|BobB, the whole issue of compromise was brought up pages ago, by myself. ski equipment is no different than anything else in this world in that respect.
All I would ask of everyone is that if you want to jump into this conversation at a late time, please go back and read the entire thread(s), as there are two. Then you you will understand what's been said. If you don't care to, fine. But please then temper your comments with the knowledge that you haven't taken the time too.
However, these incredibly long and detailed threads DID cry for a clear synopsis. Even some of those who have followed them diligently from the start have asked for a "purpose statement," a "table of contents," a map of the ultimate destination all the meandering side trips are intended to lead to. In my late arrival to the discussion, I skimmed much of the threads and found that there were points made that needed scrutiny, "principles" that were not, in my opinion, as immutable as suggested, but that formed the foundation of the rest of the discussion. Others were merely sidebars that bore little importance to the main discussion. In asking for a summation of the main points, I mostly wanted minimize the waste of everyone's time that it would involve had I tried to return to the debate of ultimately insignificant points.
Whether these shaky points were raised in the past or not, if they remain part of the foundation of the continued discussion, they need to be addressed. Again. Yeah, I'd like to have raised my objections long ago, when they were still hot topics. But, missing that opportunity, I have to say "better late than never." I do apologize for being "late." If you're 75% finished with building a skyscraper, and a new engineer comes along and discovers a flaw in the design of the foundation that "should" have been identified long ago, would you prefer to ignore it at this late date? Or to address it? I choose the latter, with apologies!
Finally, these discussions have raised some wonderful points and should prove valuable to many people. I am sure I am not alone in wanting a synopsis of the essential points, and in not wanting (or having the time) to read carefully the entire discussion. 99% or so of the first 500 posts were made by fewer than 10 people! If others are to benefit from the fruits of your earnest discourse, you must synopsize! And I would suggest that the same will be true again and again in the future. You cannot expect everyone who "wants in" to go back to the beginning. "The beginning," after all, predates these recent threads and includes every word ever written at EpicSki and elsewhere! Annoying as it may be, it is the nature of open forums like this that people will join in the middle of discussions. When the threads are as lengthy and dense as these, an occasional summation of their contents benefits all!
Anyway, I thank those of you who have contributed the bulk of the information in these threads. It's only because I see potentially great value to the conclusions that you've drawn, not without some suffering, I suspect, that I ask for a summation. You don't really want to keep your revelations to yourselves, do you? Those of us who have not had the time or the inclination to suffer through the details with you very much appreciate the "whitewashed Readers' Digest version" of the fruits of your labors! Thank you!
[ December 03, 2002, 11:18 AM: Message edited by: Bob Barnes/Colorado ]