A long time ago a lot of people played racquetball, it was fairly easy to learn and it was relativly cheap to get into.
A huge number of these same people got attracted by the "next thing",... jazzercise, rollerblading? As the remaining group got better the improvement zing came in smaller chunks, the game was very hard to follow between the upper end players, more time was spent arguing about calls then playing and it was kinda hard on the body being highly dynamic and with lots of lateral direction changes, the equipment got lighter but more expensive, balls faster but less durable,court time more expensive, more people exited. A lot of people still play raquetball of course and handball and tons of other niche things like jazzercise rollerblading. Maybe we lose some interest and maybe a newbie will fill our shoes here, I don't know.
The best things in life are not "things" yet the focus here is "things", way too many things but not enough experiences.
I posted for awhile looking for trip partners,I was willing to drive halfway across the state and back to pick up anyone wanting to do a little trip here and there, I spread these out over the hiking season, nice little trips to the best places during the right time of the year....I'll let you use your imagination on how many responses I recieved.
So I tried a bigger trip with the same results,I still went on these trips solo and spent a lot of time thinking about who still played racquetball,how many people still rode there bicycles without being a member of an ultralight bicycle forum, and how I was going to convince my wife to let go on yet another solo trip.
I guess it's true, Benjamin, that the brightest light must also endure the burning. Someday someone will stumble across these old posts and maybe for an instance they will wonder who those guys/gals were.