Well I just don't know where to freakin' begin here. *didn't read the forum rules closely so I'm not sure if I can swear like I did at Central*
I guess if Calpuck is already got a thread on the demise of CC then it was successful? http://forum.calgarypuck.com/showthread.php?t=107250
It's great to see the regulars over here and already stirring the juice so to speak. I have been pretty vacant the last few months at CC- posting here and there but this was way, way way out of left field, at least for me. Life has kinda taken away some free time and that is cool but after a few actions and some hindsight I guess I should have seen the writing on the wall.
First guy to tip me off was ODB, thanks bud! Your PM was what set the lightbulb off.
However if I look back the biggest catalyst for the end was when Chris banned Doc and Topper. I never understood why but it seems like two 'members' became more important to the site than the site itself. No disrespect meant to, OD, Spidey, Rats, Creep Wheelchair, SC, EPC, HW, S_C, Pot, Blob, Aaron, Tant... and whoever else I can't remember.
What Chris seemed to miss in my modest and humble opinion that was Doc and Topper, among others were a draw to the site. People eventually found there way to the OF and when you did your creed, political stripe, beliefs were challenged. It was a right of passage and that was the draw. It took me years to start posting in the OF but once I did I had my game stung and that was okay. I had to earn respect and that really is how it should be. It took time, more than a few lumps but what you did learn was how talk, post and discuss. Think of the battles Per and Doc waged for years. It never got mean but that was because neither wanted to be mean, they wanted to debate. The fault of the OF, and IMHO, was Chris didn't Mod it right and like a child growing up if you give it too much freedom getting control back is a real bitch!
As for Chris, if you do come across this, I wish you the best. Whether life works out the way you want in the future or to now is up to you. While you may have some challenges, don't blame the world for it. Look around, see the true suffering and realize how much you have. I have three relatives with cancer right now and all would love to have the chronic pain in there hands which you experience. If you can't your hands find out what a Saudi convicted of theft does to survive, really. Not being an ass just saying there are people who can't move a limb and work... one is an MP even. You have a lovely wife from the photos I saw and you need to seize life and move forward with her and make the most of it.
However, talking about Chris does not come without some observations, good and bad. I think he really wanted to build something great with the site but it got beyond his ability, his expertise and his vision. I also think he blamed far too many '3rd parties' for failures in his life. I never really sense any joy from him in anything he revealed. No sign of enthusiasm for anything, even his wedding seemed glum by his account. I feel for people who cannot (at least to my impression and understanding) find joy no matter how small- Chris just seemed that way with everything.
So no matter where you go there you are and I'm here with a lot of other great folks. Looking forward to seeing renewed energy and some great f-ing banter again. Waiting for Creeps err...J-Rod to post something outrageous to get the ball rolling.
J-Rod why don't you tell us about this year's feud with that redneck d-bag who doesn't own a lawnmower? LOL!! tkae him out for a beer and dose him with 5 Oxcy pills!
Good to see you all here.