Re: Re: Barbs

From: John F M.
Sent on: Thursday, July 19, 2012 5:44 AM
Gale, sorry if my frustrations show through. It’s not a matter of living up to my “expectations.” It is simply, as I said, I find socializing with other veg*ns pleasant enough, but I have no real passion in that regard. To say that a particular group doesn’t suit me is not to say it is of no worth. It’s just not MY thing.

I was on the board of VSET for a while, and learned HTML just in order to revive their moribund website. I put a lot of work into it and tried to keep it timely with a lot of current events and facts pertaining to plant-based diets and animal rights. Apparently some didn’t care for my approach and I was summarily “fired” and replaced with a “professional” who put up a bare bones site with the potluck dates and nothing else. Fine if that was what was wanted. I urged them to allow me to transfer the domain I’d registered, but they refused, insisting, for some reason, that I give them my password as well—not acceptable as I also had, by that time, a couple of other, unrelated websites. So they chose a new domain. I repurposed the VSET page and left it up as a repository for some of my vegetarian thoughts and links. Recently a member of their board contacted me demanding I turn the domain over to them. I have no intention, at this point of doing so, but that sort of churlishness, along with their long-standing reluctance to do ANYTHING other than cooking demonstrations, has left me with some ill will toward them. No doubt I’ll get over it. I’m glad to hear their new leadership is considering new endeavors and I wish them well in that. (I should clarify that SOME members of the old board were interested in other actions to promote plant-based diets, but their views simply never carried the day).

I am much more interested in spreading the word than in making new friends—as may be all too obvious—but it is not my intention to hurt anyone’s feelings. Again, you seem like a fine group of people—as vegans, in general, are—and my own interests and concerns do not diminish that fact. You and others do an admirable job of taking KnoxVegans’ part, and I stand chastened by your mild rebuke.

Yours truly,
John Mayer

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