I gave up spending time with the mother of my children and my own mother to run paintball games yesterday (Mother’s Day). I had taken everyone out for dinner the night before, so I did earn most of the Brownie Points that I would have normally earned on Mother’s Day anyway.
But Sunday morning I dragged myself out of bed at 6:00 like I do virtually every Sunday morning, got all my last minute stuff done and drove to our warehouse where our truck is parked and all our paintball gear is stored. After doing all the little stuff I need to do there (my business partner is usually up until about midnight Saturday night doing most of the preparation for the next day), I rolled out just before 8:00 and headed to paintball field to meet the staff members we had lined up for the day (they too were kind enough to give up being with their mothers to cater to our customers of the day).
We are located in a fairly remote area and there is no one living near enough to the facility to make sure our belongings are safe. Therefore, we don’t leave anything of great value there. We unload much of what we need out of our 5-ton truck (26’ box) and at the end of the day load everything back up.
We open up for customers at 9:00. By 9:15, we had two customers show up. We didn’t bother signing them up and getting them rental gear as we need a few more to actually play paintball. By 10:00 we had 5 customers there. Still not enough. At that point I made the call and cancelled paintball for the day. We packed everything back into the truck. And everyone went home. The staff is paid for 4 hours (minimum required by law) and the customers that did show up were given apologies and free passes to use on their next visit.
Father’s Day is one of our busiest days of the year, but Mother’s Day is traditionally quite slow. This is the first time I recall not having a game at all, but it’s always quite slow. We need to get more moms (and other females) playing this game.
Paintball is, and always will be, a game enjoyed more by males than females. We can wish for that to change, but I think it’s in our wiring. Girls just don’t enjoy getting dirty and feeling “unnecessary” discomfort for the sake of a game as much as men do. That’s just the way it is. Give a man a day to spend however he likes, and there is a good chance he might go to play paintball. Give a woman a day to spend however she likes, she’s more likely to head to a spa. That’s just the way it is and as much as we want that to change, it’s not going to happen.