I spent last Saturday and Sunday at a tournament with an interesting array of characters. Throughout the days I dealt with seventy adults and thirty-odd children. The kids were pretty easy to deal with and provided me with entertainment just by being themselves.
The adults I put into different categories:
1. Those who came along ‘did’ their business and went to play their game.
2. The gregarious set, who are pleasant enough. This type tend to share a few jokes, rib other players, decide on the level of gambling and go on their way.
3. And then there is the set who set who always has something to complain about. Either we put them in the draw for too early or too late a tee time or they want to talk about stuff that happened in the past that they’re still unhappy about, like rulings that weren’t in their favour.
4. And then there are the agitators. Like the group above, they are always on about something. When they’re not doing that, they watch how we administer the event, waiting for the slightest rule infraction to pounce on the unsuspecting. The thing about most in this set is that they don’t complain up front while the offender is around. They wait until the person is out of earshot to launch a complaint, and if they’re not satisfied with the response they receive, they don’t stop griping until they get the result they want.
I saw two incidents this weekend. One resulted in one player being disqualified and in the other argument over prizes, a sour atmosphere was created with talk of boycotting the next tournament.
In my mind, there is absolutely nothing wrong with reporting a breach of the rules, however, I do have a problem when it is done in a sneaky way. And then there is the matter of people spreading the word and getting others to campaign so the main complainant gets the desired result.
The stuff that happened started me thinking about a character, who doesn’t have a name yet. This character is a mischief maker of the first order. I don’t know much about her yet, but trust me, I have lots of mischief lined up for her to dabble in.
I know you’ll understand all about this. It’s second nature to a writer to find something on which to base a story even when it feels impossible to be creative after working two fourteen hour days.
D’you ever come up with nasty characters from being in a situation where you’re among people who aren’t your friends or coworkers?
I’ll bet you have.
P.S. Thanks to Deborah Walker for the lovely blogger award. More about that next week. The next Take Five With... interview goes live on Monday, March 14.