I read with sadness but understanding that Dale "Pee-Wee" Schwamborn has chosen to take a "hiatus" from these Forums.
Thank you for your posts, Pee-Wee. Thanks to archiving they are not gone and have become a part of this great Forum, so even though you may not be posting you are still among us. Your tales and recollections have enhanced my enjoyment of the culture and fellowship that IS Airstream and makes it the great leisure activity and interest that it is. I am sure that there are many who echo this sentiment.
You are our last link to the time when Airstream was truly king; when Wally Byam and your mom made this all happen. I wonder what their reaction would be to all the shenanigans and posturing that has happened since they departed the scene? Regardless, you were there and your contribution helped make it happen. How many others from those monumental caravans that were actually led by Wally Byam are left to tell us their stories and recollections? Since Wally's been gone for almost 48 years I would venture to guess that there are not very many.
You also chose to share your personal memories and family photos that are now forever in our electronic archives for anyone to read and enjoy.
I say "au revoir" which is not the same as "good-bye". It means until we see (you) again. I hope this will be soon.
I hope you will someday decide to return to the Airforums. There are many people you may not necessarily hear from but are worthy and appreciate what you have to offer by virtue of your experiences and close connection to Airstream/Wally Byam when they were but one.
Some people are dense. They don't get it. But that's just human nature. I learned a long time ago to IGNORE THEM for they are insignificant even though they are noisy and it might appear that there are more of them than there really are.
I have personally resolved in the New Year not to read any more hobby-related posts that are political in nature. Instead I am going to learn how to fix and restore my 1968 Caravel
which is the best toy I have acquired since my first CD burner and learn more about the culture and history they have inspired. Also hopefully make a few more wonderful friends like x
and enjoy camping with them as time permits once the winter of 2010 is history.
Always remember, from the Latin:
Illegitimi non carborundum
Well, it's not really Latin; kinda like mock-Latin, but it sounds good and its' meaning is very relevent in this instance. Run it through Google or Wikipedia for a translation. It is the motto of several organizations including a couple of newspapers and I have adopted it as well. Hopefully it may bring you back to us sooner than later.
May good health and happiness follow you wherever you go. Please visit once in a while and let us know how and what you are doing.