Bimmerforums! Whoooo!!!!

I don't know where to start with this.  This forum is extremely special to me for more reasons that I can express on this entire site.  In all honesty, I don't think this whole project would even be happening if it wasn't for Bimmerforums.  It has been an eight year relationship with this board and it's members.  Today, my phone is filled with a huge number of phone numbers of members of the forum that I feel honored to call friends for life.  As I first said, I don't know where to even begin..... but I shall try.

Eight years ago, my interest in BMWs was piqued to the point where I decided it was time to get one of my very own.  I knew just about zero about cars back then.  Okay... maybe I knew a little bit.  I knew where the gas went, I knew how to start them and how to drive them.  In fact, in the past I was known to be able to remove the engine out of a VW bug - but working on it usually meant a plum of smoke along the 101 Freeway, slightly north of San Carlos, on the right shoulder..........

So.... here I was about to acquire a BMW when I could barely figure out how to change the oil on my own car and shop labour rates where in the $80 - $100 per hour back in that day.  Anyway, I threw caution to the wind and acquired a 1995 BMW 530i Touring (Wagon to the uninitiated).  The car itself turned out to be a nightmare, but this is how my journey to today started and also how my close relationship with Bimmerforums began.  Along the way, I have met so, so many wonderful fellow car enthusiasts all over the country - in fact all over the world!

Bimmerforums has been a never ending source of knowledge, of support, of encouragement and just the sheer ability to share the passion about cars with like minded people.  I recommend ANYONE who owns a BMW to join this forum.  The pool of knowledge on this forum is phenomenal.  If I were to start mentioning the names of people I would like to thank, it would probably take me a full summer to complete that list - from posting solutions to help me wrench on my car; from joining me on road trips to hosting me in new destinations; and for just being totally awesome people.  For summer, I plan to be on the road sharing adventures with you and fellow forum members.


Thank you to everyone on Bimmerforums - from the Administrators, to the Moderators.  From the Members to the site sponsors and vendors.  THANK YOU ALL !!!!

We ALL matter, ALL of us.  Whatever your race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, and socioeconomic status.  We ALL matter; let's stop the violence!

There are a lot of sad, tragic things happening these days.  Rather than tearing ourselves apart, we should come together, band together and solve the issues together.  Let's not allow a few bad apples to spoil the whole bunch that is US.  It still rings true that we will either stand united or fall divided.




I posted the above back in 2016 when I journeyed across the US.  It is now the summer of 2020.  Back then, there was racial tension, there were a number of tragic things happening.  I truly believed in the message that ALL lives mattered and still matter today. 


But, here we are - again - about four years later and it seems like the clock went backwards.  This time however, it seems more focused on Black people.  It is hard for me to just say ALL Lives Matter as I did then as it seems there has been a recurring tragic impact on the Black / African American community - particularly here in the United States.  


That said though, I do have to voice out that BLACK LIVES MATTER!  This term is not to say other lives don't matter, or matter less.  At this moment in time, Black lives are at risk, very high risk and so we MUST pay focused attention to this.  For us all to matter, we must ALL matter equally and that equality has not yet been achieved.  


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