I wrote Mike earlier in the week to inform his as a courtesy that watchforums.net was being rebranded as Best damn watch forum. I received this response this morning.
Thank you for being so passionate with our hobby. Yes - I've 'moved on' as the "Moveon" folks have so aptly
put it. Been a good run since 2004 when I got into the hobby. In all aspects of my life - and at my age - I've
reprioritized the most important choices of my remaining years. Being overseas for over 6 years now - I realize
how big the world is and how much of it I still want to experience. One can only delve so deeply into a hobby before
it gets to a dead end of diminishing returns. This is my time. Rather than being herded into taking sides or
qualifying personalities my life will take a much different direction.
The United States - which I served in uniform for 26+ years seems to be melting down into internecine squabbling-
most of it mindless and certainly partisan. More and more - it looks like I will not retire to the homeland - and if
so - a place far removed from the inane political quagmire our country has become.
BDWF shrunk to maybe 6-8 folks by the time the final days came about - and I felt it not worth saving. Rather than
let it continue on life support - I made a decision to let it die a more natural death.
To me - getting involved in a 'horo' culture war was not near a priority of further time and effort. As historically
"valuable" as the site might have been - going from an Invicta 'fanboy' site - wracked by defections to RENATO and every other
snake oil TV salesman pitched in front of the mouth breathers among us - it has come to this.
My wife - the mother of 3 children (1.Ph.D. Geotechnical Engineering, 2.MBA and 3.MEducation) and 2 grand daughters (BS UNH both)&
and 2 grandsons yet to make a mark on the world - has chronic health issues. My military contract expires next month and what
comes next, where it comes next and the 'why' I will then do is most important as it will set the course for the rest of my and my
Indeed - I wish everyone well who illuminated my discretionary time over the span of years - to include the rascals, the posers,
clowns, impersonators, mentally deficient, (comma optional) over achievers and all in between.
In the meanwhile-now -waiting outside my computer lab-I have 24 soldiers-mostly young men and ladies under 20 years old who have no idea
the magnitude of responsibility they've incurred by signing a military contract, the pressure it puts on parents, spouses and children.
They serve a mostly uncaring society, many themselves uncaring about either their own lives or the society they've been deigned to protect.
They are a mirror picture of the hardscrabble neighborhoods, barrios, ghettos and failed opportunities of our educational systems and family
structures. I owe them every opportunity to be more survivable in a world again gone increasingly mad.
Every soldier I reach, everyone whose light goes on is a personal victory. Back home-the political rhetoric rings hollow-the astounding
ignorance of our world repeated as fact by bleating cattle of a herd of media journalists frightens me beyond belief. My priorities going forward
have apparently been set. Sadly - continuing responsibility of a forum is not one of them.
To sum up - my best wishes to those who shared time with me - either on the forum, in person or both. I remain sometimes reachable by social
media - but it again is not the priority of my remaining life. My best wishes and God's grace to all I have associated with over the years.
After reading through this letter from Mike twice now I have to say that he has earned my contempt. Instead of worrying about himself when it came to forum, it would have been professional and more importantly, more considerate to the members regardless of how many remained to let them know what was in his mind. Instead he took the cowardly route, lying about what was really going on with the forum, avoiding the questions that would have been raised and answering them. He kept kicking the can down the road as they say and then like a chickenshit, walked away from BDWF and the members there who were more deserving of the forum then he was.
All of the stories collected there from 2004 until now are gone, death by a coward, a self centered little man with a much bigger idea of what his worth is than reality dictates. He reminds me of another chickenshit, falcon4311 who killed off Deskdiver forum and the horology guild because he and his "friend" got into a snit. Am I pissed? Well that should be obvious to all. Just because HE allowed the forum to dwindle in membership by his neglect and failure to keep up with it shows that he cared nothing for the members who made bdwf what it was. He obviously had no respect for them and he allowed DoxaDick to take the place over without a fight. Fuck Mike and DoxaDick both. I do not wish either of them well.