Into the Forums

Curious about what you’ve been missing over at the Mountain Xpress Forums? You should be. Just take a look at what you’ve missed if you haven’t paid a visit recently.

• If there’s one thing the Xpress forums had been missing, it’s a deep, thoughtful discussion of that most elegant of motor sports, the demolition derby. Thankfully, ever-surprising forum moderator Zen used to be a demolition-derby driver, and was more than happy to share a little bone-jarring, crushed-bumper, behind-the-wheel knowledge with us.

• The newly planted Farm & Garden subforum seems to be taking root, with conversations like What should N.C.‘s ag stations be researching? already sprouting a few interesting exchanges.

Xpress contributing editor Margaret Williams reports a seemingly inexplicable encounter with seagulls outside her rural WNC home. She’s even uploaded a YouTube video to demonstrate the strange event. Other forum posters are equally baffled, although publisher Jeff Fobes offered a potential explanation.

• A few weeks ago over in the Food subforum, mainstay poster Ralph Roberts posed and interesting question: Where should you go to get the 2nd best barbecue in Asheville? People in WNC definitely have some strong opinions about their BBQ, and the debate rages on.

• The recently introduced Media & Journalism subforum has been hopping this week, and at least part of the reason is the recent Asheville Citizen-Times layoffs. But Xpress readers may want to pay close attention to Margaret William’s recent thread, Should Xpress convert to online only? (complete with a user-poll).

• Although contributions have been sparse thus far, there’s tons of discussion potential in the recently launched Neighborhoods subforum — particularly if some brave soul decides to start a Montford/downtown versus West Asheville thread.

• What happens when a bunch of language-loving folks on the Written Word subforum start discussing phrases they just don’t like? Posting gold, that’s what.

• Although the topic has been up for nearly a month, there’s still plenty of activity over at the Where to buy local/handmade for the holidays thread in the Fashion, Style & Shopping sub-forum. With Christmas still weeks away, this should turn into a worthy resource for finding interesting and unique last-minute gifts.

• Moving on to more philosophical realms, forum regular TomH recently posted a thread that claims All Ideologies Are Idiotic. Is he onto something?

• And finally, Xpress staffer Hal Millard wants to know how forum users are tightening their purse strings this holiday season to cope with the weakening of the economy. One possible solution? Millard’s other new thread about selling plasma for extra cash.

Steve Shanafelt


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