Board - not bored...

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by Amphipoda@yahoo.com, Jun 1, 2001.

  1. Amphipoda@yahoo.com
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    Board - not bored...
    It's fair to guess we Amphi owners are not
    of the Nintendo generation. However some
    of our younger friends and perhaps children
    are. Our schools now downloaded data into
    student skulls like a merry-go-round of trash
    compactors. Most of these young people can
    endure the fact that Cyberspace is just some
    privately-owned unreal-estate. However some
    of these youthful individuals become hackers or
    digital pirates and some hackers have learned to
    steal, and some thieves have learned to hack...
    but I digress. Whether you are of the Nintendo
    generation or a Hippie, Yippie, Gen-X'er, Baby
    Boomer, or a Depression Era Contemporary -
    you have managed to overcome the phobia of
    the Internet and join onto this Amphi-Lovers
    Bulletin Board (ABB). Congratulations and
    welcome! Also a hearty "THANK YOU" to
    the sysop(s) (systems operators & administrators)
    who devote countless hours to maintaining this
    FREE forum for our benefit and enjoyment.
    Unsung heros if there ever were any (our prez.
    Marc S., the board of directors and specifically
    Bilgemaster), some of which we don't even
    know and still others yet to be recognized.
    Praise and honors for the sysop aside, it is we,
    the users of the ABB that make it an asset to
    our organization. It goes without saying, but
    I'll say it anyway - the posting of technical tips
    have saved us all many hours of experimentation
    and expen$e. The issues of insurance, lubricants,
    leaks, brakes, steering, and body work have been
    well documented and archived for all to reference.
    The stories of fellow Amphicar owner adventures,
    our joys and triumphs and even our occasional
    mishaps are also most worthy of sharing. I can
    think of few things sadder than a formerly
    flourishing bulletin board where no one posts
    any longer, and the dead conversations of vanished
    users lie about gathering digital dust. It's important
    that you not only read from the ABB, but that you
    also contribute by submitting your technical tips,
    discoveries, stories, and perspectives.
    We all learn, we all benefit.
    United we float - divided we sink.

    Amphipoda
    `64 Turquoise
    San Diego, CA
     
  2. Bill Connelly
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    [...snip!] Also a hearty "THANK YOU" to
    the sysop(s) (systems operators & administrators)
    who devote countless hours to maintaining this
    FREE forum for our benefit and enjoyment.
    Unsung heros if there ever were any (our prez.
    Marc S., the board of directors and specifically
    Bilgemaster), some of which we don't even
    know and still others yet to be recognized. [snip!...]

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    Thanx for the kudos Amphipoda. It's nice to have a warm fussy stroke from
    time to time, but I'm not convinced I deserve that extra "and specifically"
    boost. If you really want to talk about the prime mover in all of this
    extraordinary development, then the fellow most responsible for actually
    jump starting it all is MIKE ISRAEL. Mike was the one who got this
    Amphicar-Lovers List off of the ground out of his own pocket back in '98.
    Without Mike's generous and gentle hand on the helm, guiding the List
    through complex changes in servers and domains and all the rest of it
    without undue fanfare, you know what would have happened? Probably not
    much:...No List Archives that are now perhaps the preeminent source of
    Amphicar Info, nor Amphicar.net, nor a Member-elected and Member-run
    Club...None of it. Who deserves his "tip of the cap" in all caps? Not
    me...MIKE ISRAEL.

    Now, as for your earlier question to the List concerning suitable flora to
    grow in your bilge, I've been giving this matter some serious thought. Have
    you considered rigging up some sort of solar-powered grow light and then
    planting in a bit of "Amphicarpum Kunth"? As a close examination of the
    species' entry in L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz' "Grass Genera of the World"
    will illustrate, your "Amphicarpums" are suitably "flexible" in their
    attributes to be reflective of the well-rounded Amphibian Way. For more
    information on this species, please refer to
    http://biodiversity.uno.edu/delta/grass/www/amphicar.htm . Or, if you might
    also be considering one day introducing some fauna into your flora in the
    bilge, you could lay in a nice stand of the related Amphicarpum
    muhlenbergianum (Blue maidencane), say over in the back forty near the
    tranny mounts. Deer and other herbivores love to feast on its crisp tasty
    herbiage. More info on this particular sub-species can be found at
    http://aquat1.ifas.ufl.edu/ampmuh.html . I dare say that within a few
    seasons, you could have a rolling, swimming transportable ecosystem, with
    your drainage pipes thundering with the hooves of roaming herds of
    multifariously albino or even phosphorescent pygmy herbivores. (Actually
    that last bit sounds a little like one of those Middle Eastern "May your..."
    curses.)

    ~Bilgemonster~
     
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