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" Be nice. " That's what my kids tell me. Granted they usually say this
when I'm pretending to be a monster and I'm chasing them around
the house, or when I've expressed disappointment because another
driver on the road chooses to pretend my vehicle doesn't occupy
physical space. Regardless of the circumstances, it's good advice.
Be nice.
Generally, within our diverse automotive community, everyone is
nice. We tend to jump at the chance to help out, to lend a hand, and
to share fun experiences with each other. As many BMW Club
members have said, " we came for the cars, we stayed for the people. "
It's both fortunate and unfortunate that the outlier experiences
will stick with you. The really great and really poor experiences.
Over the past five years, two of these experiences come to mind.
Both happened at one of the largest Cars & Coffee meets in Virginia,
a place filled with enthusiasts from all corners of the automotive
community.
One morning a few years ago my daughter and I started speaking
with a gentleman about his early model Dodge Viper. After some

conversation, we learned a lot about the car -- apparently it was the
first one off the assembly line. The owner had an unopened Viper
Matchbox car in his trunk as part of his display and he gave it to my
daughter. It's still her favorite Matchbox car and she remembers that
experience fondly. That was nice.
Another morning I was flying solo (without kids). I saw a very
nice E30 M3 pull into the parking lot and noted the owner getting out
of the car. I later approached the owner and complimented his
" beautiful red M3. " I misjudged the color, Brilliantrot for Hennarot,
and he was not nice about it. Sorry, it was 5:30 a.m. and the sun
hadn't come up yet. After being thoroughly criticized about not
knowing the difference between the two colors, I walked away.
Can we just try being nice?
Be a good person. Pay it forward. Find the silver lining. And
most importantly, take it from my kids, " be nice. "
Mike Bevels
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