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smarty, I looked for you after the walkthrough but I was told that you'd left. I'll mail your tees out to you...


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When we walked through the plant and were allowed to take pictures, I knew it was totally different....it really was the end. There were no longer any trade secrets that needed to be hidden, no special equipment that couldn't be photographed, not processes that couldn't be seen. The workers who were still there were wonderful, they thanked us....they actually thanked us. They shook our hands and thanked us for buying the cars that they built. I didn't know what to say. I shook hands, I touched people, I shared looks into eyes, but at the end of the day I got to leave and go back to a job, these people didn't have. When we finished the walk-thru and were standing around waiting for a couple of people to catch up to us the lights in the plant started to shut down one bank at a time. All of the lights went out except for the couple of areas where people were still working. It left a hollow feeling in my stomach. It was truly the end. The lights had been put on just for us to walk thru one last time. Even on their last days these workers were still doing everything they could for us. When we lined up our cars along the fence at quitting time many of the workers drove out past us and waved. Most of them said thanks, many even walked past and shook hands with us on the way to their cars. I watched one woman drive by my car with tears streaming down her face but she was still telling everyone thanks. I was at Mecca II and remember seeing so many wonderful people, I remember talking to them, even kidding them about cheering for the wrong hockey team and now all I can do is pray for they safe keeping. It's such a sad and sorry time for so many right now. We are sad because we won't be able to buy a Solstice or a Sky next year, I know I was upset because I wanted to get a coupe next year, but now I really see the impact that closing the plant down is having on so many wonderful people. Remember the people who did so much to make our lives so enjoyable by building our cars. Keep them in your prayers.

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Yes. Precisely.


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I sure wish I'd been there, this is one time I wish I'd not missed , thanks for sharing the posting to all that contributed.
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I just hope the person who buys the last car really understands what they have. I know what I'd do with that car.


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smarty, I looked for you after the walkthrough but I was told that you'd left. I'll mail your tees out to you...
Michele,
Just bring them in the fall He will be there too !!!


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I just hope the person who buys the last car really understands what they have. I know what I'd do with that car.
It's getting shipped to Texas. I sure hope those Texans know what it's worth.


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When we walked through the plant and were allowed to take pictures, I knew it was totally different....
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I was just reading your message aloud to Beth, and suddenly I had tears in my eyes and had to take a moment to get back in control. I think you've just said it all the way many of us feel. Thanks.

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Yes. Michelle (one of the plant employees) offered to lend me her closed toed shoes - she had an extra pair in her locker and was on her way to get them when the manager said it was "OK" for us gals to take the walk through in our sandals.

The abdication of GM's restrictions (which we had all abided by) sunk the reality home.


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Dan,

Great words, thanks for coming and for putting into words what many of us were/are feeling.

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I was just reading your message aloud to Beth, and suddenly I had tears in my eyes and had to take a moment to get back in control. I think you've just said it all the way many of us feel. Thanks.

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Same here. I'm in tears. This just sucks. It's all wrong. And all we can do is wish these people that built the car that brought us all together well and pray for them. They all deserve more than this. It doesn't seem right. It's not right.

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smarty, I looked for you after the walkthrough but I was told that you'd left. I'll mail your tees out to you...
Sorry about that. We weren't aware there were additional activities, but did have a six hour trip home and unfortunate time contraints. Do you need my address? I can PM it or till the next meet!

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It's getting shipped to Texas. I sure hope those Texans know what it's worth.
They should have raffled off the last car to one of the employees. Wish I was able to be there.

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Have seen some of the pics on fb but this was awesome, thanks to all who went and shared the last day. I'm so sad right now I don't really have anything more I can say. Love you all
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Fierochuck, myself and many of my coworkers agree with you on that. I was lucky enough to get # 393 of 1000 of the lithograph print collections that I was later told was supposed to have went to the First 1k.
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