The SabMag List - Newbie Explanation - My Version
By Anthony (Ozzie) Osborne

This list is made up of a lot of different personalities.  We ride together, cry together, drink and eat together, oftentimes functioning as one.   We come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and, for the most part, have learned to enjoy each others company, be it in person or via the net.  There are times when we are hugely tolerant, and times when we are not.  We are self-censoring and self-correcting, yet generally leave our minds open.   Some things are set in stone; others are more like Playdoh.

When someone new joins our ranks, there is generally a break in period. It's like being the new kid in school.  During this period you may need a thick skin.  I believe that the first ever tirade I got into with an existing list member left me with a bloody nose and strips of flesh hanging off my back, but I learned from it.  This relates back to my schooldays.  As I come from a military family, I was always the new kid in class.  The old kids learned that the new kid may be geeky looking and talked funny, but he's got backbone.  The same goes for you.  You are that kid.

Today there is very little that any list member could say that would hurt my feelings (such as they are).  You, as a newbie, must accept this as a sort of rite of passage, and embrace it; it's worth it.  We need to feel you out, learn a little about you, given time you will be embraced into the ranks.  This list can be a font of information, and of giving, that I have yet seen to be rivaled anywhere.

We are more than just a group of people that share a common interest, we are family.

Case in point.  I'm about to become the owner of another bike.  The problem I have is getting it from point A to point B.  By asking, I have located transportation from point C to point B, and hopefully another list member will transport it from point A to point C.  The list members do this out of the goodness of their hearts; they don't have to.

This list has done this before, transporting machines across country, oftentimes following a very strange route.  Try that anyplace else. The list has put riders on bikes, helped others with repairs (I myself have benefited from this openhearted attitude).  We've shown up at funerals, donated cash and parts to various causes, called members who've been going through a hard time, and even shown up unannounced, tools in hand, to perform repairs, and once, to move a building.

I'd have given up riding years ago if not for this list, and I've learned a lot from them, both what to do and what not to do.

So, before you go off half cocked, bear in mind what the list brings to the table, then compare it to what you bring.  The list asks for little, yet gives a lot.

My door is open to anyone on the list, just as it is for my immediate family, and as far as I'm concerned, that's the way it should be.

Y'all stick around for a while, you might understand, in time.

Monday, March 6, 2006

Never argue with an idiot, they'll drag you down to their level, and beat you with experience.