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Old 03-12-2006, 04:08 PM
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Wow, I didn't know you felt this way, Bryce. I hear your reasons, and I see your logic behind them, and if you feel that it is the right choice, then by all means go for it, and do it with vigilence. I know you aren't convinced very easily, so I wont try to sway you. You'll come back if it is right for you, and if not....you'll still be enjoying life as a father (foremost), teacher, and writer. I hope to see one of your literary works on the shelf at my local library one day. If you do publish, I request being able to send you a copy of it for signing.

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Old 03-12-2006, 07:03 PM
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Sorry to hear this Vik; but maybe just consider it cooling off period or a break for now. You may get the itch back. As for the lack of fun; maybe get back to the basics and play some pump woodsball with close friends. Don't dump all your gear anyway, you may need it again
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Old 03-13-2006, 02:28 AM
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man vike this sucks, sometimes i come on the boards early in the morning and its just me and you surfing around, i will miss that, but you do what YOU think is right, but rmember WE will ALL still be here to welcome you back if you decide differently.

give a favor though, KEEP THE SONIX!! lol. that is known board wide on these forums, lol.

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Old 03-13-2006, 05:48 AM
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i felt the same way too...i was too immersed in it that it took control of me...when my gun fails i feel like i failed and forgot that it was just a game.

I've quit, but I came back as has many others....when you don't go paintballin for a while you'll miss it...but i bet you the next time you pick up a marker you'll have a different outlook on it...kinda like the way i felt whne i came back...it was like this time around i'm just going to have fun and not sweat the small stuff...right now i'm on a mini hiatus...saving up for a PM6 or whatever high end is available at that time...so i don't have to mes with it and mod it and stuff, so that i could just enjoy the game.

so have fun on your "break" we all know you'll be back. We just don't know "when".
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:06 AM
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I did sort of the same thing dex is doing, saved up and getting a gun I have always dreamed of..and I'm just going to play and if I don't play I'll shoot it in the backyard lol
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Old 03-13-2006, 08:12 AM
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You know, yesterday I "had" to go and work at the store for the team (field owner was gone, our captain was gone and since I hadn't resigned from the team yet, I was next in line....)

I had MORE fun yesterday just sitting around bs'ing with the newbs that came in than I have in a year at the field. The ones that had never played at all before. They wanted to know all about the game, and I got to talking to the team members of mine that did come in, and although I'm still quitting the team, and paintball, for a long while, I do understand and feel that I'll probably be back. When, like Dex said, is a mystery. Probably many many months down the road, but when I do come back, it'll be strictly for fun. Even if I go to tournaments, it'll only be for the fun of it.

LOL - what's funny is that I've taken time off to spend with my kids - and it's Spring Break this week - and neither one of them are here and the wife is working.....ain't life funny?

Anyway, like I said, I'll still be coming back to these forums most every day. I like this place WAY to much to quit it. However, when my guns finally sell, I'll stop going to those other places!
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Old 03-13-2006, 08:17 AM
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This happened to me about 5 years ago. You’ll be back. Paintball is in your blood. If you are anything like me you will probably come back only to play some Rec ball for a while. Rediscover what you first thought of this game when it was FUN. Folks that enter in the full weekend tournament arena tend to get sick of the bull that happens on the Tourney scene and leave the sport all together. Take the hiatus. Then come back but this time have fun. Don’t forget to have fun. That is what this sport was developed for. Not to mow faces, or to mow muppets, but for a bunch of friends to have a good time shooting at each other.
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Old 03-13-2006, 09:15 AM
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dude...vike...I have to agree with Fred...while I didn't major in Psychology, it was a core subject for my degree.

Over the last year-or-so, I've been on here reading various posts that you were going to give it up...and you've always bounced back (for one reason or another). Personally, I have observed that during the Winter months you seem to suffer the "winter doldrums" like everyone else...and then when spring is about to roll aroud the corner, you seem to feel the burden of age creeping up on you...
...then Springtime hits and like the hibernating folliage, you seem to 'spring' back to life.
I say, hang onto minimum gear...your favorite marker, pods+harness, pads and a mask and trade/sell the rest. Bank/Paypal the $$ and give it time...you may just change your mind again.
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Old 03-13-2006, 10:20 PM
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as you well know, you will surely be missed... i hope that you find a slice of peace and serenity in your neverending quest for excellence and pursuit of happiness!


p.s. - i hope after all is said and done, you'll have that "time" where you can pick up another hobby, or re-invent yourself in an old one...
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Old 03-14-2006, 04:48 AM
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I understand exactly how you feel. When I was playing with the Judges, it felt like I had a second job and an unpaid one at that. After cutting half the team and losing our second sponsor in a matter of months, I kind of drifted around not playing very much.

On a whim in Christmas 03 I played the Toys for Tots draw tourney at Wild West just to see if I still had it, or to go out in a blaze of glory. By a stroke of luck I got put on to the same team as my boy Donkey nd we tore up the joint. After the second game, he pulled me aside and told me I needed to relax and just play for the fun of it because I was too uptight. Now Donkey has played both NPPL and PSP events and has a real chance of playing at much higher levels, so I listen when he talks paintball.

I discovered that I played for the love of the game, not for anything else after that. I played another 3-man tourney this time with the now defunct Premier Paintball and prevailed there as well. Including a handy win over the newly reformed Judges squad.

Vike as you've witnessed, I'm not a great player, but I definitley enjoy myself on the field. Have you ever heard anyone else screaming at the competition to come bunker them?

Being laid up as I have the last 5 months has given me a lot of time to think and I've decided to take paintball as far as I can, because I want no regrets. Take some time-off, shorten your practice schedule and maybe try stepping back into the woods. You've got way too much time, money, sweat, blood, and heart tied into this thing to just walk away. Not to mention, you guys could be competitive at a higher level. That squad could have legitimately placed at Bunkerfest last year in both 3 and 5 man.

Once again, I'll be with you guys in Wichita if you want me for my pod filling experise. Take a couple month hiatus, till the end of the school year, and then only practice every other weekend. That will free up a lot of time and let you re-arrange your priorities. the selfish part in this for me has been doing vigorous painful rehab with the hope of riding the pine for you guys if you do decide to play X-ball. I can find closer teams, I can't find one with more heart. Louie may be the captain, but you're the heart and soul of that team. I know, I saw it.

Keep the faith bro, ad I support you all the way regardless. I'm planning on starting my MCSE tests this summer, so I understand the time payout needed. But I don't get a 3-month vacation.

Oh, and why didnt you tell me you guys were going to the indoor? Now, I have to bonus ball you.
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