I'm not sure if it's appropriate for me to post on this thread, but here goes. First of all, my thanks to Cato for posting this. Just for the record, he did this on his own... I am not trying to "toot my own horn" here. Second, my sincere thanks and gratitude goes out to everyone who has made a contribution to my cancer treatment fund. I pretty much laid out the details of my situation on my gofundme page, so no need to repeat that here. The response on gofundme has been more than I ever imagined, and you guys have been a big part of it. Initially I had hoped to get a few hundred bucks, basically to cover some overdue medical bills, but instead people have opened their hearts (and their wallets), and I'm just stunned and overwhelmed by the generosity shown to me. I can't ever pay you all back, but I can publicly state that I am forever indebted to all of you. Your kind words, prayers, words of encouragement, and yes, contributions, mean the world to me. And in the state I'm in, that makes my days much more bearable. The contributions to my fund have eased my anxiety over the financial mess I'm in–so much so that I am getting almost a normal night's sleep now, which I hadn't had in many months previous to this. And now a short recap of where I am at, physically. The rectal cancer has spread to my liver and lung. The doctors say that is fairly common with rectal cancer. My treatment so far has consisted of daily (Monday through Friday) radiation treatments at the hospital to shrink the tumor. I am currently in the last of three weeks of this treatment. I am also taking chemotherapy pills (8 pills per day) to supplement the radiation treatments, and also to get a jump start on the chemo process. Once I finish the radiation treatment (this Friday being my last treatment), the oncologist said I will get a week off to give my body a sort of short "vacation" from treatment. He will then take biopsies, do genomic testing, and all sorts of other tests in order to formulate a chemotherapy plan that is exactly tailored to my specific cancer. Everyone is different; every cancer is different, and he wants to make sure that the chemo treatment I will receive will be the best possible–most precisely targeted to fight my specific cancer. Even though my condition sounds ominous, all of the doctors have been very optimistic in their reports to me, and say that I will be back to living a normal life soon. I sincerely hope they are being straight with me and not just trying to keep my spirits up. If they are being honest and straightforward, that gives me hope that I really can beat this. Time will tell... but right now I am cautiously optimistic. The new pain meds are working well... I am now pain-free 95% of the time. My appetite so far has remained normal... in fact I have actually gained a few pounds since being diagnosed. I know that the chemo treatment will affect my appetite, but as for right now, I still can eat normally, and will continue to do so for as long as I can. My kids have been a tremendous help. My two daughters (and my grandson, the cutest 2-year-old on Earth) came up from Urbana last weekend, and went grocery shopping for me. They brought back a ton of good stuff, so I am set, food-wise, for the moment. This week my son and his girlfriend came all the way from Ohio to be with me, take me to my hospital treatments... basically help me with whatever I need done and/or can no longer do myself. My brother has also taken me to my treatments, as well as my ex sister-in-law. So I am surrounded by people who are willing and able to help me out as needed. I can still drive, but because all the pain (and weakness) is in my left hip and leg, operating the clutch is becoming harder. Don't know how much longer I will be able to drive a stick (my only car), but for now at least I still can, even though it's becoming more difficult. If worse comes to worse, I can always rely on Uber... or even rent a small car with an automatic. We'll see how it goes. Well... that brings you all up to speed as far as where I am at. Once again, my sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed... whether monetarily, by PM, by prayer, by phone call... in each and every way. It is all greatly appreciated. You guys are making this a lot easier for me, and I thank you for that.
Thanks to all for your good wishes and prayers. I appreciate it more than you know. But I will now lock this thread, because Cato has started another one basically dealing with the same subject. I will keep you all updated on my progress on Cato's thread.
No matter how we divide the forum into sections, there will always be some who like it, and some who don't. It is impossible to create a set of forum categories that everyone agrees with. Impossible. We have gone over this subject many times before. I don't agree with how the forum is currently divided, I would do things differently. But we have what we have, and Gregg does not want to change things. I do my best to put any misplaced topic where I think it belongs, but sometimes it's a judgement call, and again, there will inevitably be those who disagree with my decision. Such is life.
I moved this to the pickup category because it is clearly s pickup. It even says so in the thread title! I don't understand why so many of you complain about threads being moved to their proper location. We clearly have a section for pickups (as asked for by you members, not created by us for no reason!)... and this is clearly a pickup. Why the indignation?
Ah, but here's the difference. I mention the magic floating alternators and lack of mirrors if the model is supposed to be a realistic representation of a factory stock car, or a generally realistic (and plausible) hot rod. But if we are talking wild customs, anything goes. I would never mention the missing mirrors on a model of the Bathtub Buggy or some other way-out model that has no real connection to a real world, driveable car. I'm more like you, in that I want my models to be realistic scale models of the real thing. I don't build wild "show car" type models that don't have much connection to reality, but if that's the type of model that floats someones boat, good for them.
But that's the beauty of model cars vs. real cars–with model cars, anything can be done! How many time have we seen a model with such huge wheels and tires that in the real world there would be zero room for suspension travel or steering movement. Completely unworkable in the real world, but it "works" on a model car because it doesn't have to really work! We had a forum member here once (he is no longer a member) who loved the huge wheel and tire look so much that he used to cut the tops off the tires just to get them to fit into the wheelwells. For him it wasn't about accuracy or realism or practicality. It was all about the look.