The wife and I were headed over to Homer the other day and another aircraft reported south bound at Bara Bara Creek. I asked " south bound A/C where are you?". He responded "don't you know where Bara Bara Creek is?" I said "No." He then started to explain how I could find it as a creek to flows into the ocean. Please note we are still closing at 200 Kts+. The name of the creek is Barabara Creek, I've heard it called a few names that werer close, but always close enough to know the place. The guy informed me he had been in the area 25 years and that was how it was pronounched, stupid me.
Well my point, This fellow thought he was smarter than everybody else flying down here and was intend on showing us his brillance. That streach of coast is very busy as its the route to three villages and countless flights ,three airtaxis and pvt. A/C. I have alway found reinventing the wheel like this is the same thing as the "watch this" I'm going to do something stupid syndrome. On the heels of recent mid-airs involving good pilots we need to drop the ego stuff and try to fit in with proven practices and proceedures. Getting where were going safe is the only thing that get points awarded. My 2C, Tom