Since I have never met my father after the age of 3....it's tough to say, but as a child I was constantly asked where I got my red hair, since I was the first in family to have it, and I always answered "from the garbage man" Danger, can you lead me to the way of the location of my biological father?
As for the bashing of Cliff and the need to give back to the park in the form of trees from the charitable efforts of the disc golf community. I'd like to mention the following:
Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation provides facilities, programs and recreational opportunities for the community that contributes to an aesthetically pleasing environment and enhanced quality of life. The department operates and maintains close to 12,000 acres of parkland including 219 parks, 132 miles of boulevards and parkways, 47 fountains, 87 ornamental structures, 10 community centers, 27 lakes, 38 miles of trails and bikeways, 105 tennis courts, five golf courses and four museums.
Olathe has 29 (of which they list a softball complex as a park)
Wanna bet that Olathe has more than 10% of the workforce that the KCMO P&R does? Let's look at the taxation levels in KS, and the average income of the area, these are things that one in an entitled area should come to expect.
It's not wrong to have these feelings of entitlement when one is accustomed to these ways, but those of us "slumming" in the city that helped found your little nest feel obligated to give back to the community in ways that we feel directly benefit not only the earth and environment, but also our local parks. The sense of pride and ownership by doing the volunteer work to create these feeling of goodwill is something that is shared by some of us with like minded tendencies.
This is in no way to be-little the efforts that Tom has done over the past 2 decades as well, and his conjunction with the P&R in that small area (As Navin R. Johnson said: Ah, anything... in this general area, right in here. Anything, below the stereo, and on this side of the Bicentennial glasses. Anything between the ashtray, and the thimbles. Anything in this three inches. Right in here, this area, that includes the Chiclets, but not the erasers.) You have a smaller area to enjoy and be concerned with, and the work that needs to be done is magnified by the smaller presence. That's ok, we get that you are used to smaller things out there in your country lands!
In all honesty, it really doesn't matter how things get done, the club is a great way to get all of us to work towards the efforts to build our sport, and each community has taken ownership and partnerships with the disc golfers. That relationship then affords the club and it's members a chance to continue to enjoy the sport and make it available to people that may not otherwise know of it.
I don't really see it as beating a dead horse, I see it as constant awareness that those that love other courses are willing to try to do what the societal elites have!
We work with mud to build houses, and enjoy living, they fire their own bricks, and build them. They are both homes, and sure some may look better, but when the earthquake comes, watch the bricks tumble,( http://www.world-housing.net/uploads/WHETutorial_Adobe_English.pdf
) and the house that was built by the community and the natural products stand, and at that time, I am willing to bet that we would still go down and help them build again, since the tax revenues would fall and they'd have no money since they couldn't go to work because the building crumbled.....
So, Lee, I am not mad, nor is Drew, infact I enjoy playing at PC from time to time. I enjoy the fact that they have a tree farm in the middle of the fairway, and that they can remove diseased trees and replace them without the volunteer efforts of the club, its a good thing. What also is good, is that we are confident that our course is better, and loved more by the care takers of the park, and that we know the park is in good hands with the love of disc golfers, not just waiting for the paid help to come do things, but our work gets things done when we can as our time allows.
(Sarcasm should be notated in countless comments made above!)