I really like the idea of having members' numbers, but still, the logistics of it, especially with security issues on the web, make it hard. BUT...anyone who was willing to help out members passing through their particular area could simply list their "Location" (as Redwing
loves to point out), and maybe even start a "sticky" thread for those of us willing to do that. Then, if you're heading out on a trip that, say, takes you through Tennessee, you could look under the "Xenia" thread and find my name, then just e-mail or PM me for my number. No probs.
Oh, I called it the "Xenia" thread because of an ancient practice. In ancient Greece it was common practice - almost a social mandate- to grant a travelling stranger a night in your home, you would be host, he a guest. Then, the guest would return the favor if you were to travel through his province. They did this because travel by night was so dangerous, and this social reciprocity led to better relations and safer travel.
"Xenia" is the host-guest relationship, coming from the word xenos,
which means stranger-guest. We need more "stranger-guests" among the Wing community.
I know I got a little high-brow there....couldn't help it. I'm a Latin teacher and sometimes the old ways come back to me.