I am incredibly insulted by the tone of this thread.
Then you should lighten up and quit making it all about you. Because it's not.
We worked for months as volunteers to put this thing together, hours and hours of volunteer work, I personally paid several hundred in supplies and glasses to make this happen.
No offense, but stop with the violin playing. How many hours do you think I spent organizing the Ocean City event, with sponsorships from Kamal and Santasti (the palate cleansing beverage), utlizing two of my dad's hotels, developing contacts in the beverage media to disseminate results, contacting producers, writing the final analysis, etc? Probably a lot more time (and money) than you did. So, like Joe said, stop it. Every host of a get together goes through considerable time and expense. For ANY get together. Absinthe related or not.
I mentioned to one or two people that a WS member was donatating a large amount of pre-ban asking it to be put into the tasting. Nobody said anything to me about this being a mistake.
No one ever said it was a mistake. I've done it before too. But I endorsed it because I knew that the results of the tasting would be confined to the WS membership. Which it was. Unless I'm unaware of a press release you put out.
In either case, it IS quite disturbing how you threw about half a dozen people under the bus as soon as you started 'taking some heat' as you put it.
This was a fun event, that brought people together, honored absinthe,honored the WS, and promoted quality distillers.
Exactly. So quit trying to make it into something more than that.
I get bit in the ass this way?
No matter how hard you try, we won't let you make this thread all about you. It isn't.
Perhaps my energies were misplaced by spending them on an event for WS as such a new member.
Oh stop with the passive aggressive crap.
Hey Joe, I'm pretty certain it was about the Catskills event, as Peter DID email me about it.
...I of course assumed it was about the very thing he mentioned to me before. Not a big jump to assume this,
Again, it's not all about you, Scott. Stop treating it as such. He mentioned three distinct events. Why do you want to try to act like you're taking all of the brunt? You know what happens when you assume...
Joe's list of what we learned is a perfect summary of this entire discussion. I don't need to add any more.
Most people who are trying to be PC will somehow add into the end of their post some points that try to tie everything in and put a positive and non-divisive spin on the entire post, but I'm too tired, and frankly don't care enough to do so at this point.
P.S. - Sorry for being a bit more brusque than normal. I'm grumpy tonight. I played too much rugby and football today, so I'm tired as shit.