Re:what a sad mess this is

tazman

New Member
I have gotten way behind in reading the dozens of postings that I receive
every day for a variety of reasons.
I am starting to get caught up and can only say that I am very disappointed
in what I see happening to our club. When I joined about seven years ago I
found this to be the most caring , wonderful group of car lovers
anywhere in the world. Compared to other clubs, this is as good as it gets.
Now I see constant bickering,
some members trying to put other members down without knowing half the
facts. Some members going off
on others without considering the long term ramifications of damaging their
reputations, etc. C'mon members
all this nonsense has to stop!!!!! I thought all these non productive
threads were going to be monitored and not be allowed to continue. I know that
is also a large job.

During this past Celina meet my miserable car broke down as usual and needed
a lot of help. Gord Souter
offered another carburetor for me to use. John Lambert lent me his back up
starter and instead of going to all the activities planned for the day, members
John Bevins ,John Lambert and Dawn Bastian all gathered in the parking lot
to help me get my heap going again. Yes, these kind folks gave up half a day
helping me get a bunch of problems solved so my whole weekend would not be
ruined. These people are the spirit of this club.

Some of you seem to enjoy running down John Bevins again and again. He
has always offered free advise to people who call him for help and frequently
answers questions posted on this forum by others.
Until a serious car accident really put him behind in his duties I think he
has done a great job despite all your criticism. I guess it is easy to kick a
man when he is down. Now I know why John wants to pull his software
form the site. I think he is tired of being unappreciated and abused by
others. Now that I expressed my feelings I'm sure some of you will try to run me
down as well. But I felt someone needed to stick up for a great fellow club
member.
I actually hope there will be no further discussion after this . Thanks,
Chuck in Frostbite Falls MI
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amphigill

Member
Re: what a sad mess this is

I am with Chuck 100% I think we should show John some support now that he really Needs it. Why don't we get a collection going to help him out? He is a valued club member & a Friend! Lets show our support! Get well soon friend!! Tom n Cindy :dft012: Chuck in Frostbite Falls MI Said
"Some of you seem to enjoy running down John Bevins again and again. He
has always offered free advise to people who call him for help and frequently
answers questions posted on this forum by others.
Until a serious car accident really put him behind in his duties I think he
has done a great job despite all your criticism. I guess it is easy to kick a
man when he is down. Now I know why John wants to pull his software
form the site. I think he is tired of being unappreciated and abused by
others. Now that I expressed my feelings I'm sure some of you will try to run me
down as well. But I felt someone needed to stick up for a great fellow club
member.
I actually hope there will be no further discussion after this . Thanks,
Chuck in Frostbite Falls MI"
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CapnJohn

Amphi Guru & Former IAOC President
Re: what a sad mess this is

Why don't we get a collection going to help him out?

Tom - I REALLY do appreciate this most generous offer. While I have never minded helping ANYONE who needs it, I have great trouble taking from others. Times are hard for everyone not just me. I respectfully decline your more than generous offer.

If somebody wants to donate anything, please find a local family who will have no Thanksgiving meal or a Christmas tree and help them out. In Loveland (the town just North of me) something big has started. We are calling it "paying it backwards." People have been paying for people's purchases who are in line behind them. It has been almost epidemic. From a cup of coffee to cartloads of groceries have been taken care of. Heartwarming to say the least.

This year has been less than ideal for me and I try not to reveal the totality of it all. I have had to start over completely more than once in my life. I was homeless for 3 years once too. Every time I manage to persevere in spite of or because of the circumstances.

I now have no doubts who my real friends are, they know me well enough to not judge or assume anything without taking into account the facts and who they know I am. There were some people I would have gave the world to and thankfully this experience has weeded out the true friends from the ones who would rather just drink the Kool-Aid and turn a blind eye based on assumptions of a mad man alone.

So again, with all sincerity a BIG THANKS to you, "Good Luck" Chuck and all who have shown they care. That alone is what keeps me facing forward and waking up everyday smiling. Yesterday I became a Great Uncle again so today is even sweeter!
 

Tommy in Tampa

Amphicar Expert
Re: what a sad mess this is

Hi everyone, John has no email for a couple days while he gets set up again.
Some of you may not know he has been hospitalized for over two months. He was doing fine until he was dropped as they were moving him, that fall undid his recovery completely.
Last Monday he had the operation to reattach the torn muscle and they may have a better plan for his recovery this time.
He will still be in the hospital for another COUPLE months.
So maybe we chould all cross our fingers, say a prayer, face to the East or do whatever you do to put a good word in for him.
If you know John as I do, you know that one day this situation will all be a memory, life goes on and so will John.
Thought you all would want to know, Tommy in Tampa
 

chasgould

New Member
Re: what a sad mess this is

All of our prayers are with John during this difficult time. He is a real fighter, and I am sure that he will get through this as he as every other challenge ever dealt to him. I wish the best to John for a rapid recovery.
Chas




He will still be in the hospital for another COUPLE months.
So maybe we chould all cross our fingers, say a prayer, face to the East or do whatever you do to put a good word in for him.
If you know John as I do, you know that one day this situation will all be a memory, life goes on and so will John.
Thought you all would want to know, Tommy in Tampa[/QUOTE]
 

chasgould

New Member
Re: what a sad mess this is

In a message dated 11/29/08 9:51:44 AM,
writes:



> If you know John as I do, you know that one day this situation will all be
> a memory, life goes on and so will John.
> Thought you all would want to know, Tommy in Tampa
>

All of our prayers are with John during this difficult time. He is a real
fighter, and I am sure that he will get through this as he as every other
challenge dealt to him. I wish the best to John for a rapid recovery.
Chas


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LSolheim

Member
Re: what a sad mess this is

Ouch! We all have so much to be thankful for at this time of the year, it
is a wonderful idea to spread some to John. Here's looking to December and
2009 for a turnaround in his recent misfortunes! --Larry



From: Tommy in Tampa [mailto:]
Sent: Saturday, November 29, 2008 6:41 AM
To: lrsnpark@gmail.com
Subject: RE: [General Amphicar Discussion-t-20241] Re: what a sad mess this
is



Hi everyone, John has no email for a couple days while he gets set up again.
Some of you may not know he has been hospitalized for over two months. He
was doing fine until he was dropped as they were moving him, that fall undid
his recovery completely.
Last Monday he had the operation to reattach the torn muscle and they may
have a better plan for his recovery this time.
He will still be in the hospital for another COUPLE months.
So maybe we chould all cross our fingers, say a prayer, face to the East or
do whatever you do to put a good word in for him.
If you know John as I do, you know that one day this situation will all be a
memory, life goes on and so will John.
Thought you all would want to know, Tommy in Tampa
 
S

SplitPersonality

Guest
Re: what a sad mess this is

Re John and his hospitalization:

I do not go on line everyday and this weekend has been largely devoted to
Thanksgiving and the big event at the Daytona RaceTrack called the "TURKEY RUN"
where they have zillions of venders, some 5000 "show cars" ( mostly modified
vehicles - some really outstanding ) and well over a thousand cars in the
Car Corral. There is lots to see and do. However NOT A SINGLE AMPHICAR IN SIGHT
!

Hopefully, John, you will be reading this from your hospital bed and are
able to use your lap top and at least keep your self and your mind occupied with
the internet.

You have Carol and my personal best wishes as well as the best wishes of all
those who know you. We have had the pleasure of your company at our Mt. Dora
( now Lake Dora) Swim-Ins and I feel like I have the good fortune to have
gotten to know you fairly well personally. You are one hell of a great guy with
unstoppable spirit and I know something like your present problems are
surmountable as you overcome past problems. As always, count your many
blessings. It may sound trite, but reading the papers or watching the news will make
it obvious that you have a lot to be thankful for which much of the world
lacks. I was not aware of your present situation, as my e-mails pile up. When I
went on line just this morning, I had 997 awaiting me. That is the explanation
as to why I was not up to date on you or your situation. I very much
appreciate your alerting all of us to John's situation Tommy.

Our very best wishes to you John. Vic and Carol with the 1967 "Split
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EricM

New Member
I have been thinking of posting this for years but it never seems to be on
the top of my list.



I keep a lot of my photos on flikr. A few years ago I started the Amphicar
Group on flikr. You can find it below.



http://www.flickr.com/groups/amphicar/



If you have an account its pretty easy to join. There has been recent
interest coming in and some nice new shots. So I finally decided I should
post this.



Eric

Chicago

White '62
 

DavidC

Amphicar Expert
Re:what a sad mess this is - Now happy photos

Just to add, I've put some more Ozark photos on www.amphicars.com

David C


----- Original Message -----
From: EricM
To: david@manbus.com
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008 6:29 PM
Subject: RE: [General Amphicar Discussion-t-20241] Re:what a sad mess this is


I have been thinking of posting this for years but it never seems to be on
the top of my list.



I keep a lot of my photos on flikr. A few years ago I started the Amphicar
Group on flikr. You can find it below.



http://www.flickr.com/groups/amphicar/



If you have an account its pretty easy to join. There has been recent
interest coming in and some nice new shots. So I finally decided I should
post this.



Eric

Chicago

White '62
 

Midwest Amphicar

Worlds Largest Amphicar Destination
Re:Your chance to do somthing about it

Johnny Your not allowed to bitch about this one:005:! Now on Ebay a fabulous Amphicar is for sale. All monies raised goes to Cap'N Johnny. Nuff Sayd. Later Dave the Wave
 

CapnJohn

Amphi Guru & Former IAOC President
Re: what a sad mess this is

After some schmoozing of the current hospital IT folks I have web access again. SO please forgive my long winded response.

The re-surgery was performed Monday before Thanksgiving to reattach my bicep muscle to my shoulder again and repair the other muscle tears that occured in the second mishap. I have been getting much better at being left handed with only one arm working. This experience has been a true test of my faith and stamina. I have 7 more weeks of rehab before I can move my right arm again, followed by 4 more weeks of intense strengening and rebuilding my endurance. I should be able to return to work with many restrictions within 6-8 months and up to a year for full recovery.

I have met many new friends because of this. So as always, there is a good side to everything and this is no different. Because my insurance ran out many $$s ago, I can't get much of the rehab I need. This puts me out of the hospital and forces me home to fend for myself. About a dozen of my former PTs, OTs and nurses volunteered to take care of me without any sort of payment (they flatly refuse to accept anything). Providing me with all the care I need once I am home again in the near future. Another great friend built a new ramp and deck so I can get in my house with the power wheelchair I have to use for now. Even the company who own this $12,000 wheelchair has donated it's use to me. These are only a small part of what has been a new experience in the kindness of human-kind for me. How can I go wrong with this level of compassion?

WOW! I am humbled by the previous posts that offer understanding for my situation at a time that good news really has been elusive. It refreshes my faith in people again. There are so many truly good people in my life supporting me from simply a nice phone call to unbelieveable acts of kindness. This ordeal has culled out my true friends from the useless fodder which I never thought was to ever be a concern from this group, but sadly it is what it is. It just means that I can concentrate on the worthy and dismiss the rest.

I have never been one to accept much help because there are so many more unfortunate people who really are worse off than I. All my life I have relied on myself to make my own path and avoided being a burden on anyone. Instead of sending me money, PLEASE drop and extra dollar or 2 into the red bucket or volunteer to help out some child who Santa may not have much in his bag for. Even the simple things can have great impact.

I recently was blessed by a truly great Amphicar deal that will assure that I can cover some of the bills. Once again, my belief in Kharma (or maybe Amphi-Kharma?) has prevailed. The best part was that in a single phone call to one of my true friends we were able to complete the deal and get the car picked up in a very short amount of time. All I did was ask and without so much as a second thought and on Thanksgiving weekend, Tom Jones and his brother drove almost 600 miles in the snow and cold to help me out. I will say here that I still have to choke back tears of gratitude for the exceptional amount of generosity Tom has always shown me and others.

To all those who have supported me by even just including me in a prayer, sending cards or in any way, I sincerely thank you all and wish only the best for you and yours. May your lives be blessed as mine has been and happiness always be at your side.
 

mike_israel

Amphicar Forum Admin
Staff member
Re: what a sad mess this is

Hi John,

Glad to hear that you are once again overcoming the odds and showing us all what real strength is.

If you don't mind, please post an address where we can send you cards or well wishes.

Thanks,

Mike
 

tazman

New Member
Well Capn, glad to hear that things are finally looking up after three
steps forward and 4 steps back. It's
about time your luck changes from bad to good. You definately deserve a
break. Your therapists have shown what good folks are made of. So glad
to hear that. Thanks Tom to you too. You do nice work and that goes
well beyond Finzilla. (Which by the way is looking real good in
primer). Have a wonderful
holiday season to all of you. Chuck


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Midwest Amphicar

Worlds Largest Amphicar Destination
Re: what a sad mess this is ,much better now

The auction is over and all monies I collected are on their way to Cap'n John. The results in many ways were surprising. I never thought this would become a study of human nature. I was surprised at the generosity of some of the donations but also was a bit dissapointed not hearing from some. This is a season ment to remind Us to forgive. I know I appreciate the forgiveness that was afforded to Me by more than one of this groups members. On the whole, I feel real good about this group. So lets meet out in the parking lot roll a fatty, pop a top, and be Thankful to God for all we got. Later Dave the Wave
 
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