Hawk wrote: But seeing it in hindsight it was grand fun was it not?
Well, it did have something of a laudable ending. Everybody mellowed though some left of their own accord. Overall it provides archival proof that some furrballs did indeed result in changed outlooks and/or opinions despite the consistently stated belief that such things never happen. Though I suppose the positive results were more due to AT's diplomacy than my argumentativeness.
And, perhaps reasonably, it was a common refrain among watch forums as the Asian influence on horology had some decided negatives. I tended to hold the importers as or more responsible than the manufacturers but this wasn't exactly a popular outlook. In other words I blamed Eyal more than Heromex. And Asian sources of counterfeit products were indisputable.
Memories. I miss Seattle. He once called me at work to offer encouragement.
Oddly enough when such Asian bashing turned personal and was directed at the people or race it would now be contrary to the TOS which prohibits the attacking of family members. I suppose to have a proper re-enactment I'd have to ask Alain to permit an exception due to an Asian wife which was not a factor when the thread first appeared.
Bottom line though is that I recall such times with a degree of fondness because it puts the lie to the conventional wisdom that ideas never change.