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.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

No Twelve Step Program Needed

Hi, my name is Terry Miller and I have a weakness.

No, I have no need for a support group to prevent me from engaging in my weakness, as it is one that I lovingly embrace.

I love trucks.

OK. Technically, a pickup is not “really” a truck, but the manufacturers always want to classify them as such, so I will gladly embrace that classification as is so much better than smaller vehicles.

We purchased a 2010 Mercury Mariner in the past with the thought of maybe pulling it behind our Mobile Suites when we traveled. However, as time went on, we got to thinking that why would we want to tow the Mariner for short trips when moving and lose the option of using that as a “scout” car to help find the best ways into fuel stations or what have you.

Since I really don’t like small cars, I tolerated the Mariner, but I really prefer to be in a vehicle where I can sit up higher and am able to see traffic in front of me. Jo really likes the bigger ones as well. In fact, it was her that had commented a time or two that she would kind of like to get another Ford F150 with the four doors.

We had driven out to Elk City to visit with Alicia and Slade at Rolling Retreats and take some pictures of a new Mobile Suites that they had at their dealership. A couple of friends on the forums had gone to the Tampa RV Show with the intention of seeing the Mobile Suites 38PS3 that was supposed to be there.

Unfortunately, the PS3 at the Tampa show was already sold, so I offered to take pictures for them so they could see what it looked like. I took about 130 plus pictures and later posted them on my Photobucket account and provided a link on two different forums that cater to the DRV products.

Anyway, on the way home, we drive through El Reno, Oklahoma, which just happens to be where our favorite Ford dealer is located. As we are nearing the exit, I ask Jo, “So, should I pull into Diffee’s and look at F150’s?”

She didn’t say no, so in we went. We looked at several, but many just weren’t equipped like we wanted. Very few vehicles ever have everything we want without getting stuff we don’t really care about. While we liked the dual temperature controls in past vehicles, that isn’t something that is critical to us.

We found a 2010 silver F150 with the four doors and the XLT package. The mileage and price was about right, so we test drove it some to see what we thought. That was on Monday. If you read my blog about our illnesses, you know that Tuesday night and Wednesday were not good days for me. While I was feeling somewhat better on Thursday, we drove on out to Diffee’s again, test drove the truck again, and negotiated a bit on the price.

So, as it happened, Jo was driving the new (to us) truck home when she got sick that day, and it got “christened” pretty good, but not with what one would normally want to “christen” a vehicle.

It was a few days later before I managed to get some pictures of our new ride. So, with no further ado, let me show you the results of my weakness.




Now, I may need to find some names for both trucks.  If I remember right, there is a John Wayne movie in which are two other characters who begin to call themselves “Big Casino” and “Little Casino.”  I’m not a gambler, but maybe something along that line might be appropriate anyway.

1 comment:

  1. Good lookin pair of trucks, Terry!


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