I do take it personally, but I get what you are saying. It puts a bad perspective out there. To me we all have expiration dates. I made it through the incidents at OP (Held at gunpoint at the Bank in the mall Parking lot).....I still go to the mall, the girl at DG was killed by her psycho ex. I know that some people's comfort zone won't allow them to get there, and I am ok with that. I also don't really like it when people point out that they can be "counted on to not come back" based on an action that they heard. But I do completely understand why they may feel that way, but was also trying to point out that this happens in every corner of america and the area now.
I guess what kinda irritates me is the notion that the "mountain bikers" called the cops. So all the fuss about them "taking over our work" that happened, and then they are the ones now making the calls that we should be making. So to me maybe we should just give them the land if they are going to be the ones doing the work as they have been over the last few years.
"the police are busy, but would try to get by", that is yet another reason to have a call made. The more calls they get the more likely they are to respond.
You know I carry with me still an awful of guilt with Nick's death, wondering if I did make enough calls, could I have done more....this is the same situation to me. You know something is wrong, act.
I get that I shouldn't take it personally (probably many things that I shouldn't) but I am also a guy that wears his emotions on his sleeves often. That is my passion coming out.
I get that some people think its "sketchy" to play there. I also though know first hand that over the past 15 years that I have been working out there, I have heard gun shots and never felt threatened. I have been confronted by crazy folks, and never felt scared, I have engaged in hostile conversations and never been injured.....I have been silly stupid and dumb as a "white cracker ass" and still done things that enabled me to write this today. Typically I am calling the cops. Do I like to, no, but I do because it is the right thing to do.
Too many years of people ignoring the issues that go on within the park have enabled this mentality to be viewed as acceptable and unfortunately I hope that us as a collective group can help foster, nurture and develop that change. So that is probably why I get up in arms over the conversation.
Soon enough though every city in the metro will have a disc golf course. Those smaller cities with only a handful of parks to worry about will be in better shape and maintained by them so that there is no "ownership" of the lands. The great vast areas of our work effort and love will be replaced by the business and parks departments that want it all to be the same will lead us into the vein of conformist disc golf.
We as a collective body should be proud of what we do to make changes within the parks, and be the spearhead to change. We lose some of that clout when I hear others are doing it. Now don't get me wrong, I understand that, hey they were called dude, relax is WAY in order. And it truly is, but I wanted to kinda voice my own concerns and beliefs to share how I personally would see things done.
This place that we call home was a dump. It may look "trashy" but it is a far cry from what we started with. We have the luxury of being able to build, design and partner with the best and largest P&R in the area to help us keep our sport growing. Our courses and the work that has been done the previous decades from many that aren't doing it is exactly why we can. We do that with a sense of pride and ownership that comes with dedication to the land and the knowledge that we help.
That help though comes at a price, some get, some don't. I'd like to think that I get it. Others don't get it, or me, and I am ok with that.