You know...when I first really started posting here in 2008, I didn't really get this place. The ADV Ridin' thing, the whole lay of the land... I only have one history here, my own, so when I recall it, it's the same--but the context for this ride is about what I discovered quickly when I really jumped into the fray here and started posting. There can be an impersonal feel, lost in the sauce, some threads, you know--that's why the farm rulz is a fun site...more personal. But there are small pools to swim in here that are warm and fill up fast with friends. I was blown away while I was deployed at the people that just came forward and really befriended me...and went out on a limb--like Freeflow saying, "come stay on my boat" and Nixels putting together a get together in SF...or LadyDraco saying, "come set a spell"...or Tinks and Xeraux...or Pilot coming out to see me...or other offers from Bobzilla, from SR1, Folks local to me in NJ....I shouldn't name names right? Jorge actually got me started on SSYSO.com, Costa, Tammy, Martin, Rudy, Reshmi, Wayne, Lulo, mrxinpa, Doc, Smithy1, DougZ, Jack Splash, WalterB...Rob23, intothenew, Road Rash, Chacha, Freeflow, Elmer, etc, etc, etc. I shouldn't a started that right? Can't help it...I keep coming back and naming names...you're all so important to me. I can't find my SSYSO crew pix...they're part of it... If I didn't mention you, I'm thinking of you after I hit the send button--this wasn't to do a list--but I could make a LONG ONE... These folks helped me get started, helped me get found if I was lost in something, fix what was broken when I couldnt figure it out...you name it. I made this--just from folks that I collected that corresponded with early on ADV--and it's not their actual locations--LOL--so don't get worried--I just put stickies on states...sorta, kinda: So what's going on now? Just another chapter is all...now it ain't done yet...this is like me telling you I'm pregnant and I'm not out of the first trimester yet--kinda risky, LOL, but that's why I'm starting the thread. Because, that trust--it's present. Amazing. Escrow? Yeah, heard of it, but we don't need it. "Want me to just send you the title?" Amazing. The transaction is still in progress---but I do have a plane ticket--and I'm going for a little ride soon. We're gonna do this.