Today I’m going to share a neat story and at the end I’ll expand on how this turned into a move idea.
I just had a chat today with a kind fellow in Vancouver BC while visiting a friend there. We were in the coffee shop when he noticed my son had a football. He rubbed his forehead, seemingly after a long day, and told me he had been planning to play football with his own kid today but his local park had moss all over the field. Therefore, he had spent most of the day removing the moss instead of playing football and he got very frustrated. He was in Vancouver for his late shift and his son never got to play. Not knowing what to do next, because in the process of removing the moss he had made the field even worse so they couldn’t play tomorrow, he asked me if he and his kid could play with me and mine wherever we were going to play next. I told him sure, because he seemed kind enough, and our kids got along together great.
I wasn’t satisfied by just letting this guy play football with us though. I wanted to help him more, and solving his moss problem turned into a mystery game for me, as I began to interview him and find ways to solve his problem. He said, because he can’t drive, he’s limited to that one park by his house because there’s no other parks around where he lives in Surrey BC, not in short walking distance anyways, and his son is too young to walk super far. He said the city hadn’t been maintaining the small field that used to be used for soccer. The field gradually turned into a patch of weeds, and local folks maintained it the best they could for sports out of free will. This mystery was on it’s way to being solved when I began to recommend moss removal companies like this one or for him to research the best way to maintain and control moss on grass lawns himself. He loved the idea of the moss company but wanted the city to pay for it, as no one in his neighborhood, especially him, would want that responsibility. It wouldn’t be fair.
Months later, after playing football with him a few more times, he called me up on the phone to tell me his moss mystery problem had been solved for good. After enough of his neighbors had mailed the city asking for them to maintain their sports field, a crew came into fix it up and now they plan to maintain it regularly. Good news for our friend in Surrey BC!
As you know, moss problems are pesky things and I thought I’d share this story because it shows the solution. If you can’t remove the moss on your sports field alone, there’s support out there. Either private professionals or the very city itself can help you. You’re not alone. I will certainly remember this if my field or the ones I visit are covered in moss. The moss isn’t good for football because it trips your feet up when it grows unevenly. If the whole field was just one even plain of moss though that would be fine, but if doesn’t like to grow that way!
How This Moss Mystery Problem Turned Into a Movie Idea
I really liked this story because not only was a problem solved and a new friendship made but it would also be cool in a movie if it was made on a larger scale. I love football movies and we need more of them (click here to see my favorite one) and I’ll tell you more about my idea for one now. If there was football players in the ghetto who couldn’t play and escape their rough lives with sports because their local field is dilapidated, they could fight against the city to get it repaired and in the process of fighting legally for what they want they realize they have the power to stop being criminals. They play football while also becoming lawyers, politicians and bankers. I think that would be a great emotional movie, especially if you had a lot of awesome football games in it. Feel free to steal that idea and use it because I’m not a movie producer. I just want to watch it!
I hope you like this story and learned how to solve your football field moss problem if you didn’t know how already!