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Old 03-02-2007
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Ouch!

Deep breath, folks. Breathe in, breathe out. Now repeat after me, "There is a place for both." Breathe in, breathe out.

I come here to have fun, to learn something, and to help others (and not neccesarily in that order). It kinda reminds me of being in an anchorage with old friends and new acquintances. We have all met on one boat, and Lord knows with sailors there are opinions flying everywhere. The good thing about this forum is that, using the example above, it is a really big boat and a really big anchorage. The bad thing, as has happened many times, is people will say things that they would NEVER say to a person's face. The anonymity of the internet is irritating in that respect. I for one do not hide behind it (most/many know EXACTLY where to find me and stop by). Others feel differently and that is fine. Whatever floats your boat.

On the subject at hand, I don't mind trying to keep the topic focused and the joking elsewhere. I cannot imagine it dissapearing, personally. This would get too dry. Cam was not asking it to dissapear. He was saying to be conscious of it. I will also point out that when I started this site, many of the topics ended in nastyness and name calling, etc. Those are at quite a minimum now (with a few exceptions that actually became quite funny in themselves). Still, being an open site, "what may, will."

There are too many good people here (and knowledge) for anyones feelings to get hurt. Let's all try and get along, as we typically have done. I have met some good friends here and hope to one day be able to meet many of you IN PERSON!! Especially Cam, who offered free babysitting. Where were you again, Cam? (Now am I turning this off topic again & joking? Oops).

- CD

PS Bristol - Maybe Giu aggravates you, maybe you did not realize how your post sounded and meant it as nothing but a joke. But as with all things written, it is difficult to inflect tone and that sounded off-base (to put it nicely), whether you meant it to or not. His 8 year old son frequents this site (with Pops standing behind him, I hope). I can tell you that anyone that puts up with Giu has got to be nothing but saints (smile)... gotta leave the family out of it. It is a very nice family and I hope to one day be sitting beside them - me on my Catalina, him on his Formosa! I think clarification and editing is in order.
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