The last couple of days unnecessary drama got me to thinking ... my mind drifted way back to the early Internet days. Back before Facebook and MySpace, when AOL was king and people filled your inbox with chain mail. I disliked most of it. Most of the chain mail was annoying, but I did save two. One was a piece about snow and the other was about friends. I decided that now is a good time to post it, because, even though most of us are separated by many miles, it is what TycoDepot is supposed to be all about.
There is a difference between being an acquaintance and being a friend. An acquaintance is someone whose name you know, who you see every now and then, who you probably have something in common with and who you feel comfortable around.
It's a person that you can invite to your home and share things with. But they are people who you don't share your life with, whose actions sometimes you don't understand because you don't know enough about them.
On the other hand, a friend is someone you love. Not that you are "in love" with them, but you care about them and you think about them when they are not there. The people you are reminded of when you see something they might like, and you know this because you know them so well. They are the people whose pictures you have and whose faces are in your head regardless.
Friends are the people you feel safe around because you know they care about you. They call just to see how you are doing, because a friend doesn't need an excuse. They tell you the truth, the first time, and you do the same. You know that if you have a problem, they are there to listen.
Friends are the people who won't laugh at you or hurt you, and if they do hurt you they try hard to make it up to you. They are the people you love, regardless of whether you realize it.
Friends are the people you cried with when you got rejected from colleges and during the last song at the prom and at graduation. They are the people that when you hug them, you don't think about how long to hug and who's going to be the first one to let go.
Maybe they are the people that hold the rings at your wedding, or maybe they are the people who give you away at your wedding, or maybe they are the people you marry. Maybe they are the people who cry at your wedding because they are happy or because they are proud.
They are the people who stop you from making mistakes and help you when you do. They are are the people whose hand you can hold, or you can hug or give them a kiss and not have it be awkward because they understand the things you do and they love you for them.
They stick with you and stand by you. They hold your hand. They watch you live and you watch them live and you learn from them. Your life is not the same without them.
crosswire: In the Houston, if the truck will start, we just run it at 80 mph and let the sand blow out. No, wait a minute, all the trucks over here do that, regardless of the weather.
Sept 15, 2021 8:29:09 GMT -5
John: Houston did not sand the roads back in the 80's. I was there one winter when the overpasses iced. There were three wrecks on both sides on every overpass.
Sept 15, 2021 21:00:19 GMT -5
John: When the roads froze in Odessa Texas, I would go find a busy intersection and watch the fools for entertainment.
Sept 15, 2021 21:06:30 GMT -5
newbieho: LOL, crosswire and John. We are too chicken in Michigan. The roads are salted and sanded, and now beet-juiced often. Love the effect on the undercarriage of vehicles....
Sept 16, 2021 4:59:17 GMT -5
crosswire: That is one way to use Super Beets!
Sept 16, 2021 7:47:35 GMT -5
crosswire: TXDOT is trying to use liquid magnesium chloride as a pre-treatment. It works so well, they still use sand!?
Sept 16, 2021 7:49:01 GMT -5
umpdan31: Eat the red snow/ice but not the yellow snow/ice
Sept 16, 2021 8:54:20 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: Frankly, I'd prefer TXDOT to stick with sand or just go hide under the bed when winter comes. Salt-less roads is one of the positives of living in the southwest!
Sept 16, 2021 14:46:33 GMT -5
Prof. G-Money, Esq.: North Carolina beach = salt water. Given the Texan propensity for grandioseness, I figured there must be something more to it than that!
Sept 18, 2021 18:14:56 GMT -5
yardmaster54: RT, I just read an article about the Rivarossi era in the 2019 1st quarter of the HO Collector magazine. Tony Lucio gave a shout out to Randy Turner for donating a Rivarossi styrene and wire Chicago and Northwestern C liner. Would that be you Randy?
Sept 18, 2021 19:46:53 GMT -5
JNXT 7707: Well Glenn it's Texas beach water, so it's ten times more corrosive. There you go
Sept 18, 2021 21:42:22 GMT -5
rbturner: I did donate that loco. But with the stipulation that when he was done with it went to our pal Nelson.
Sept 19, 2021 8:15:04 GMT -5
yardmaster54: So Randy since you were mention in a magazine by name, that kind of makes you a celebrity.
Sept 19, 2021 11:11:25 GMT -5