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- Subject: [at-l] Endorsements?
- From: Phil.Heffington@oc.edu (Phil Heffington)
- Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 16:07:58 -0600
I agree with Susan about listing hiker related businesses without the impli=
cation of endorsement. As many times as not I would take the side of the b=
usiness instead of the hiker if I were running the evaluation side of it. =
There's not much a business can do with hiker vandals who carve up, trash, =
and just generally demolish their establishments. I'd certainly hate to tr=
y to make a living by providing services to people who are trying their bes=
t to spend as little money as possible, and have as much fun as possible in=
the process. Unfortunately, some peoples' idea of fun is to be as childis=
h and irresponsible as they can get by with.
I'll grant that some people providing services on the trail have what we mi=
ght call "colorful personalities", but certainly not more so than the avera=
ge hiker I see on a day to day basis. In other words, cut the folks at Rain=
bow Springs some slack. I had a good stay there and felt I got more than a=
dequate services for the price I paid. How is it that one hiker feels appr=
eciative of a service and another feels the need to complain about the same=
It reminds me of a freshman student who was in my office the other day who =
said, "I just don't think the professors here know how to grade my papers!=
" I just wonder who they expect will have to make an adjustment over the ne=
xt four (or more) years?