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Hubbers Who Have Been My Support System: Installment Eight

Updated on December 29, 2013
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Yes, you read the title correctly, this is, indeed, the eighth installment of this series. I have so many people to thank and at a rate of one of these articles per week I just might say thank you to everyone by the end of 2012….or not!

Do you want to know what I like most about HubPages? Sure it’s a great venue to post articles and work on your skills but for me the best part of HubPages is the opportunity to meet so many wonderful writers, many of whom have become online friends. The relationships I have formed over the past few months have been a source of support and joy for me. I have received positive comments the like of which embarrass and humble me and I have had the opportunity to watch some gifted people perfect their craft and grow before my eyes. It has been a remarkable experience for this man and I plan on sticking around for quite some time because, well, this is home.

Let’s not dawdle any longer; it’s time for my weekly salute to some truly talented writers who just happen to be my friends. If you are just starting out I highly recommend this group and the groups that I have written about earlier; they are supportive and upbeat and they form a wonderful foundation for many writers in this community.

I’VE GOT IT MADE IN THE SHADE

I have no idea what that stupid title has to do with anything but it sounded clever and had this Hubbers name in it, so there you go. I present to you Made, a delightful lady from Finland who I enjoy completely. For just a glimpse at the talent she has read http://made.hubpages.com/hub/today-is-the-first-day.

One of the great things about HubPages is the chance we have to make friends around the world and I am proud to call this insightful and inspirational writer my friend. From a cold country comes a very warm heart. Thank you, Made!

LIVING THE RUSTIC LIFESTYLE

Very early on in my journey here this lady’s name popped up in the comment section and I loved her screen name. It spoke to me of a simpler time and a simpler life I’m trying to embrace. For a sample of Rusticliving’s fine work check out http://rusticliving.hubpages.com/hub/72-HR-Emergency-Kit-Fuel-Light. She also has some great hubs on the flowers in her garden and redecorating. I’m thinking if we ever had a national emergency this is the lady I’d want in the bunker with me as she seems to know quite a bit about a variety of subjects.

All I know for sure is that she has been supportive and patient with this newbie and for that I am grateful.

BRAINS BY THE BOATLOAD

Well, this next lady has a PhD so we already know she is smarter than I am, but what you may not know is that Kelley is a truly nice person who is incredibly upbeat and personable.

I like positive people! I think they bring a little something extra into our lives each day and Kelley has added happiness to my life since I have known her. I think we both started about the same time on this site and it’s a pleasure to follow along on her path.

I KNOW HER REAL NAME BUT TO YOU SHE IS JAMAGENEE

If I were forced to pick two words that would describe my next friend they would be wit and intelligence. She has a biting and clever sense of humor as evidenced in her hub http://jamagenee.hubpages.com/hub/Why-I-Rent--Not-Own and as an amateur dabbler in family trees she can find her way around the genealogical sites with the best of them.

However, why I like her is because she gives insightful comments each and every time. Some people leave a quick…”nice hub” comment and then they are gone. JamaGenee leaves a comment that tells you she has read your hub, understood your hub, was interested in your hub and has some interesting things to add to your hub. I find that refreshing and I am appreciative that she makes that effort every time she visits my site.

A SPARKLE IN MY LIFE

Her name is Sparklea and the first four words of her profile say, “I am a writer.” I like that and I totally agree! She is also a person who has known pain and anguish, as evidenced by her hub http://sparklea.hubpages.com/hub/sparklea-hubpages-the-greatest-pain-and-the-greatest-peace and has found through it all the ability to embrace life and be happy.

I respect this person as the embodiment of humanness. She shines, she sparkles and she is my very good online friend and you know what? I’m proud of that!

A NEW SLANT ON MATTERS

She goes by Sharyn’s Slant on HubPages and I can tell you that this is one very funny lady who I think would be a riot if we could ever sit down and chat for awhile. Until then I’ll have to be satisfied reading her excellent hubs like http://sharynsslant.hubpages.com/hub/There-Comes-a-DEEPER-UNDERSTANDING.

This is a writer who has the ability to cross over between genres, from humor to instructional to serious introspection and she does it all with ease and talent. If you are a newbie and you have one person to follow to begin your journey this might be the one you should pick. She knows her way around this site and is more than willing to help a newcomer.

LOYAL AND NOT TO A FAULT

I got to know PurvisBobbi44 through her comments on HubPages but then I really started to realize her true character through Facebook. This lady is loyal! She will tell you in her profile that she does not like to talk about herself, that she would rather listen and learn about others. How refreshing is that?

But let’s learn a little about Bobbi; check out http://purvisbobbi44.hubpages.com/hub/My-Dream-Lovers-Nightly-Spring-Time-Visits if you want to feel the heat of passion through the written word. This lady has talent with a capital T and I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate her kind words on HubPages and on Facebook.

LET’S TRAVEL IN TIME

Get it? Time Travel? Fine, I’ll just tell you that my next guest is called TimeTraveler2 on HubPages. I will also tell you that as long as she keeps writing I will keep following her. Do you want to talk about interesting? This lady is a retired school teacher, was once a cross country truck driver and also an antiques dealer. Sheez, talk about well-rounded.

She also enjoys time in her RV as she points out in http://timetraveler2.hubpages.com/hub/Living-Full-Time-In-An-Rv. Any old time you need some information on RV living she is the Hubber to visit. Besides, she is just good people!

A THOUGHTFUL FORCE

I’m too clever for my own good! Okay, her name is Thougtforce but I know her as Tina and she hails from Sweden. Read http://thougtforce.hubpages.com/hub/Join-the-new-kindness-trend-be-kind-You-will-be-happier-if-you-are-nice and you will get a pretty good idea of why I like this lady! She is a positive thinker and a positive doer and that means positive results in life.

She has a Master’s Degree in Earth Science and believes in constantly changing without regretting the past and that says a great deal about this wonderful gift from Sweden.

HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU!

Until we meet again! That’s all the time I have for this round but never fear, I have quite a few people to thank and Good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise I’ll be around to give thanks again next week.

One word of advice for any newcomers out there: reach out and become a part of this community! HubPages is not about one person but rather about thousands of people sharing, commenting and becoming a supportive, safe haven for like-minded people. If all you are about is sharing your work and collecting followers you will find it is, in fact, hard to collect followers. I have found that the more time and effort I put into supporting other writers on this site the more time and effort they put into supporting me and that is as it should be.

Write meaningful comments when you read the work of another. Share the works of others on other sites and on your hubs. Make an effort and others will gravitate to you very quickly; don’t make the effort and you might as well be writing a personal journal for your eyes only.

Thanks….sincerely….thanks to all of you who have been so kind to me. You make my heart soar each and every day that I sit down at the computer and that is a gift that keeps on giving.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

A great hub about linking to other Hubbers can be seen at http://christywrites.hubpages.com/hub/Reasons-to-link-to-other-hubs-on-HubPages

For more in this series:

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Hubbers-Who-Have-Been-My-Support-System-Installment-5

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Hubbers-Who-Have-Been-My-Support-System-Installment-Seven

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Hubbers-Who-Have-Been-My-Support-System-Installment-4

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love to you Beckie! You are a good one....a keeper for sure! :)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I have had the sincere priviledge of enjoying the many wonderful hubs from christywrites and timetraveler. I look forward to the new and exciting hubs from those I have discovered through your wonderful generous hub series.

      Blessings

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelley, I want you to know that I respect you greatly. You are a kind and caring person, a good human being, and I am very grateful to you.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Bill! I can't believe I missed myself in this. I remember reading Made and I guess I zoned out at my part. Thanks so much! Don't be fooled by my PhD I'm no smarter than anyone else here! I'm just addicted to learning! Thanks so much for mentioning me here! Have a great day! Kelley

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Christy! My day is going fine thanks and I hope yours is as well. Thank you and I do believe I'll do the same. :)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Bill, I hope your day is going well :) I have linked to this hub within my newest hub about link-building. Take care my friend. https://hubpages.com/community/Reasons-to-link-to-...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome Lisa and I am heading over to your site now that I have a full stomach and give you the attention you deserve.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Number 8?!? That's great! Hey, I rhymed! I'm sure all these special hubbers appreciate you just as I do. Thank you so much for your awesome support and for writing such entertaining hubs!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sharyn and thank you most of all for being who you are. Isn't it funny how we can form such a strong impression of someone we have never met? I instantly liked you and respected you and I look forward to many more years of the same.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, you are funny! I love meeting people from other cultures. I have wanted to travel to Europe all my life but so far I have not made it. I want to see Great Britain and the Scandinavian countries for sure; perhaps if I make it we shall meet one day. Until then I thank you for your friendship. Have a wonderful weekend in Finland and I will do the same in the Pacific Northwest.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Billy ~ You are so gracious in acknowledging your support system and I am honored to be included in this installment. Your writing is always inspiring. You share from a special place deep down inside of you that is full of truth and wisdom. I love and respect that so very much! I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      I guess I like the word hub/hubs. I used it three times in my last comment, and once it was by mistake. I guess I love hubs. I'm a lucky person who found your hubs Billy. Hubs are great and this comment made Made beat her own record by mentioning hubs many times. Enjoy your weekend with Bev and by writing hubs! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lady E; I have enjoyed our brief friendship on Facebook and look forward to many more shared moments. My first impressions of you are of a very kind and compassionate woman and my first impressions are rarely wrong. TTFN

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Aaawh... this is lovely to read. I will check out the Hubbers you mentioned and I am glad you have found people who have had such a positive impact on you, within such a short period of you joining HP. I like the word of advice you gave at the end too.

      Asta la vista. I will be back.... to read more Hubs.

      Thanks

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      See, Made, just when I think you can't possibly be nicer you prove me wrong. :) Thank you dear lady and if in some way I inspire you then I am the one who is grateful and most appreciative. I happen to think you are a quality person and I'm lucky to have you in my corner.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      You are just too funny and I'm so honored to be a part of this hub. You are my biggest inspiration and I wish I could keep up with you. I'm amazed by how many hubs quality hubs you've written. You are a talented writer and the kindest and most supportive friend I've met on HubPages. Thank you Bill!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Catching up is what we do, Kelly; it is an endless process but you are good at it. :) Thanks my friend and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You've introduced me to a whole bunch of people here I didn't know! I knew a couple and love those! I'll for sure trust you on the others and have to catch up! Lol. What's new?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, you are wonderful...thank you so much....always!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Another great tribute to those people around you Bill! We really do have so many people to help motivate us :) Another great instalment here my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, my pleasure. My world would be fairly lonely if not for the Hubbers I interact with daily and who give their support to me.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jama, I trust you have never looked for a needle in those places! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly, you are very kind! Stay safe in the north country and keep thrilling and inspiring us with your words.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Such a wonderful hub and thank you for pointing out other wonderful talents on HubPages. You are to be admired.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Nope, that's one I HADN'T heard...until now! Thanks! ;D

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... what a wonderful hub of those who you have been blessed by... you are a great writer my friend and I say that with the greatest respect as you have blessed many with your words of wisdom and the sharing from your heart.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jama, here's one I'll bet you have never heard....my dad used to say "it's like trying to find a needle in a whore house." LOL

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      You do know how to pick 'em, Bill! Got quite a chuckle out of the comments about "dawdle" and "Good Lord willin' and the creeks don't rise". It's been awhile, too, since I've heard either. There's probably an entire hub on no-longer-used sayings that only a Certain Generation will "get" now, but I'm not the one to write it (hint, hint). ;D

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, I would be nothing if not for those of you who continue to read my hubs and comment AND inspire me with your kind words. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby it is fantastic and you are one I admire greatly and am so thankful for.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      wow..you are one ardent person to be acknowledging your fellow hubbers...jai ho, Bill :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Isn't it great to have faithful followers? It is fun to follow you, your hubs are interesting and inspiring...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know; she hates it when I take those pictures but oh well, it's the price she has to pay for loving me. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I literally have tears in my eyes. I have always wanted to let my feelings out and embrace people but I was always afraid to do so. Now that I have the response at times is overwhelming. Thank you dear friend; you mean the world to me and don't you dare ever give up on yourself. You deserve all the happiness that is available to you.

      love you too,

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      P.S. Awesome song selection for this tribute! Great picture of Bev; taken when she was unaware. Those are always the best.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Holy Mackerel, Bill! This is the best tribute yet. You're so animated and I have to tell you, I've found so many friends and talented writers from this series of yours. I will go into each and every link you posted, but I needed to comment first.

      You are absolutely right about the family that can be found on HubPages! And you, my very special friend, have selflessly (I use that word a lot when describing you!) brought so many fantastic people to light! You open not only your horizons, but those of others. I can feel your excitement in this installation of your Hubber recognition. You have absolutely broadened my horizons and even brought up my score (which oscillates).

      I'm not going to continue in the fear that I may sound sappy, but YOU are an absolute gem and are the leader in leading all of us to each other!

      Know that your travaille has been set with a God-given purpose, my friend; you go far beyond being an AA sponsor. You are a sponsor of the soul and friendship.

      I can't say enough, so I guess I should for now.

      Love Ya Buddy!

      Sha

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alcosin; these are good people as you know and they deserve a kind word of appreciation.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      A great tribute to some great hubbers, many of whom I recognize. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Till; they have done the same for me over the past months so it's my turn....I'm so happy someone else has heard that saying...I was feeling really ancient for awhile...which I am but we try not to think that way. :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Good Lord willin and the creek don't rise...that got me! I've been saying that for years but the young people I used to work with thought it was hilarious. When I retired they made me record it on the computer so they could play it when I was gone. But, enough of me.

      This hub is so great because of the way you write it. You take the time to tell a little bit about each hubber and explain their forte with a dab of personality thrown in.

      This is a nice way to learn about other hubbers. You're doing a great service. Voted up, interesting and SHARING.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dana, you continue to crack me up! My dad loved that word in reference to my slow-poke attitude. Sigh!

      I'm glad you enjoy these hubs because I love writing them. I was confused and nervous and convinced that I would never fit in when I started at HubPages and there were some very good people who supported me from day one and gave me confidence. That's what I'm now trying to do for others.

      Thanks as always and you can drop 1,000 words on my site any old day.

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Here I go with my usual 1,000 word comment....

      I always enjoy these installments for two reasons 1) they point me towards some great talent and great people 2) they show what truly wonderful character you have. You embody those very traits that you highlight so well in your supporters.

      I agree that the community aspect of hubpages is its best feature. How would hubbers like me be able to find our voices without such support. And meeting folks from all over the globe is another great bonus!

      Thank you for making the community richer by introducing us to each other.

      ps... i absolutely love that you used the word DAWDLE! I haven't heard someone use that since I was in junior high school (in reference to me, of course. frequently!)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Audra; these people are easy to write about as were you.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      You have wriiten another great tribut piece!!! Great work!!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deborah, that says a great deal about you, a very active member of this community who willingly gives her support to many. Thank you as always.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, you are all so special. These are easy hubs to write because I feel so deeply about the people I give tribute to. Thank you my friend and peace and happiness to you always.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Kris and thank you! I love HubPages and am so grateful for my followers.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      I always look forward to your latest installment to find new hubbers to check out. As it turns out, I think I'm already acquainted with all of these wonderful writers. Thanks for all the support you provide to the community, Bill.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love your hubs... you make us all feel so special Billy... you are so awesome.. thank you for who are..

      blessings to you

      debbie

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Nice hub and tribute. We do have a fantastic support system here:)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teaches, I agree...these are quality people who have made this writer very happy. Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jama, to hell with the fruit! We can't go out and have drinks so this was my next best option. Glad you enjoyed it my dear and thank you for being so supportive.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      All great hubbers to befriend and have following your hubs -- wonderful writers and encouraging people! Thanks for sharing and congratulations to all of the above winners.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Ah shucks, Bill, I'm blushin'... (-: Seriously, thank you for the WONDERFUL shout out. You had no way of knowing this is published on my 4th Hubpages Anniversary. HP's email apprising me of this fact said fruit (and something else) is the traditional gift for a 4th, but I like yours MUCH better! ;D