SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS AND CERTAIN CONTESTS: It seems to me that the proliferation of all sorts of special event stations and minor contests have gotten a little out of hand. When we have on the air events such as: The Clara Chatter Party, The 16th Annual Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival, Fishing for Freedom, The 4th Annual RST Special Event and 500 Years of the Founding of the Panama Canal for example, I wonder what has happened to the art of conversation.These are just a few samples of the hundreds of special event stations/contests imploding on the bands. Some are more unusual than the above, celebrating every conceivable activity that the Amateur can dream up. I don't get it. Of what value is it to call an event station, receive a report and move on. . Have we reached a point where a 10 second contact is all we strive for in the name of competition? It is a self-serving activity with no contribution to the Service and to ourselves other than the hollow root of activity.