Originally Posted by atom
Well said Evan. The buzz was a much better place long ago.
Hadn't been here in a while. I agree with a comment Red Nek made a while back about the Eddy hurting this place. People with divergent views could all come here and talk about boating and you probably would meet each other on the river, or you already knew each other. Evan wouldn't know me from Adam, but I remember the time a punk kid helped an old man learn to cartwheel while borrowing my hand paddles.
Now people come here and spout politics and it has created some people I really wouldn't want to meet on the river. They probably would be great folks, but damn the level of confrontation is pretty personal. I have probably been a part of the problem on occaision.
There have been some damn funny people here, (Chunder, The army guy that was in Iraq, Hobie back when he was riding his bike down the coast, the rainbow people threads, etc...) Maybe it's my perspective, but the west slope front range thing was always fun and funny. It went to far one time when a few kids lost their sponsorship, but even then we all knew they were good kids that just did something stupid in public here. It was never real personal and the need for censorship never existed. Times change and this site has a bit as well. It still is a cool place to read about some rivers and keep up on river hazards.
Finally, I think the current trends in the industry have changed things a bit. Every week there are more people pushing rubber and more quesstions about rigging and toilets while real boaters (kayakers) take up less and less of the space on this site. It really takes a differnt sort of person to drive a school bus then to drive a sports car. (See what I did there!)