I get what you are saying and I've had my own Donini-esque vow for about a month now:
But first, as a preface, I and others have observed that the kookiness of ST (always an element of that, that's why I'm here!) seems to get ramped up in the winter when folks don't seem to get out as much. Being laid up with an injury for extended periods seems to increase the factor as well. Come spring and the increased photon exposure and fresh air seem to put a damper on the negative.
I can get sucked into these threads as much as anyone. And you don't need to post to be overly engaged, just reading can have the same adverse affects. :-)
So, I have chosen to take a "working" vacation from the Taco Stand until the Spring. I've scaled back. I don't check the forum list for new topics much and tend to know which ones are safe to open if I do: primarily climbing related, of course, but there are some great picture, poetry, and other threads out there. It's not the content so much for me as the quality of the content and the intentions of the posters.
If I do post, I follow general guidelines that apply all the time on any public forum (or even e-mail) that have long served me well: Be positive and ask if you are contributing something that adds to the discussion and/or provides support for another human being (or animal, maybe even a plant or rock!). Good-hearted humor (especially with respect to oneself) is always a good thing too.
In the meantime, I've got plenty of other things around here that need my attention!
I am running out of money. My car battery just gave out in a sleet-driven rain in a supermarket car park. With Jennie in the car. Fortunately a bloke I know gave us a lift home. Now I am waiting for the rescue assistance truck to call me and I'll scooter down to meet him (about 15 minutes of scootering, will running, I don't have a scooter). Looks like a new battery is needed, which I cannot afford.
Jennie is safe and home and dry. It's windy and pissing out.
But Donini knows. He has climbed in Patagonia some tough stuff. However Ireland is a bit different.
Jim, don't keep your vow, I love your input, climbing related or not. Jim, I like all of your posts. Just don't take vows, they can cause IT track problems. ;-)
And this thread just shows how the Taco Stand is so much different (for the better IMO) than other climbing forums. It's diverse, has humor, has angst, has everything.
BTW. Anybody got a spare battery for a VW Polo?
And 2013 is not looking that great. And I am THE eternal optimist. Attempted burglary of our house, Jen's medical condition not getting any better (we knew it wouldn't), debt, bad battery, and yet...
...and yet, we are not that bad off compared to many people in the world. so I guess I count my lucky stars.
Now where did I put those darn winning lottery numbers?