I screwed up. Something rubbed me the wrong way, hit a nerve, and I posted a stupid rant directed toward someone who certainly didn't deserve it. I realized the error of my ways, posted what was really bugging me and why (my own sour grapes), sent a personal apology to the recipient of my rant, and kindly requested that my (admittedly classless) move be the end of it.
I don't know if Thom has accepted my apology, but to his credit, he has let it drop without further stirring of the pot. I got a PM from him, but I'm not sure if it was before or after my apology.
Today I find this thread with half a dozen personal digs. I can only guess what the original post contained. I suppose I deserve that.
I screwed up, and I'll own it. That's why my original rant (and follow-up explanations/apologies) were left unedited. I try to teach my kids and my Scouts integrity... That nobody ever gained by complaining, whining, or feeling sorry for themselves... That "one 'ah crap' kills a thousand 'attaboys'" (to quote Grandpa)... There's my 'ah crap', left for all the world to see and judge. Hopefully I can get back to the 'attaboys'.
To Kat: When I asked that we let that thread get back to "giving great gear to great people", I was specifically thinking of you (and Konrad). Obviously, that post rubbed you the wrong way, and I certainly understand. I still think you're a great person. I hope some day I can get back in your good graces (if I was ever there to begin with). If not, it is probably my loss.
Happy New Year to all,
P.S. I still feel there are plenty of deserving non-members here who have given great amounts of knowledge on these forums (most of us members were "guests" for a while before joining). I hope the PIF threads continue, with or without the conditions. Great gear to great people. I love this site.