|Originally posted by nolo:
This exchange begs the question: why assume the worst about people?
If nobody else asks the hard questions, tragic human flaws can go on about their merry way and work bad influences.
I think this entire series of posts in several threads reveals a big communication problem. Perhaps effective communication has taken a back seat to getting this Gathering up and running for Jan 2003. I don't know. What I do know is that this whole thing started as an idea for Bears to gather and ski together. From that point, the idea of benefiting from you top-notch coaches' wisdom came into play.
Of course, some of us would like to see wisdom shared gratis
. From the perspective of one who just wants to ski with his fellow Bears and maybe benefit from some pithy observations, I am a bit disheartened by this shift to a "business" approach. Maybe there are details about the logistics that mandate such an approach. As a lawyer, I can see the need for creating a corporation, etc. But I question the wisdom of this apparent sea-change in purpose.
I'm not a professional mtn bike coach, although if I were to draw an analogy to PSIA levels, I would believe myself capable of at least a Level II certification on mtb coaching. Also, I've never sought to make mtb coaching a career of any type. Still, I would never ever think of getting folks together to ride and share experiences, and then turn that thing into a business that lets me make some money either directly or indirectly. Said differently, my riding friends and my random encounters have benefited from my knowledge and insights many times, without so much as a request for a beer. Several of my riding friends have urged me to take it up as a sideline. But I think there's nothing greater than seeing another person get the same enjoyment from mtb riding that I derive. I don't need $$ to validate that enjoyment.
On the other hand, you folks get paid to teach skiing. Maybe I was naive in thinking you would want to attend this thing merely as a sort of public benefit to a select group (Bears), where instruction becomes a fortuitous byproduct of the gathering. To speak from a bean-counter's perspective (I'm just playing one on the internet, I'm no accountant), I thought you coaches would treat this as a "loss leader" -- impart some wisdom, and if the student is impressed, he or she engages you for some real, fee-based coaching. Guess I'm just Mr Paul E. Annuh.
Now, the whole point seems to be the $$ end of things. Why? Were there bad projections? Fear of failure?
I'd prefer to see this whole thing become more laid-back than it appears to be heading. If that makes me selfish, then so be it. I just wonder about the real need for the apparent sea-change. My sailboat continues on toward that portside mark. I'm not changing tacks until the wind definitely shifts. A puff doesn't make me switch.
Agent O[ October 31, 2002, 12:02 PM: Message edited by: gonzostrike ]