I know I've been scarce and I wanted to explain where I've been and why I've been gone... Two years ago around this same time of the year I decided to drop my job (teacher), sell my blazer, cash in my retirement, sell everything I could and head to Costa Rica. The reasons were many. My marriage of 8 years (I hitched when I was a mere lad of 20 years) was a disaster because of my womanizing ways. We fought constantly. I never had a home to go to. My friends were'nt welcome, my band was a constant threat to her, and she was majorly materialistic. The guys who I have come to know on this board know that I am a kind man. I care for people and I am a standup friend. Many of you helped me on my journey by buying up some of my junk. I went to Costa Rica and surfed many waves. I was running from an angry, soon to be ex-wife, that even tried to sabotage my teaching career by making sordid acusations concerning my conduct with students. She almost succeeded but once again, people who knew my professional conduct was upstanding, stood by me. While in Costa Rica, I realized that my true love, my blazer, was sorely missed. I figured if I could start something down in Costa Rica I would like to either make a offroad-business or teach English. All the good English jobs were too far inland to entice me to leave the coast. I wanted my truck... so I left paradise and returned to Arizona. Now I'm in phoenix. I was making 28000 up in Northern arizona. Now I make 45k and I live in an apartment. I lost my house and my beloved dogs when I just wanted to stop fighting. But I also gained a lot too. I enrolled at Wizard School of Fabrication and took away some great knowledge and practical skills. I am chasing some dreams that I put off while I was lost in a dead end school and a dead end marriage. I have a great girlfriend and I am almost complete with my blazer's second major buildup. I thank all of you that have maintained connection with me though I have been a little out of the loop. I look forward to wheeling with the AZ crew soon. Perhaps next year I will roll my blazer again. Just for old time's sake. juan here's a pic of the old bastard before the sawzall and some parting out. Now I have the same frame and running gear but a different sacrificial lamb *cough *cough... I mean GMC jimmy tub and fenders.