition end seems to still be pretty strong, but the casual weekenders not so much. A dozen of us used to make ten or fifteen trips into the Mark Twain National Forest in Southern Missouri every year. We would follow old two tracks, logging roads and forest trails for miles just to see where they came out. Now most of them are closed off, grown over and gone. It would be interesting to see what the attendance at the commercial off-road parks has done. More or less than ten years ago?
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Now I don't feel so bad for being away......
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I think I'll say hey a bit more often as well.
I had lunch with Jeepgod last week and it made me nostalgic for the old days here.
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wow.. what a blast from the past.

I just got my password reset and logged in, to see:

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I pulled up my PMs and it looks like I have unread messages from 2003: Gyazo - 4c1f5b7f7e6163c5255f41c82a85053c.png

This used to be my favorite forum to check back in the day. For anyone still paying attention, I still am in Raleigh, North Carolina but not active with Jeeps. I'd like to get a CJ, Commando or Scout project in the next few years.

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It's great to see you both back! It's been comatose here, but not quite dead, for a long time. Come back and post from time to time, and maybe we'll see things pick up again.

We had the annual Badlands Bash a couple of weeks ago. Andy was there and said that he'd met Jeepgod at a race in California. It's a great big small world.
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