Angelwriter
by on June 14, 2015
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The following is an interview I did with Putergeel and LASD of vapenet for this month's VapeNews
PuterGeek and LASD are the co-managers of the Vapenet Channel on VapeTV. This channel has had its share of ups as downs as well as a questionable reputation. Despite its hills and valleys, it has never wavered or changed when there’s drama, chaos, etc. Vapenet has always had its own voice and after this interview, you’ll see why.
Susan: How did Vapenet get started?
PuterGeek: It was started by Elixir TV hosts who wanted to go a different direction (November 2011)
LASD: My take on it: The hosts that started vapenet came from Elixir TV because they wanted to open and branch out with little to no drama because after a while it got tiring. When we first started, there were no sponsors so hosts were donating out of their own pockets. All the hosts gave away vape and non-vape stuff. I was the first host that had a sponsor on Vapenet: They were ivape.net and jwraps.com.
Susan: How did you two meet?
LASD/PuterGeek: Through ELIXER
Susan: What has been the best thing about being the "dudes" of vapenet?
PuterGeek: There is no best thing about it. I think what works great for vapenet is location: I'm in Michigan and he's in California and we have not met each other face to face yet. It's hard to explain it really.
LASD: It’s cool with east coast falling asleep and west coast just beginning their evenings and being able to help when something comes around such like when Puter has to go to sleep, I am still available and vice versa for early times of the day.
Susan:
What has been your biggest vapenet achievement?
PuterGeek: Staying on air and not folding when we have seen so many others fold.
LASD: I see Vapenet as what ElixirTV used to be back in the day.
Susan: What has been your biggest disappointment with vapenet?
LASD: There are two different kinds of disappointments: 1. at different times we had to jump around (different sites) such as Stickam, Justin.TV, Vaughnlive and vaperstv. 2. Sometimes there were hosts that just didn’t cut it or didn’t have the chemistry and had to be let go.
PuterGeek: We have also found that those disappointments make us stronger.
Susan: How do you think vapenet could be improved?
PuterGeek: There is always room for improvement.
LASD: We have a pretty solid group of people. However, I’d like to see more hosts come on board to fill more timeslots. On Elixir TV, they wanted a 24-hour network and had it but mostly with someone playing music in the late hours of the night. Once in a while you had people doing a marathon show.
Susan: What's it been like hooking up with VapeTV?
PuterGeek and LASD: Amazing
PuterGeek: We have never seen support like we get from vapetv
LASD: It's like 24-hour support
PuterGeek: Anything we need within minutes gets addressed. BSP, Lu, and Kenny are the best. I don't think they sleep.
Susan: What is your ideal Vapenet host?
PuterGeek: We try to be very realistic about it. Not everyone is going to get along and you will have people with much different views on things. We try to have respect: it’s part of the culture;
LASD: There is no ideal host. Vapenet succeeds with different hosts, different thoughts, and different views. I can't think of Vapenet as being as being a one-host thing because every host puts in a crazy amount of work and each host adds something to the network
Susan:
How do you address someone not showing respect?
PuterGeek: We give them a warning and address it and if it's not fixed, we get rid of them
Susan: Is there a host that you wish you didn't let go or leave?
LASD: The ones that bring on that feeling were the ones who left on their own for personal reasons. I wish we had them back.
PuterGeek: I will go along with that.
Susan: If someone is interested in being a vapenet host, what should they do?
LASD: Hit up any of our hosts or admins and they know how to get in touch with us. We have always been a family oriented network. You play your music; use your backgrounds, your show style, and your show. We don’t micromanage out hosts because we like to see them shine on their own.
PuterGeek: Chemistry is also extremely important.
Susan: Now, I’m going to start asking you some general vaping questions. To start with: How has life changed for you since you started vaping?
PuterGeek: I don't smell like cigarette anymore
LASD: I started vaping in 2010. I taste things better, senses are back in line. In fact, I didn’t really know how bad my lungs were because I started smoking in 1987. One time, I had a full body scan done and had to fill out a questionnaire and there were questions that asked if you smoke and for how long. After the test was completed, I had an interview with a doctor who reviewed the scan and the doctor had to ask me 3 times if I was a former smoker as stated on my questionnaire because the doctor stated that the scan showed that I had the lungs of a nonsmoker. I told her I was vaping and she told me that although she couldn’t confirm if my lungs were dirty to begin with from years of smoking but she stated that if they were dirty, the vaper washed away anything in there. She said was just like cleaning a stain off of the wall with a spray mist bottle so eventually the stain breaks up and drips away. Cigarette smoke doesn't bother me and doesn’t make me want to throw up anymore.
Susan: What has been your biggest surprise you've seen with the vaping community?
PuterGeek: I would say the generosity within this community when people are down on hard times and how piffing is instilled in this community.
LASD: I'd have to agree on that and add that I’m really shocked on how fast it’s progressed. A new device used to take 4-6 months to come out. Now a new device comes out within a week. We also have Fasttech with all the hype of the clones and for those people who didn't jump on something for whatever reason, you didn’t miss it.
Susan: What has been the biggest disappointment you've seen with the vaping community?
LASD: The amounts of money people want to charge on devices: some devices deserve their price tag, others don't (like a cool or vicious name) one that just turns out to be just another tube or box. Unless it’s a true 1 of a kind custom piece, then the sky is the limit.
PuterGeek: On the other end of the generosity: people who try to capitalize and try to take advantage of it
LASD: Or the go.fundme's when they don't really need it…things like that really upset me but there is dishonesty everywhere and the vaping community isn’t immune to it.
Susan: How do you feel about vaping activism?
LASD: I'm all for it, just wish there was more of it.
PuterGeek: We need to have more people get involved and try to make differences rather than sit down and enjoy the show. Not everyone can go before Congress or committees. There is something that everyone can do and contribute (like donating money to CASAA and the Vaping Militia).
Susan: Why should people get involved with or care about the vaping community?
LASD: Not many people get involved with the community if you think about it. At the lowest level, it is coming to shows and being a regular.
Susan: What do you see with the future of vaping?
LASD: I hope that vaping will stay around and that people don't have to go back to smoking. I see us getting into a more hi-tech industry in the future: more choices available to us (pending laws and such).
PuterGeek: That's a difficult question for me to answer. In terms of the future, I get a little confused. Litigation is going to HUGE factor to where will be in 5 years. I guarantee that in 5 years I will be here in some form or fashion
Susan: What do you see as the future of Vapenet?
LASD: I see Vapenet as a whole growing, especially where we are now at VapeTV. I see no drama; supporting everyone that comes in here (from the newbie to the advanced to the ones who have a niche); and always someone that has a specific desire for something.
PuterGeek: I see us continuing to do what we're doing: helping people, helping each other and being a huge support
To conclude the interview, both men offered some great final thoughts:
PuterGeek: I'm amazed at the amount of hosts that come through the doors and have brought so much to vapenet.
LASD: I just want to thank every one of our hosts for doing what they do and they do it so well. Without our viewers, Vapenet would be nothing so thank you to our viewers. Vaping has given us the opportunity to breathe better, but VapeTV has given us the opportunity to take a deep breath.
To get more information about vapenet, you can log on to the channel’s website at http://www.vapenet.com. To tune into a show, you can check the channel’s schedule at http://vapenet.info. To actually tune in, you can get an account at http://vapetv.com/vapenet/
Everyone is always welcome