Re: TR, CJ Dave, DRM...anyone else interested!
I'm feeling pretty good lately, in spite of the flames.
I'm not 'Normal' like the great mass of America is...
I do my own thinking. Not just THINK I do my own thinking...
I didn't go Y2K stupid.
I don't think the UN is any threat to our freedom.
I get involved with local problems instead of just whine about them.
I spend my money on stock certificate papers instead of specialty magazines and tabloid papers.
I don't buy anything unless it's going to work FOR me, instead of the other way around.
I guess you could call that 'Weird' in todays landscape...
If I were, like the 'Normal' people,
I'd be working for some body else.
I'd be a disgruntled employee that goofed off on the 'net and hid from work more than they worked.
I wouldn't have retired at 34.
I'd be reading books about what other people say the 'rules' are, instead of finding out what works, and doesn't work for myself...
Question everything, exclude nothing, and if it's to be, it's up to me.
I'm not the smartest person I know, but I'm as smart as my dog, so I have to sniff everything.... And check it out for myself...
And see if I can make it work for me.
I took a lot of heat here a while back because I said I don't have any 'Looser' friends....
That must have hit home with a bunch of people, because I never had such a mail box full of venom before.
I just don't see any point in hanging out with stupid people.
I'm never going to learn anything positive from them.
And it's just as easy to hang out with smart and successful people.
(not necessarily 'RICH' people, and never rich brats)
Just bright, successful people getting the job done.
They are upbeat, bright, full of good ideas, don't waste time or money, and are generally fun to be around.
That's why I only do mild mudding and trail riding, or just cruise town with the top off.
If I get into extreme rock climbing or hill climbing, I'm going to get with guys that are way too far out there, and thinking in that climbing box.
Jeeping is recreational to me, not a way of life.
If I threw everything I had into it, I could have the bad ass jeep to end all bad ass jeeps in my area, but I'd be a lot poorer, and I'd be bored with it.
I go Jeeping to relax, not to compete.
Not to compete with mother nature, or other jeepers.
Just to stress relieve, [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img] and spend time out of the box with my friends.
If I were still thinking in the box, you would still be stuck with the GM HEI as your only alternative, or maybe Jacobs.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
If I were stuck in the box, you still wouldn't have oil to the front drives.
If I were still stuck in the box, people would still be touting the 360 AMC as the engine to have...
Compressive ignition explanations, side by side comparisons, Holley carbs would still be declared junk, wiring diagrams would be scarce to come by, and look at all the stuff CJ-Dave, Dave, TEX and the others have contributed, all that wouldn't be here.
They are a little 'Different' too, just about half a bubble 'OFF'... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img] [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]
We just got called 'Arm Chair Quarterbacks' because we are trying to design a simple roll over protection system that will use easy to fabricate parts, and protect from all but the most violent crashes....
According to that thread, we are all too 'Academic' to get any 'real' four wheeling done...
Everyone on that thread is allowed to their opinion.
I personally think the slam came because that guy suggested something that was expanded as being incorrect for the application we were working on.
We get berated for not talking about jeep stuff,
then when we talk about the single most important part of any off roader (the safety equipment) suddenly we are arm chair quarter backs, and talking about irrelevant, academic drivel...
I guess if you are having a problem keeping up, it might seem that way, but the truth is, everyone was invited to suggest anything they thought was important, and counter opinions were posted.
When that project is done, it's going to be posted here for all to see and use as a guide line.
You want the flaming to stop, so we start a project, and we kept it professional despite the start of name calling again.
Then there was more name calling, (armchair quarterbacks, ect.) in another thread...
When we stop the flames, and start a community project, we are 'academic' instead of someones idea of 'REAL 4X4 MEN'...
I don't mind 4X4 stories and pictures, but that is not why I came here. I came here because of the I.Q. that is displayed a lot of the time.
I like the guys that try to expand the envelope, those guys THINK!!.
Any idiot can push to the edge of the envelope, but only the thinking man can expand the envelope.
There are a few fine engineering minds here, and they have contributed much to the project.
And there is one engineering mind, with great CAD/ CAM Skills that has very unselfishly donated his time and skill to the project to make it more than just academic. (Take a bow, CJ7_304!!)
CJ Dave just pointed out a major weak point out in the CJ style body, and posted a convenient, quick and easy fix that reenforces the roll over protection system.
I'd hardly call that academic.
As long as that keeps happening, call me weird, strange, odd, stupid, armchair quarterback, academic, incoherent, babbling, goofy bastard![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img] Lola, Bert or Ernie, I don't care!! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]
I'm just happy to be in the company of such a talented crew!!
It's probably a good thing that we don't think alike.
If we did, you all would be driving Edsels and liking it! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]
And I'd be living in a tropical island out of the country. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
(and once again, I demonstrate I don't think like you, so now I'm "weird" again with this post....
Interesting thing, the guys that called me, Stupid, Weird, Strange, ect. in high school, and thought they were so cool because they were 'Normal'.......,
can't pass the employment exam to even WORK for me...
So they wash my car and pump my gas, and build my furniture for half of what my employees make... but every bodies' got to work somewhere...)
Why can't we all just do our thing, and post our information and opinions with out everyone loosing bladder control when an opposing view point is posted?
(that's a rhetorical question, no answer or flame needed...)
I know we are never going to keep all of the people happy all of the time, but how about a little tolerance for the difference of opinion, and some support for the people having differing opinions?
(again, a rhetorical question, no answer or flame needed...)