Join Date: May 2005
Location: TX. Irving
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Nobody is born into this life knowing how to act; we all need role models. Evidently, from everything I've read since serendipitously stumbling into being accepted as part of this great "family" just a few months ago, Zookoff was all that and more. I expected to get some good advice and ideas for mods, etc from this group, but not a role model.
Can someone you've never met even serve as an example? Most religions would say yes, I suppose, and I admit I would have to agree with them, in a way. Am I suggesting a cult of Zook? Not really. I kinda feel it's dangerous to "model" ourselves after anyone, no matter who they are.
So what's with the role model comments? Well, all I know is that for anyone to have affected this group of people as much he did, Zane must have done something right. Most likely, a damn lot of stuff. Does it really matter what stuff precisely? So I can copy it? No. I think most of us already know right/wrong and good/bad, when we can remember to think about it. (Kind of like that "Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," if you've ever seen it.) What someone like Zook does is just prove to us, REMIND US, that it IS possible to live a "good" life in the real sense.
I didn't know him in person or even online at the time, and I hope both his "families" will forgive my self-assumed familiarity in even commenting in this thread. But, just as others have said, I've come to know him in a way, and appreciate him for the life he must have led, and the way he comes through in those I am fortunate enough to have a chance to get to know. That still mysterious name has even come through the wind to my ears while riding on occasion, leaving me to think, "What should I be doing to be remembered this way by the folks in my own life?"
And THAT is what a role model is all about, isn't it?
So, now that that itch is scratched... I've got to know... and I haven't seen it explained anywhere (adding, "of course I could have missed it," hopefully to ward off any severe scoldings)...
where does the nickname Zookoff come from anyways?!
- lookin' forward to ridin' with him some day down that big highway in the sky.