Just finished giving another personalized tour at the Del Webb Sun Cities Museum. Probably 50 of them since we opened last November and every time i marvel at just how special creating Sun City was. The experts said we would fail. Shows you what experts know about human nature and the quest to succeed. It is especially painful these days as i talk about John Meeker's push to create a community based on ownership and a sense of community. They went through some amazingly difficult times, ugly battles with deep seeded resentments and they had no cause to rewrite by-laws, diminish the role of the community at large or kick board members off who they didn't agree with. They knew damn good and well who owned the community and more importantly who they were elected to represent. It most assuredly wasn't the organization. As i look back, to those early days, i ask myself, how did we become so far removed from something so well constructed, so beautifully built? The community safeguards kept everything on track and in line. We didn't worry about Title 10 or Title 33, they cared about what they thought was the best direction for the community. It was that freaking simple. I've been around long enough to remember how they stripped back our rights, pieces at at time. It was the proverbial slippery slope and once they started down it, they couldn't stop. They can't help themselves from making it worse. The meeting next week has the potential to be the ugliest cluster-flock of all. One would have hoped they got the message; people were angry about how they treated Karen McAdam. People were angry they pushed through Mountainview plan 2 after the second reading. People were angry they refused to commit to a pickleball venue south of Grand Ave. People were angry when they found out they had played the same game the year before when they fired Director Brehm. Apparently none of that mattered. As i sat reading the Agenda, all i could see was great big blinking FU. Don't like it, tough shit. It's our board, it's our Sun City, you just pay your dues/fees and appreciate all we do for you. Sorry, Sun City was built better than this. Sun City deserves better than this. It's that freaking simple.