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An Open "Thank You" To the DriveTribe Community

The year has been weird (to put it mildly). Connecting with others via blogs and social media has been a huge help to me. Thank you, DriveTribe pals.

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I’m taking a departure from my usual style this time, because I have been wanting to share a few words of gratitude for the incredible collection of misfits, mechanics, and motorbike maniacs, toy car makers and road trip takers, and everyone in between who I enjoy following, as well as the "tribe members" who follows me in the DriveTribe community.

I know the official “season for being thankful” doesn’t come until the end of the year, but well, this isn’t a normal year, is it? It only seems fitting to get a message of thanks out before the rush of fall and winter, all while trying to maneuver around whatever robot invasion or plague of flammable snow the remainder of 2020 has in store.

I realize the world and all its infernal weirdness is really what we make of it. You know the life lesson “we can’t control our circumstances, but we can control how we react to them,” well sites like DriveTribe have been the way I’ve reacted.

This year has — like for so many others out there — dealt me some crappy blows. I lost my longtime job in March. My oldest was an honors senior, but her graduation ceremony (and special trip we had been planning for her since she was ten), fell through. We were walking on eggshells around an elderly father who twice survived cancer, but was declared by the powers that be the big target for “risk.” None of us even got as much as a sniffle this whole time, so we’re blessed there, but times were trying, financially thinner, and filled with one cancellation after another.

While some people turned to some less-than-desirable stress relievers, I focused on creating and writing more for blogs and other sites I work with. This included making sure I kept things going with DriveTribe, a community I initially joined on a lark, being an admirer of The Grand Tour boys and all their adventures. It was at first mostly reposting images we took....or found...that spotlighted car-centric arts and crafts. Then it evolved into inclusion of my own crafts...roadside and travel fun and whatever other car-meets-creatives ideas I could concoct.

Although my schedule and having family home pretty much around the clock made it difficult to contribute to sites as much as I liked, most posts I created were greeted with positive affirmation that there are still others out there beyond our home walls, others with similar interests and passions.

That was the main thing the DriveTribe community provided me; a lifeline to the rest of the world, specifically those who also want to keeping sharing their interests, DIYs, photos and commentary.

One thing I think most DriveTribe participants appreciate is the lack of hatred and social medial mobs. I personally think the phrase “hate speech” is pretty moronic, as it really seems to mean “someone who says something I don’t like,” but there’s no denying there is plenty of hateful piling onto people in other social media platforms (I’m looking at you, Twitter). I don’t see much of that here. Yes, there are some pretty heated debates on certain issues, which is fine, but I have only experienced one “nasty comment” from someone, and it was early on. Most everyone else I have encountered loves what they do, the places they go, what they drive to go to said places, and the people they meet when they get there. It’s hard to find that level of enthusiasm and community support like that elsewhere.

Mostly, however, I wanted to thank the community for giving me a weird little place to fit in. I’ve talked about growing up around my father working nearly every day in the garage on some project or car repair. Due to that, I developed a love for so many things from the mechanical process, to the beauty, design and artistic side of cars, trains, planes and other “practical items.” He also instilled in me the importance of having people with whom to share something you love.

That’s what I’ve found in DriveTribe. I’m not a walking encyclopedia of racing stats, nor am I the most mechanically minded, but I love being around those who are. I am pretty good as noticing the absolute artistry of the world. Whether it is a hex nut or a Harley Davidson, it can be a work of art. Whether it is creating something car lovers can make with their kids, or inviting people to virtually enjoy the same quirky DIY roadside attractions I have experienced on my real-world road trips.

So, before the busy autumn takes over, and the perfect fall weather for convertible touring begins in our area, I just wanted to make sure everyone who reads, “bumps,” and responds to my sill stories is greatly appreciated.

I hope to be able to continue sharing my own angle of the craftier side of car culture, and road trips, and that you all continue enjoying it.

Whatever the rest of 2020 has in store for me, at least I know it will be cozy, welcome and always a laugh among the DriveTribe community.

For that I am eternally grateful.

God bless, Lisa Kay

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