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  1. 3 points
    Hi All ... I hope you’re healthy and safe under the circumstances. I wish to share a quick lifes' lesson with you regarding the present tense of this virus situation and how a simple act of kindness has potential of deadly results. Christine and I reside in a rough and rural part of Southern California known for a high-level of violent crimes. And, where we live, there are a few houses occupied by elderly neighbors. With governmental restrictions coming from everywhere, like you, we’re hunkered down and surviving on a day to day basis. Thankfully we’re doing fine. We’re really close to our kids, grandkids and many awesome friends who live a few miles away and they’re part of our support system. Yesterday morning, on one of those crappy, rainy days, our granddaughter came by unannounced to deliver a bag of paper towels and groceries. We weren’t expecting anybody. She parked to the right of our entry and knocked on the door. And, because we’re a bit older and slower, it takes a minute or so to get up and see who was there. Christine reached the door first and looked through the peep-hole seeing no-one there. I ordered her to the center of the house where I asked in a commanding voice, “Who’s there?” No answer. I looked through the peep-hole and initially saw nothing. Having years of law enforcement experience behind me, I’m not one to panic, but I did however, grabbed a handgun and headed to the side of the house. From the corner of my eye I saw my granddaughter’s car leaving the top of our road seconds later; my heart was beating from my chest. She simply came to deliver a bag of groceries. The point I make is this … we didn’t know she was coming and our granddaughter didn’t call. I share this as a reminder, NOT to be over-reactive, but to remind you to stay connected by phone if you’re that person delivering groceries, coming to someone’s house, or helping support your neighbors. On the other-hand, if you’re the one at home, remember, when someone isn’t expected and you haven’t spoken to anyone, there’s a dangerous possibility of accidental confrontation when fear of a home-invasion robbery takes-over. You’ve seen the stupidity of what’s going happen when panic and paranoia takes over. Don’t think for a second that it can’t happen to you? Please instruct your people to CALL before coming over. If there’s no answer at the door, leave a message … don’t just show up. If you knock on the door or ring the bell, stay in-view and be sure to announce yourself. While the purpose of someone’s visit is neighborly, necessary and welcome, not knowing and feeling threatened are two deadly factors that create accidental consequences. This message isn’t about shopping for bad-guys, but, being intuitive to know there’s a difference between a friendly grocery delivery and that of being robbed, especially when you live at the end of a rural, dead-end road. Be sure to communicate with your people and always know what to expect OK? It’s been years since I’ve armed myself and going into that defensive mode … yesterday’s morning situation put me on high-alert. But, on the lighter side, I thanked my granddaughter for thinking of us and that I’ll never forget my reaction. So, now, whenever I wash my hands or wipe my backside, I’ll think of her. We both had a good laugh. R.
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    Getting closer !

    I've been putting this GMC COE, Holmes Heavy Duty model W35 together for a few years. I've made a lot of progress lately. Just need to install the rear fenders, on the service body, and we'll be ready for this Summer's Cruise Ins.
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    My 8 year old learning the ropes.
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    April 4, 2020 at 12:54 pm Members of the Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association -- in an effort headed by Bill Monk -- worked for years to make Saturday’s placement of a HU 1B Huey helicopter a part of the Vietnam War display at Patriot’s Park near Noccalula Falls Park. The helicopter was acquired and moved last year to the Northeast Alabama Regional Airport while a display pad was prepared for it, and arrangements were made to move it to the park. Bill Monk of the Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association, and personnel from Kelton and Hare Wrecker service helped haul the Helicopter from the Airport to Patriots Park on Friday, only to find they’d have to wait. [Donna Thornton/The Gadsden Times] Gadsden-Etowah Patriots Association member Ben Reed said Saturday it only took 20 years to get bring a mechanized veteran of the Vietnam War to Patriots Park. He gave the credit for Saturday’s placement of the UH 1B Huey helicopter to GEPA member Bill Monk. Monk said it took two years of working in earnest to get bring this addition to the park near Noccalula Falls. The helicopter was placed on a display pad at Patriots Park Saturday — the end of its long journey that included stops at about eight locations in the U.S., Vietnam and at Fort Rucker, Monk said. Moving the helicopter from Northeast Alabama Regional Airport where it’s been housed was a challenge. Monk said part of the wait was for the pad to be built at Patriots Park and part was to have the means to move it. Jamie Kelton, owner of Kelton Wrecker Service The effort to move the helicopter started Friday, when Kelton and his crew brought the wrecker out with a remotely controlled arm to lift the helicopter so it could be moved. As they prepared to lift the helicopter, Kelton said, Chad Hare of Hare Wrecker, who was scouting possible routes to the park had questions about the height of the chopper, and whether it, when placed on the transport trailer, safely would go under power lines and traffic signals. “We got scared yesterday,” Kelton said Saturday morning, but they were able to bring in ER Towing’s lower-bed trailer to move the helicopter and safely made it under all overhead obstructions. At the falls, Kelton’s wrecker and the truck hauling the helicopter carefully were positioned near the pad, so that cables could be attached the arm raisded to lift the helicopter to the pad. The helicopter now will be part of Patriot Park’s display, along with munitions from the conflict that will be displayed nearby. The Huey was built in 1962 — one of only 710 of that model. Monk said after the association acquired the helicopter, the transmission cowling was lost in transport, and finding a replacement was a chore with the relatively small number of the helicopters made. Monk said that cowling is a slightly different color that the rest of the helicopter. It was white when he got it and he had to paint it. The association took care to have the helicopter repaired and restored as accurately as possible. Most people wouldn’t know the difference, Monk said, but some helicopter person, he said, would be able to tell. After the helicopter was in place, association members hoped to move a large propeller from one side of the park to the other, as they continue to enhance the park as a memorial to all service people, from all the nation’s conflicts. MORE IMAGES https://www.gadsdentimes.com/photogallery/DA/20200404/PHOTOGALLERY/404009999/PH/1 https://www.gadsdentimes.com/news/20200404/helicopter-now-part-of-patriots-park-display
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    We live in a crazy world. Sometimes it is hard to grasp that 97% of people are good, and that it is the 3% that ruin things for everyone.
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    Mixed up 50 gallons of Disinfectant Cleaner for the Local Police and Fire Departments that Janeway Towing works with to be donated to them today and tomorrow.
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    Grabbed this one after it just up and died on the customer. Finding a shop around here willing to touch it was another matter of sorts. lol
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    Reliable Towing Services would like to welcome Maple Ridge Towing to their group of companies. Maple Ridge Towing has provided the communities of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge with first class service since 1981. Under the leadership of Randy Sorley, the company has built an amazing reputation for being reliable, honest and community orientated. Randy’s work within the Towing and Automotive industries landed him in the Towing Hall of Fame in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We want to wish Randy and his family the best in their future. His daughter Dena Parke and all the other staff you have become accustomed to see at Maple Ridge Towing will be staying on to provide the same amazing service. Our goal is to serve each of our customers and communities with the best possible service they can get. Having Maple Ridge Towing a part of our team will make this goal achievable.
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    It does give the powers that be a new, revolutionary baseline to observe how much further they can push the envelope. If the government put out a memo that you should wear a Huggies brand diaper over your face there would be a rush of people going out to do just that. May God have mercy on our souls if guns are ever taken away from the common man or woman. It will be the beginning of thd end.
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    The Banks and the Government are not your Friend or your Partner. The bank loves it when they can control your every move and the government loves it when they can take more control over your lives every day and we are freely giving up our rights and freedoms during this time. It bothers me how we are all swallowing the koolaid without questioning any numbers or facts.
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    Getting closer !

    This Wrecker was purchased new by Boyett Chevrolet Inc., of Corcoran, California. It was sold in the late 70s to, Norris and Son Auto Repair, and Towing, of Hanford, California. Norris owned it until the early 2000s. A Wrecker Service in Tulare purchased it from them, with the intentions of restoring it. I purchased it from them about 5 years ago, and had it hauled here to North Carolina.
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    A Double Rotator ?! Vulcan 202

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    Nice One, maybe if and when business returns we'll consider a new truck. Watching the lending rates, odd they are not low enough yet. But hey Insurance continues going up.
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    Start em young, keep em on the right track and even if they go another direction they always have a trade to fall back on. Good to see the PPE
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    From TowTimes.com - Be Like the Donkey

    We are all facing really uncertain times – times that are going into the history books, for sure. The moral of the following story is a great one: One day a farmer’s donkey fell into a deep well. The animal cried pitifully for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, the farmer made a decision: The animal was old, and the well needed to be filled in anyway. It just wasn’t worth trying to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked into the well and was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel-full of dirt that hit its back, the donkey would shake the dirt off, and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped over the edge of the well and happily trotted away. Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping-stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up. Shake it off, and take a step up. View the full article and more on TowTimes.com
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    Why do people always figure that Government money is free. It all comes out of your wallet it is just a different hand removing it. When your taxes go through the roof just remember the "FREE" money that you received during these times.
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    Ha, I thought exactly the same thing! It is crazy overvalued, but the truck is a paperweight without it, so you know the deal. We had to pull the trigger and get it coming. Typically we have them rebuilt, but this one had some damage on the inside that our builder recommended not rebuilding this one. I sort of figured 800-1000, but was really shocked when i found out it was over double that. Our local dealer helped us out as much as they could on it, which I am grateful for. I had hoped that someone here might have a new old stock one laying around or something, but what can you do. Thanks for your effort!
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    GRUMPS The Towman

    A blast from the past

    Who here remembers using these?... My back certainly doesnt miss using these beasts. LoL
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    That is awesome. My dad would have been super happy to see this. He spent his first 2 tours of duty in Vietnam as a Huey flight mechanic then pilot. He sure loved those Hueys.
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    We also donate cars regularly to our local f.d. and they have been kind enough to intergrate us into some of their training senarios. It really helps us to work together more fluidly in real world situations.
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    This is an example why we always donate vehicles to the local fire departments for training. Our fire departments invest many hours for training and it shows when they respond to actual emergencies. Training is also important for towing companies. We always prefer to practice a procedure in our lot before doing it in public.
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    GRUMPS The Towman


    He already tells his friends that HE is the boss and it is HIS company. LOL. He is the cheapest labor I have ever had. Burger king for lunch, a couple juices and some snacks throughout the day and hes good!!
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    He will be telling you how to load soon, if not already
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    A blast from the past

    Hey Grumps, how fun ! ! Yes, I remember them and, yes, they were a bit of work. But, the dollies pictured here aren't the early generation, double, round-tube, pole and pan dollies that were on early year wreckers. At least with pole and pan, there were ten-parts; two poles, two pans, two racks of dolly tires and four pins (some towers used screwdrivers if they lost the pins). Early version pole and pans were seperate, lighter and easier to handle as they came apart. Combine the dollies with a pair of 18-inch or-so tall, 6x6 post-ends, pole and pans were easisly installed using a, "Teeter-Totter", technique where you didn't have to lift the dollying end to install. Simply hook-up the casualty vehicle from the front or rear end, raise the casualty high in the air, position the 6x6 posts under each frame rail, and then lower the lifted end. The car's frame-rails would sit atop the blocks and the end to be dollied would raise to a height sufficient enough to install the poles and pans. The teeter totter technique was far faster than lifting one end, dropping it to lift the opposite end, installing the dollies, lowering the casualty, and the returning to hook-up the end where the sling, tow bar, or just cable and hooks would attach. But, the better item of, "early year", tow equipment that I liked to use were the chrome, "Moon-Caps", that were used like skates in the early days of carriers. Moon-caps were everywhere as was a 12-inch section of Hobie-Cat hulls. Even cars with no tires and wheels would slide with ease. It was also part of a flat tire service kit where we'd take a Moon-Cap to the tire being serviced and where all the lug nuts were placed to keep them together. What a great memory. R
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    I personally think that all prayers should be directed at any individual who is a front-line worker as it applies to the virus. While the medical profession world-wide is up to their hip-waders on the medical end, so are all first responders, essential workers and America's military. Christine and I especially send our prayers to the two Riverside County (California) Sheriff's deputies who passed away as a result of the virus. We pray for a miracle to step-out and take hold of the virus. R https://www.pe.com/2020/04/03/second-riverside-county-sheriffs-deputy-dies-from-coronavirus/
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    They might be closed due to COVID 19 shut downs. Try a message on here. You might get some better response
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    GRUMPS The Towman


    Now that i have some time I am gonna try to get some job pics posted. This is one we did back in January. Around 11:30 pm on a saturday I got a call from one of the local farmers that he had a truck " stuck" Across from the entrance of one of his barns. Being just a mile or so from my partners house, I called him and asked him to go pull him out. About 20 mins later My partner called me back and asked me to come down there with my backup wrecker. This is what the customer claims is "stuck" It is a 1993 International 4x4 that had a load of 6 round bales in it. All but 1 of the bales fell out and rolled down the ravine when the truck rolled over. Using my partners 2012 ram 3500 4x4 / chevron self loader on the rear and my "old bessey" a 1997 ford f350 4x4/ jerr-dann twin line wrecker on the front we were able to upright the truck in short order. I used a two part line from the ford to the frame at the spring hanger and used my second line to secure myself using a "holmes tree on the opposite side. My partner had enough room to get perpendicular with the rear of the casualty for maximum pulling power from his Ram. We then cleaned up all the oil and fluids that leaked out of the truck while it was on its side while the customer got more engine oil from his barn so he could fire it up and drive it into the entrance of his property right across the street. This was on a public road but way out in the country and is not regularly used. We did have my oldest son and my partners daughter ( both 18 years old ) posted at the tops of the roadway for traffic control should anyone try to come through.We did notify the local town due to some damage to the guard rail. My partner returned the next day to assist the customer with retrieving the 5 round bales that rolled down the 50-60' ravine. Other than significant damage to the passenger side of the cab, the truck was otherwise unscathed. We were able to assist the customer further by selling him a cab my partner had lying around from an old truck. ( He is a bit of a pack-rat )
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    GRUMPS The Towman


    Yes I used my short set of ramps to load it. It might have made it without the use of ramps but it was close and i didnt want to chance it touching. I personally do like the load angle of the jerr-dan although mine is a touch steeper because my truck is 4wd. My buddy who owns another tow company in town has the identical truck to mine but 2wd and parked side by side my truck sits about 4" higher than his. I also used terry cloth towels between my straps and the wheels to prevent scuffs. Vehicles like this get the " no chain " treatment of course.
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    Re: Today I Got Riffed

    Hi All ... Despite all that's going on in the world, yesterday was a really busy day for me with phone calls by tow owners and drivers. First off, I'm a realist to understand that whatever the reason or cause of this virus thingy ... life goes on. I feel everyone's pain especially if you're an owner, especially if you're an employee of any company affected by the virus. These are trying times that call for creativity, understanding and calm. One of the most repeated questions I fielded yesterday from drivers was, "Can they lay me off?", or, "Can they cut my hours?" To that I'll say, "You betcha." Because of the panic and paranoia of the virus and its deadly under-tones, everyone is being somewhat sequested in the best interests of health and safety. If you were laid-off or had hours cut, it's certainly not something you should take personal, but, something to be immediately and preparedly focused on. I assure you this wasn't something pre-planned and you weren't targeted ... being let-go was certainly a tough decision that unfortunately had to be made. In business, there’s a term called, “Reduction in Force”, also known as, “RIF”, where I guess being, "riffed", is (mildly) one-step up from being fired. The emotions are the same as being fired, yet, there's definitely a difference. Regardless as to the size and strength of a single tow company, losses are calculated in percentages to the overall budget, employee force and ultimate profit. Big or small, all companies aren’t safe from this economic challenge. Responding to these virus orders has forced companies into an emergency downsize. Fact: Simply speaking, as a loss or decline in business, some tow companies can’t afford to maintain a full complement of tow operators, dispatchers, or support personnel. Being, “laid off”, is a temporary, involuntary separation of employment as a result of a loss of business, declining budget, or, in this case, social distancing that’s causing the loss of tow related business. Losing a job is definitely hard-hitting mentally as well as financially that sometimes leaves us with a feeling of hopelessness and helplessness. If you've been let-go, perhaps you can file for unemployment or try and find any job or other source of income until such time this passes. Try to look at your situation positively and use what time you're away from the job to catch-up on home-chores, family, or, that junk car you've always wanted to fix up. Stay in-touch with your company so you're, "in the know", for when these restrictions are lifted and business can return to normal. Watch the news with a watchful eye and don't fall victim to the hype, panic and paranoic. And, in that I remember, Chicago Bears coach, Mike Ditka, saying, ... "This too shall pass." R.
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    You guys wonder why I twitch and drool? Seven minutes ago a 4.6 quake rolled through my kitchen epicenter 34 miles away. I looked out the window to see the flagpole swaying from side to side. I guess if the Cyrus the Virus doesn't get me ... the quake will. Living at the end of the San Andreas Fault has its fun ... I need a drink. R.
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