I hope you've all read Bill's post about The PATH Collapse. There is also one very significant factor that led to PATH's collapse that Bill inadvertently left off his list that I would like to write about. YOU!
We've always been more about the human factor over here, along with a healthy dose of truth and a fixation on finances. Explaining the complex has always been Bill's strong point and we all owe him our gratitude for making things so easy for us to understand. However, we didn't need two blogs doing the same thing, so I often took a different road.
Ordinary people are the reason I started doing this, and you all are still my motivation. I'm thrilled that the ordinary people can now get on with their lives... improve their homes without worrying that they are throwing money away; sell their home without having to disclose the PATH monster in the backyard; spend their evenings and weekends doing something enjoyable; and start building their vacation time again instead of wasting it all attending meetings and hearings. However, there is still much work for us to do to ensure that we can continue to live in freedom for a long while.
I hate bullies, always have. PATH was the ultimate bully and was using our own money to harass, intimidate, falsify, and trespass on us. PATH was not the bully that would be cured with a great, big hug. PATH was the bully who would only be cured by being bullied in return. Sometimes bullying itself is the only thing a bully understands and you just have to be a bigger bully to get them to leave you alone. However, they always willingly stepped right into the evil clown role we wrote for them, so I have absolutely no regrets and it never was a personal vendetta. If the PATH guys got their "fee-fees" hurt, they probably deserved it. I'd like nothing better than for them to go away and have a nice life somewhere else where they're not tormenting people.
I'm also a huge fan of the truth. It usually comes unvarnished though, because it wouldn't be the absolute truth if it was manipulated to be "nice". I'll always give it to you straight up. If you're a liar, it hurts.
But, back to the people... it is because of all of you that PATH collapsed, no matter what the lil' Coal Fella told the press. That you all stood up, resisted, pitched in when needed and hung together is the reason why PATH failed and the Opposition was victorious. Their tactics are to divide and conquer, fearmonger and ridicule the citizens. You all made those tactics fail miserably. So, for that, I thank each and every one of you!
While I have no plans to go anywhere right now, I'd like to say that I hope you readers kept coming back because you were entertained; enjoyed finding out the truth; and that we were able to keep you engaged when it seemed easier to just give up. I also hope that a few of you found a laugh here when you really felt like crying. And if there was a voyeuristic thrill or two watching PATH get exactly what they deserved over and over again, we'll call that a bonus!
Goodbye, PATH bully, it's time you left the building for good!