Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Follow Up on Chapter 5

I now have to apologize for forgetting something. I meant to put some internet links in the body of the last posting, the one about Why We Did What We Did Chapter 5.

This first one was meant to go after the picture of the SportsChassis truck, which is the converted Freightliner M2 and takes you to their website:


The other one I meant to put in was a link to that 150,000 mile test with the Ford F450. It is a YouTube presentation, so I apologize if it has to do its start, pause, start, pause, buffer, start, etc. Also, it is about a nine minute video:

Ford F450 150,000 mile test drive.

OK.  I don’t have ANY IDEA how I managed to get the video imbedded.  I thought I had just attached a link.

Oh, well.  Live and learn.  Now, if I could only remember what I did…..

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