Jan 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm #1284486
Wow. What can I say about the majority of my recent posts. OK they make me sound like an Odious Bastard Curmudgeon. Amongst other things.
Why is this so? Well it has been unusually stressful as of late. Had to rebuild the engine in the Vanagon as a bolt backed out the day before Christmas Eve. Unplanned major expenditure, never good on a tight budget.
Why take it out on you? I don't have anyone else as my wife won't let me act like this at home.
I do look at many members here at BPL as family. Don't have a large one myself. Many here are the types of people that you wish were your family.
I have made many friends here over the years. I hope that this continues. To continue I need to use better judgement at times.
Still have to speak up when the BS gets too deep. But hey, I am aware of that trait and that is who I am.
To those of you who I have offended, I am sorry.
Come to the GGG if you can. I'd love to meet you.Jan 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm #1827886
Gosh Ken, I'm getting all weepy. We won't quit you man! Ummmmmm, not like that though….. ;-)Jan 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm #1827889
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
You're the man Ken.Jan 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm #1827892
@dirk9827Locale: Pacific Northwest
How bad of a guy could you be? You own a Vanagon. Makes you okay in my book.Jan 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm #1827893
@cameronLocale: The WOODS
"To those of you who I have offended, I am sorry."
Me too. Some threads have gotten nasty lately and I'm pulling out of that for the time being. Enough nasty threads. Wish I could post a trip report to be more productive but unfortunately haven't been out it a while. Maybe this spring break…Jan 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm #1827913
Ken, there has been a lot of forum drama all around. Comes in waves; I think we learn from it. As someone who knows you in person, I can say that you are a very kind, thoughtful and easygoing person; one of my favorite people all around.Jan 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm #1827938
I don't have a vanagon with a bad motor, but I feel like I'm suffering from the same mailaise. Wish I could explain it. Never give up, never surrender.Jan 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm #1827945
On a positive note. The van is all back together and ready to head south to the GGG. Runs great. No more excuses. Commander Taggart will save us.Jan 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm #1827950
@cvcassLocale: State of Jefferson
Whats wrong with being an "Odious Bastard Curmudgeon" from time to time?Jan 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm #1827952
Nothing other than I feel like I was overachieving.Jan 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm #1827958
@anywayoutsideLocale: South East
Good on you Ken. This place could use more humility and self examination as of late.
Thank you.Jan 22, 2012 at 1:07 am #1827995
>Good on you Ken. This place could use more humility and self examination as of late.
I never really gave your recent posts much thought regarding your admission, but it takes some balls to come out and admit one's perceived shortcomings. Though none were really perceived here. Regardless, we all have our off day, week, month, or even year. Our mistakes do not define us because our true nature always shows through. Thoughtful and considerate people will always be able to sort out our "off days" from the real "us."
Needed or not, your public "apology" shows more character than you think. I'm of the opinion that the recent backlash against BPL is not really BPL's fault, but rather people failing to do more of what you have done here.Jan 22, 2012 at 1:27 am #1828000
Hey, Ken —
Old Farts have earned a lot of leeway to let loose, hopefully experienced by others from an upwind perspective, but a lot of leeway nevertheless.
So let the curmodgeon posts roll and offend away!!!
Just remember: BS is a matter of relative perspectives so what one person views as BS is savored by another like a fine merlot.
Variety in life is great! Long live curmodgeonous old farts!Jan 22, 2012 at 5:29 am #1828025
@ikeLocale: Central Michigan
I wasn't one of the "offended" but I respect the openness of your post, just as I've appreciated your thoughtful responses in the past. I hope to be counted amongst your friends in the future. Glad things are starting to look up.Jan 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm #1828228
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
is not worth living.
You've just revealed your true character, Ken, and given a lot of other people reason to pause and examine. Posters and, I hope, non posters alike.
Good on ya for performing a public service at a most propitious time.Jun 15, 2012 at 6:00 am #1887162
Bump. Still holds true.Jun 15, 2012 at 6:23 am #1887163
@butukiLocale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Well, I wouldn't have defended you if I didn't think you were trying to say something with dignity and sincerity. And I've been thinking a lot lately that I, too, have been rolling the steam roller a bit too often. And at least you're a curmudgeon and not a honey-dripper, full of false bravado and trying to make things look better than they really are. I also believe you have a good point. Nothing to feel ashamed of. Usually it's someone who IS thinking who makes an effort to point out some glitches that no one else is willing to commit to.Jun 15, 2012 at 7:03 am #1887171
I found nothing wrong with your posts. This is a forum after all.
Keep it real, like you always do, and it will be appreciated.Jun 15, 2012 at 7:52 am #1887194
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
No problem with anyone's posts, but
at some point has everything been said that can be about criticism of BPL or Ryan?
on the other hand, if I don't want to read something I can just skip itJun 15, 2012 at 11:37 am #1887256
Not replying to the op means there is no issueJun 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm #1887310
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
I don't think an apology was really necessary. You pointed out some things that needed pointing out. Perhaps you carried on for too long, but your apology certainly covers that!
Warm fuzzies all around!Jun 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm #1887311
"I don't think an apology was really necessary."
I do think, however, that chocolate IS necessary. So I think, to make reparations, you should mail each of us a Hershey's Kiss. I want the almond ones, please. And a hug too. Does Hershey makes those?Jun 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm #1887313
@greg23Locale: ColoradoJun 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm #1887329
I better pick up some stamps and a few bags like thisJun 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm #1887333
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