I really didn’t know what to call this post because it has nothing to do with what’s going on with Saab right now, but it kind of has everything to do with Saab. Maybe Christmas is getting to me and I feel I have to share in a way that is a break from the normal of what we’ve been reading here. In any case, here it goes. Where do you see yourself in this thing called Saab? We call ourselves Saabs United and I would say that for the most part this is very true. Just as with any organization or group, you will from time to time have people that come into you group with the sole purpose to disrupt things and to try to get reactions from others. Since coming to Saab and getting to know people all over the world, there are a couple of things that stand out to me and set Saab apart from any other car company and Saabs United apart from most other sites.
First would be the word “United”, the dictionary describes united as being made into or caused to act as a single entity. Better than that is this one, formed or produced by the uniting of things or persons. Do we always act as a united front? No, but I would have to say that even when we don’t, we are still united by our passion for Saab to survive and our passion for the great cars and people that make Saab, Saab. Even when on occasion I have disagreed with people, it has opened the door for dialog when handled properly.
Secondly would be this sense of community within the Saab world. The dictionary describes community as a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, I guess for those of us here, our locality is Saabs United. Community runs even deeper than that and a lot of people on here have become almost like an extension of your friends or social network. I know for myself since coming to Saabs United, I have made friends all over the world. The Saabs United team has become a part of my family and the team is like a community in itself. I have people that I talk to everyday about Saab related stuff through Skype and they have become some of my closest friends and you notice when you haven’t spoken in days. I will be travelling to Las Vegas at the end of this month with my family and plan to meet up with “ryanonsrc” for some dinner and conversation. What other communities are so strongly rooted? The sense of community almost in a way can feel like a family. At our dealership we often refer to our customers as a part of our extended family and I feel that in a way with a lot of you as well. Sometimes we need to set our family straight and sometimes the kids will act up, but in the end, we are all a part of this united community and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Ask yourself what it is that brings you here every day or like me, every hour? For me it’s all of the above that I mentioned and I thank people like Tim who has invested so much of himself and money to Saabs United to cover things like never before, think of Octoberfest, that was outstanding. Also Till who has brought us so much Hirsch inside coverage that I just can’t to see what’s next (more photo’s please) and Jeff who digs deep to get to the heart of the story and tracks down leads like no one else. There are a lot of people that make Saabs United what it is from the inside and just as importantly are all of you that make it that much more interesting. Thank you all and I know it’s early, but Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all.