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Are you infected? There are estimates placing from five to one hundred percent of gas engine collectors on the sick list. Is this good or bad? Well, it depends if you are a 'flywheeler' or not. Ninety percent of 'flywheelers' don't believe they are struck down with the illness, while about ninety-five percent of friends, spouses, neighbors, and children of gas engine enthusiasts would bet their life savings on their relation having this unique illness. Generally speaking, Gas Engine Disease (GED) usually has no fatal symptoms. It can strike almost anyone from age two to one hundred and two, in as quick as one day or as long as several decades. Personally, I would estimate about 15,739 cases in the United States alone. This disease is very much like alcoholism in that once you get it, you can only arrest it. There is not yet any known cure. GED had reached epidemic standards in the past several years. There have been many theories as to why. One is that people are finally realizing how much fun they can have with their little 'put-puts'. Another is the joy people get out of attending swap meets, shows, auctions, and reunions, has spread the bug rapidly. Some believe it is the state of our economy. Others think it is because there is a greater population today than several years ago. Whatever the reason, GED is with us, and it is not going to go away, ever.
Listed is a series of questions. Answer each of them correctly and honestly to determine if you have been struck with Gas Engine Disease:
1. Do you own five or more gas engines?
2. Did you attend more than two shows last year?
3. Have you spent more than $500 on engines or related items?
4. Has the gas engine hobby caused you to drive over 400 miles during any single years?
5. Have you spent more than thirty hours on this hobby?
6. Do you spend more time with your engines than your spouse?
7. Are you always waiting for GEM to come in the mail?
8. Have you ever bought an engine you thought you wanted but when you got it home you wished you hadn't bought it?
9. Have you put your engines ahead of friends and dear ones?
10. Are you disgusted with this article?
If you have answered YES to three or more of these questions, you have GED. If you answered YES to eight or more, you have a severe case.
Now that most of you have diagnosed yourselves as having GED we will get back to the question of 'Is it good or bad?'. Well, I must admit, evidence for GOOD far outweighs evidence for BAD. So, if you think you have this strange disease, think of it as a positive characteristic!