Posted: 07/11/2013 at 10:49
Dear All. Regardless of quite a bit of heat I really liked this thread. In a very interesting way it shows that the Pirates at the same time are not what you think they are and at the same time exactly what you think.
Whoever thought that an ideal could remain true this long was a bit naive. I like naive though. All Pirates are not the same. I dont even think any of you believe that. The kit is there just to easily spot the individuals for support. It may have been a simple kit but the bright colour is perfect for that.
I do believe that PSOF is way bigger than the sum of its members, current or past. It was so even in its infancy, as any guild or association is. As it grows it becomes unstable. PSOF cannot run on its own. Currently, at a very core level, as whatever it is now, runs on free time from a very small number of people, which I believed are not thanked enough for this. I suppose PSOF could run on second hand kit for a time that with that many members selling their kit but without the Kit Fairy work and financial support, there would be no "corporate" kit.
There are a lot of strong feelings in the community towards things like the corporate kit. Anger at pink coloured tri kits. It is hard to have rules when there are no rules.
You are all individuals, there is no full compromise. Please let me add that Hope's and Barley's posts were beautiful. Amazing in their capability to see beyond their own vision. I picked them up from many others along the same lines because they were very compassionate (Hope) or consistent, tenacious and full of engagement/support (Barley).
I also support Fegan as I honestly believe his intention was never to derail (sink?) the Ship ethos. I also think he made a mistake when he pointed out the books but this was not personal against IronHolgs. It was the wrong thing to say but he used the fact to try and highlight that PSOF currently has marketed itself outside of the forum and the races due to the number of individuals associated and their occasional success. My heartt goes to Andy as he was personally hurt and that was unfair.
In a way, numbers and spotlight have had an effect on the IDEAL. That was to be expected. I also find it funny that at the end of the day, we all wanted to brag we went the distance, but some of us are unhappy that some do it much faster. We may choose to feel classified or not, a personal decision. Myself, I did Lanza in 16.04 toeing the line of undertraining. I feel inspired by late finishers but I am spurred on by the best. It asks me whether I can do more or not.