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When I came on a couple years ago I did so with a lot of enthusiasm. I loved this new sport I’d found and just about everything was interesting to me. I was also a shut-in recovering from depression and the friendliness here was a breath of fresh air, especially for the internet. Looking back on it now I can see I’ve made so many posts maybe it was ridiculous. This is my only form of social media though and my first forum and I don’t know, I guess I never really cared much about post numbers. I do a lot of encouraging though, and these days post less now that some of the new guy enthusiasm has worn off. Can’t take it back, but I can’t say it bothers me any.
I completely get it. Everyone has their own style. I obsessed over slingshots and spent hours on the forum every week for years. Don’t get me wrong - I’ve got my issues - and the comradery I have found chatting with other shooters has been an important part of my life over the last decade. I’m just a bit more deliberative than some and I’ve found great pleasure in delving deep into the sport, trying and analyzing different bands, shooters and forms. I never (well almost never) write anything that I haven’t spent a fair amount of time thinking about and obsessing over for some time. It’s how I do things and it’s how I have found pleasure in the sport. 100 posts for me gives me the pleasure that 1,000 posts does for others.
 

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I completely get it. Everyone has their own style. I obsessed over slingshots and spent hours on the forum every week for years. Don’t get me wrong - I’ve got my issues - and the comradery I have found chatting with other shooters has been an important part of my life over the last decade. I’m just a bit more deliberative than some and I’ve found great pleasure in delving deep into the sport, trying and analyzing different bands, shooters and forms. I never (well almost never) write anything that I haven’t spent a fair amount of time thinking about and obsessing over for some time. It’s how I do things and it’s how I have found pleasure in the sport. 100 posts for me gives me the pleasure that 1,000 posts does for others.
I feel that’s exactly what we need too, with a new generation of shooters coming in. Definitely something to be proud of.
 

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As of November 9th I’ve been a member of the Forum for 12 years but have only posted around 1,300 times.
If you were to subtract 300-400 of those as being one or two liners related to encouraging contestants in the half dozen or so contests that I have hosted then my yearly average has been well under 100 posts per year.
I’m proud of that number.
I marvel at those who crank out thousands of posts in a year or many thousands in a few years. There are exceptions to this of course. (One of the several exceptions is Tag who is a World Class Encourager - I’ve got nothing but admiration and appreciation for Tag.)
Every post I have ever written has been grounded in the knowledge I have gained through experience and experimentation and near-obsessive consideration of assorted variables within the sport.
I have only a scroll saw and something like a Dremel (I’m a retired dentist), a knife and assorted grades of sandpaper. No vise - every slingshot I have ever made has been made in my lap.
I’ve made slingshots out of assorted types of wood stock, natural forks, walrus ivory, boiled leather, plastic, assorted micarta types, cow hoofs, horn, antler, bone and more.
I’ve built more naturals and off-set naturals than I can think of. Slingshots with built-in ball storage and magnetic dispensers. Push button dispensers. Double ended slingshots. BB Shooters that fit on a keyring. Keyring shooters with band storage compartments. Many slingshots that will unfold or be assembled from out of an Altoids tin (slingshots that disassemble, compact slingshots that hinge open, swivel and lock. (Love and still occasionally use my mini Altoids starship)).
I’ve taught Slingshot Building Classes and given away a hundred slingshots or more through the years.
I’ve cut hundreds and hundreds of bands of varying lengths and tapers ranging from full butterfly, which I shot for years, to half butterfly to “short” butterfly down to mini bands to fit keychain shooters.
For many years I chronographed nearly everything I made for the various loads and band combinations I built.
For ten years I cut and molded all of my pouches using assorted leathers.
I’ve shot mostly steel but have also both purchased and poured my own assorted lead loads as well.
And, for 10 years I’ve carried a slingshot in my pocket, literally, all of the time and, as a result, taken thousands of shots at times and in places that others simply never considered.
But, I’ve averaged fewer than a hundred “real”posts per year.
I like to think that when I do post that it is practical, helpful and grounded in experience. I hope I’m right.
It’s been a good 12 years!

“I’ve” been on the forum for about a month and this will be my 20th post. Now if you do the math and extrapolate that out for 12 years, OMG!! Start “marveling”. 😂
 

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Thanks, Winnie.

You've been very helpful to me and many others. And you have been a gracious host and consistent long time member in this online community. I hold you in high esteem.


If some of the new members follow your lead and folks like Tag and lot of other senior members this place will continue be an isle of peace and kindness in an internet ocean of keyboarding ugly.

Time will tell.

You done shown your nature over 12 years. Your dues are paid and you've paid it forward.

Mako Out.
 

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The tone of Winnie's post is one of gratitude and not literally pride. Much more of a self reflection post of his journey. See, most slingers on here have come to a place of not just accepting others and the variety of different styles, but even encouraging them to explore and share.

I believe any other interpretation of this is likely a projection of the reader whom I hope completes their journey to a place of acceptance and proves to themselves a level of true confidence and self worth... that they can carry on in the same vein of kindness as these long toothed mad men of flippery.

Winnie and the Old Timers are going to be just fine regardless...
 

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