Most of us see FJs on the road everyday, but it's rare when you see an FJer you know through the forums. For me, there has only been a few instances so far:
Date: July 15, 2007
(from the Blue Room)
Location: Tusayan, AZ
Situation: I ran into Steve and his wife in Tusayan right after the inaugural FJ Cruiser Summit. My buddy and I were looking for the campgrounds just outside of the strip when we see this Sun Fusion rolling by the other way. We both waved and ended up pulling U-ies to greet each other. Turns out they were going to be staying in the area a couple days to soak in the environs of the Grand Canyon before heading back home to the South. We shared some stories about the summit and went our separate ways. I think we were both in the spirit of the summit - happy and wanting to meet as many Fjers as we could.
Date: December 06, 2008
Location: Redwood City, CA
Situation: I was in the process of getting my body mount chopped by 2007fj when I hear someone calling out my name from across the street. I ignored the first yell and began looking around after the second. Low and behold, there's Pucker with child in arms. We caught up and heard his good news.
Date: December 07, 2008
Location: Candlestick Park, CA
Situation: Bossquatch, PB&FJ and I finished tailgating pretty early and ended up going into the park pretty early as a result. After sitting around and realizing that we were pretty early, we decided to go back to the truck and finish off more beer. As we were on our way back in, I noticed a guy walking right next to us that looked like opg, but didn't recognize him as quickly because he was wearing a cap (no dome in view). I asked the guys for confirmation, "is that opg?" They turned around and we all unanimously agreed it was him after seeing that he was donning Sharks gear to a Niner game.
Date: January 18, 2009
Location: Interstate 80 outside of Vacaville, CA
Situation: PB 07FJ, suecyde and manoweb were on our way back from Tahoe when I noticed a familiar looking FJ headed eastbound on 80. suecyde had been keeping count of the number FJs we saw on the trek home and daPit happened to be number 11 or thereabouts. I gave Pit a call and it was confirmed that it was him.
Date: February 19, 2009
Location: Castro St., Mountain View, CA
Situation: I had just finished having coffee and was on my way home when I recognized a black diamond with HIDs mounted to the front bumper. Looked real close and realized it was MOTORDRIVE. Oddly enough, I was in the process of texting him when I received one from him. He was out for a drink so I joined him for a beer. MOTORDRIVE is like the mayor - he knows everyone at the bars on Castro. Cheers!
Date: April 30, 2009
Location: Park St., Alameda, CA
Situation: I had just met up with jr vong and was on my way to meet up with Bozly when out of the corner of my eye, I see an odd looking FJ. I look over and low and behold, it's C4B! Vong saw had seen him earlier. Hilarious.
Date: June 11, 2009
Location: Park St., Alameda, CA
Situation: We were having an impromptu happy hour at Lucky 13 and had seen a couple civilians drive by until one caught MoabFJ's eye. "There we go!" exclaimed MoabFJ. We all look over and lo and behold, it's SiLvRFJ driving down the road.Date: A couple times so far...
Location: 280 and El Camino Real
Situation: The first was seeing her speed by me in her tinted windows (hmm, guess it's true how certain folks get off easy...cough). The second was her tailing some Sun Fusion and then whipping a U-ey to grab a sandwich at Mr. Pickles.
To be continued...
Have you randomly met FJers around...not necessarily just on the road, but run into them somewhere?