I must admit I have never posted on the SITE TALK board but felt it a fitting place for the following.
I have been a user, random poster of and to Chowhound for many years. I've enjoyed the "conversation" and the information. It truely pains me to choose to say goodbye at this juncture. I do reserve the option to return. The reason for my spiritual "departure" is that CH no longer speaks to me. I used to enjoy it. Now, for the most part I feel the joy, the soul, is gone. Maybe it's just gone in me. Maybe it is a function of our times. So many, so many of the posts of the past, while using chow as a basis were really discussions of life. How to live. These dynamics were often no more then subtext. There was an overt joy of discovery, of adventure, willingness to "give some hole in the wall" a try, because it "smelled" of possibility. I don't find this spirit anymore, or rarely. The type of discovery I speak of was one more jubilent, passionate; more "hip hip hooray" then I've seen recently, even for "new finds". I have tried to retain an emotional attachment with, a passion for, Chowhounds. I have actively tried of late by posting where I had not for some time. My "style", what I was attempting, seemed not to be understood by MOST of the current Chowhounders. I attempted to contribute thought out, posts that went beyond simply what was placed on a plate, to what was in our souls and how the Chow served as an element of who we are, how we live. What we consider, enjoyment and even meaning, of this thing we call life. The new paradigm it seems would rather consider if the restaurant with the red door is better then the one with the blue door not mine.
When I entered Site Talk to begin this post today, I saw a post from faijay, telling of the passing of Maurice Naughton who's posting about the Paris scene were unparalled. Reading his posts one came to understand not only the food of Paris, but Paris itself through it's food. Food and life were an adventure. The two were inseparably linked. My thanks to Maurice who took the time to share.
My thanks also to: Jim, who Danial Boone and Lewis & Clark didn't "have a thing on", Pat Hammond who always "got it" and all the Chowhounders who dusted off a trailhead which made it easier to track, and often would lead to gold. To a rich expirence > a richer life. A full belly and heart.