Lesser Challenges; Better Nights
After weeks of shite weather and the annual Christmas interference period the GHLG team is hitting the links again tonight; this time is a proper party of more swingers: in lesser, less is more is less more. Word.
I am impressed with how quick and easy it was to organize tonight’s sojourn with the help of our twitter account (in addition to us talking it up like crazy of the past few weeks).
So from my experience the challenges to actually getting people out to golfing have been the following concerns:
1) Lesser golf is not a real sport.
Response: You’re right, it is not.
Sports have an undertone of competitiveness (and I am a super competitive person in life but I check that shit at the door for Lesser Golf). You won’t find it here. So in that respect Urban Golf is not really a “sport” so to speak. Even baseball is just a “pass-time”. Urban Golf is more like an “actioned” hangout. I am not sure why this is a problem as almost everyone I know has played some version of this sport just spontaneously.
So no it is not a real sport…
2) What about the cops?
Response: So far so good; this game is built on respect.
The issues here are two: 1) that we are hitting projectiles through an urban area; and 2) we are gang of people walking the streets at night with clubs.
To the first concern: we are using tennis balls which unless you are shooting them out of a potato cannon are pretty much harmless as any grade six road hockey junkie can tell you. The way we see it is if you are going to ask us to stop hitting tennis balls around on the street you are going to have to get said road hockey kids off the street too. That isn’t going to happen in Canada. If you’re not from Canada adjust yours balls to suit the appropriate legal or cultural loophole.
Next, if the 5-0 do have beef about a bunch of people walking through the city with clubs: so what? We’re all adults (since it is based off of age and not off of behaviour in this case) and we aren’t doing anything criminal. All of the signage in our city related to golfing says “No Hitting Golf Balls”, which we are not.
If an Officer says we have the potential to commit crimes because we are armed with the proper equipment to do so then I would (tongue in cheek) respond that then he should put BB under arrest for sexual assault because he is armedwith the right equipment to commit such a crime. (Not that he ever would because he is a sweetheart).
But seriously, as our rules say: RESPECT. If police ask you to move on then YOU MOVE ON.
3) Seriously Urban Golf?
Response: Hell yeah.
I already had some great nights playing this game and we are only getting started. We got friends, we got treats, and drinks to keep us warm and we got a city we love.
We all suck. We got Respect. We got no illusions of making the big leagues. Let’s come out swinging.
See you all tonight (or in the near future).