You self righteous jackass. You’re pathetic.


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A while back I posted some “hate mail” I received regarding the proposed destruction of Leatherback Sea Turtle National Park here in Costa Rica.  Because doing that was so therapeutic, I thought I’d post the following public comments I got from a gentleman who wants to know where he can see whales and play golf down here.  You can view the comment thread here.  Enjoy:

patrick ritchen Submitted on 2011/09/08 at 1:07 pm
What are the most common ports where whale watching boats leave from in February? l’m trying to co ordinate a fishing and whale watching trip (as well as golf). If you can give me several ports which have all those nearby I’d be very grateful. Pat Ritchen

Andy Bystrom Submitted on 2011/09/11 at 6:29 pm | In reply to patrick ritchen.
Feb isn’t the best month to see whales in CR. Humpbacks are here right now! But try Bahia Drake on the Osa Peninsula and hotels around the Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (whale national park) in Central CR. Sorry, I can’t help you with the golf as golf cources are a major contributor to the destruction of coastal zones. I’m guessing there’s pleanty of golf in your home country—leave the clubs at home and suppot true ecotourism efforts here!

patrick ritchen Submitted on 2011/09/15 at 1:31 pm
You self righteous jackass. Golf courses don’t DESTROY the ecosystem or the delicate coastal foliage. You misspelled “course” by the way. I’m sure you’re living in a tent or a small hut with a palm frond roof. You’re pathetic. P. Ritchen

Andy Bystrom
Submitted on 2011/09/15 at 1:47 pm | In reply to patrick ritchen.
Thanks for your comments (and the spell check) Patrick. I actually live in an apartment in San Jose (2 million people) and often wear a suit and tie when I lecture. Yes, we walk among you!

4 Responses to “You self righteous jackass. You’re pathetic.”
  1. Vivinator says:

    What is it with people this week? I think it must be the moon. I’ve either witnessed or heard about a number of unnecessarily contentious situations where one party has a ridiculously disproportionate response. If your lighthearted response set him off this badly, I’d hate to have to hear him on a really bad day. On a serious note, I hope you wear your scarlet letter for that misspell for at least a proper number of days – a warning to the general public of the menace you have become to those who spell correctly and with such tenacity!

    • Andy Bystrom says:

      Awesome comment Vivinator! I’ve always leaned heavily on my spell checker crutch, but it seams lately it’s made of rubber and letting me down. Good thing nobody picked up on the other two “mispelled” words in that same email. Or we’re ya’ll just being nice?

  2. seawitch57 says:

    Maybe pat…oops…Patrick will take a more balanced view of things as we approach the Equinox, fact is Golf courses really are often controversial things that usually serve to please a very few people. The great big chunk of woodland that vanished in London’s Dulwich wood area, with it’s grisly grey metal wall of a fence makes that clear.

    • Andy Bystrom says:

      …and why do golf courses have to consist of 18 holes? Why can’t they be 9 holes and if you really wanted to spend 4-5 hours out there getting mad at yourself, you could play them twice? That would save a lot of acres of mangroves (and wood areas George!).

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