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Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:01 pm
https://www.mirafiori.com/forum/viewtop ... 88&t=98181
dinghyguy wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:50 pm
Facebook is just a place to look while waiting for your latte to be brewed.....
so what is the august event mentioned? is it something open to all and worth driving for 8 hours to attend?
This post has info
Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:47 pm
The answer to your question "Is it worth the 8 hours to drive?" I emphatically answer YES!
The Oregon event started in 1997 as a BBQ at a park in Portland, then in 1998 was held on the Oregon Coast at Florence in a torrential down pour (or so I've heard I missed both of those events).
In 1999 the event was moved to Howard Prairie Lake near Ashland and has been there since. There is a large contingent of folks from the bay area that come each year, and several from Seattle/Portland. We have regulars that travel from Pennsylvania and other parts of the country. We even had visitors from the UK (he came back twice!).
It's a laid back fun time with folks that have an interest in Fiats, but it goes beyond the cars. We have a great facility now, sleeping shelters, commercial kitchen, dining area, and best of all it is private. Up until a few years ago we were in a public campground. Now we can be as loud as we want and not bother anyone and conversely we don't have to listen to other folks that are being obnoxious.
Anyway please consider attending you'll have a great time.
Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:13 pm
I'm the outlier here in that I do not mind Facebook. I figure FB Marketplace is becoming the new craigslist also, so there is that. I enjoy (usually) keeping up with friends in the various worlds I orbit in - local/not & cars/cycling/engineering/life in general. I blocked a whole group of folks who were associated with the ex and that has been a nice thing in that world, but otherwise, I keep expectations low & am sometimes quite pleasantly surprised by interesting stuff. It is NOT a substitute for a serious technical conversation and you sometimes run into bizarre & pointless posts like the one Brad stumbled into recently about how ugly some random X1/9 was. I usually respond (if not by ignoring) by adding an equally pointless comment or photo, which I believe I did there. Hell, come to think of it, maybe it was ME who finally drove Brad off the Facebook!
What really really sucks about FB is that it is completely lousy as a reference database the way something like this site can be.
Posted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:49 pm
I agree with you, Chris. People forget that before FB there were endless email chains with jokes or worse from Uncle Bob, now those drop past my newsfeed window. But I also agree that it is terrible as a searchable database for accumulated knowledge and seems to attract gratuitous opinions.
Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:04 am
Yes it was YOU, Chris
Actually I had just written back to that x1/9 owner (who seemed only to be posting to insult other fiat owners and brag about his car) and realized what I was doing. One could say it was the nail.
Posted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:53 pm
I understand. If I think about it too hard, it’s kind of embarrassing to think that I could end up lumped into a social group who feels like that initial dialog is a worthwhile way to engage the mass of computers and networking we call the Internet. Indeed. I’m used to filtering out that which I do not want part of, so maybe that’s a nice skill I have.