You all think you're pretty clever, don't you? Feeling pretty sneaky, eh? Did you enjoy pulling the wool over the eyes of a poor, defenseless youngster who is stuck 1500 miles from home in a desert flying airplanes?
I cannot begin to find words for what I experienced this morning. My vocabulary is inadequate. There is nothing I can possibly say or do to let you all know how appreciative and flattered I was to receive your gracious gift. Even now, a few hours later, I don't think I can wrap my head around the magnitude of what MyLittleBlackBird and everyone else pulled off. You managed to completely and utterly surprise me, and what a gift it is! Doug and I had been talking about building a transmission for quite a while, and I thought he was slowly working on it, but it blows my mind that so many of you would support his efforts in order to finish the transmission before Christmas! I keep replaying "the reveal" in my head, and I still can't believe there'* a custom transmission sitting in Bob'* garage, and that it'* for me. I don't know what to think, say, or do in the wake of the kindness that has been extended to me.
All I can do is thank each one of you from the bottom of my heart. I don't know how such a group of total strangers can come together on an internet website and become like family, but it has happened here on a whole new level. You folks are the cream of the crop. We may have our spats and squabbles, but at the end of the day you all demonstrated how deep this concept of "BC family" runs. I am simply amazed, as well as humbled and honored, that you would choose me, in this case, as the focus of your caring affections. Doug and I have been great friends for many years, but so see the rest of you support his efforts is deeply touching. I am only now beginning to grasp the magnitude of your efforts, though I am sure it will take many days for the full realization to set in.
I want you all to know that I am not moved by the actual gift so much as I am touched by the spirit in which it was given. I do not know what I have done to make you folks think I am worthy of such a surprise, but I will never forget how so many of you joined together with the goal of helping me out. You could have given me a piece of trim or a random interior switch and I would have been just as happy knowing that so many people care. I am astonished at the efforts of so many people to make this become a reality.
Again, I feel that all my sentimental ramblings are simply inadequate in the face of what has been given to me. It seems there is no way I can ever pay this back to you all. I desperately wish that each of you could know exactly how grateful I am to be a part of an organization of this caliber. I know I may never be able to express the feelings I have experienced today, but I can simply end with this: I can't wait until it'* time for me to "Pay It Forward" to the next person.
Thank you, everyone!