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RE: VDA at 90
Times may have changes, but they may change back just as quickly. I
think what we are seeing out here may be an indication....There has been
an upsurge of interest in species maintenance in my club (GCKA)--and not
just from the "senior" members, new members are also jumping in and
making the same commitment. We mouthy newbies are also (for the most
part) quite willing to sit and learn from our seniors, since we have
learned that they have a vast store of knowledge it would take us
another 40 years to learn. Maybe we're just atypical, but I don't think
As far as the old cars go (and keeping equipment of all sorts going
rather than buying new every time) I can tell you that people were
pissed when Tetra stopped making repair parts for their line of Whisper
pumps. I haven't been driving for 24 years, but I have Whisper pumps
that are almost that old and still going. They would probably be good
for another 20 if I could still get the repair parts.
I guess what I'm getting at is that there may be "instant gratification"
people coming into this hobby. But, there are also people coming in that
are in it for the long haul and are willing to work and wait patiently
to acquire the skills needed to become good hoobyists.
Just some thoughts.
KI>Indeed times have changed. Serial collecting (many species in rapid
KI>succession) has replaced species maintenance. Out with the old and in with
KI>the new is the current mantra. I think that I am the only one on my block
KI>who has the same car now for over 24 years. And yes that is because I like
KI>it more than any other car I have ever owned!
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