Proposals can be hard.
Especially when it’s new to you.
Over the past month or so, I’ve talked to several people about what we might have to do to get a nine-hole disc golf course into the ground at a really nice small park. It’s a park that has some nice trails, a pond and is really a hidden gem. Several weeks ago, Darren and I walked it and plotted what we think would be a good and family friendly nine-hole course.
Would it be a world-class course? No. But it would be a good spot to allow families and others to learn the game, play and improve. The best part? It would be in the area so people wouldn’t have to go far to do something.
One of the greatest arguments my town has always had is there is nothing to do. And that’s true, which is kind of sad considering we have a college in town.
I’ve spoken to several college kids who have expressed the hope that this course gets done. Other community members have said the same. It seems like there is interest, so I’ve worked on a proposal to submit to the land owners in the hopes that they’ll find it as something that can be beneficial to the park and the community.
Only time will tell, however.
This proposal is tough as you need to cover everything — from costs to if you need to cut trees and everything else. I’ve read many proposals for disc golf courses and I’m tweaking as needed. We’re going to hopefully raise most of the funds through tee sponsorships and donations, so we’ll see what we can do.
I’ll keep things posted on here as I continue on. I’m hoping to have the proposal finished by this weekend and handed over to someone with the owners of the land to see what they think before submitting it officially to a board.
The job hunt is starting to get frustrating.
I apply to jobs. Over and over. Some weeks there are more applications than others. But I’ve sent at least one out per week, and usually many more. Since being laid off, I’ve applied to more than 25 jobs.
I’ve yet to hear back from any of them for an interview of a follow up.
I have gone to workshops and such to try and help myself, but nothing seems to work. I don’t know if it’s the resume, the cover letters or what. I’m told you shouldn’t follow up on things because most places get way too many applications. So sometimes I don’t even know if they received my application.
Most places at least acknowledge receipt of the materials. Many have also sent out e-mails saying they’ve moved on in another direction. At least it’s nice to know that. But what’s a guy have to do to get an interview?
I realize the job market is tough. And it’s likely going to get tougher once this year’s batch of college graduates flood the job market.
I will keep plugging away and hoping something works out. I have a few other ideas in mind, but need to see if they would be financially beneficial to look into doing. We’ll see.
Until then, I’ll keep crossing my fingers.
Speaking of planning…
I’m still working on our family reunion for later this summer. With a date in place and a park area all reserved, we have that going well. Now, it’s basically the wait.
We know the food we are doing and we’re building the “will attend” list so we know how much each person is going to need to contribute to the reunion. With having both sides of my family coming, there will be a lot of people and I’m looking forward to it.
As of now, we’re looking at 50-60 people that we know of — with several more still outstanding in regard to letting us know.
It’s tough to get hotels in this area, however, so hopefully more people will start setting things up and let us know what’s going on.
I’m just realizing that the Allegany State Park Geobash is two weeks away.
That’s the first of two mega geocaching events that I’ll be hitting up this summer (hopefully). This one won’t be a long stay however, as two of us are planning a super long day trip by leaving early on that Saturday morning and coming back late that night. We’ll do some caching and some mingling while down there and then call it good.
With the other mega being GeoWoodstock, I knew the affordability of doing both would be awful tough to pull off, hence the decision to make this one a day trip.
In other geocaching news, I got the chance to do a very cool virtual at the Empire State Building on my recent day-trip to New York City. I’ll have a report on that most likely at some point as well.
I am also planning on getting out and checking several of my caches, hopefully tomorrow. I might archive a few and need to fix a few others. Maybe that will open up a few other spots for some people to place a few caches and maybe get others to this area to cache.
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