Artimus, I used to run marathons. I found that all most marathoners could talk abot is running. BORING!
One of the things I like about skiers, especially the ones who post on this forum, is that they generally lead more multi faceted lives.
As you have stated, skiing is not divorced from world politics. And initially, the International Affairs forum was healing.
But unfortunately, people with political agendas tend not to be too sensitive to the idea of a healing process. One young forum member lost a bunch of friends at the trade center. Prior to leaving NYC, which is my hometown, I taught corporate fitness at the trade and financial center for 6 years. The issue of teaching through tragedy" became a topic that many teachers, ski pros and others, had to give some thought to.
You know, its all a question of timing. Some of us would come to the board just for the feeling of community, only to read highly inane statements such as "This would never have happened if everyone had voted for Al Gore".
Then, out of the blue, there suddenly was an array of particpants who had never once posted on epicski, whose first posts on the forum said, in gist, "I hope you realize how much you dumb Americans deserved this".
From there, it got a bit ugly. Since these were new particpants there was no sense of relationship, (whatever the heck that means on an internet forum}, so there were no rules of courtesy.
At that point, AC, and the rest of us decided to do away with the IA forum.
Yes, we all realize that its impossible to stay completely on track about skiing. If those were the rules, we would never have been able to read your wonderful whistle blower thread! [img]smile.gif[/img]
And when Mitt Romney runs for gov. in my great state, I know its going to be hard to keep our mouths shut.
But posting a totally political thread in the general skiing forum is just not going to cut it around here.