jalbanese wrote:Not all "pot smokers" are "loudmouthed" or "inconsiderate losers"....the alcohol drinkers are more of a problem in my opinion...as this sport grows it will also encounter more and more trouble but with growth comes good things too so just keep throwing and having fun.
Crap, you got me wrong man. Very sorry. I tried to say that this is what the public sees, not me. I have NO problem with it at all, trust me. I do have a problem when idiots, acting like idiots, make it a problem that the public sees in a negative light. Not only does it make people who smoke marijuana look bad, but then the general public instantly jumps to the conclusion that all who smoke are that way... which then leads them to the conclusion that all disc golfers are the same.
The drunks also bother me a lot more personally, a lot more... but there I mean "drunks", not those who simply drink. It's an issue with excess and irresponsible behavior.
The point I failed to make is that it's important to spread the idea that we have a responsibility to try to act especially well in front of the public to set a good impression. As a group (disc golfers that is), who have unfortunately been labeled by the masses as these negative things, I try to do more than I normally ever would to sway that opinion back to our favor. I won't smoke in public, I always say, "Hello, how are you today." to non players when I pass them in the parks. I pick up trash and put it in a plastic bag tied to my belt as I play. I keep my voice to a reasonable level and I try hard not to use any "vulgar" language or get angry while I'm playing. I would never normally care too much of what John Q Public thinks of me, but I feel obligated to counter the stereotypes and hopefully leave people with the thought, "Hmm, I guess not all these guys are losers like I assumed."
I know this topic has gone WAY off at this point, but I wanted to apologize for the misunderstanding and try to clarify what I meant. Thanks.