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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

17 days and counting


Well, the primal instincts are starting to stir. Sitting in my office today with the sun shining in from the south and noticing the steady daily increase in how high it is getting. The official start of the severe weather season is rapidly approaching on March 1st. As I spend some time browsing through 1000's of photos from last season, I do the annual reflection on the previous seasons and my expectations of 2008.



The old: After living a very quiet chaser life for years, the steady increase in exposure starting in 2001 culminated in 2007. I think everything I wanted to experience has been accomplished. I was disgusted at some of the things I saw along the path paved by those 7 seasons. Many times I thought about just slipping back into total reclusion but I had met some great people along the way. I saw politics make a lot of good people turn bad. Myself included at times. Was it for personal gain or ???? I still question some of my decisions but the memories and experiences were worth the price for the most part.


The new: Going into this season, I feel comfortable on whom I have chosen to align myself with. Namely myself. Yep, I have friends on both sides of the proverbial fence but that is too damn bad. I like a person for a reason and not because of who they are. What they are is far more important. There are still some real idiots who need to be run out of the chaser culture but I'm not going to be the one to do it. I'm not talking about people who get too close (who the hell is measuring anyways?), consistently get cored, etc. It's the people who pass themselves off as knowing what they are doing and people believe it. Pay your dues in the miles driven. No one is going to hold your hand and train you into being a super chaser so quit whining about it. At this point, I think I'm done sharing my experiences on the front page of the internet for the most part. Stormtrack has become a joke in many ways though the most serious seems to be through repeated failures at defining it's identity, no longer does it serve chasers. It has become nothing more than another weather enthusiast form...much like the old SCOA group. Stormchasers.org has done the right thing IMO by locking down the membership and booting inactive/lurking members. It's for seasoned chasers and not wannabes or enthusiasts looking for a chasing 101 class. I resigned from all the "elite chaser groups" last year out of sheer despise of continued politically motivated personal agendas. We have a family meeting coming up shortly where I think I'm going to pull the plug on Cullen and I participating in any more media productions. We will still string video and photos as independents and for FOX in the DMA here and that is about it (to help offset expenses). Time to get back to the basics and look at the sky for the plain old fun of seeing a storm. I think Melinda is looking forward to having the opportunity to regain her photography hobby also and there is no better time to do it.

Love me or hate me for my past. I couldn't care less. Bring on the 2008 season. I'm ready.

1 comment:

Douglas Kiesling, The Weather Paparazzi said...

Damn, and I just gave you all my votes on the brasky poll...



Ok, after a long hard battle, I have decided to quit the race to become Bill Brasky on thepollplace.blogspot.com

While I disagree with Senator Doms on a number of issues, as you know. But I agree with him on doing whatever it takes to be successful in Storm Chasing, on finding and executing the perfect chase, and on eliminating Al Yahoo and WX terror. If I fight on in my campaign to become Bill Brasky, all the way to the storm chaser convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator McGowan or Miller would win. And in this time of weather warriors, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to Yahoo's.

This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose. My family, my friends and the BNVN Chasers – many of you right here in this forum – have given a great deal to get me where I have a shot at becoming Bill Brasky. If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love Chasing, and because I love America, I feel I must now stand aside, for our forecast and for our chasing.

I will continue to stand for conservative storm chasing principles. I will fight alongside you for all the things we believe in. And one of those things is that we cannot allow the next Bill Brasky of the United States to retreat in the face Yahoo Chasing.

It is the common task of each chasing generation – and the burden of chasing liberty – to preserve this, the storm chase, expand its freedoms and renew its spirit so that its noble past is prologue to its glorious future of an open CFDG.

To this task, accepting this burden, we are all dedicated, and I firmly believe, by the providence of the Almighty SPC, that we will succeed beyond our fondest hope. Tornado Alley must remain, as it has always been, the best chase area on Earth.

At this time I ask that thepollplace give all of the chaser convention delegates that I have received to "Bill Doms", the next Bill Brasky Of America.

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