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Goodbye yellow brick Parkerchuk

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I’ve said for years that Gary Vaynerchuk wouldn’t do wine videos forever–only as long as it took to launch him to something else that presumably pays more money. I always suspected he wanted to be Ryan Seacrest and make $30 million a year as an impresario. Now he’s taking a leap that could get him there.

So what does a post-Gary Vee world mean for wine? To begin with, Gary’s lost a lot of juice lately. It was a good time for him to get out. Like the old saying goes, Leave while you’re still having fun. Such was Gary’s dominance of the wine-social media nexus that it sometimes seemed no other blogger could really get any traction because Gary sucked up all the oxygen.

Yet he’s been deflating over the past year, as his act wore thin. I don’t doubt that hundreds of thousands of his loyal fans will miss him, but there was always something of a one-trick pony aspect to Gary. He reminded me of those rock bands that gets a hit or two, and then you never hear from them again.

I give Gary credit for proving that the Internet can be a viable home for a wine writer/blogger/videographer. I personally never thought much of his oversized personality. I thought he brought a bloated ego to wine media. I mean, it was always more about Gary than the wine, or whoever his guest was. Maybe that’s what it takes to succeed. Years ago, I ran into Adam Sandler, the actor-comedian, in the green room of a San Francisco comedy club. This was way before he was famous. I didn’t much like him. He was very conceited and full of himself, yet he also projected a confidence that made me think he was destined for stardom (and likewise made me realize I wasn’t!). As indeed he was. Adam is said to make $27 million a year, which is probably more than Gary makes–so far.

I analogize Gary’s retirement to Parker’s leaving California. Same kind of forces involved. Parker too was so dominant, he distorted the space around him, like a massive gravitational object that bends light to warp speed. I think Robert Parker was a nice man, but his impact on the world of wine was unhealthy. It’s not good for one person to have such power over one piece of reality, unless it’s Steve Jobs (who also retired yesterday as CEO of Apple). Parker’s influence on wine style is well known and need not be reiterated here. It has been sad for me, in my job, to travel up and down California and witness the veneration bordering on fear with which so many winemakers saw him. People said I was jealous, but that wasn’t it. It’s just pathetic to see winemakers so in thrall of a single critic that they practically wet their pants just thinking about him, male and female alike–a neurosis particularly noticeable in Napa Valley. So with Parker’s departure, I am hopeful that, after a period of adjustment, California winemaking circles can get back to normal and begin to make wine the way their winemakers actually want to, instead of the way they’re ordered to by one isolated critic with a palate to protect.

So goodbye to Gary and goodbye to Parker. Both these individuals have writ their signatures large on the history of wine. They will be long remembered, and honored in the pantheon. With their hegemony now gone, this is a good moment for pause for a moment, and then to move forward, without them, into brighter uplands.

  1. chuck cramer says:

    Spot on Steve! Always have been a fan. I’m a native CA living in London, working in wine trade, consulting for CA wineries such as Kenwood & various Italian wineries. Spend time working w the AVAs too back home & Parkers palate have made most of CA wine above $10 almost impossibe to sell here. Looking forward to positive changes! Best. Chuck

  2. Last time I checked, Parker is still reviewing wines, just not those in the CA sphere (there *are* wines made outside of CA, my man! :-).

    Regarding Gary – you already know that I disagree that he was a one-trick pony (two NYT best-sellers) so I won’t go there! 😉 I’ll miss him in the wine world – no on else in the modern era has moved so many people up the wine consumer pyramid, that is an amazing accomplishment.

  3. Oh young dude, you know I mean goodbye Parker in California. Should have made that clearer, I spoze.

  4. It took some time for me to ‘get’ Gary Vaynerchuk, but once I did I came to appreciate him more and more. Steve, although you complement him, I think you still undersell him. For anyone who has spent years being passionate about wine — as you and most of your followers here have — it is easy to forget how intimidating wine was at the beginning. For the average person, the manner in which wine critics and experts talk about wine represents (rightly or wrongly) the absolute height of snobbery, and it drives many away from even daring to explore wine. I can’t think of anyone who has been more instrumental in breaking that barrier than Gary Vaynerchuk. Now that I’m an old guy, I routinely find myself talking wine with people 15 years my junior (an age in my generation when few thought beyond beer and vodka) who are comfortable talking about Rioja, and Torrontes, and Nero D’Avola, and California “Rhone” blends, etc. Almost invariably I find they cut their teeth and gained some condfidence about exploring wine with Gary Vaynerchuk. I’ve never met him so I can’t comment on the extent to which he may appear to peers to suffer from a bloated ego, but to his hundreds of thousands (perhaps more than a million — as of today Vaynerchuk has over 898,000 followers on Twitter!!) he was the definition of the anti-snob. Completely accessible and unpretentious, often comically so. Whereas Robert Parker has made the careers of a select few wineries and wine makers who have been the beneficiaries of his glowing ratings, Vaynerchuk has done something that has benefitted the entire wine world — wineries, wine makers, retailers, and critics. He’s influenced at least thousands of people to drink lots of wine and to become passionate about it. Many of those people will ‘grow up’ to follow critics like you. I think it’s kind of sad if he really quits the videos for good. He’ll leave a void to be filled.

  5. Steve, what about people like Laube or yourself who, from what I’ve noticed, give similar high scores to the same wines Parker is giving high scores to? Winemakers still want to make you two happy, don’t they?

  6. What’s that? Do I feel the shifting of tectonic plates? And there are those that said that little 5.8 shaker in VA was the gods punishing us for non-belief. Pshaw!

  7. I’ve always admired Gary for his charisma and chutzpah, even if his style didn’t resonate with me personally. He’s done a lot of good for wine and the online wine space.

    If you’re ever in doubt about his influence or how his fans feel about this, do a Twitter search for “garvee” or “Gary Vee” or check the comments to his farewell video. A lot of sad fans.

    Inevitably, any personality will have detractors, but Gary’s detractors are small and few relative to his very ardent fans.

    Personally speaking, I’m bummed that he’s getting out of the wine criticism/commentary business. He could have had enormous, enduring and positive influence on the wine world for the next generation.

  8. Brian, I don’t think Parker, Laube and I agree on everything. As for winemakers, they want to make as many critics happy as possible.

  9. Steve: Whatever happened to making the consumer happy and making true wine?

  10. Gary is far from a one trick pony (winelibrary.tv, tv appearances, multiple book author, ecommerce, speaking, consulting, media expert), but more importantly he is not full of himself. He knows what he is worth and he goes after it. I suspect he will have success in whatever future ventures he plows in to. He changed and expanded the wine world one viewer at a time.

  11. “With their hegemony now gone, this is a good moment for pause for a moment, and then to move forward, without them, into brighter uplands.”

    A lot of people will say this when all the major critics are off the scene. I’m just sayin.

    I had/have mixed feelings on Gary the same I do about most critics in any format. He was always very kind in what he did and I respect that a lot.

  12. I thought Gary V was an obnoxious ass, until I met him in person. Despite what you say in your post, he is kind and he truly cares about his fans.

    He is not a “one-trick pony”. He has done tremendous things for the wine industry and made thousands of people educated wine lovers. We should celebrate what he has done instead of saying that “to move forward, without them, into brighter uplands.” That just smells like TCA.

  13. Steve,

    Having worked closely with Gary in the world of wine and social media over the last 2 years, I know you don’t know the same man I do. I very much understand that Gary’s personality is polarizing, and his style isn’t necessarily for everyone, but to say his “act is deflating”, and that “it was always more about Gary than the wine”, is completely off base.

    Yet, rather than retort or argue with you, I can only hope that someday we have a chance to meet and I can explain otherwise. Or better yet, that you and Gary meet and share a glass of wine sometime soon. I know that his sincerity and character in person will convince you otherwise. Because you, along with the rest of us, and just a little bit of Gary… we’ve changed, and will continue to change, the wine world. 😉

    Regards,

    Jon Troutman

  14. Steve thanks for your honest thoughts but more importantly and humbling is the responses here from others, I am very thankful

    -gv

    Oh my 1st trick was building a wine shop from 4-45 million in sales in 6 years 😉

  15. And by the way, you are easily one of the best wine writers in the world! I wish we knew each other better 🙂

  16. Hi Steve,

    I think Jon Troutman summed it up perfectly for me. I’ve worked with Gary since 2009. He’s a great person and I hope you can get to know him better!

  17. What does your vision of “to move forward, without them, into brighter uplands.” actually mean?

    I can’t think of another wine critic in the past 5 years who has had more of a profound influence on the wine buying populace than Gary V. His passion for wine is genuine as is his quest to educate the consumer about it despite the region, winery, grape, or scores from other critics.

    Gary V. was never afraid to call it like he tasted it. Something that most wine critics fail to do in print. He established himself OUTSIDE of California and built his base with pure passion and gumption. This is no easy task.

    He related to the average wine consumer which is something that most wine critics haven’t the clue how to do. It’s easy to sell a $150 Napa cab to rich folk. It’s much harder to sell that $13 bottle of Chinon. Gary V. succeeded in this and the wine world will forever be changed because of it.

    Whatever he does next, I wish him the best. What he started is not finished. It is only the beginning.

  18. Jeff V, thank you. It’s obvious that Gary has lots of fans.

  19. We met at Wine Star awards where I thought you were ungracious. Sorry. Have to say it. Been carrying that for a while.

  20. Interesting and well-written article as always Steve, but I think you’re a little off the mark with the “one trick pony” comment.
    I think Gary is one of the first people to recognize that his personality can indeed be a huge turn-off to a minority of the people who view his videos. Much in the same way that the Wine Spectator can be a turn-off to a number of wine buyers (me included).

    On the other hand, his “one trick” of taking a wine store from $4-$45 mill is indeed an accomplishment to be proud of, that can never be argued. I will however say that it’s an incredible opportunity to be presented with even a $4 mill wine store. I have always wondered if his same approach would have worked if the store was a brand new startup.

    I’m intrigued to see his next move will be.

  21. Really Steve? I am really sorry… I am shocked, as you might know I am pretty well liked because I think my parents did a great job raising me …I am stunned right now with the ungracious remark but I own it, I am stunned but respect your point of view, I hope I can have another “at bat” one day…

  22. Steve,

    I respect your library of work to no end and even when I disagree I find myself wanting more at the end of each article.

    That being said…

    To say I’m not biased would be a lie but Gary has done more for the wine consumer than any other person I know. I’m not talking about educating people, selling them wine at a decent price, or even giving them a fresh take an what can be perceived as a highbrow industry. I’m talking about bringing people together in a way I think few wine writers or bloggers can these days. He made it OK for the person who didn’t know the difference between a left or right bank wine to get together and discuss the things they didn’t know about wine without fear of prejudice (sounds silly but so true in many circles). I personally witnessed, not once or even twice but many times, the generosity of Gary’s heart and his passion for people as well as wine and I know him as a family first stand up guy on top of it all.

    Comparing Gary to “very conceited and full of himself” people and saying he “brought a bloated ego to wine media” is not where I disagree with you it is where I know you are, without a shadow of a doubt, WRONG. I know Gary personally but more importantly I know many people who have met him, didn’t know I knew him, and used the same descriptor, genuine! I hope you do get to have a glass with Gary someday because I know he will change your perspective on his “ego”. I hope if that happens you blog about it.

    Finally, I wish I had as many tricks up my sleeve as this so-called “one trick pony.”

  23. Ron Lavette says:

    Steve

    Lately I noticed that you and many of the other “well known” wine writers have posted blogs that are incredibly negative and condescending toward anything that challenges the traditional way of reviewing/writing about wine. For example the angry rants about Wine Score Revolution to today’s nasty and uncalled dismissal of Gary Vaynerchuk’s contributions to the industry (which I might add are considerable).
    I can’t help but conclude that you and your cronies are running scared and feeling that your voice will no longer be heard. Well guess what-the insular little world of wine is changing. Today’s millennials are the future of wine and they aren’t going keep reading traditional reviews in some antiquated magazine. They’re using their smartphones in the store, reading reviews from other consumers and posting their OWN reviews. They use easy to understand descriptors not archaic wine lingo. They’re not listening to you-they listen to people that speak like they do. Get this statistic-if you’re under the age of 40, 70% of the content you read online was written by someone you know. Think about that-they’re only reading/listening to the voices around them.
    Gary V saw it coming years ago and got his voice out to masses in a plainspoken, approachable manner that the young wine-drinkers of today recognized and responded to by the tens of thousands. He’s had a huge impact and I have no doubt he will continue to have an impact.

    I would guess the average age of a subscriber to Wine Magazines is 60. That demographic is aging and so your readers will soon be a thing of the past. I applaud you for embracing blog technology but
    for goodness sake-keep it positive and relevant.

  24. Steve, Gary has succeeded in bringing lots of unknown wine regions to the attention of the public at large. This in itself speaks volumes. I just wish there would be more people like him pushing the envelope. And yes, I am obviously biased. But I struggle to see the real value of your post, but would like to learn more about your motivation. It seems to be disconnected from your usual standards.

  25. Critics criticizing critics is nothing new. The operative word being “new”. When I first read Parkers reviews way back when, I thought he brought a freshness and honesty needed at that time. As a former wine retailer I can tell you the craziest story’s about people coming in with their Parker books and asking for this wine or that wine. Of course most of the time we didn’t have those wines but we did have other very good wines but they didn’t want those..they wanted the Parker ones…the ones that got the big scores. That got old..fast. Gary V did the same thing a few years ago, when he pulled us out of the gravity of Parker’s unctuous fruit bomb black hole with his unorthodox style. But alas, he became a hipster black hole himself devouring everything in site…books, social media, TV. How many times did I go to sleep hearing “This is Gary VAY-NER-CHUCK! And that got old…fast. Just think, somewhere, right now there is the next Robert Parker or Gary V just waiting for their chance to become the next black hole. Oh and Steve, I don’t think you will become a black hole and I’m kinda happy about that….C

  26. I think Gary has a very expansive personality rather than a big ego, since he never tries to make his point be the final. Instead, he always suggests that people show find out for themselves if they like the wines or not… I really think he brings tremendous value on wine education, true education!
    I see why many people would be kind of freaked out by his turbo personality, but I really think he is a good guy and he’s around to do good things. I already miss his wine videos.
    My 2 cents..

  27. Jeff Eckles says:

    Wow, I too am stunned at the “ungracious” remark, but it does explain the tone of the article a little more.

    Steve, I do hope you get a chance to meet Gary again sometime in the future. I did get the chance to meet him at a book signing for TYE. He was very genuine and humble IMO. Aat the book signing, with probably 100 people in the audience as he was being introduced, he singled me out, kind of whispered my name to get my attention and thanked me for coming out. I think he noticed me from a twitter conversation earlier that day, but still, with over 800,000 twitter followers the guy not only notices me but takes a second to say something. Truly not an “ungracious” move.

    Thanks for taking the time to write your article though. It’s always good to read all opinions on a subject.

  28. Steve, it sounds like you give Gary’s influence on younger generations a particularly short shrift. While wine critics around the world do little to reach a newer, younger demographic, Gary did the entire industry a great service in bringing wine to the young and uneducated masses.

    I find great irony in the comments on Parker; I’m sure you would love if all winemakers fawned over you and every word you said. That everyone followed Parker’s scores like gospel is testament to the brand he built and reliability as a wine critic.

    I’m no fan of Parker-ized wines, but I respect the man for everything he’s done. Gary isn’t on the same scale as Parker, but he’s not as far off as you make him out to be.

  29. Hard to think of someone more caring or available to fans than Gary. He has responded to more than half of my tweets. He’s been a major influence on my life (inspired my thesis topic the last 2 years on Social Media and the future of Classical Music) and helped me get into wine basics without being a snob!

    I will read your wine blog, but I hope other things aren’t about grinding the axe.

    Cheers

  30. Clearly mentioning Gary & Twitter drives the comments up-3 of the lat five blogs prove that- hmmm I should have thought of that!

    Steve has every right to his opinion, after all it is his blog. That being said there few in the world who have picked on Gary more than me…ok perhaps everyone he went to highschool with…regardless.

    Having spent much time eating and drinking with Gary, he truly is one of the most caring individuals I have ever run across. He helped forge a community of people across this country who get together locally but also in many cases fly cross country to just hang out with each other and drink wine.

    He is an easy person to critize based on his success and big personality. Lets face it he did not come in to the video blogging world with a tip jar in his and looking for hand outs to keep him going, but he did use all his leverage to make make people feel special often going above and beyond to meet folks, buy them a drink, and share a laugh.

    So what amazing thing is going to happen now that Gary is gone? Got me. I guess we will see all of the down trodden suffocated wine bloggers reach for the stars now. Who knows…

    I did not know Steve before this post so I will not judge him on this nor should someone judge others from a chance meeting at some awards show. Steve I will read some more of you articles here.

  31. Hegemony when referring to Gary Vaynerchuck? Really? You can’t be serious.
    He had (has) a voice in the wine world. A voice which can both annoy and inform. One which, regardless of one’s opinion, seems genuine
    It seems quite a stretch to use hegemony when referring to him.
    I know neither of you personally, but the above seems a bit of sour grapes if you ask me

  32. Although I don’t agree with Steve…one thing I have to say from reading his post and than all the comments to follow (including Gary’s), is that I wish more people spoke their minds…their TRUE thoughts, rather than hide. I’m glad Steve said what he said, his opinion. I’m also happy that Gary came on here to comment as well.

    You see, there is a way to speak your mind and not offend people. No matter what anyone says, the one thing you simply can’t take away from Gary V. is that he absolutely brought a ton of people into the wine world as well as educate them.

    At the end of the day, we each “follow” those that we “click” with…so whether it’s Gary, Steve, or Parker…who gives a shit. Enjoy the journey! Oh, and best of luck to you Gary!

  33. Its understandable to see why people would not like GV, I mean as a Canadian he’s very passionate, and it comes across as in your face. I met Gary at WineLibrary back in may and even when I met him briefly, as he was busy/meeting/taping, He gets to the point, direct.

    I enjoyed his Videos, Educating for sure, and fun two things that I think everyone wants when they are learning. Was never dumbed down. called it like he saw it.

  34. Doug Schulman says:

    Steve, it seems that you are carrying some chip on your shoulder and have used a very inappropriate method of relieving your own angst. I hope that is not the case, but I have no idea what else to think right now. Your characterization of Gary as a one trick pony is laughable for so many reasons that I don’t think I even need to get into. Even just focusing on the wine business and level of interest and curiosity of the most important younger generation(s) of wine buyers, Gary has done so much more than the only thing for which you give him credit, “proving that the Internet can be a viable home for a wine writer/blogger/videographer”. He has helped all of us (wine lovers and those in the business) by having a genuine and significant impact in the direction of getting people to lose the insecurity and to want to try new things. I have admired some of your writing in the past, but now I must question your motives going forward, though I will still occasionally read your stuff with pleasure.

    As for Parker, I understand that he wields such power in such a way that he has gotten far away from his original role as a consumer advocate. Still, I think things would need to be far worse than they are for his overall effect on the wine business and general wine consumer to be negative. Maybe those who like Bordeaux more than I do would disagree.

    Overall, I think you have done yourself a disservice with this piece.

  35. Gary said it best in his sendoff video that “at his core, he always has been an entrepreneur”. What he did for the financial health of his family’s business – growing it 10 fold, proves that point. Nobody will ever own the New York Jets by spending his or her days vlogging wine reviews. More than anything, Gary has proven his acumen in tech/social thought leadership and is lightyears ahead of essentially everyone else who writes about wine. Without a doubt he would have been successful in anything he did. That it was wine is simply coincidence of being part of a family business. I believe that within 5 years, WLTV will be a minor footnote to what Gary is known for. I wish him well, god help us if someone tries to be the next Gary Vee as he alwatys stressed being yourself.

  36. Have known Gary from every angle for about 7 years…business (wine + social media), publishing, socially, family, his friends, his VaynerMedia clients… have seen him while he’s ‘performing’and while he’s ‘relaxing’… he ‘is’ what you see/hear… he is NOT leaving wine per se, he’s leaving his daily ‘live TV blog’… he’ll remain the positive influence on the Industry and its consumers for many years,decades to come via his retail operation in NJ and its http://www.winelibrary.com for internet sales…he “helped change the wine world”… I only wish his continuous efforts to change the way wine is distributed (by trying to eliminate the 3-tier system in place since prohibition, including the archaic laws on about half the States’ books that help protect the large state liquor distributors who contribute to state legislator’s campaigns) which adds about 15-25+% to the retail price structure we all pay, everyday. Gary has game, and as a multi-dimensional entrepreneur he’s about to expand his playing field but not by ignoring the field(s) he’s played on so far.

  37. We’re all playing for the same team, so yes, it’s disconcerting to see one of the players sit on the sideline and take unproductive “pot-shots-as-armchair- philosopher-in-chief.” That’s about as easy as easy can be. We’re all freaking crazy, no two players are alike, nor do we take the same path to moving the ball forward. There are close to 50 employees across the country watching every move I make every day I open the door. I know for certain some have a less than positive opinion of some of my decisions, let alone how I may respond for a few seconds on any given day regarding something highly important to them, but it’s also my responsibility to convey to them that sewing ill will based on snapshots is not in the long-term best interests of the “goal” of being the best at what we, and, as a company what we ultimately desire. They are always free to bow out. To do less would seem something parasitical.
    If anyone of us exposed as much of themselves “on the air” as Gary has over the years (and mind you, still moving the ball for the team, and in the right direction), well, most any of us simply wouldn’t and couldn’t. Nor would our personalities lend themselves to such, as Gary’s has. We need to find within ourselves an honest, fun way forward (Gary did that). Deconstructing the minutia simply doesn’t inspire anyone to do anything. It only feeds on itself. It seems unbecoming and unconstructive to do anything other than thank someone for all the contributions made (many more than he’ll ever be given credit for), and to wish them well in their future endeavors—end of story. Unless, of course, there’s been a gross violation of ethics, principles, or criminality. Gary’s only criminal act is that he is very, very young in this realm of extreme expertise, he’s made he and his family very, very happy. He’s also guilty of his confidence seemingly inducing some within the industry to become envious (not you Steve).
    So let’s make room for yet many other different approaches in this increasingly expanding arena.
    Despite all the “team” references, I’m still not a Jet’s fan.
    John
    @gbsgrape

  38. Looks like Twitter does move people to do things in the wine world…

  39. I respect everybody’s opinion and if you felt slighted by GV at a chance meeting I guess I would blog about it to.

    But this whole thing smacks as a cry for attention. I would imagine this blog will get more responses than you have had in a long time.

    If that is what you were trying to do..congrats I think it worked.

  40. Steve, GV and members of his team have left you some long and thoughtful comments. Your only response is that you found GV rude the single time you met him, probably in passing. I was offended by GV once and contacted him about it. Everything was made right. Your lack of thoughtful comments to their collective responses tells me plenty about you.

  41. does everyone and their brother write a wine blog nowadays?… KaD

  42. Gary Vaynerchuk is to wine, what Rudolf Nureyev was to dance – an expert and an inspired human being with gusto and passion to want to share it with more than the elite.

  43. Love the tattoo.

  44. Dear Scott, I long ago stopped trying to figure out what gets responses nor do I care. Thanks for your comment.

  45. I was a complete wine newbie when I found Gary’s WLTV. His daily program opened a whole new world for me. I’m not in the “young” social media demographic, nor am I in the staid, over-60 group. I’m in the middle, someone who had to listen to his show more than watch it, simply because I couldn’t devote the time. But put simply, I owe him most of my appreciation and confidence in tasting so that I can find the good wine values – the wines Parker didn’t rate, and are therefore still affordable for the rest of us.

    I find it a little sad that Gary will no longer be around to help introduce me to varietals and regions I didn’t think of.

    I’m sure my own wine journey will continue, thanks in good measure to Gary’s show. But while we may eventually make it to a “brighter uplands”, the climb just got a little steeper for most people.

    Good luck, Gary. You will be missed.

  46. Why do you blog if you do not care if your posts get comments (ie, spark debate or thought)? Do you blog to drive Wine Enthusiast sales since Twitter doesn’t work for that? I highly doubt that wanted to drive pageviews/comments or disrespect anyone with your original post, but your comments are kinda odd. I’m glad that you speak your mind and are able to be critical (of not just wine) on your blog. Keep it up! But, you might be able to learn something about engagement from Gary et al.

  47. So let’s see if I have this right: You have a bad experience with someone in passing who you’ve otherwise never met and admittedly don’t actually know. Then, when that person shifts some of their focus away from the industry you’re involved in, you not only try to invalidate his contribution to that industry, but also invalidate his entire professional career by calling him a one-trick pony as well as his personality and genuineness (despite, again, not knowing him). And finally, when dozens of people who DO actually know him–as a friend, a boss, a celebrity they met once, etc.–send you surprisingly calm, conversational, and non-confrontational comments, you respond with curt, resentful, sarcastic, and clearly bitter one-liners. I don’t know you or your agenda, so I won’t guess at your motivation for this post, but I do hope you realize that this will now forever be the first impression you made on thousands and thousands of people who may one day have become your readers.

    One thing’s for sure, you don’t have Gary’s business sense.

  48. U MAD BRO?

  49. An interesting variety in the comments, Steve, and that is a strong indication that your blog is doing what it is supposed to do: create interest, insight, and thought.

  50. Ron Lavette says:

    “Dear Scott, I long ago stopped trying to figure out what gets responses nor do I care. Thanks for your comment”

    Well-thanks for letting us know you don’t give a damn what your readers think. I’ll stop reading your blog and reviews immediately.

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