I hate to call it like I see it, but BSoE's post is dead-on. I can't label this one a blatant troll, as I've seen Yakgrrll post other legit messages to this board before.
BUT, here's the catch: yes, I too came to this site a clueless newby. Yes, I too asked (what were probably stupid/ silly/ naive) questions about boats and teaching and bombproofing a roll. But the difference between most of the responses I got, and most of what Yakgrrll has, has been in the legitimacy of answers: I came here as a dumb, young boater who happened to be female. My primary interest was connecting with other cued-in, experienced, and more knowledgable boaters. After my first handful of posts, if someone asked, I let them in on the fact that yes
, I was a girl. I didn't jump on the Buzz and advertise myself as a single chick with an agenda-- and I think that may be part of what's gotten Yakgrrll into trouble.
Now, do I think I've handled every situation here on the Buzz the right way, every time? Hell
no. Are you kidding
I'm just saying, be a boater, first and foremost. Put it out there that boating and skills and beta and new rivers are at the top of your list of priorities. Let folks know if you're looking to paddle with other chicks (maybe that's whay Yakgal posted she was single? Given the benefit of the doubt for a second, she could've just been asking for other single girls to show her the ropes, even if that's not how it came off initially?), or just friendly folks who're willing to spend a little time helping you hone your skills. Rasdoggy had a few great suggestions if you're looking for the latter, and if the paddling is your priority. If the single fellas are, don't waste your time or $$ on the flashy new boat or labor-intensive instruction, go hang out at the whitewater park, the local playhole, the take-out-- there should be plenty of guys there.
I'll tell you this much: I've gotten far more respect as a boater who happens to be female and single, than I would've had I taken the route of being a chick who happened to be single and boat. I'd much rather have a fella fawn over me for the fact I got out there, took my licks, had my ass handed to me a couple of times, and ultimately proved that I could hang with the guys, than for the fact I happened to be halfway attractive and admittedly single. I don't know, call me crazy, but meeting men/ people has never been a motivating factor for getting on the water any given day?? Unfortunately, with the way the original post was worded, I think it may've bitten you in the ass 'cause that's what it *kinda
* sounds like you were out there wanting to do??
And BTW Yakgrrll, if I lived in CO, I'd have been happy to have shown you the ropes on a run or two. Unfortunately, with me living in the SE instead, all I can offer are a few (very unsolicited) words of advice about dealing with these zany (but mostly lovable) boater men!