In defense of painzapper I believe that he did post a pic or two of some 'old shoes' that were highly regarded. You also haz to admit hiz sense uv humor is pretty funny if a bit out there, he wreck-o-mended this site afterall: Lolcats ‘n’ Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?
In agreement with DemiJim it is often quite difficult to tell when people are trying to be merely funny, sarcastic, hostile or insulting from mere printed words - the beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you never know what drugs the writer was on when they wrote it (the spelling and grammar are indications though not conclusive as not everyone passed grade school and still remember how to spell or even what grammar iz).
In acknowledgment of SailingDog, someone has to get the new users to read the link in his signature and it might as well be him. Since he is not a moderator (although I bet they thought about him before choosing John Pollard) he has to chip us all down with his amazing amount of posts on this forum. Onward and upward to 40,000 Dog! You da' man from Bahston tellin' it straight up! Word Dog!
In recognition of Ramraderie's (Cam, that is) moderating career, I nominate him for Moderator or the Year Award. He did such a good job that he had to resign from a job with no pay and only a few rewards (if any). We are only lucky that he is still posting here in his forthright manner to share his insights. I further recommend that the prize for Moderator of the Year be an RV flat tire repair kit.
In order to give proper credit to KroozingDad-at-the-dock (aka; moderator CD) I have to admit that the number of jokes about boat mounted grills has dropped a little recently. I wonder if this is because he has finally heard that actual charcoal grilling tastes better then propane (except perhaps when on a sailboat where it really is pretty dangerous). On a dietary note, have you ever heard of arrugula or even thought of feeding that to yourself and your kids instead of bologna (you can always add cheese and beer and even use your boat away from the dock sometimes).
In order to appreciate Giulietta's (Alex's) contributions you would probably need an animal psychologist to interpret all of the bleatings he has uttered. The astounding thing seems to be that he understands sailing quite well in spite of the cultural differences that sometimes surround his seeming disdain for guitar playing sailors (apparently he brings along a squeeze box or accordian - no photos exist yet to prove this though).
One final note that should be unambiguous to all goes out to Bubb2 who lost his daughter Courtney this year. No jokes or innuendos here; just our mutual sympathy and respects.
Do not worry if YOU were not named specifically in this end-of-year rant as I know who you are too. There are too many of you to mention specifically but you know who you are (the LI group of sailnetters, Vlad the CrazyRu, DavidPM etc).
Sailnet has been both an amusement and a resource for me this past year and I thank each and every one who has participated. I hope to continue increasing my sphere of meeting other sailors here if I have not already alienated everyone else! If I haven't, there is always next year and I will keep trying.
I wish you all the best over our holidays with you and your families and boats.
(I forgot to congratulate John Pollard or bemoan the death of Robert Gainer but hey, it's been done and I will need some material for January.)
Edit to add: Moderation be damned except while sailing.