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Old 10-21-2015, 09:24 PM
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I appreciate the efforts that are being made by the airsoft community to revive airsoft interest in our region. Airsoft has been an event in which my three children and my dad have enjoyed great times on various fields playing with new and familiar faces.
One of the things that we have enjoyed over the past several years is visiting in state airsoft supply shops in our region. I remember our first visit to 321 airsoft when it was in its first building. Our group was thrilled to get to talk to the owner Raymond Pfeffer. He showed us his field rig and we asked all kinds of questions. The one thing that I remember about that visit was him saying "It's hard to build a business that is based on a hobby". His words put the sport in perspective.
To be honest I have been a bit disheartened by the tone that has developed in the conversation about lagging attendance at events. It would seem as though some believe that those who fail to attend such events due to life obligations are less passionate or somehow rank a degree lower than those who do attend. Nothing could further from the truth from my corner of the universe. Could it be that at the end of the day life priorities keep people away? Isn't it a good thing when people rightly choose to tend to life responsibilities when it is necessary?
The very heart of the sport is honor. Some times the most honorable thing to do is stay home and get stuff done be it school work or lawn mowing or time with the spouse. Honor dictates that some things must be given priority in life. Remember guys and gals at the end of the day it's a hobby! I love the sport! I have lost countless hours of sleep strategizing and preparing for the events that we have attended. As an individual who is responsible to pay for five entry fees every time the gate is opened I have spent hundreds of dollars in fees alone (not to mention gas and supplies). Our group would love to be at every event! But it would be less than honorable to let my electric be turned off so that I could feed my hobby addiction. Right?
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:38 PM
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Well said rev! I have been in that boat for the last almost 2 years. Priorities of life seem to get in the way of the hobby I love to play all the time. Going from playing every weekend to 2 or 3 times a year hurts but well life and family take precedence.
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:48 AM
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I'd love to play as much as I used to, but life gets in the way. In the last 3.5 years I've started a career, gotten married, had a son, bought a house, bought a truck, and countless other grown up things (like turn 30, ugh) Unfortunately the job that supports all those things doesn't give me weekends off, so airsoft has taken a back seat. My S.T.A.T. guys have been keeping busy attending a ton of events every year, but I have to save my vacation time for 1-2 big events a year. I'm hoping to move into a rotation with weekends off eventually, but until then I have to pick and choose and chairsoft the rest of the time.
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Old 10-22-2015, 10:10 AM
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I appreciate the efforts that are being made by the airsoft community to revive airsoft interest in our region. Airsoft has been an event in which my three children and my dad have enjoyed great times on various fields playing with new and familiar faces.
One of the things that we have enjoyed over the past several years is visiting in state airsoft supply shops in our region. I remember our first visit to 321 airsoft when it was in its first building. Our group was thrilled to get to talk to the owner Raymond Pfeffer. He showed us his field rig and we asked all kinds of questions. The one thing that I remember about that visit was him saying "It's hard to build a business that is based on a hobby". His words put the sport in perspective.
To be honest I have been a bit disheartened by the tone that has developed in the conversation about lagging attendance at events. It would seem as though some believe that those who fail to attend such events due to life obligations are less passionate or somehow rank a degree lower than those who do attend. Nothing could further from the truth from my corner of the universe. Could it be that at the end of the day life priorities keep people away? Isn't it a good thing when people rightly choose to tend to life responsibilities when it is necessary?
The very heart of the sport is honor. Some times the most honorable thing to do is stay home and get stuff done be it school work or lawn mowing or time with the spouse. Honor dictates that some things must be given priority in life. Remember guys and gals at the end of the day it's a hobby! I love the sport! I have lost countless hours of sleep strategizing and preparing for the events that we have attended. As an individual who is responsible to pay for five entry fees every time the gate is opened I have spent hundreds of dollars in fees alone (not to mention gas and supplies). Our group would love to be at every event! But it would be less than honorable to let my electric be turned off so that I could feed my hobby addiction. Right?
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Old 10-22-2015, 02:02 PM
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I haven't noticed a tone like this. Everyone knows that there are other things in life that take priority. I used to play every weekend, then my job made me work weekends and I played maybe 3 times a year and now I'm a 2nd LT in the USMC and obviously my time away from training is minimal and when I do get leave to come home I tend to spend it with my family and girlfriend. My bros like Ray and the guys I've played with for the past 10 years know this. They understand. If someone has a ****ty attitude towards people not playing due to life circumstances then they can pound sand. No need to listen to other people's bull****.

This community has always been supportive of each other, granted like I said I haven't been around much in the past year but I stay in touch with my friends I met through this hobby; we all get it. It's all about balance, just like everything else. But I miss playing, I miss my friends and I'd give anything to come out and play sometime in the next few months. Here's to hoping I see some of you guys this December!
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