Re: Do you have a \'Jeep\', or a Dedicated Vehicle?
I didn't know I had "Mental Health Issues"...
I'm not sure I like the sound of that...!
I do have Mexican food issues (I eat too much of it!), and I have alternator bracket fabrication issues, and I have bad hair day issues, but I didn't know I had mental health issues...
I'm a country kid, and I'm former military.
I grew up on a real farm, horses, cows, pigs, dogs, cats, coons, skunks, pasture, corn, beans, wheat, cutting hay and silage, hunting, fishing, trapping.
You learn the difference between NEED and WANT pretty fast.
You also learn the difference between NEED and FLIGHTS OF PASSING FANCY.
I NEED a general purpose Jeep.
I NEED to work so I can pay for cloths on my back and a roof over my head.
I WANT a $12,000 metal shear, break, punch machine so I don't have to drill and grind alternator bracket parts by hand...
NOW, you have to ask your self, is this alternator bracket worth $12,000?
(certainly not, but I'm still keeping the magazine open to the picture of the 'Metal Muncher'!)
I don't have big rocks to crawl (for no earthly reason I can see), I don't have all day/week/month to try and crawl those rocks I don't have, and I don't have $60,000 to modify beyond use the general purpose Jeep I *DO NEED* to go crawl those rocks...
**NO MATTER WHAT THE MAGAZINES & TV SHOWS SAY I SHOULD BE DOING**
I hear the competition argument all the time...
Unless you are one of the VERY FEW at the top of the heap, you are NEVER going to MAKE a penny doing competitions...
The manufacturers of the welder, lift kit, long arm kit, bead lock wheels, tires, fuel injection company, and so on ARE going to make money (what was yours), and the magazines are going to show you the 'Latest, Greatest, Must Have Improvement' ("only" another 5 or 10 grand!)...
I think city folks loose track of the way things should be.
And protecting kids gone wrong is probably guilt for not raising their kids and teaching them right from wrong.
If the local punk crew decides to break into your garage, it shouldn't be your fault for having a door with a window in it they could break out to gain entry.
Step up and take responsibility, point the finger AT THE GUILTY...
and the world is a much brighter, if not nicer place.
Around here, if a guy screws up, and says, "I screwed up",
WE FIX THE PROBLEM, NOT THE BLAME.
The guy already took blame, and you can't put sh!t back in a donkey, so why beat him up?
No matter how much it cost, (and that's a tough nut to swallow sometimes...)
We say, "Did you learn any thing?"...
Followed by, "Are you going to do it again?"
Now we have a guy that is MUCH smarter than he was before, and a better man for it.
It's usually a good idea to take them out to a steak lunch and do a failure analysis.
Steak so he knows this is a clinical autopsy of the accident/problem and not a personal guilt session, and failure analysis to see if there is a way to keep future accidents of similar nature from happening.
Usually, the guys are all into this, they REALLY like being part of a good solution.
As far as mental illness goes, I've seen it up close and personal....
Mental illness needs treated, but I'm NOT an expert, so I don't have any comment on the subject.
I am an expert on my chosen fields, Guns, Knives, Automotives, Sustainable Living, ect.
And in being an "Expert", I fully realize how much I DON'T know about the subjects.
(The difference between Ignorance of a subject and being an Expert of a subject is realizing how much you don't know... The more you learn, the more you find out you don't know)
Only in the past few decades have they not treated mental illness like a religious problem, instead of a medical problem.
It's going to take Doctors much smarter than me to figure out the causes/treatments and hopefully, find a cure for most of it.