Dr. Mark Posted April 21, 2011 Share Posted April 21, 2011 OK, brothers and sisters, a moment of your time, if you please. The past two days have seen...um...considerable upheaval, if you will, in the little orbit that is the world of Indian motorcycle. Polaris' purchase of Indian has provoked a considerable amount of discussion, consternation, controversy, and even hate and discontent on the board, to the point of attacking one another, and even attacking the newbies, like rabid weasels. OK, well, more rabid than usual. The pro-KM and anti-KM factions have been out in force, both proclaiming that the sale is vindication for their point of view. (fact is, they probably are both right, to some degree.) The civility level around here has dropped over the past year or two to the point that many good folks just don't come 'round no more, and that's sad. When was the last time you saw Pops post? Pappy? Homer? MG? IL? Danny? The list goes on and on. They all spiced things up around here, and always had something useful or funny or thought provoking to add. Maybe you don't miss them, but I do. And we sure ain't doing much to endear ourselves to the new Victory peeps signing on the board. Yeah, maybe a couple of them have made somewhat insensitive comments, but think back to when you were a noob and said stupid shit. Hell, I been here for 9 years and I still say stoopid shit...frequently. Hourly, at times. Whether you look at them positively or negatively, the KM days are over. The Polaris days are here. The debate about how things were done at Kings Mountain now will go on forever, likely, and will undoubtedly be chewed over ad infinitum at IRIP this year, next year and so on. All I am saying, is that we need to try to inject a little civility in the discussions. We don't talk to one another like this in person....unless we are joking. Let me give you an example...I don't think stu will mind. If you read the board, you'd think stu and I fucking hate each other, but in fact, when my nephew died, stu sent me an extremely nice note, and that was very much appreciated. We still fight like cats and dogs, but we'd still sit down for a beer together...and have in the past. Cut the newbies and Victory folks a little slack. We don't want them thinking we are all flaming dickheads right off the bat. (It should take them at least a month to figure that out on their own.) Peace, out. -Dr. Mark 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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