This has been a long time coming. I cannot think of a better place to document this than within Gary's website. My father, who passed 1 year ago, stood at this site and we made plans to build this barn together. We had built a few cars when I was younger, and helped many people work on their vehicles. Mostly poor single mothers in the community, and friends/family/neighbors. My dad spent a fortune helping others. He never had enough $$ left over to do anything for himself. I am building this garage in his honor, and to have a place to help others, and teach my sons to do the same that my father taught me.
I used to live a few miles from Gary Lewis, in Collinsville OK. Gary has also inspired me to help others through his selfless sharing of his time, talents, shop, tools etc. So I also dedicate part of this building to not just Dad and Gary, but to all the "good guys" out there gettin' it done, and helping one another. In fact, I think I'll dub this garage "The good guy's garage".
Thanks Gary. I will upload more photos. I am much further along than what you see so far.
Sorry for all the sentimental stuff. Its been a hard two years losing sis and dad. Building this garage has reminded me of a lot of things. I guess maybe since dad is gone now, the only other guy I have ever met who is so willing to help others like he did, well...is you Gary. I guess in a way, it brings me joy to see that dad wasn't a one-of-a-kind. He was one of many "good guys".
Cars, trucks, garages, family, neighbors, friends and the good ole' boys. As far as I am concerned, there ain't much better in this life than those things. I'm just doing my part to influence other's to be one of us.
I have a young neighbor (20-21 years old) who will remain nameless. He hasn't exactly been very polite to me. It started off good when he moved in. Then the music started and we could hear it in the house while eating dinner and such. We don't like listening to Puff Daddy and Emenim talking about how they treat their "hoes" while trying to eat dinner. So I asked the young man to turn it down. He promptly pitched a fit and yelled at me. I tried being nice. I hope that one day I can restore that relationship, and he can grow up a bit and be a part of something bigger than himself. Right now he is pretty focused on himself.
That is the good guy stuff right there....showing patience and leading by example.