perhaps the joes garys and roxys are what made pirate pirate for you but thats 100% wrong for me. what made pirate pirate was/is the tech thats been posted over 20yrs, you can literally find an answer to almost any 4x4 related question, at least half my posts in the tech forums was me posting links to old threads that had the answer to the question. i signed up to pirate because i wanted to learn about 4x4 stuff, chit chat and the joes garys and roxys were a side feature like some dumb tv show you watch just to pass the time.
That's fair. For me, I lived the off road life for a good portion of my life. My hobby, profession, friends, vacations, everything I did was centered around rock crawling from around 2002 to roughly 2015. It all out consumed every aspect of my world. I finally just burnt out. In the beginning I didn't care about Chit Chat. But slowly I started spending less time in Tech and more time escaping the off road scene. When the JK hit the market, being a shop owner changed. By 2014 I was sick of the customers I had to deal with. I flat out got pissed at the way the sport had evolved. I got sick of the consumerism and the comercial effect big companies trying to become national suppliers had ruined what I loved about the tight nit group of outside the box thinkers who were willing to risk a yard sale to conquer the mountain. Dudes who had a IDGAF attitude and were willing to build something for science.
Now I just come visit my sideshow to escape reality and talk through random things I have floating around in my head. I mindlessly work all day building stuff which comes very easy to me. In the background I educate myself with audio books, lectures, podcasts and with that information I try to make as much money off speculations and investments while I thinker around with my projects as I can.
I'm done with this debt based ponzi scheme where you work 50% of the time for taxes and 50% of the time for debt repayments. I'm done working for people who pay me with their credit card instead of real money. I'm done helping people look cool or show off their tiny penis. I'm sick of bolt on parts made by industry "leaders" in overseas manufacturing plants. I'm sick of the way this sport has turned into a fight with government agencies for use of public land. I'm sick of private parks who try to put in luxury amenities to increase revenue to maintain a store front that just marks up cheap China junk with their logo on it. I'm sick of Jeep clubs who raise money for charity just to get a pat on the back and maintain tax exempt status. I'm sick of going out in the woods just to be bombarded with fuck sticks about their problems and projects and "what would XYZ cost" etc. I'm sick of the whole fucking thing. I miss when there were 5 of us who wheeled every weekend and didn'thave shot nose kids and uppity wives. I'm to a point where I just don't care about my rig, about cool build threads or what people are doing in their garages anymore. Everything I loved about this sport is watered down or taken to the furthest extreme. I miss the good ol' days and absolutely despise the vast majority of what's happening in the sport today.
didn't mean for that to turn into a rant but there it is.