Everyday someone posts about the friendships made here on Trad Gang. Being a trad gang junkie like many of you I too have had the opportunity to make some great friends. Here's my story, one you'll all appreciate during Christmas.
Several months ago I met a guy by the name of Billy Shipp here on the classifieds. We're both lefties and love to buy, sell and shoot different bows. The friendship started with a post here and there where we learned about each others families, jobs and other interests. Most of the time I'm giving him a hard time about Texans and he's razzing me about being one of those East Coast folks. Long story short we check in a few times a weeks and give each other a hard time...just because.
Come to find out Billy wanted my Schafer and I wanted his Shrew, but a trade never happend. The Shrew Billy has is not just any Shrew but a Limited Edition with inlays, antler and a matching numbered knife. The bow has never been shot and the knife never sharpened! You Shrew folks know the bow!
An AWESOME looking piece of craftsmanship. I wanted to buy the bow and we talked about it but neither one of us could come to a comfortable price. So I posted an ad in search of a "Lefty Shrew". No luck...none!
Fast forward to today. When I came home from work there was a long box on the kitchen table. Well, I think you all know what was in the box. My friend Billy had sent me his Shrew, followed up with an email....in so many words, "Merry Christmas Brother, I've had this boxed up for you for awhile and was just waiting for Christmas. The post office guaranteed it would be there on Christmas Eve. The bow is my gift to you and your son and the knife will follow. The only condition, Don't sell them and keep them both in your family and pass them onto your son."
To be honest folks, I "lost it" reading the email, as did my wife. I've never met this man but like many of you I consider him a good friend. As I told Billy, it wasn't about the bow, it was the thought and the fact that my kids saw what took place between two friends. That's what was special. The bow will stay in the family and will be used by both my son and I. The knife will stay in my pack and be used as intended. Both have Billy's name on them which I think is wonderful and will always remind me of this day.
To My Friend Billy Shipp...Thank you! "I love you man"!
Merry Christmas to all my friends here at Trad Gang!
[ December 24, 2008, 08:42 PM: Message edited by: Tim Golder ]
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"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it." - Thucydides Posts: 614 | From: Raton, NM | Registered: Dec 2007
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Tim, That is indeed a great story. Like you, and probably lots and lots of others, I too have been blessed with friendships on this site, that have not only humbled me, but changed my perception of the true meaning of the word, "friendship". Merry Christmas brother and to all of the wonderful tradgangers that have changed my life forever...
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