Did Dave mention my free lifetime membership?
As a huge group of goofballs, Dave has known many of us (put up with?) for many years...
We're going to have to be on our best behavior.
The difference between try and triumph is a little "umph"! NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!
I understand there's some negativity. If you give me time to prove myself I'm sure you'll find you'll like my style of administration.
I appreciate all the welcomes guys!
Welcome Austin and Congrats Dave.
I wish you both well in your new endeavors!
God Bless YA
Inspired by God, Forged by Fire, Tempered by Water, Grounded by Earth, Guided by the spirit.. Randy Haas
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Now that I've had some time to digest it, have a coffee in my system and a full day ahead of me, I feel that my head is now wrapped around this whole thing. I'm with the guys who are apprehensively optimistic regarding the new ownership. As a vendor, I can't help but wonder what might change for me (selfish, or what), as far as fees, site viewership and new customers are concerned. A little bit of commercialism won't kill this forum, nor will it make us feel like sell-outs. I realize that a purchase like this is only made for profit, and to benefit those parties involved with the sale/purchase.
Dave, don't take this the wrong way, but I'm glad you "got out" when you did. We've had our disagreements, regarding matters as wide ranging as this site's membership, yet I've never once thought that you were a complete dick, or that you had anything but the forum's best interest in mind. I gave you a hard time, and maybe even had you cursing all things left-handed, but you never let me see this - in fact, you often took the high road, and let things settle themselves. I have seen the effects of running this forum, on you, and I hope that with this gone (and a bit of money in your pocket - which to me is well-deserved considering your investment into this place) you regain some excitement for that which you love outside of your family. I know you love what you do, and you're as passionate as any of us, if not more so. For you, this can only be a good thing. You'll be able to get back to making art instead of peace, and inspiring the fledgling craftsmen who come on here multiple times a day to ensure that they didn't miss a single thing.
Austin - Welcome! I hope that you don't mind putting up with a narrow-minded, intelligent and at times complicated group of whatever the word is for "more than enthusiasts". I might as well get this out of the way now.... "You're acting like a complete asstard, and I don't need your stinkin' forum!"
I hope you know what you signed up for.
Dave, thanks for making this hang-out, and being a huge part of what has made it the best damn forum out there. There's a reason many of us consult/design/try out new products for makers, and that's because everyone knows that if you want an honest opinion from someone who knows what the hell they're talking about, you come here and find them.
As I said before, "Here's to keeping this place what it is".
Congrats to you Dave. I know for a fact that you didn't hit the lotto by selling KKF, I hope you a got a little bit back though. Some people don't seem to understand that there is one bigger money pit in this world than owning a boat (A hole in the water you throw money into.). It's owning an internet forum. I know you'll enjoy the extra time you'll have as a result though. Thanks!
I do know what I got myself into. As I'm sure you read I'm a cook by trade and am very similar in terms of mentality.
Enjoy your coffee! I'm having a double espresso myself.
Just to throw some fat on the fire- the other option to moving the forum management to Austin was to shut down the KKF completely. I think we can all agree (arguably by degree) that this is the better option.
Thank you Dave! I really mean it, thanks for getting this place started.
Austin.....time to get some knives.