Originally Posted by elkhaven
At the root of this thread is my distaste for complaints about what this site used to be and how if you're not running huge water you're a waste of time. There's so much ego on this site it's depressing. Don't get me wrong I still post here because there are some great folks here and I've learned a ton, but sometimes I think the shit talkers are 12 yo pimple face punks sitting in their basement. Gotta be the gnar, nothing else...it's just a lame perspective in my opinion. So I guess I was looking for a place to vent or validation...
HAHAHA! What a great image! Thanks for that.
So anonymity on the internet has a tendency to bring out the worst in people... add that to the already over inflated ego of your stander boater personality & voila! Yeah... the buzz can be a pretty vile place... but it can also be very informative, as well as highly entertaining! I have learned to not take anything personally on here...
As far as why we use it, yup, as was already said... good place to glean information, & we are all obsessive... we think about boating ALL THE TIME...
I mean, I met my husband on the Buzz... (Really. Be careful what you buy from the swap page!) So good things do come from the buzz!
Why do we boat? I can't not. The River calls me, pulls at my heart, my soul... Flows in my veins... is, always has been, always will be, an integral part of me... who I am, what I Love... I can't help it, the River IS a part of me. I don't care if I'm on flat water, gnar water, big water, low water... as long as I'm on the water.
I tried looking deeper into what makes boaters tick once, & I wrote this article
about it. Then I discover a fascinating new piece of information... and wrote this addendum
. Not sure if they answer any questions at all, but I'll take the slim bit of justification I found there.