Working At the Amazon Golf Course
Marmelita and I are working at the Amazon Golf Course today. We brought our carpenter, handy man, Segundo, and joined with Margarita the course manager, four hard working men running Stihl weed eaters, and two hard working men raking cut grass and pushing wheelbarrows and carrying the grass into piles beyond one edge of the course. We came to perform an inventory of all of the equipment at the clubhouse, but got side tracked this morning planting trees, hauling compost, and watering the new plantings. I am pretty tired and sun burned, but I have done the least, unless you count the vision that I want to share with you. If I can get your attention, encourage you to see my vision and want to share it with me, then maybe, just maybe, I will have done the most.
I am sitting at a table on the second story of the Amazon Golf Course Clubhouse typing on my apple laptop, facing northwest at 4:00pm, the sun is shining through the clouds, and most of the view is beautiful. Looking out over the 9th green, down the three rows of Amarillo palm trees, with the jungle close on the right and left, now that is beautiful. I guess the workers are one quarter finished with the rough cutting and raking. They started around the clubhouse and have worked their way out. In the next couple of days, everything within easy sight of where I am sitting will be finished. By May 18 the entire course should be cut and raked, and the guys will start over making a nice trim job. By June 1 the Great Amazon Golf Course should be a reality. That is our goal, and we will succeed.
All of the view is not equally beautiful. The thatch roof of the driving range rain/shade protection is in tatters. We will replace it. The “snake shed” of the previous tenant is also in tatters. We have been patient about him moving it, for three years. He will move it. Leaf-cutter ants are eating three palm trees near the clubhouse. We will save the three palm trees. Every tree is precious to me. There are 101 small projects that can make everything better, we will complete at least 99 of them.
In an article I posted called the Amazon Golf Course, Iquitos Peru, Opens Under New Management, I made a naive statement. I asked for donations to plant 200 trees, bushes, and shrubs. Not one of you stepped up. Not one person thought it was worth while to help plant 200 trees, bushes, or shrubs. That was over a year ago and not one tree was planted. Do you have any idea what an impact that could have made? Trees grow so fast in the jungle. We will plant 200 trees, bushes, and shrubs. We started today. Let me share why my statement was naive, so you can understand more of my vision. We do not need 200 trees, bushes of shrubs. We need 2,000 trees, bushes, and shrubs. We have an obligation to reclaim this land and make it bloom. So we are going to plant 200 trees, bushes, and shrubs whether any of you choose to help or not, but we really need help with 2,000 of them. By this time next year you will not believe the difference these 200 blooming trees, bushes and shrubs will make. I promise you will not believe the impact of 2,000 of them. It will make the difference between the Amazon Golf Course and Your Great Amazon Golf Course. You can not imagine without walking around this property with me or at the least sitting up here on the top floor of the clubhouse and using your imagination.
I thought we needed a few hundred pounds of lime to make the soil sweeter. We need a few hundred tons of lime. I thought we needed a couple of hundred bags of compost. We need a couple of hundred tons of compost. I thought we needed a couple of push mowers, and a couple of weed eaters. I am an idiot. Folks, this is not your backyard garden. This is a large parcel of land that we built a golf course on that I can not see the back side of from my elevated perch on the second floor of the clubhouse. We need your help. What are you going to do? Make it something. If you help us, this is going to be Your Great Amazon Golf Course. This is going to be special. Be part of it.
Working At the Amazon Golf Course
Bill Grimes, Amazon Golf Course
If this article about Working At the Amazon Golf Course interests you please read, Come to Our Cookout At the Amazon Golf Course, on May 31