Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Southeast Iowa
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Re: O/T I think we all have a friend like this.
[img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] If there is anything I've learned in sixty years it is that there are GIVERS [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img], and there are TAKERS [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]. Figuring out which one someone might be is one of the difficulties of life. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] I know guys who systematically PRETEND that they know absolutely nothing about machinery [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] and by doing so have saved THOUSANDS of dollars in repair work when others step up and "help" them for free; and of course since they "don't know anything about machinery" they aren't on the "help" list when anyone else has a nasty repair job. [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] The TAKERS are always busy with "critical family matters" when it comes time to help someone move, or dig out for a patio. [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] So the TAKERS kick back and enjoy being a leech without EVER letting it bother them. The TAKER system works for vehicle repairs AND in many other areas as well. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] I'm a fairly capable individual and some folks know it, so I have to be careful about letting someone take advantage of me like that. [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] Trading work is one thing.....working for nothing for a "TAKER" [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] is quite a different story, so if your buddy is working for nothing, then he needs to recognize who the "TAKERS" are [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] and stop "enabling" them to do what they do best, and that is TAKE FROM OTHERS. [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] When it comes to Jeep stuff, I have always operated on the premise that: "I'ts OK to deposit in BANK 'A' and withdraw from BANK 'B'". In other words if you give your spare alternator to a fellow Jeeper so he can get his rig home after a hard weekend; and then a week later someone gives you his trailer spare to replace the one you DIDN'T HAVE, and that YOU needed to get home; then that's an OK thing. Jeep people are usually GIVERS, and there are fewer TAKERS per square inch in the Off-Road community than in the general population. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] GIVERS DON'T TRY TO KEEP TRACK of who helped who, depending instead on the bank A bank B thing to balance itself out.....which it usually does. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]