I would like to publicly go on the record with an apology to Rob and a few others that I may have offended.
In the case specifically of Rob, my biggest problem with is a perception problem of my own. I may post a little more passionately about how I view things, and how they should be done in my eyes. I at times fail to have the realization that it is sole focus burning and not to the betterment of Disc Golf. Not my intent, but clearly it can come across that way.
So I wanted to let the record show that although I am very passionate about my own beliefs, desires, and expectations, many others may not share that vision or passion. As such my comments made at times may not be the best alignment to point out how great our community is.
I tend to view the forum as an open chance for dialogue to start conversations that at times may get heated. I don't back down, but I will change my own opinion as time and conversations make me see that I may need to be more altruistic. This is the case here.
I do think that Rob is getting some great traction in the less than normally played locations. I may not agree with the mannerism that he goes about, but that is just simply because he is doing it his way and I shouldn't chastise him for that as I have been.
There are other conversations that come up that I clearly do get heated on, and it is the basis for my apologies to others as well. It appears in my typing at the computer that I am guilty of what I despise the most.....typing at the machine, not talking and communicating and I hated realizing that is what I have been doing as well. Not my intent (ok some times it is....
) to alienate individuals, but in most instances it is the belief that we all have a passion to take the sport forward.
My devotion may be greater than some, weaker than others, and honestly more tied to the notion of the work that I personally give and see others give. I know the requirements in many cases, and I expect and at times demand people be held to the standard I have of myself. I don't even make that standard often, so as such I shouldn't be throwing rocks in the glass house that I am looking through.
For that I do apologize to Rob specifically as my intent wasn't to belittle, but rather shine a light that I felt needed, which probably isn't my place to do so publicly. Others I may have offended, realize that this is only due to my own desire to have Kansas City as the greatest town in the world to play our sport. Even though on the Chatter Room here I may come across as all knowing and wonderful, I am but a man behind the green curtain, and as such it isn't just I that can complete anything in town, it takes all of us. We may offer disagreeing terms, and some times may get heated, my intent isn't to alienate, but to engage, discuss and find a solution to help us all.
Many of you over the years know my bark is far worst than my bite. I very rarely bite, in fact generally will give off my plate instead. I don't want our community to be viewed as hostile, and my recent conversations may have indicated that it is. It isn't, and for that I feel shame, and it took the conversations recently to show me that I may be over stepping what I view as helping, because it hasn't, and for that I do apologize to all of you as well.