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    It occurred to me today how lucky many of us that have connections that help us out all the time. Not just the Internet, but friends in the right places. Today I drove Caesar to my favorite auto parts store where I can walk behind the counter and match up parts at will and had 4 ounces of Regal red custom matched for nothing, then drove to my auto repair shop for a front end alignment.
    They were a bit busy, but had a lift open which they allowed me to use so had some paint and undercoating spray delivered and spent a hour detailing the chassis. When we finally got Caesar on the alignment rack, I walked my mechanic friend through a dead nuts on alignment using tips I learned from others on the forum. OK, I often buy my paint guy lunch, and treated both the mechanic and owner to a Gyro, but I get much more back. I know StudeBob is "connected" too, as many of us are, but let's all make sure we take care of those that take care of us. I wonder if I'd get in trouble for buying lunch for one gal at the DMV.

    JDP/Maryland
    63 R2 SuperHawk (Caesar)
    spent to date $54664,75
    64 R2 GT (Sid)
    spent to date $62,439.30
    63 Lark 2 door
    52 Starliner
    51 Commander
    39 Coupe express
    39 Coupe express (rod)

    JDP Maryland

  • #2
    Point extremely well taken...
    The movie 'Pay It Forward' comes to mind (except for the end)...
    I have always operated on the premise "Give something before asking"..
    It's fun to make it a game, too...
    JP's heard me espouse the game 'Meet The Manager', where you ask to see the manager at the restaurant (or..insert store here..) and schmooze them a bit and then see what they offer you in return.
    My late father taught me that you never get anything you don't ask for... Good words.
    Barter is way more fun than cash exchange....
    (I can never get past the cash part)
    Shhhhh on the DMV part... They are really paranoid about that stuff.
    Jeff[8D]



    quote:Originally posted by JDP

    It occurred to me today how lucky many of us that have connections that help us out all the time. Not just the Internet, but friends in the right places. Today I drove Caesar to my favorite auto parts store where I can walk behind the counter and match up parts at will and had 4 ounces of Regal red custom matched for nothing, then drove to my auto repair shop for a front end alignment.
    They were a bit busy, but had a lift open which they allowed me to use so had some paint and undercoating spray delivered and spent a hour detailing the chassis. When we finally got Caesar on the alignment rack, I walked my mechanic friend through a dead nuts on alignment using tips I learned from others on the forum. OK, I often buy my paint guy lunch, and treated both the mechanic and owner to a Gyro, but I get much more back. I know StudeBob is "connected" too, as many of us are, but let's all make sure we take care of those that take care of us. I wonder if I'd get in trouble for buying lunch for one gal at the DMV.
    HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

    Jeff


    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



    Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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    • #3
      Point extremely well taken...
      The movie 'Pay It Forward' comes to mind (except for the end)...
      I have always operated on the premise "Give something before asking"..
      It's fun to make it a game, too...
      JP's heard me espouse the game 'Meet The Manager', where you ask to see the manager at the restaurant (or..insert store here..) and schmooze them a bit and then see what they offer you in return.
      My late father taught me that you never get anything you don't ask for... Good words.
      Barter is way more fun than cash exchange....
      (I can never get past the cash part)
      Shhhhh on the DMV part... They are really paranoid about that stuff.
      Jeff[8D]



      quote:Originally posted by JDP

      It occurred to me today how lucky many of us that have connections that help us out all the time. Not just the Internet, but friends in the right places. Today I drove Caesar to my favorite auto parts store where I can walk behind the counter and match up parts at will and had 4 ounces of Regal red custom matched for nothing, then drove to my auto repair shop for a front end alignment.
      They were a bit busy, but had a lift open which they allowed me to use so had some paint and undercoating spray delivered and spent a hour detailing the chassis. When we finally got Caesar on the alignment rack, I walked my mechanic friend through a dead nuts on alignment using tips I learned from others on the forum. OK, I often buy my paint guy lunch, and treated both the mechanic and owner to a Gyro, but I get much more back. I know StudeBob is "connected" too, as many of us are, but let's all make sure we take care of those that take care of us. I wonder if I'd get in trouble for buying lunch for one gal at the DMV.
      HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

      Jeff


      Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



      Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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      • #4
        I usually take the guys a box of cookies along with any bearings I need pressed, in my small town's repair shop. We shoot the breeze about tired iron and I usually get a call later that day that it's done and for a reasonable price. They're good guys and I'd rather they were glad to see me coming the next time.
        Good reminder JP.
        P.S. My letter carrier is a fox and she gets a gift card every Christmas!

        Western Washington, USA

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        • #5
          I usually take the guys a box of cookies along with any bearings I need pressed, in my small town's repair shop. We shoot the breeze about tired iron and I usually get a call later that day that it's done and for a reasonable price. They're good guys and I'd rather they were glad to see me coming the next time.
          Good reminder JP.
          P.S. My letter carrier is a fox and she gets a gift card every Christmas!

          Western Washington, USA

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          • #6
            Best example of your point was a story about my friend Dan Webber. A number of years back he left his card on the windshield of a 64 Daytona convert and was contacted by the elderly owner. Over the next few years, Dan would do minor fixes on the car for little or no money, and only asked to be given a shot at buying the car if and when the owner decided to sell it. Fast forward a few years, and the guy is in a retirement home and Dan just goes over to the guys home now and then and starts the car up for him, and stops in for a chat. One day, the old guy realizes he'll never drive the car again and calls Dan with a offer to sell the car. The price ? $1.00 cash. Now mind you, Dan was not being a nice guy in hopes of scoring the car, he was just being a nice guy and that got him a spin of the Karma wheel.


            JDP/Maryland
            63 R2 SuperHawk (Caesar)
            spent to date $54664,75
            64 R2 GT (Sid)
            spent to date $62,439.30
            63 Lark 2 door
            52 Starliner
            51 Commander
            39 Coupe express
            39 Coupe express (rod)

            JDP Maryland

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            • #7
              Best example of your point was a story about my friend Dan Webber. A number of years back he left his card on the windshield of a 64 Daytona convert and was contacted by the elderly owner. Over the next few years, Dan would do minor fixes on the car for little or no money, and only asked to be given a shot at buying the car if and when the owner decided to sell it. Fast forward a few years, and the guy is in a retirement home and Dan just goes over to the guys home now and then and starts the car up for him, and stops in for a chat. One day, the old guy realizes he'll never drive the car again and calls Dan with a offer to sell the car. The price ? $1.00 cash. Now mind you, Dan was not being a nice guy in hopes of scoring the car, he was just being a nice guy and that got him a spin of the Karma wheel.


              JDP/Maryland
              63 R2 SuperHawk (Caesar)
              spent to date $54664,75
              64 R2 GT (Sid)
              spent to date $62,439.30
              63 Lark 2 door
              52 Starliner
              51 Commander
              39 Coupe express
              39 Coupe express (rod)

              JDP Maryland

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              • #8
                The last place I truly worked - you know, punch the clock and do your assigned tasks[xx(] - I worked in the maint. department of an extruded metal-producing facility. As such, I was all over the plant with my roll-away tool boxes thru the course of a day.
                One central drawer of my top box was dedicated to one thing - a variety of pieces of candy. Mints, caramels, butterscotch, hard candies of all sorts. It cost me several bucks a week to keep it stocked but the returns were worth it.
                I'd be on a lift, or under a cutting table or some such obscure place and I'd see a guy or two stop and cop a piece of candy. Some guys started bringin' in bags of whatever they liked to add to the drawer. It was kinda neat the way it worked out. Heh - even supervisory types couldn't walk past without snatchin' a mint or whatever.
                I used to do something like that when I was going into different factories every day as a controls installer for heavy machinery. I'd go in escorted by maybe the plant engineer or maint foreman. Once I started in on whatever it was I was workin' on, I'd break out a bag of sweets and offer it to the guys toilin' away around me. Great icebreaker and if I needed anything for what I was doin', I hardly had to ask![^] It's an amazing tool, a simple, little gesture like that. Once you set the tone - the less you expect in return, the more you'll likely get.

                Ala Tom: Our letter carrier - and others that we deal with - gets sweet cherries when the tree's full, tomatoes when the garden's flush and even fresh lettuce during the winter months!
                I've even been known to ship unexpected boxes of fresh-picked citrus from our trees in December (sorry all - looks like a crappy year this time) just for the fun of the surprize. I'd do more if I could afford it!

                Miscreant adrift in
                the BerStuda Triangle


                1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                1960 Larkvertible V8
                1958 Provincial wagon
                1953 Commander coupe

                No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                • #9
                  The last place I truly worked - you know, punch the clock and do your assigned tasks[xx(] - I worked in the maint. department of an extruded metal-producing facility. As such, I was all over the plant with my roll-away tool boxes thru the course of a day.
                  One central drawer of my top box was dedicated to one thing - a variety of pieces of candy. Mints, caramels, butterscotch, hard candies of all sorts. It cost me several bucks a week to keep it stocked but the returns were worth it.
                  I'd be on a lift, or under a cutting table or some such obscure place and I'd see a guy or two stop and cop a piece of candy. Some guys started bringin' in bags of whatever they liked to add to the drawer. It was kinda neat the way it worked out. Heh - even supervisory types couldn't walk past without snatchin' a mint or whatever.
                  I used to do something like that when I was going into different factories every day as a controls installer for heavy machinery. I'd go in escorted by maybe the plant engineer or maint foreman. Once I started in on whatever it was I was workin' on, I'd break out a bag of sweets and offer it to the guys toilin' away around me. Great icebreaker and if I needed anything for what I was doin', I hardly had to ask![^] It's an amazing tool, a simple, little gesture like that. Once you set the tone - the less you expect in return, the more you'll likely get.

                  Ala Tom: Our letter carrier - and others that we deal with - gets sweet cherries when the tree's full, tomatoes when the garden's flush and even fresh lettuce during the winter months!
                  I've even been known to ship unexpected boxes of fresh-picked citrus from our trees in December (sorry all - looks like a crappy year this time) just for the fun of the surprize. I'd do more if I could afford it!

                  Miscreant adrift in
                  the BerStuda Triangle


                  1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                  1960 Larkvertible V8
                  1958 Provincial wagon
                  1953 Commander coupe

                  No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by JDP
                    I know StudeBob is "connected" too, as many of us are, but let's all make sure we take care of those that take care of us. I wonder if I'd get in trouble for buying lunch for one gal at the DMV.

                    JDP/Maryland
                    I bought lunch for a gal at the DMV once, but then I ended up married to her![:0] I must admit the connections have come in handy from time to time.[}]

                    <h5>Mark
                    '57 Transtar
                    3E-6/7-122
                    </h5>

                    Mark Hayden
                    '66 Commander
                    Zone Coordinator
                    Pacific Can-Am Zone

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                    • #11
                      quote:Originally posted by JDP
                      I know StudeBob is "connected" too, as many of us are, but let's all make sure we take care of those that take care of us. I wonder if I'd get in trouble for buying lunch for one gal at the DMV.

                      JDP/Maryland
                      I bought lunch for a gal at the DMV once, but then I ended up married to her![:0] I must admit the connections have come in handy from time to time.[}]

                      <h5>Mark
                      '57 Transtar
                      3E-6/7-122
                      </h5>

                      Mark Hayden
                      '66 Commander
                      Zone Coordinator
                      Pacific Can-Am Zone

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                      • #12
                        Ha! 8 or 9 years ago, Bob mailed me an OD solenoid in January and instead of newspaper or bubblewrap, used navel oranges. That was like finding water in the desert!

                        Western Washington, USA

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                        • #13
                          Ha! 8 or 9 years ago, Bob mailed me an OD solenoid in January and instead of newspaper or bubblewrap, used navel oranges. That was like finding water in the desert!

                          Western Washington, USA

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                          • #14
                            A six-pack of cold stubbies have bought me a prop shaft balance, a 4 wheel balance, a dizzy check & re-set, a w/screen re-seal, etc. I select a smaller place and arrive just after lunch break has started.
                            "I bet this cold six-pack (frosty six-pack placed on counter) you can't have the XYZ done before lunch is over".
                            Works 8 times out of 10.
                            /H

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                            • #15
                              A six-pack of cold stubbies have bought me a prop shaft balance, a 4 wheel balance, a dizzy check & re-set, a w/screen re-seal, etc. I select a smaller place and arrive just after lunch break has started.
                              "I bet this cold six-pack (frosty six-pack placed on counter) you can't have the XYZ done before lunch is over".
                              Works 8 times out of 10.
                              /H

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