While visiting an Atlas Vac customer in Colorado Springs, I came across a great chuckwagon supper venue complete with authentic live western music near the Garden of the Gods called the Flying W Ranch. One unexpected takeaway from that evening is the following quote that I carry with me as I travel throughout the world on business.--John Abraham, Atlas Vac Machine
My Creed by Dean Alfange, Flying W Ranch
"I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. I seek opportunity to develop whatever talents God gave me--not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficience nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any earthly master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say--"This, with God's help, I have done." All this is what it means to be an American."