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  1. 15 points
    Always interested to read the after show comments. Some have value and some are completely ridiculous. Truthfully we rarely build a “SAND SHOW CAR “ we do try to bring a broad range a cars to represent to the public what we offer. Perception is an interesting thing.Did anyone see the G52 in the ally way between the 2 buildings. We had a G52 our entry level car in a very function over frills spec . Literally solid black. All I did was put a red interior instead of black and Grey and people thought it was one of the most expensive cars we had. All perception !! Yes the SXS market is on fire and and we would be foolish to not offer something unique in that market to meet a demand. Making money is not a bad thing and no not all SXS owners are idiots. Robbie’s deal is a cool car and advances the category. BTW I KNOW THAT A GUY OR GAL DOES NOT NEED TO SPEND 300k on a sandcar or 70k on a SXS to enjoy the dunes but some do. Heres the take away GOD BLESS AMERICA , our demographic right now mimics what we saw at the show in that 80 percent of our sales this year will be domestic.
  2. 14 points
    Before Ron Pratte bought Paradise and half of Gordons they used to frequently go to Buttercup. There would be a circle of 20 - 30 of these "million dollar rigs" all pulling a matching stacker with their dunebuggy.com cars and fancy golf carts or rhinos ( pre RZR days ). Anyways we would always make comments just like the dude in the video about these guys. Rumors would float around about if people camped in their spot when the high rollers got there, they would pay them to pack up and move so they could have the spot. Well we tested that out one year while on spring break. Well some dude shows up in a pretty nice H1 Hummer, and started walking around the area looking very intensely at the ground (we later found out he was looking for nails and firepits and such). We thought here we go, time to get paid. We even left some stuff still packed up anticipating this moment. Well, as we had hoped, he approached us and to our surprise he let us know that there were about 15 riggs about 15 minutes out that would be rolling in and were probably going to surround us. No money was ever offered and he was as polite and honest as could be ! We thought lets just hang out and see what happens. Sure enough just like the circus this big convoy of Diesel pushers and stackers came rolling in. They did surround us, yet they made their circle including us in it. Each driver that parked by us came and asked if they were too close and made sure we had room to leave or do what ever. We sat in our chairs and watched in Awe as each bad ass car was unloaded after the other, my kids even stopped digging in the sand long enough to watch these impressive machines get unloaded and strategically parked in a line right through middle of camp. We watched the Hummer guy ( what we referred to as the butler) proceed to chop and stack wood right next to a decent sized hole he had made for the fire pit. Long story short, each one came over and introduced themselves to us and our kids. Invited to sit by their fire, included us in their potluck dinner, gave us rides all week long in their sand cars and one lady even brought my kids fresh backed cookies from her RV. ( see comment from earlier post ). That week was referred to as Disney Dunes as we had a great time with some funny characters and got to ride some of the nicest sand cars at the time. Pratte flew in and was escorted to the spot by the butler and he hung out for a few days. Got to know him and his wife (fiance at the time). We have visited him at his house at Gordons many times since and have been given many tours of the property as well as invited to run the Honda pilots on the back track. I guess I could have moved that day and then bitched about the A-Holes and their high dollar toys, but then my story would have turned out very different now wouldn't it have. My kids are now in their 20's and they still remember that week we spent at Disney Dunes !!
  3. 14 points
    Most of you know that my father passed away on New Years Eve. It has been a very strange road I've traveled since; a road i've never traveled. The day after my fathers ceremony in February, my mom developed a cough. We wrote it off as just exhaustion and a combination of all that had been going on. But this cough persisted when she got back home to Texas. My mom is probably the strongest person i've ever known; a Marine. She always did her best to make sure WE, her boys, didn't worry about her. A few weeks had passed, and she told us she was going to the doctor. Dan, Jeff, me, and mom have been very tight since dads passing, and we are a very very close family, especially right now. Mom didn't say much when she got back from the doctor, and it worried us. The first diagnosis was, “High probability of lung cancer”. When I heard that from my brother Dan, all I thought was, “Not now, please, not now, it's too soon.” Although dad was the rock in our family, mom was the glue, the emotional strength that ran the show. Since that diagnosis, life has been very very different; “We are going to lose mom now?” We have kept it to ourselves, there was no way I, we, could handle this, so we've been on the down low until we knew 100%. Tests began, and the waiting was crippling. I'm sure that many of you have lost family members, and I understand. Nothing else really matters. Today, my brother Dan called me, because we were to hear test results today. I answered the phone with great hesitation, not knowing what I would hear in my brothers voice. He said, “Robert, mom doesn't have lung cancer, doctor says she will be ok, and to come back in 6 months for a checkup." (of course, she's taking meds and being monitored etc...)...BUT NO CANCER! Folks, I have experienced success that has brought me happiness in my life, but today I can honestly say, this was the happiest day of my life; nothing compares to how I felt today when I heard those words. Mom called me right when I hung up with Dan, and to hear her laugh and smile was the best sound i've ever heard. You might all think this is weird, but I dreamt about my father two days ago, and I talked to him. He was happy, smiling, and had that look that things are good. There was no mention of mom; but I finally made contact with him. In my mind, real, or whatever, I don't care. It was good. I wanted to share this with my GD.com family, because today was a ****ing GREAT DAY!
  4. 13 points
    I can’t keep from staring at her as well! And yes I have been gong to the dunes since 84. So this isn’t just a guy with a big wallet. The car was $150k but could very easily be $100k. I went for the Albin’s and the stroked ls3 with a blower. Had the turbo subi but wanted to try the blower. Probably my last car so I went for it all in. After seeing x3’s for $80k this looks like a bargain to me. Attention to detail is just incredible with this car! Thanks Grant you guys rock!
  5. 13 points
    It gets real tiring reading all of the posts from the sxs haters. This sport continues to evolve and if you haven't figured it out by now your either blind or just a complete idiot. Yes the sxs market has completely taken over and you buggy guys are pissed, but do you care about what all of the quad riders said about you when the desert used to be flooded with sand rails? Or how about quad riders caring what three wheeler riders had to say about them? If it wasn't for the sxs market, what would keep the sport and our desert alive financially? This is OUR sport and EVERYONE is welcome to play.
  6. 13 points
    This morning during breakfast with my wife I was reflecting on my grandfathers (dads side) service in the Korean War. My grandmother is not doing well health wise which spurred the conversation. As of a couple of years ago all of my friends and family that had served in WWII have passed. I had a couple friends that I saw every week and occasionally they would tell me stories that I absolutely loved to hear. My great uncle was on a flying fortress and my grandfather on my moms side was infantry. That war was a time of national patriotism and nearly the whole country was proud. Certainly there has not been anything like it since. Everyday my hatred for these pinko progressive commie big government bastards grows. On the way to the shop heading south on 13 highway this morning there was a car with a flat tire on the shoulder. I always stop to see if stranded motorists need anything especially since it is often when I have my service truck full of tools, oil, anti-freeze, hoses, etc.etc. Running 75 miles and hour and seeing this car was just over a hill I had to pass by and turn around to come back. On the way by I saw the elderly gentleman that was driving the car get out and come around the back to get the tire out of the trunk. I guessed him to be in his early 80’s. I pulled up behind and blocked the shoulder a bit with my service truck and walked up and asked him if it would be ok for me to change the tire for him to which he happily replied yes. I asked him to get back in the car and buckle in just in case someone hit us. If you know anything about death statistics on the side of the road for tow truck drivers you know it is a very dangerous place. I noticed he had a Korea War hat on. After I finished changing his tire (a whole 5 minutes) I told him he was ready to go and told him I had just been talking to my wife about my grandfathers time in Korea during the war. This fella lit up and told me he was stationed in Japan when the Korean war broke out. Three days later he said he was there fighting and it was horribly cold. We talked a few minutes, he tried to pay me but I thanked him for talking to me and told him I was glad he lived long enough to see another President that honored and respected the military once again. He enthusiastically said “amen” and we parted. I know he felt good having someone else come along and help him out and I felt good doing it. 10 minutes well invested. I write this to encourage everyone reading it to try and help someone out for no particular reason especially elderly folks and especially elderly veterans. We owe them at the least our gratitude. The older I get the more important these things become in light of the futility of material stuff which wastes away but we seem to spend the majority of our time chasing. I don't do this very often but I asked if I could take his picture and get his hat to show my wife.
  7. 12 points
    Ok here we go! Devin, first I was in no way “slamming” Polaris. And in fact I do appreciate that they’re investing in the dunes by purchasing the store. Second, even if I was slamming them I don’t see how that makes me or anyone else “hypocritical.” Third, now that you’ve opened this can of worms. My first trip to Glamis was memorial weekend in 1974. Yes, 1974. I have seen the changes over the years and perhaps I long for the old days when the place was waaay more laid back. No overzealous rangers, smaller crowds and less rude ass campers. So with that being said, I remember watching Crusty Demons of Dirt in 1995 (on a VHS tape no less) and the guys were at the “trendy dunes,” and even THEN I was like oh shit here we go, this place is going to blow up. Then there were the party’s at the pit (competition hill) where assholes were digging trenches so you would wreck or get stuck, burning OHVs to the ground and it was one big effing mess til the law clamped down. So if anyone ever wonders why there’s such a HUGE presence of LEOs and BLM at the dunes this is one of the main reasons. Since you didn’t ask, my opinion on camp rzr? It’s awesome that they display the vehicles and offer test drives and will repair your cart on the spot. But. Live concerts, a big party and a a fireworks display? If I wanted that shit I’d just stay home and go to Disneyland. I go to the dunes to escape that crap and in fact refuse to bring a tv along. This type of event brings in non-duners that makes the CAMPING turn into the shit show as I referenced with that image. Some of those people dgaf and trash the place leaving it to the folks that are truly passionate about the dunes (dare I say LOVE the place) to clean up after them. Many people enjoy the event, it just ain’t for me. There was a day when guys built their own sand cars, and the only thing to finance was ATCs/odysseys/dirt bikes. Now anybody with a few thousand dollars down can get into a cart with amazing long travel suspension and an automatic (gasp!) trans. Easy to drive and easy to wreck. I think they’re awesome and will buy a Textron XX 4 seater when they release them. I’m just not a fan of the commercialization of Glamis, but there’s no stopping it. Now get off my lawn!
  8. 11 points
    Well it was about 8:15-8:30 Saturday Morning we are getting ready to go to the Veterans Ceremony and the the wife and the the other ladies in camp start screaming that someone crashed just outside camp near the road. So a few of us in camp go running over to find a buggy that had overturned landing back on it wheels sitting about 30-50 feet from the kiddy track in wash 16. As we run up to the accident scene there is one camp a little closer to the accident than ours and we see a guy from that camp run over as well. He gets there first and starts CPR on the down Gentleman. We have a Medic, a Nurse and myself a Fireman, the medic and nurse start assisting with CPR and realize that there is no chance for the gentleman and cover him with a blanket. I worked on the driver and put a sling on his arm as he had a broken shoulder, collarbone and broken arm. About 15 mins later BLM Rescue showed up and took over with getting the driver transported. So the buggy was supposably going anywhere between 35-50 miles an hr heading from wash 19 to vendors to get a Sand Jack and did not see the kiddy track and went over kinda like a corkscrew ejecting the passenger. My guess would be if they were wearing seatbelts they would have been fine with maybe a headache. It is a very unfortunate accident that has change the lives of many. So all I can say if we follow the rules and just slow down in the washes and in the Camping areas things will be a lot safer. Also wear your seat belts.
  9. 11 points
    Some real mother effing hypocrites in this thread let me tell you. First and foremost, its illegal. We all know, we all get it, some of us still do it and run the risk of tickets, kicked out, pass revoked, etc. If yore caught, pony up and pay. For all the nanny goats out there that have been going to the desert or dunes for several years now, way before pit toilets and rv’s in your possesion, when you were tenting it with your pos 1776vw rail that leaked more damn fuel and oil than you could keep in it, when you had to use the restroom did you and your family of four piss in containers and take it home, did you sh!t in a grocery sack and tow that home too? When you hung up your camping shower bag to warm in the sun did you place a plastic tub under your feet to catch the skin cells, hair, and other nastiness from your body and bring that home? Did you ever throw a half eaten sammich in the bushes? Jeebus H Christ I never knew there were so many ivory tower dwellers out there. Let me put this out there, bash away. I have sh!t and pissed more times in the desert and dunes than I care to recall. There were no pit toilets back then. There are still places I go to that still dont have them. We dug holes and buried it. We did what little dishes we had and dumped the water in the dirt/sand. We bagged all our trash and brought it home. When our rails, bajas, atc’s, bikes, etc leaked, oh well. We fixed the leak and went back to riding. Fuel got spilled while refueling, oh well. We did the best we could with what we had, we did our very best to leave no traces so we could continue to enjoy our off road time. If this makes me a bad person, then Im a bad person. Im willing to bet there are many more here on this boatd and in this thread that have done the same. And you know what? Im 47, soon to be 48, and I still piss outside and still bury a scupper trout when im somewhere there is no pit toilet. I always ride with a backback and a roll of sh!t tickets in it, just in case of emergency.
  10. 11 points
    I've been back and fourth between my regular job and Glamis for the past two weeks while my family is out of town for the holidays. My wife is from Kansas and takes the kids back almost every year. So while I have an empty house there is no reason to be there. I worked night shift Fri to Sun on Christmas weekend. No big deal, I don't celebrate the holiday so I'd rather work and let those that do celebrate have the time off. I left work on Monday morning, Dec 26th and headed straight to Glamis to meet up with my dune family. Four hours later I pulled into camp and thought about going to sleep. But the need to drive my car got the better of me and I started unloading it. An hour later I was ready to dune with our group. We all headed out to Swing Set, my first time there. It was really cool to see the kids playing. I hope that it lasts and is preserved for the next generation of duners and their children. We hit all the usual spots- Fireman's Flag Pole (formerly Brawley Slide), Flag Pole and then back to camp. By 7pm I was ready to pass out. So that's exactly what I did. I was up early the next morning checking out my car and getting ready for that days ride. We usually tell our group that we want to leave camp around 10am. We have a fairly large group so not everyone goes on the same runs. This morning half our group was going to Duners Diner but I wanted to dune my car again so I opted to go with the "duning" group. We headed out around 10 am and hit the usual spots again- Swing Set, Flag Pole, Fireman's Flag Pole and then on to Oldsmobile Hill. I ran into a lot of board members and clients, some people I haven't seen for a long time, and some I had seen in the prior months when servicing their cars. It is a totally different atmosphere when talking to someone in the dunes rather then in my shop. I prefer the former. While we were at Fireman's Flag Pole my buddy DZRTRUN noticed another dunebuggy.com Sidewinder and pointed it out to me. I didn't know the owner or the car but it was exactly the same as my car and really cool to see another big azz heavy prerunner out in the dunes. We packed up and headed back to Swing Set. We were at Swing Set for a few minutes and I saw the other DB car pull into the area. A few minutes later the cars owner walked over and introduced himself. We looked over my car and I told him a little of the backstory of how I came to own it. We soon realized we knew a lot of the same people from racing. In fact, he had pre-ran with our team in Baja on a trip I couldn't attend. We walked over to his car and looked it over too. We talked about how 'indestructible' our cars were compared to most of the sandrails in Glamis. We said goodbye and everyone headed back to camp. A few hours later I get a phone call from a 714 number I don't recognize. I answered it and it's the DB car owner. He said he hoped I didn't mind but he called a mutual friend and asked for my number and hoped I didn't mind. Of course not! What's up? He said just after leaving Swing Set he broke his right trailing arm. Just then the text pics started coming in (slow cell service in Glamis). Uh, wow, yeah that's broke. The wheel plate came of the trailing arm. Unfortunately I've seen this before on one of our DB.com prerunners back in 2010. While racing in Barstow the team owner landed on the left rear wheel and the exact same thing happened- the wheel plate shot off the car causing it to roll over several times. We took the arms to ES Motorsports for repairs. They said there was zero internal plating and only tack welds. They got the arms all fixed up and we have beat the shit outta them all over CA, AZ, NV and Baja for the past 6 years with zero problems. Back to the story... The cars owner, Trevor, said he had called Dickerson Tow in Brawley for the Snow Cat but they said they wouldn't come out at night. It was now 7pm, dark and the car would have to sit out there all night. Fortunately it was in the deep dunes a few miles from China Wall on the way to the washes. The Snow Cat would be there at 8am for the recovery and it would cost $250 per hour ROUND TRIP! I had heard of the cost for the Snow Cat but never actually got a true number until that day. This tow was going to cost around $2000! I told Trevor that I had a spare set of arms for my DB car back at my house and could have them in Glamis by 9am the next day via matt86 who was meeting me on Pad 5 to pick up a broken 4 seat Racer and deliver it to Teague in Santa Clarita, CA. They were only the tube "sand" arms but they'd get him through the weekend. With 2-3 guys, 2 floor jacks and some 4x4 pieces of wood he could get the car back on it's wheels and drive it out and potentially save himself $2000. He wasn't interested in fixing it out there though. He figured he'd get it back to his camp and take the arm to Joe Fab for a repair. I gave him my best words of encouragement but he stuck to his plan. Regardless, I called one of my guys and asked him to go to my house and dig out the arms. matt86 was ready to go get the arms but Trevor said he was gonna have it towed. Around 9:30pm my phone rang again and it was Trevor asking me to have my spare arms brought out. If I would come help/supervise he'd try to change the arm in the dunes. I said no problem and put in a call to matt86 to arrange picking up the arms at my house. This added about 90 miles to Matt's drive, but he didn't mind. Or did he? I wasn't listening, just get the arms and get out here. Matt showed up on Pad 5 as scheduled at 9am to pick up the broken Racer. I met him there to pick up the arms and called Trevor to tell him I was gathering the troops and we would head out to his location. Trevor text me a picture of his GPS coordinates so we'd know exactly where he was. Back at camp we all got out cars fueled up and ready to go. I, admittedly, HATE leading in the dunes, but my buddy DZRTRUN is an awesome leader. I programmed the GPS coordinates into both of my Lowrance units and I programmed DZTRUN's Lowrance HDS unit- and we were off! The spare arm strapped in the backseat of my car. There were three buggies and 4 RZR's in our group. We didn't know the terrain where we were going so we thought it would be safer to not take everyone along for this journey. We stopped at Swing Set and left 2 of the lesser experienced RZR drivers there while we went and looked for Trevor. After an hour or so we were having no luck finding Trevor. We were close according to the GPS but we just could not find him. Some of these dunes looked like they had never seen a car, RZR or even a quad ride them. I'm sure that's not true but it just looked so desolate in this area. We had no cell phone service either. We headed for China Wall and asked anyone we saw if they had heard of a broken buggy nearby. No one knew of it. We headed back to Swing Set to try and get cell service. No luck on cell service there either. We gathered up the RZR's we had left behind earlier and headed back to China Wall. Our group was whole again but we hadn't completed our goal of getting the spare arm to Trevor. Just then I get a text! I text Trevor that we had been looking for him for 2 hours but couldn't find him. It would be best if we met up at a known spot to get him the arm. We choose Fireman's Flag Pole because he said it was closest to his location and he'd meet us there. Our search party headed to FFP and waited for Trevor. We got to FP around 1pm and Trevor showed up a 15 mins later with a buddy in a RZR. I gave him the arm and he said he had a good handle on how to reassemble it and didn't need me to go with him. I was kinda relieved to hear that but told him to call me if he had any questions or needed help in any way. We packed up and headed for Oldsmobile Hill. After catching up with a bunch of friends and clients we all packed up and headed back to camp. Over all we had spent 2-3 hours in the dunes looking for Trevor, but we hit all our usual spots alone the way, so it was a great day of duning. Around 5pm I got a text from Trevor thanking me for the loaner arm and some pics of his car back on its wheels and headed for his camp in the washes. I was stoked and went out to let our group know. The caar is sitting weird because he had to discharge the nitrogen in the bypass shock to get it installed. Overall this was a really fun experience. We got in a lot of duning and got to help out a fellow duner whom I'd just met the day before. Thanks to matt86 for getting my spare arm to me the next day and DZRTRUN and his wife for leading in their two buggies and all the guys and gals in the RZR's for coming along on this adventure.
  11. 10 points
    Our group this trip. Went on a sunset ride and Hozay brought the duraflame logs. Hung out and enjoyed the sunset and friends. Backside of olds a few dunes in.
  12. 10 points
    Oh yeah...well...umm.......pretty much
  13. 10 points
    Thanks for all post .....
  14. 10 points
    But...being white... We can say things like "Thanks for the warning officer" and "I talked to my Dad today..."
  15. 10 points
    Hello All, I dont post much lately but do still sit on the side lines from time to time. Next generation of my family went for a quick ride in my buggy over the weekend, she was screaming happy. Wheelies, slides, go fast mode, she loved it all. Life is good, grand kids make it better
  16. 10 points
    Ok, this is my first tech write up, so be gentle. First some background. I have a Sandtrix F5, Stock LS1, Fortin Wide gear, Outboard hubs, 934's, 2750lbs. This past season, I made 9 trips, 40-50 gallons of gas per trip. Decent season for me. I never added grease to the tranny side CVs. Every trip, I would do 30 pumps through the zerk fitting on my hub side CVs. I installed the CV savers on my tranny side CVs before the season. I always fill the tranny cups with grease and my outboard hub caps with grease. I bolt the CVs up dry on both the tranny side and hub side and fill the CVs with grease using a grease needle. Ok, here are pix as I tore everything down. I pulled the boot back and this is what I saw. Kind of disappointed as how much grease came out through the season. Not as bad as past seasons with no CV saver, but sure not like the company portrays on their videos. Here is what the CV looked like after I unbolted it and, still on the axle. Not horrible, but I was hoping to have a little more grease still in the CV. This is what the cup looked like. This looks totally normal from every year in the past when I have torn them down. This is what the boot looked like after I took it off the axle. Quite a bit of grease in there, but I have seen it worse in past seasons, so the CV saver was keeping some grease in the CV and out of the boot. This is what the CV looked like off of the axle. Both tranny and hub side CVs looked like this, so good amount of grease still in the CV. Now onto the hub side. When I pulled the leather boot back, this is what I have. Totally normal for running outboard hubs. The grease gets pulled from the cup, through the CV and into the hub. I have so much grease because I pump in grease every trip because I know it will do this. I mainly wanted folks to see what the inside of an outboard hub looks like. I know some have not seen this before. Now from the CV side, this is what it looks like after I unbolt the CV and cap from the hub. Again, totally normal. Inside of the cap after I take it off. This cup is full when I bolt it up at the beginning of the season. The axle moves into the cup as the trailing arm cycles and pulls grease from the cup through the CV. Outboard hubs give the ability to have more travel due to you can run a longer axle. Now onto cleaning. The following pix are after cleaning. I have had these CVs for 5 years and they look great. Star Cage Body I wanted to show an example of what a body for a Fortin tranny looks like. The body has to be faced to fit into the drive flanges correctly. I learned about this the hard way. All clean and ready to go. Safe keeping. I know a lot of pix, but I always learn alot from LRS write up with all of his pix. So, long story short, I will try the CV savers 1 more season. I then may try the Fortin double boot set up after that and see how that does. I know JAlper will come on here and say "I told you so", but I had to try them for myself and now I have. Fire away with questions/comments!!!!
  17. 10 points
    I've heard this statement regarding Trump's lack of presidential bearing a few times. I could give two rat's azzes what he says, I care about what he does. You want "more presidential" feel free to go dig up McCain or some other neutered Republican Party lap dog who's been groomed to speak. If you want your position represented at a circus you don't send an accountant you send a clown. Trump is exactly what's needed at this point of time, not another introspective soft spoken mannequin sporting a red tie versed in theory instead of real world implementation of theory. "More presidential," haven't you and a few others cruising this board had enough of well versed condescending political aristocrats that have a track record of doing nothing? Give it a rest...
  18. 10 points
    Top of the evening GD.com members, hope all is well as we head into the middle of this beautiful duning season. There are however, a couple things Slap would like to address, and he hopes all of you will take these words into consideration. This duning community has been around for quite awhile, and we have been through so much together. From the early days where an action caught us off guard, but united us. Our strength was our numbers, our mission was to succeed. We fought together, hand in hand, ultimately winning our battle. During that long fight, we found a purpose; to protect and stand by each other no matter the circumstances. Yes, we squabbled amongst ourselves, but our passion and love for what we do kept us strong and united. From opening our dunes, to building a new wash road, honoring our vets, consoling grieving families, cleaning Mother Glamis, saving a life, playing a golf tournament, attending a taco tuesday, even crying on each others shoulders. We had a purpose, and it was good. Let's take the time to to honor each other, the duner. Right now, our passion is still very strong, and our purpose remains the dunes. However, our passion seems to be misdirected; at each other. It's not very bad, but it's there. The description of common decency, courtesy, tact, and respect hasn't changed, our boundaries have. They have shortened, been forgotten, or maybe it's a reflection of divisive elements of our internet culture; to say whatever behind the screen. Our community, or family, has historically chosen to be unified as one with the dunes; we don't fall under the category of “Internet Culture”. We have always accepted fellow websites, from the mountains, deserts, rivers, and oceans; all are welcome. There are times when Slappy's heart is broken because we attack each other at the place where we normally come together to chat, barter, trade, plan, laugh, cry, help each other, make this place better; the things that family's do. We are not trolls, nor do we stalk, or purposely intend to hurt someone, that is not Glamisdunes.com. You are Glamisdunes.com. The quality of our community, this website, is the sum of each members character. We don't do things out of spite. Slap asks you all to remember that. For example, if there be a newbie wanting to join GD.com, and he see's a couple members being Mcpenises, he's going to say, “Those people over there at GD.com are assholes.” And we really are not. One of the things that make GD.com so uniquely different, is that we strive for the duning culture, not the “Internet Culture”. Slappy wants to put a challenge out to every single one of us, THE FAMILY, to put aside differences that may exist when we are away from the dunes, let go of that “Internet Culture”, and to focus our efforts and energy to the unity and bond we exhibit while in Mother Glamis. This doesn't mean we can't rib each other, or have heated debates, it's what we do. But to demean for the sake of a soap box and audience is downright pathetic. Like Abraham McLincoln, (Slap's old pal from Louisiana), once said, “We must yield to the better angels of our nature”. Or as Slappy likes to say, “DON'T BE A MCPENIS”. We are all in this together, see you in the dunes, Slappy gone!
  19. 10 points
    Travis, I believe I could be categorized as either of the sub groups you described, haters vs. non-haters. On a few occasions I offered a critique as well as support for your situation, I stand behind both. The people you feel are seeking refuge from the hate on this site would more than likely feel threatened / victimized on Craig's List. You have been a long term fixture in the sport of Off Road by choice. As you are well aware the sport attracts participants that have some common core beliefs. Self accountability and self reliance are probably two of the most common shared beliefs. What happened to you in that horrible incident while sad falls under the two most common traits of your peers, self responsibility. I know there is more to it, after the fact. You were put in a position where a lawsuit was the best / only way to shield you / your family from devastating financial harm. You chose the best possible course for your protection. I watched another nail in the coffin being hammered in as we neutered one of the last vestiges of true freedom, getting out on the open desert and hauling the mail. I watched as a gift wrapped invite was delivered to a nanny state BY OFFROADERS to save us from ourselves. Your critique of Crusty as a moderator seems to be yet another example of a misguided search for fairness or acceptance. Crusty's performance as a moderator is supposed to be some kind of "grading on a curve" that would make your stint as a mod not so bad? Crusty has nothing to do with your life choices, hyper-sensitive GDC members / former members or the general opinions of your peers. I don't know you very well, I don't hate you. I don't dwell on the choices you made that made it harder for me to enjoy the sport I have participated in for roughly 40 years. I don't wish you ill will, quite the opposite, I wish nothing but the best for you and your family. I truly hope you find peace and hope you find it in a lawn chair at my campfire. Most of all I hope you realize that "fairness" is a goal that is best measured daily or even hourly. Expecting long term social equality / justice does nothing but create victims of hate who are forced to flee us terrible oppressors on public forums like GD.C in search of safe zones where your worth is legislated by hypersensitive thought police.
  20. 9 points
    I shouldn't jump into this fracas......but I will, because I'm a hater. I hate criminals. Especially thieves. Like I.D. thieves, property thieves, shoplifters and the like. Because it's so basic. If it ain't yours, and you didn't pay for it, then leave it the f#ck alone. If you can't even do that, then I don't believe you deserve to be free to roam around in society. Did those two Sea Doos ever turn up? Howabout that enclosed trailer with the sand car in it? Those pukes are probably still free to add another one of us to their victim list. So, yeah..........I'll talk to the police. I'll cooperate with their investigation. I hope it helps them accomplish their mission. It may not be perfect by any means, but I think our government (infrastructure) and our law enforcement standards in this country make the USA better than those countries we refer to as "sh!tholes". So.................."Thank you for your service".
  21. 9 points
  22. 9 points
    After looking at the video I believe a cheap Chinese heim joint was the culprit in that accident!
  23. 9 points
    20 years ago today I married my fantastic wife Jen. She is the finest woman I’ve ever known, and it’s been 20 years of wonderful, and I love her more than anything. I’m looking forward to my next 20 years. She puts up with me, no question the only woman that can. I’ve known her for 40 years; grew up together on the same street. We went to elementary school, and were good friends all the way through high school, and I told her in 6th grade that I was going to marry her. I’m a lucky man. Here’s to 20 years you fine woman.
  24. 9 points
    So, A few months ago I had the idea to send Dave at Kindigit Design one of my custom street signs. I sent it and then heard nothing back...thought it may have been lost or stolen and was about to make another one. Well, I just got tagged on Dave's Instagram and just received an email from Dave's wife Charity: "Hi Dale,Thank you for the awesome sign! Sorry this has taken so long to get to you. Dave loves it and he will be hanging it in our showroom. Thank you for being so generous!Have a Bitchin’ day!"Charity Kindig Pretty Stoked!
  25. 9 points
    Probably because half of California burnt down this summer. However, the only thing flammable in glamis is an xp1000.

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