In a recent chat room talk it was noted not many of the regulars are posting. I feel same way! too much do it this way or-----You are wrong!!! now days----death trap!... I learn something new every day.
How true is that, well said.
One of the mysteries of bus folks is their apparent need to meet, to figure out who is the top dog in the pack, how many members are in the tribe? This is often accomplished in the Internet medium.
This doesn’t always work out well for some folks, BK and myself, know it far too well.
There have been times when I have found out that I do not interact all that well with some bus folks, this is why I always read the posts now, and seldom post. At one time I felt I had something to offer the bus community, but now days, I do not feel all that willing to share.
Some folks blend in, they mix well, they know how to work a room. Unfortunately, this just isn’t my bag. This is one primary reason you will not find me on a few bus boards or any of the other social networking platforms.
My reasoning is simple.
Why in the world would I want to share my private thoughts and feelings with the world at large? What good could possibly come from me having a convenient outlet to express myself to all of these people? Only to give it my level best and find out it was all wrong.
The more likely outcome is that in a misguided attempt to be funny or cute, I'd say something stupid and wind up getting publicly raked over the coals. Something like “I want to burn french fry oil in my two-stroke, do you think it will smoke?” Usually I have the profound pleasure of screwing it all up.
Which is why I think the wiser path is to keep my opinions to myself.
For example, if I were to feel emotional tension building over an organization riddled with bus purists’ expressing their moral outrage over LED lights on a classic Eagle, I certainly wouldn't comment about it. If I was told in no uncertain terms to take my stuff that is not bus related somewhere else, I would.
Then later on see a lot of non bus related issues being posted repeatedly by the very people that complained about my stuff ... material that is clearly not bus related but was allowed to stand, that would not sit well with me.
There is a word for it and that word is hypocrisy.
I would not want to be a part of a social network of hypocrites who say one thing and do something completely different. Perhaps this is what drove BK to the shadows and led him to be a non-participant here. Some guy jumps your ___ and when you respond to it, here comes an army of moderators to cool it down.
At best it is an uneven platform and at times certainly not fair. It is non productive and it runs off a lot of good talented, knowledgeable people.
We all have the right to remain silent, some of us unfortunately fail to take advantage of that right. Then later on, after the damage is done, we feel the need to apologize.
Classic “locking the barn door after the horse has left philosophy.”
That could be a few of the primary reasons most folks here just read it ... but do not comment. I asked a guy one time, “Do you read the board at BCM?” and he said this, “Hey, I got enough people at work hacked off at me, why would I want even more of that?”
Really did not have an answer for him on that one for sure.