Secondly back in 2005 I planned the very first road rally over here in the east side of the State and asked Dave Cenci for his help because Dave knew many of the railfans. I grew up on the pollyann with my early years in Pontiac and most of my teen years and adult life in the thumb.
Third regarding my identity many of well known and respected rail fans know me and have met me in person. The reason I do not use my real name on here or any other public forum is real simple...
I have two kids from a marriage that ended in divorce after 13yrs of an abusive marriage. When people think of domestic violence they have images of a guy coming home drunk from the bar and beating the woman. In my case when I would come home after working 12-14 hours my food would get thrown at me and my glasses slapped off my face because she decided in her mind all men must be out screwing around so I must be also which was totally in her empty head. I put up with that for all those years for the sake of our kids having a family until it had to end.
My ex showed up at the very first road rally after following posts on a railfan message board like this one violating a court ordered no contact as part of the divorce. Several railfans to protect me witnessed what was going on and loaded me in a vehicle and got me out of there.
That was on the very first DCS DBCW road rally we hosted in 2005.
I spent many hours on the fone with TJ Gaffney planning THIS road rally idea out inspired by your posts on here about the west side raulroads TJ was curator of collections at port huron museum at the time. We later met for the very first time when he was at SRI during an excursion.
Dave cencis uncle fred buick was on the very first road rally and we have been friends for many years since. Paul wardock used to post on here all the time until he got tired of having his posts and pictures attacked knows me very well and we have chased trains many times together. He has also been on several of our road rallies featuring the NYC PC and the Pollyann. And then dave Cenci took over when I had other obligations and could not help.
Mark Rummel knows me personally and used to bring italian grinders to the rallies until he retired and sold his restaurant I have ate in. Mark and fred were the two guys that protected me and got me away from my exwife so the first road rally would not be ruined by her.
I was on the road rally this last Saturday with billy Rauli Northville Steve a few otheres which included Don who posts on here regularly and Don has attended every road rally pretty much and always brings his wifes famous brownies.
My point is not everybody is on here because they are up to something or here to cause trouble or has some publishers espionage plan in play.
I have a BA in business administration and am semi retired due to my health with nearly 40yrs as a historical restoration contractor.
Im outspoken and say it the way it is and some dont like the truth and to that ummm I dont care.
As much as I would like to buy everybodies books and fill 5 rooms of my home with books I cant afford it and dont have the time I wish I did to read them all anyways. The woman in my life now is handicapped and despite my failing health requires my assistance for pretty much everything she can no longer do herself.
Im sorry I placed such a high respect of your known expertise that I so mistakenly sought out your wisdom and knowledge on such a silly thing as some information on a local rail line.
Your response certainly was not what I expected and has changed my perception of you. I wont wast any more of your time. Hope your sales of your books exceed your expectations.
Thank you for responding.
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