The above is my DAILY frustration with the VDH Forum......Google analytics tells me the huge number of visitors it receives daily but the amount of participation it gets is a joke.SurfLung wrote:A VERY BIG DEAL...
- To tell the truth, I am kind of disappointed at the lack of forum participation and comments about Sea Hunt Forever in the vintage equipment diving community. I had not even gotten home yet and the enthusiasm and discussion over the first postings of pictures and video had already begun to cool off. I just wonder if forum readers realize:
1. What truly BIG A DEAL the Sea Hunt Forever show is for our diving community.
2. How much time and effort goes into producing videos and photos to post on forums that only a few people bother to contribute anything to... Comments, questions, personal experience, etc... Much less share and disseminate outside the forum for the good of the sport.
We are.Drado wrote:With events like that, I'd like to think that each member is acutely aware of their role as ambassadors of this little niche of ours, and take great pains to get all the gear working right.
I think you are seeing a line that doesn't exist. I don't think any of us see our selves as 1% of anything. It is sort of like being invited to a party, is it formal or costume, which ever you dress accordingly. When not at a party you wear whatever you want.rhwestfall wrote:Okay, I'm sure I am due to be blackballed/ousted, but it is Friday, and a couple bourbons pre-dinner have me "interested" in the conversation....
Traditionalists - the 1%-ers..... I liken it to other hobbies I have. I like to hunt.... In participating, I use traditional bows as well as a modern compound. I use flintlocks/caplocks in addition to modern shotguns and rifles. Do I want to be a re-enactor or dress like a homeless person out in the woods? No, not particularly. But yet I do appreciate the "one shot" and not a bunch of additional advantages, honing my skills. While you guys were "putting on the show", and I totally respect and appreciate your passion, dedication, and effort, I was using a Kraken under 16" of ice where the air temperature was -13F in a full modern drysuit, & BP/W! Am I any better? No. Did I have fun? Yes! Did other divers there see "something different"? Yes! Did it spur interest? Hopefully..... (rumor has it a local newspaper article may happen with some of out photographs, and comments from the instructor)!
When I first joined this board (and still to this day), I don't feel like I'm worth anything to this group as I am "quasi-vintage". I'm stubborn, and until told to go away, I celebrate the elements of "vintage" and "quasi-vintage" I choose to do, hoping to expose folks to pieces of "the other side"..... Maybe from there they might become the 1%-er.... maybe not...
I guess I need to ask, "What worship to you seek"? If you stirred one person to look into scuba (be it vintage or modern) at the "show", you won! If they go further and dig out old gear, you won x2, x10, x100!
We are in a time of transition, where "passion" is substituted with "checklist". I don't know that it can be reversed, but we cant internally fracture ourselves further as it turns folks away.
We can only do what we like, but damn sure make sure to not turn our noses to others....
As Bryan contemplates "the future", we all must ask, "Are we doing this for fun, or something else"? If it is no longer fun, and the "other" reason isn't what we wanted, maybe it is time to change..... Being a 1%, I hope you don't seek more than self worth and enjoyment. You guys put in a ridiculous bit of time, effort, and money, but that is what we do with things we are passionate about. I am amazed at what you do!
I hope none of you ever loose the passion. It is fun to rub elbows with you. I just won't be "you".
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