I’m not the most militant of people, I grant you but the issues at the cricket club are still niggling away. But that phrase “Don’t get mad, get even” is extremely apposite.
I managed to smooth over the incident that happened on Saturday and myself and the other person involved are fine. I explained to him my anger was more directed at another individual and not him, but the incident tipped me over the edge, hence my militant ways over recent times.
I’m not going to be taken the piss out of. Simple fact. Treat me and some others with fairness and respect and we can move on. If people don’t, then I will take steps to demonstrate that the services of umpires and scorers are too valuable to be dismissed in some kind of hierarchical structure. I treat my fellow umpires and scorers with thanks and respect, so I expect the same back. But as we know, some people don’t operate that way.
One day, the players will turn up to a game and find no umpire and no scorer for an important match. Then the penny might drop, I hope.
On that note, the team I usually score for on Saturday has been left with no umpire or scorer this weekend. I have found something better to do with my time; attending a meeting in London relating to mental health. That’s a far better use of my time rather than be walked all over. I wasn’t intending to do anything on Saturday but this meeting came up via email earlier and I didn’t hesitate to say yes. The people there will be basically all altruistic people, wanting others to do well out of life. Why should I put up with more shit by scoring/umpiring on Saturday? That’s a rhetorical question by the way.
So I’m showing some militancy and some stubbornness, just because I believe in fairness and respect for others. And I shall continue to show militancy and stubbornness until certain people start listening. I won’t hold my breath on that one.