From cowboy hats to boots...it is an image and an adherance to an age old tradition which some of us hold to and enjoy. But as soon as the slightest referance is made to us prefering somethng like hats over helmets because of image...some very touchy individuals feel they are being attacked and/or miligned...condescended upon.
I mean, there are REASONS why some prefer helmets and there are REASONS why some of us prefer hats. Now WHY is that so offensive to some. Are our hats really that powerful? Why is the voicing of our very valid reasons so hard to be respected?
Is this a forum that caters to both western and engish styles of dress and practice, or does it really kind of favour one over the other? Why is there a sympathy toward the English style or the helmet wearers?
Then they say, "it is your attitude". Attitude...shmattitude.
If an old timer were to come on here. Like someone who couldn't even type and had to get his wife or daughter to type for him....and told everyone something to this effect... "Now you youngsters, you go ahead and use those new fangled head gadgets if'n yer wanting to, but this old weather worn, tattered and stained hat has stood me well over the past 30, 40 years, and I'd feel naked and foolish with one of those things on. This old hat carries a lagacy of a life-style and experience, and I wouldn't trade it fer nothin. Now, you all do what suits yer fancy (Martha, yu gettin this down?)....wear dem new head gears if you like, but don touch ma hat! No sirree!"
Now what yu going to do? Are you going to repect that old timer? Are you big enough to put your helmet back on and ride off feeling good about yerself? Or are you so small that you can't see past yer chin strap?
What yu going to do if someone comes on here saying, "Looky here you whippersnappers, my grandpappy used to say, 'if'n yu caint stay yer saddle for a good 10 hour day...yu aint worth yer salt' !"
What you going to do? Respect those old timers and pioneers of the west, or take offense and grasp like a confused mule for you're true identity?
I think we're due some thicker skins and some larger hearts to take in and respect where everyone is coming from. God help to at least have moderators who have some semblance of accurate judgement and oversight.