Saturday, November 27, 2004

Testosterone Wars

First of all, let me tell you up-front, you are not going to agree with me!

It was a full moon and a Friday night, the prospects were ripe for the continuation of the Testosterone Wars (or male posturing, or the battle for territory)...

I listened for hours to Greg Sousa w6ezv and Steve Wingate kg6txh as they AGAIN battled it out. Last night the fighters were joined by Jim Southwick n7js and Robolon ke7bbx who often tried to either moderate or inject some sanity.

Today, after listening to the recordings of the BIG BATTLE, and giving it all some serious thought, these are SOME of the conclusions I came too (your view may be different & probably is!):

-Greg is RIGHT, Steve uses too much foul language that does not belong on air. AND Steve doesn't fight 'fair'; he often (for lack of better 'weapons'?) goes WAY over the line by insulting & attacking a HAMS family.

-Greg LIKES this as he continually BAITS Steve till he 'lures' Steve into 'performing' in the manner that Greg desires. No doubt to fulfill Greg's (& his backer's) own agenda's.

-Steve LIKES this, as he never withdraws, but plays the game. He allows himself to get angry to the point of 'loss of self-control', over and over and over again. Each outburst more vulgar & vile than the one before (and less lucid!).

-The OLDER & WISER folks may have been listening, but you notice that they DID NOT participate? Both participants are in their 30's would be my guess. Thus it may seem as childish as it IS to us 'older' folks.

-I have NO DOUBT that behind the scenes, each combatant had 'crews' in their corners (via email & messenger & phone), giving advice and wiping away the blood.

-Therefore, the battle rages! When the solution, for all, is not only known, but SIMPLE. Do not engage the person that is pushing your buttons. Without 'the psychological reinforcement' a response brings, it would end! Quickly and forever!

-Since NO ONE has done this, they MUST LIKE it, need it. The rage feeds them, eggs them on. (But it's also using them up, in all kinds of ways, personal and public, as that is the way of rage.)

-The non-combatants LIKE taking sides! They are rooting for their 'teams'! Now who is 'sicker'; the fighters or their backers (it's almost to the point that folks are placing bets!).

-No one seems to have thought this through or played 'WHAT IF'.

someone really gets hurt?
someone has a heart attack or gets hospitalized because of this?
someone loses their FCC license?
or several lose their FCC license?
if it turned out that Steve had MS, or ALS, or a brain tumor?
if we knew that some 12 year old was really hearing this trash?
someone 'loses' it and hurts someone else?
if friends for years were no longer friends because they took 'sides'?
if a third of the 3840 denizens abandoned ship because of this?
someone hurts themselves?
a third of the swl's stopped listening? (Where would the 3840 Hams be without their fans?)

How would we ALL feel IF any of these things happened? So come on, you guys, STOP living through your hormones! Learn to control your impulses, instead of them controlling you! Otherwise you are just wild animals in the middle of 'rutting' season (and that's exactly how you look to a lot of folks!). Just start using your mental 'delete' keys, or walk away from that microphone, or change frequencies, before someone really gets hurt!


Friday, November 26, 2004

Of Mice and Machines

A couple of folks have actually asked me WHY there have been no recent GRUDGE Reports.

The reason is simple; my computer hasn't been working! Or at least not much! I'd guestimate that 50% of the past two months, I have been 'down'.

Two months ago, it was the fan and power supply. I no sooner got that repaired when disaster really hit; my one and only Hard Drive started failing, sector by sector, day by day.

The offending Hard Drive has been replaced with a larger (80G), and hopefully, more reliable product.

One would think that this would solve all, huh. Not so! Though I had good back ups, they are data only! (I DID lose some data.) Which means I have to install, configure, transfer data, PROGRAM by PROGRAM, which I'm still in the process of doing! Ackkkkkkkk!!!

To those who'd like to see The GRUDGE Report more often; I am still in need of good, used, and cheap: second Hard Drive, a Surfboard Cable Modem, an external CD-W, a back-up monitor, a laptop, a color Palm, and/or a full second desktop system! If you have any of this stuff for sale, please email me...

In the meantime, my machine is now functioning! So here's to more of The Grudge Report!!! And to the ops of 3.840; I'm listening & reporting again!

Now, what all of this all has to do with 'mice' is moot as my NEW optical mouse works great!

Saturday, November 06, 2004

On The Right Hand Of ???

I first noticed the change between one and two weeks ago. Perhaps it happened during that week when my computer was down (not being one of those folks that have 17 of 'em, as Artie not so subtly brags he has!)

But, I digress... The thing is, there is a difference on . If anyone has noticed it, I haven't heard about it, either on air, via email, or on our list (New members always welcome!).

The exit of Karen Larrimore w6so has occurred without a whimper, compared to her solar flare entrance a few short months ago! An event much heralded, welcomed by Art Bell w6obb.

Karen Larrimore w6so, can still be heard on 3840 once in awhile in the early evenings (usually long before Art's golden voice hits the ethers.)

Hmmm. Could this be because Artie is now as cold as ice to Karen, that is, even if he is polite enough to respond, which he often isn't. I mean, is there a reason for this??? OTHER than the OBVIOUS??? )

Anyway, as soon as I returned with a working computer, (thanks to a local HAM), I checked out . I noticed right away that Karen's picture 'spot' had moved from it's month's long position just to the right of, and beside, Art Bell's top row middle position to mid-way down the page. Then, a few days later, I noticed there was NO pic spot for Karen at all! And so it's been ever since. I know because I check.

The 'line-up' was thus: Top row, Paul w7mag ( owner and neighbor/friend of Art), Artie, and Karen. Paul to the left of Artie, Karen to the right.

It would seem that Karen has lost her 'Right hand of Art' status! (Not that she ever 'requested' it.) But, who will take her place??? Does she want it back??? (Hard to imagine as she's so seldom on frequency anymore.) Did she ever want it to begin with???

Perhaps Karen is again on vacation? Or is there now 'infighting' behind the scenes for this 'coveted' position? Of course, Artie has the only say in this matter.

But, ahhh, the questions left by a flash in the pan...


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