"Dad. It was skiing well done today. My legs don't wanna work no mo'," my son said with an ear to ear grin. That's the good stuff! And on a bluebird day where we skied hard, worked on bumps and high speed carving....and watched a couple of his buds (and friend's kids) compete in a Rocky Mountain freestyle event.
And now back to the whining and bitching I left this morning.......
As someone who has designed very expensive, complex, custom homes and remodels with many very finicky and demanding clients, I'm taken back by the bitching, whining and negativity about a very genuine and huge effort at providing an improvement that will clearly benefit everyone......over time....that few are paying little, if any, for ....and is about a recreational and self-indulgent sport!
Time and time again I've tried to resolve seriously conflicting design issues for remodels and additions, to 'improve, but not 'change our home, and keep it in our (unrealistic) budget'. There a very subjective or obvious point in the design process where it's either blow it up and start over or only put a few bandaids on the problem and still not come close to what it could be if you had a clean slate.
EpicSki clearly was to the point where yet another remodel on a remodel on a a remodel would simple postpone the inevitable' Thanks goodness for all interested parties, the 'powers that be' had the foresight and balls to step up to the plate and make the tough decisions and sought talent and progressive thinking to move beyond the familiar because it will be better. Minor tweaks can still be ongoing.
Like any design process there is conceptualization and development phase. With a solid set of design parameters, the cyclical process needs to start somewhere by presenting a well thought out 'possible initial solution' that addresses the major issues. Input and feedback is necessary from the client. Other improvements and tweaks are offered and/or implemented. Input/feedback is discussed and so it goes until there is a general agreement.
The launching of the new EpicSki format was a necessary step, IMO, because no matter when and what was presented, there'd be a struggle, disagreement and need for tweaks. Plus, the more eyes and perspectives the better. Even though there has to be some basic foundation the new format existing on or in, there is room for improvements which there will be.
Criticism is the easiest thing to offer. Genuine, positive suggestions, drive and patience will bring about a site that will truly be to your benefit. It sounds like there is alot of compalining about the paint color without any understanding of the views you'll have or realizing the soundness of the foundation or the talent and the time consuming, hard work, building the home.
Relax and help out or go ski or snowboard if the white space on your screen is such a big frickin' stressful deal. It'll happen.
PS I want and need the spellchecker.
Edited by Alpinord - Sun, 01 Feb 09 05:03:35 GMT