Re: Improving Your Impression: Not About Money: by Paul Calloway
Going back to Paul's original editorial. I complete agree with the idea that it cost much more in the long run to start out farby or mainstream. I just recently began improving my impression trying to make the jump from mainstream to progressive. When I started the hobby 16 years I joined a unit that was the epitome of farby. Coolers in the tents, muffins out of plastic containers from breakfast, hiking boots etc. I eventually moved on to a unit that actually straddles the line between mainstream and progressive and am now continuing to improve my impression. Now that I'm moving towards the progressive end of the spectrum I find that I have to replace almost all of my gear. If I had simply started out buying the good stuff, and joined a unit that valued a good impression, I wouldn't be trying scramble to replace everything before the season gets into full swing, and not to mention on a limited grad student budget. I too have heard so many people in the hobby try to convince a comrade not to improve their impression. When I fell in with my original unit (the extremely farby one) a few years ago for old time sake my impression, which was only mainstream, was looked upon with suspicion and I must admit that I received a lot of criticism.
Oh well, I'm now paying the price for my foolish farby ways, and it has nothing to do with the higher quality, more accurate, pieces being more expensive. So thanks Paul, you hit the nail right on the head.
Patrick C. Salland
69th New York Co. A
The Washington Guards
"Men are only children of an older growth" John D. Billings