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12-06-2012, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Skraut View Post
Because it is something people enjoy. I spent most of my life working in the entertainment industry, and people are more passionate about their form of entertainment than anything else.

When I had to disqualify a guy who spent all winter working on his dragster because it didn't pass technical inspection, I got called every 4 letter word in the book, screamed at because of all the gas money he spent to get to the track, wiped the spit off my face as his tirade continued about how he would never ever be back to our race track. 2 weeks later he gave me a big bear hug as I handed him his winner's check after he won. That is the passion that goes with working in the entertainment industry.

Now that I work in "Corporate America" I don't turn in my TPS reports on time, and I get a friendly worded email reminding me when my TPS reports are due.

Nobody cares, nobody gets passionate, because it is "just" a job.

Just to further the analogy, you're posting here because you care about hockey, it is something you're passionate about, so you spend some part of your day here. You spend far more time each day sitting under light bulbs. Time wise, light bulbs are far more important to you than hockey. Heck without light bulbs, there couldn't be hockey. But when is the last time you posted on a light bulb message board?

That's why people take this personally. It is the form of entertainment that they have chosen for themselves, and something they have invested their time, money, and (well I probably should have grabbed a thesaurus because I hate to mention it again, but...) passion into.
And I respect that you feel that way. I just don't feel the same. They're not doing anything to me personally. I love hockey. I love my team. I love the thrill of victory and even the far more frequent agony of defeat. I take each win and each loss personally. I just don't take these negotiations personally. Other than the fact that right now I have no hockey and once they get their **** together I will have hockey again they have nothing to do with me. That's why I don't understand the angst. I dunno, maybe I'm just not explaining myself well.

If they were to say we're going to limit contract lengths to 5years but only if you, WinSock, sacrifice your cats to the hockey gods and dance naked at center ice every second Tuesday of every month which contains the letter "r" well then I'd take it personally. I love my cats. And that'd be a rather chilly way to spend my time. But that's not what they're saying.

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