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07 October 2013 - 11:52 AM
Ok guys so this is going to be rough but try to stick through it with me and some to an understanding... (Puzuma give me some latitude for godsake lol)
I am writing this message as a last resort for what is a community in dire straights. I have been an (INACT) for many years on this forum which I understand doesn't help this community stay more intact but as with all things in life my priorities have shifted from paintball to my career in the United States Army. So lets get down to the story and the reason I brought you in here because my lack of patronage will come to light soon enough. I joined this community back in December of 2004 when frankly paintball was once again hitting a boom and a small recession all at the same time. I was just 15 years old and I was fairly new to the whole "community" of paintball but I had been playing since 1999 "which now is about 15 years of playing paintball as of now"
During this time "at least in my state of Missouri" there was a transition occurring in the woodsball community where the lines between speedball and woodsball where blurring when both communities came to understand that their fields where closing left and right and that the only thing that was going to save these fields was the combined patronage of both the speedballers and the woodsballers. We would abandon our titles and once again become paintballers without a division coming between us just because of how we liked to play.
This methodology was preached to us young players by some rather important woodsball celebrities. I knew these grey wolfs who had been slinging paint since the early 80's and I was fortunate enough to call them my friends and acquaintances. Having the true honor to meet some of the actual forefathers of paintball "Guys playing way back to the 60's I believe" face to face "Blind luck I lived around these guys" I dreamt of a world where eventually I would become one of those guys who pretty much just lived for the weekend so they could grab their masks, gear and head out to the field.
Eventually our combined effort was not enough to keep our fields up and running. I lost my paintball field "Paint Games Plus" in Holden, Mo eventually.
I say all of that to day this. This forum is great and was amazing at one time. The thought of logging on here one day and seeing that the server is down forever would truly be a horrible loss. I tell you what I hate Puzuma but every time I come back to this forum after months and years away he is here ever faithfully "probably ban hammering away at the innocent - not that there is any grudge I hold against him in the slightest lol" serving this forum and remaining as a vigil to those who came before. The one face that has never faded with time. If I did not know any better I would say that I would miss him and knowing that he had a place here. So please guys we know that this forum cannot last forever and eventually the inevitable will happen. We have lost so many already to the tide of time. I suggest that an alternate group be made on a social network site in the event that we finally lose the page. It will happen eventually and yes I know that many of us frequent the same forums on other websites but the point remains. It seems that every deployment I come to think about the people I know and who I miss and often I eventually get to Tenacious, Puzuma (<---WAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST...but listed still the same) and so many others. Maybe I am just over reacting but I would hate to loose you guys forever.
An additional bro-lovy feely sort of letter I wrote to the owner of a field that had gone under. So you can kinda sorta understand the mood I am in right now.
I truly hope that mail finds you well and in good spirits. My name is Darin **********. I doubt that you will remember me after all of this time but I was a very young boy who religiously attended the "Battle of The Bulge" at the Holden PGP location. I am very sure that I was probably a very annoying patron of your event but you never once showed irritation and you always treated me with respect. I am not sure if you remember but my mother once catered the event with my grandfather, I remember the nacho dip was a good hit with the guys. Eventually things went south with my family as my mother was diagnosed with cancer once again and without medical insurance we fell on some pretty hard times. Obviously with finances the way they were I was unable to play because we were heavily in medical debt. Paintball was still very much a part of my life even though I had gone for years without being able to afford to play during this time. I was still however able to get a subscription to Action Pursuit Games magazine "Which I remember being so excited seeing you and the guys from the field at OKDAY" I would write APG magazine as often as I could and ended up getting small portions of what I had written actually published on some occasions. Even though I could not play I researched every marker and the history of paintball, I never let that passion die. Eventually we had moved away as we could not afford our house any longer and a year or so later I graduated from high school and to raise myself up from my circumstances I enlisted in the United States Army "My father was a jarhead so he got a good chuckle out of that" I spent a very long time away from home while attending my training and soon I had gotten married, had a daughter and deployed to Iraq for the first time. While deployed people asked me what my big plans were for my mid tour leave and I had decided that "other than seeing my family of course" there was really only one thing I wanted to do…I wanted to go finally throw paint once again at the field that I had remembered as a young boy. Yes I should have checked after all that time but in my mind that field had always been there, it had always been a part of my summers and my weekends. I didn't even consider the possibility that things had changed. There were remnants of the place still when I arrived. I knew something was wrong before I even pulled off the highway. I didn't understand and I was totally thrown off track. I walked the field looking for recent signs of play. I walked the ponds and the pastures and I found nothing. It struck me pretty hard which I know may sound frankly sad or pathetic but it was the only thing that I had at the time. It was something that was taken away from me as a child and I just wanted to experience it again and it was gone. I tried contacting old friends but they had moved away and were unsure what had happened, some had stopped playing paintball entirely. I returned home not sure what to think about what had happened. I have heard so many things from employees who used to work that location, from old patrons and I have waited a long while without really knowing. I am now in Afghanistan and reading through some old posts online and stirred up this memory and I came to wonder what had ever happened to the field and the staff who used to work their. I had such fond memories of that place and I imagine that financial pressure in something as volatile as paintball eventually became too much but if I can be entirely forthcoming I do remember way back when I was still playing at the field regularly that there was an issue. If you don't mind me asking and I don't mean to stir anything up…what brought about the end of the field? What was the fighting that I had seem about? If you don't feel comfortable replying I understand entirely that it truly is none of my business and I will let my heart rest on the subject and I will not bother you with it again. I really just wish to know what had happened I think that it would answer a question that has been in the back of my mind for a very long time. In closing I have to say that you may not know me Bill and I have only had very small interactions with you at the shop but you really did seem to be an awesome guy. You turned me into a true fan of the sport and a player for life, I can only imagine that it must be very difficult working in the very hobby in which you try to enjoy. I am sure that at times it can be very difficult and make it down right impossible to enjoy the sport but I can tell you that people notice, the kids noticed and I surely noticed. You may be an owner of a paintball field, you may be a just a paintballer but to my group of friends back home your one of the Originals you started us on this path of paintball. At the end of the day it might seem fairly childish that this attachment to the game and to the field has come from a brief few interactions and a few summers of play "and some great fights against the allies" but I cannot express to you just how much I looked forward to that game every year. I wish you the very best in everything that you pursue, I wish you nothing but prosperity and lastly just maybe a deeper enjoyment of your time on the field and in the office knowing that those people who are patrons really enjoy the quality of service and the experience you provide.
04 November 2010 - 05:38 PMHey Guys! Its been a while since you've been around! Maybe its only been a few hours or maybe it have been over two years but hey we are glad to have you back. So please post a reply and let us know your alive and well. Its been over a year since I logged on and I just logged back on two days ago! Wow how stuff has changed, I can't see my member number anymore Pffff what'da a bummer. Anyway, why have so many people taken a hiatus? I have enlisted in the military, gotten married, had a little girl, deployed, played some xbox and spent time with the family. Whats been keeping you guys busy?
02 November 2010 - 05:07 PMWell being deployed I have now had time to go back over some of the posts I have made way in the past and I found this one. This was an example I used to explain how the paintball is treated while shooting an Angel versus shooting a Tippmann. Now I didn't really give any background information on this before I posted it, I left it to the forum to determine what I was talking about. So after three replies it was blocked. So seeing as how I gave no info on what the heck I was talking about I can see how it would really turn out that someone would lock up the thread, SO I have fixed this by giving you some info and posting in the Lounge. This was many years about "about four or five" that I used this example to explain why shooting brittle paint out of some markers just wasn't going to happen without some shears and chopping. So...onto the story...and another thing when I put ! and @ and # and $ and % and ^ and & and * instead of bad words...don't tell me I am attempting to dodge the swear filter Thanks PEOPLE WHO ARE IGNORANT <---See I did that too its called CAPSLOCK.
(More or less word for word what I told these guys)
Alright so good ole' Mr.Paint comes over to have supper and its around 10:30ish in the PM, Mr.Paint must be getting home because he has to be at work early in the morning and he has to get to bed...Well....
At the Angel household they would ask him "Are you sure you've had enough roast? Are you thirsty? Maybe some more wine? No? You sure you don't want to stay for just a little while longer? Oh, Your sure you say? Ok, let me get the door for you...*Mrs.Angel opens door* Are you SURE you don't want to stay? We have a guest bed room, you can get a hot bath and we can cook you breakfast in the morning! Mr.Paint says "No I really must be going" Oh, ok...Sorry. We'll see you tomorrow Mr.Paint, have a great night...Do you want to take this Roast home to Mrs.Paint? *Mr.Paint stares blankly at Mr. and Mrs. Angel* Can I just go home?...... long awkward silence as he stands on the front porch ..... Mr. and Mrs. Angel "Sorry...." He walks to his car and drives away...
At the Tippmann household he looks up to Mr.Tippmann but before their eyes meet he just round house kicked in the face and falls to the floor, Mr.Paint rolls over onto his back and says "What the FU.." before he can finish he gets an entire table "with silverware and plates" thrown on top of him. He is pulled out from under the table and beaten into a nasty mess, he is picked up onto his feat and then stabbed in the arm "with one of those electric turkey carving deals", punched in the adams apple, kneed in the crotch and poked in the left eye "Mr.Tippmanns left, not Mr.Paints left" Then Mr.Tippmann says "TOO LAZY TO TYPE SOMETHING THAT WOULD OTHERWISE GET ME WARNED.!"
And that is why your 100$ Tippmann is chopping my 80$ a case tourney paint, not because "This paint breaks to easily" Thats why we have 55$ a case field paint...Why would you even pay 80$ a case?
The End. Anyone like to give analogies to make things "click" with people? Sometimes its the only way...
07 May 2008 - 10:37 PMDoes the Angel "The Gat" require a low pressure reg tank? I have a 68/3000 Pure Energy which pushes 800 psi aprox.
13 April 2008 - 12:13 AMI am going to do a class on paintball. Do you by chance have any topics you think I should cover?
The difference between a Chop, Shear and Burst.
What causes " " "
Co2 101 (FAQ...
HPA 101 (FAQ...
So far I have...
What will be covered?
Paintball Safety 101 & 102..........Barrel plugs, chronographs & other safety equipment directly relating to paintball markers as well as how to safely operate a handle paintball marker and more.
CO2 & HPA 101........................How they work and what they are, how to safely use them, how accidents happen and why, pros and cons and how to know when to use each and more.
Gear 101.....................................How your gear works, why it works, how to care for it, what happens when you don't and why and more.
Markers 101...............................How they work, different types, HPA or Co2, firing modes, markers at a glance, marker identification from a distance and more.
Common Knowledge 101...........Common paintball knowledge, ideas and beliefs.
Sportsmanship 101......................What you need to know to keep the sport fun for others.
Crash Bag 101............................Your crash bag and what you need to have in it when you arrive at the paintball field
Woodsball 101............................Tactics, positions, observation and more.
Speedball 101.............................Tactics, positions, observations and more.
Size-Up 101...............................What the Size-Up is, why it works and how its done.