New Chapters, New Park, Social Media Problems
Ya know, when I see those negative posts I wanna say, well hey how many events does "your group" have? but in my older and maybe, hopefully wiser age, I look at responding to that as just starting a pissing match. Its akin to a political argument on FB Neither side is going to convince the other of how they think. My smart ass Son always says "internet beef can not be digested" The OP of that post is in a group that put on a ride last year that I enjoyed, calling him out, or defending RL4WD would not be productive in any way at all. For me, for RL4wd, or for them. I really find it ironic that the reason tigerton decided to limit access to their park, was because of the drama the non-members created there. And when the non members found out about the decision they are creating drama. LOL chicken, egg. I dont pretend to know why people are so butt hurt over this group. Its like having an ex girlfriend that you stalk for years to see how she is doing, even though you can not stand her HAHA What I know about RL4WD is it was my starting point, I was treated with respect from day 1, I have learned about a lot of different aspects of the sport here, and other places as well. I enjoy the camaraderie, of RL4WD, I also enjoy the camaraderie of other groups as well. I still think back to my first year, Mater was VERY stock on absolute shit tires, I didn't know anything about anything yet. I went to "camp" 1 fella begrudgingly led a ride in his XJ for the folks that showed up the first night, he purposely drove like a madman down a gravel road to kick up dust and "lose" anyone that may be able ride with him. Coming from the racing community, it was a challenge I thought I had to accept. Looking back on it, it was foolish, I put myself and my rig at risk for ego. I came away from that weekend thinking RL4WD was the only place I ever would be comfortable. (I will say with the exception of the Man that owns the property I was not real excited with the experience, Larry made it a point to take 10 minutes and make me feel welcome) Of course since then Mater and I have both gained capabilities, and I am comfortable in any group, no matter what the experience level. I have enough experience to know when to say when now. (kinda)
I feel Rl4wd is going thru some growing pains right now, I was asked to be president of a new chapter, and as much as "that isn't me" The need was there, and I LITERALLY could hear my fathers voice saying "you gotta give back sometimes"
Its hard to sit on your hands when a forum post doesn't agree with how you think, but I really do think given enough rope people will hang themselves.
Thinking about how to respond to those negative posts, I thought the same thing just let the dog lie. Maybe we can take a few things away from this and make things better, Maybe some good will come from it.