What, you don't think I averaged them for the measurements I sent to Charly? I'm not an idiot. I just wanted a second opinion from someone here who is about my build and also owns a TOJ, to put my mind at rest. Some of you guys are acting like I just committed some kind of heinous offence. What the hell is wrong with asking the community here for a second opinion on measurements?
I'm sorry if my post was taken seriously; it was intended to be a joke about only learning how to use Excel in college and applying it to Jawnz. Here is a serious response:
I understand your apprehension, especially if you're a first time buyer. I was nervous too when I first purchased my jacket. But I think you may have complicated your situation by going to 6 different people -- sometimes ignorance is bliss, and you have to have faith in the Temple. I had a girl in my lab help measure me. Did it three different times, then averaged those values, and they were all within +/- 0.1-0.2 in. I also measured myself, and as Gauss said, in any case that there was a discrepancy, I went with the larger value. Then it comes to the age old adage of "trust Charly." I think if you fully explain your desire for the jacket, and give measurements, he will provide you the best. The service Charly provides is amazing: in this last BCDR order I had, we agreed on measurements and I paid, but he followed up and asked for another jacket measurement -- he ended up modifying the length of my jacket because he had a hunch that it might end up being too long. This was after we had agreed on measurements, and I had sent payment. Charly isn't messing around -- he's aiming to give you the best. But at the end of the day, you just have to -- as cliche as it is -- take a leap of faith and just trust that your best judgment on measurements was made, and have faith that Charly will be baller, as he has been.
To address your, "this forum is full of dicks who aren't willing to help out," I don't think you help yourself by essentially berating the thread with, "F YOU GUYS! YOU GUYS AREN'T SUPPORTIVE! THIS IS MY FIRST TIME! I'M WORRIED HELP ME OUT! F YOU ALL!" While this thread is full of sass (I'm looking at you nahneun), in my experience, if you aren't just a troll (Distorbant), or are being stupid, people are extremely helpful. I've pm'd multiple people in this thread, and their advice is great, and in general they've been helpful advisors in more things than just TOJ. But I'm sure they wouldn't have been as inclined to help, had I been like "YOU ARE ALL UNHELPFUL! I'M A FIRST TIMER! F YOU! ... oh hey, cyc wid it, will you answer some questions for me?"
This is like The Sandlot, and you're Smalls. You have to earn the respect of the group before you get to play ball. I feel like this applies to any group dynamic in life in general. Trust me, I've only been here a year, so I'm even hesitant to be preachy like this.
TL;DR: Simplify your measurements strategy; have faith in Charly. Know your place, be respectful, the TOJ community wants to see sick jackets with sick fits.
Edited by B0Bs4g3t - 6/21/13 at 8:15am