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 Post Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:07 pm 
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I wanted to give an update on where I am in my life right now. I'm sure the old timers and regulars have noticed my participation in the forums has been almost non-existent for some time now. Also, I haven't been updating the content on the website. To be completely honest, I have moved onto other things in life (some by choice, others not). My wife and I celebrated 30 years of marriage this year. My son graduated college in July with an Industrial Engineering degree. My Daughter graduated college in December with a Mechanical Engineering degree. My son still has the Father/Son Malibu that has been sitting on jack stands in my garage for the past 3 years or so. He says he is going to get it back on the road soon since he has completed college and has a good job now.

Personally, I have been busy with home projects and work. More recently, I have been assisting my Father that is suffering Alzheimer's. My Father is 83 years old and my Mom is 75. My Mother is in relatively good health, but cannot handle the full load of taking care of my Father. He has been in and out of the hospital with complications linked with Alzheimer's. My brother and I now spend a lot of time assisting my Mother taking care of my Father.

I still check in on the forums occasionally. I don't contribute due to no longer really having a personal involvement in the Malibu/G-Body arena, lack of time and frankly, a change in interests. I started the site as a source of information for others back when there really wasn't much information available for the 78-88 G-bodies. That has changed over time, especially with the advancement of the internet. Since I started the site as an extension of my hobby, I was never interested in profiting from the site. I did have sponsors and was able to pocket a few dollars, but it was primarily to offset the cost of hosting the site. I still have a few remaining loyal sponsors that I deeply appreciate their support in the past and present. I also appreciate the numerous regulars, contributors and moderators to the site and forums. This site has been responsible for meeting some awesome people, interesting people, learning a great deal about automotive related topics and a great waste of time. :D

Going forward, I will continue to keep the site operational as long as there seems to be some interest although my participation will continue to be limited. I have and will continue to respond to emails and PMs. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a happy new year.

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 Post Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:16 pm 
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Congratulations Phillip, on your 30th anniversary. Also congratulations on your children's graduation. Hope to see you around once in a while. Thanks for your update. Thank you for having this site


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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:24 am 
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Yes, thankyou. This has been a great forum with great contributors. We appreciate all the work you have put into it. God bless you and your family.
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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:40 pm 
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Congratz on you and your wife celebrating your 30th anniversary.

As well as your children graduating college.

Both my grandfathers died young and both my grandmothers had Alzheimer's.
It was a non stop roller coaster trying to keep up with them, work and life.

I am glad the site is still going I have always loved it.

But honestly it is dead. It is the same 4 or 5 guys here for the most part.

Facebook which I do not take part in ruined the internet forums. Maybe the entire internet.........

I would definitely chip in to keep the site up if it comes to that.

Thanks for keeping it going!!

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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:42 pm 
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I'm wondering why I cant post my car in classifieds tablet starts talking to me causing me frustration I want to bodyslam cpu if anyone has any idea what problem is please let me know


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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:43 pm 
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bottlesempty wrote:
I'm wondering why I cant post my car in classifieds tablet starts talking to me causing me frustration I want to bodyslam cpu if anyone has any idea what problem is please let me know



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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:09 pm 
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Phillip, Thank you for taking the time to tell us what's been going on. Alzheimer's took my father just a couple years ago. He was a doctor for 53 years, and seeing someone with Einstein-like IQ reduced to a quiet, wisp of a man was extremely difficult. So I can relate. As for the site, well, I've been into G Body cars since WAY before they were cool (1991-92), and the fire is still burning. I love this forum. Yes, it definitely is NOT as busy as in years past, but blame FB and other avenues for that. I still think our Malibus are popular, but maybe not as "drag only" cars. Truth be told, purpose-built DRAG cars (for me anyways) just aren't any fun on the street. I see a lot of cars at local shows that confirm this...and I like it. Yeah, cars that run 9's are neat, but so is a/c, power steering, being able to out-stop a Toyota Camry (crazy, huh), and fuel injection. I'm selling my "drag" BBC Malibu. It's just too much of a one-trick pony. Goes like heck, but I can't stop, the ride is bone-jarring, and it gets 9 mpg. Maybe start a Pro-Touring Malibu site, lol....

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 Post Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:50 pm 
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Thank you for the update, Phillip. Sounds like you have a LOT going on, so I can appreciate that you have moved your priorities around.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tommy

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 Post Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:21 pm 
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Dito Tommy's response - sorry to here of your father, I to am currently taking care of my wife with Alzheimer's and it's hard to see someone disappear if front of you. Yes, I to see the forum fading drastically and needs some spark to get it going.


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 Post Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:04 am 
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Thanks for the site, and congratulations on the anniversary.

Lost my father to Alzheimer's in 2011 at 79. Life goes on, but is never the same.

As Turna said, facebook pretty much killed most forums...I looked at the FB version...not for me.

Thanks again for all the effort and financial investment over the years, visible or not.


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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:46 pm 
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Thanks for the continued support Phillip. I still refer back to the tech pages here, and I am glad they are here. Life gets busier every day. My pop is 82, kids are in thier 20's. How I ever had time to go racing is a mystery to me.
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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:21 pm 
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Congrats and thank you.


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 Post Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:16 am 
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I'm a fairly new member and do not post very much, but I wanted to let you know I really appreciate having this site as a reference. Since I have bought my 1980 Malibu, I have looked at this website and forum almost daily getting information and ideas. I has been a valuable resource for me and I thank you and everyone involved for that. In reviewing posts from years past, I can see the site has evolved from its roots as primarily a drag racing site to its current form. I personally like that. I know in my part of the world, drag racing and 100 point car shows have both experienced a sharp decline. They have been replaced by informal cruise-ins, resto-mods and LS swaps in everything with a focus on DRIVING the vehicles. Is it better or worse? Neither......just different. Like everything else in life, things change and time marches on.

Thank you for all you, and other long term members, do and have done in the past with this site. I appreciate it and wish you the best in the future.

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 Post Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:05 pm 
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Thank you

This site has been a wonder tool. Outlet. Forum. Source of intel and meeting new people.


Sounds like you have life by the wheel and are a skilled driver.


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 Post Posted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:27 pm 
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Thank you Phil! It's more than understandable taking care of your parents. Do what you have to, if you need donations to keep the site going please just ask, I would be glad to help out! Best wishes for the new year!

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