My Opinion - Posted by Ed Garcia

Posted by DanM(OR) on May 26, 1999 at 17:33:09:

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My Opinion - Posted by Ed Garcia

Posted by Ed Garcia on May 26, 1999 at 12:16:58:

My opinion:

This last week I was involved in a conflict with another individual

I did not look for this conflict. As a matter of fact I didn?t even answer
the post of the individual who I got into the conflict with.

I answered a posting originated by a lady named Amy.

Another party came in and dissected my posting and attacked it.

I let it go.

But believe me when I tell you, it was on my mind.

The next day, that same party attacked Jim Piper.

Now I have to tell you, Piper doesn?t need me to come to his defense,
but I was already worked up from the day before, so when I saw this
new posting, I was ready to rock and roll, and that?s what I did.

But there is one more thing that I think is important.

Honesty and integrity and to not lose site of your message.

My message was to make sure that Amy wasn?t confused by the two
answers, as she was when she originated her posting. or that my answer
got run over by some other answer that I felt was not as correct.

Was Ego involved ? Of course.
Anyone who thinks anything of themselves has an ego.
Our ego, and feeding that ego, is what makes us good. It makes us reach
out to be the best. People with ego?s are usually not the last to stand in line.

If you don?t have one, you should get one.

I can?t speak as eloquently as Jim Piper, John Behle, and Bill Gatten
just to name a few. God, I wish I could.

But I promise you one thing. If you see my post, read it.

The information will be proven. It won?t just be theory or something that
works on occasion. That?s why you don?t see me answer every question,
and to be honest with you, I?m not qualified to answer every question.

I?m not fond of people who are wishy- washy and won?t stand up for
what they believe in. To me, confrontations are part of this business.

It?s true that were all entitled to our own opinion.

But I feel, we have a responsibility in giving that opinion, because it could
effect someone?s income, or even staying in this business for that matter.

I think it?s important for us to realize that when we answer a post. Our
answer could effect thousands of viewers, not just the party to which our
answer was intended.

When it?s all said and done, I have two things to say.

Communication, Is the responsibility of the communicator?.

The Message, Is more important than the messenger?.

Ed Garcia

Re: My Opinion - Posted by Greg

Posted by Greg on May 27, 1999 at 13:04:33:

Ed,
I’m new to REI and have been reading the posts here for about 2 months. I agree with the others on this, but most of all, I agree with Judy’s statement about looking at who has authored the post.
With the “bickering” that has been happening the last few weeks, I might not have even opened your post, if I had not recognized your name at the end of the post.

Thanks to everyone who contributes to this site, with your help, others ARE becoming self reliant and getting out of the “rat race”.

Re: My Opinion - Posted by Judy

Posted by Judy on May 27, 1999 at 09:21:31:

Ed,

I’ve been coming to this site for a while. Believe me, people who are really searching will look for and find those who are doing, not just talking. Whenever I read a post, I look for the author’s name and then consider the source. I don’t think that I’m alone in doing this.

Judy

Our answer could effect thousands of viewers, not just the party to which our answer was intended. (nt) - Posted by Perry IL

Posted by Perry IL on May 26, 1999 at 21:17:03:

DITTO

Re: My Opinion - Posted by Bill Gatten

Posted by Bill Gatten on May 26, 1999 at 14:01:09:

Ed,

I couldn’t agree more with your message, though I disagree with your too humble self asessment re. your verbal skills. Without question, you present yourself as among the most knowledgeable, professional and articulate on this board.

Once when in college I competed in an Oral Interpretation contest (the reading of stuff). The piece I had selected was something I had written myself ('had to do with the training, care and feeding of pet clams, as a matter of fact). I ended up in the finals ('this was four hundred years ago, bear in mind). When the advertisement for the event came out in the local newspaper, it advertised: “…come and hear the timeless Renderings of the likes of Ralph Waldo Emmerson, Henry Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Sinclare Lewis, Abraham Lincon and… Bill Gatten.” You can imagine how I felt being mentioned in that prestigious group.

Well… it just happened again. Thank you. ["…Jim Piper, John Behle, and Bill Gatten…"]

Bill

Mr. Garcia, sir … - Posted by Redline

Posted by Redline on May 26, 1999 at 12:52:37:

Ed,

I appreciate your comments and agree totally with your sentiment. I also want to thank you for your input here and all the help you’ve given me in the past. You’re a good guy and I always read your posts.

RL