ChronoMATT wrote:I need to be straightened-out here, but first want to state he following comment is outside of Big Joe's brave work as a fire fighter that made him more of a hero than I could ever aspire to be. In my mind, most peace officers, fire fighters and in-country military ride the apex of heroism to me.
Back in the day when I had Geek Fever and was an active member of WGs, even I thought Big Joe was overboard and a bit wack-o. Despite seemingly being a kind gent, he certainly appeared to be the architype WatchGeek that justifiably gets reamed here. He was the definition of the forum's namesake.
Why do most here have such a soft spot for him and his ultimate Geekdom? I'm sincere in requesting schooling on the matter.
An honest question, Matt; I can't speak for anybody else, but to me, a guy who runs into
a burning building is somebody to be respected for his courage and selflessness. As you so perfectly point out, they ride the apex of heroism. A guy like that can be, outside of his job, a total boor, a prick who kicks puppies, a drunken lout, somebody who dresses like a hayseed, a watch geek, whatever--it still doesn't detract from his service, probably for chump change. As Sovie points out in his perceptive post above, he was the Real Thing, and the jerkoffs who run WGs couldn't compete.