Have you ever had dealings with someone who is really nasty and you avoid like the plague, but who pops up every so often to ruin your day? I have someone like that. A bad penny.
If you’re familiar at all with the old RunTex forum, you know Marshall Burt. I got into it a long time ago with him originally because of posts he made about breast cancer (of all things, on a running forum). My dad had breast cancer; not only was Burt posting offensive mis-information but he was misleading people about his background, which has nothing to do with anything medical. When I called him repeatedly on this, I made his shit list.
It never got better and in fact, got a lot worse.
I thought my dealings with him had ended with the death of the RunTex forum. Burt had taken to attacking posters he had “issues” with at their place of business, and I was no exception. Except my place of business had ties to RunTex and, when what was happening got brought to Paul Carroza and Donnie O’Neal’s attention, something was done.
Burt got tossed out, the old forum shut down, and I vowed to myself to never go within shouting distance (physically or electronically) of this wackjob again. Honestly, his vows of getting back at people “by any means possible” had scared me enough to consult with a friend on the police force.
Yesterday it was brought to my attention that he’s after me again. Evidently, something is going on between the Austin Runners Club (or David Mitchell–I think the two are one and the same to Burt) and Marshall Burt and his friend Allan Besselink over on the ARC forum.
I have no idea; I haven’t been an ARC member since I was the newsletter editor ‘way back a few years ago and do not read that forum–not being a member, I’m not even sure I can read all of it. Somehow, Burt has decided that I’m part of the ARC that is “persecuting” him and Besselink, and there is a giant diatribe on Allan’s website. I’m mentioned by name (albeit misspelled), along with several other people. And then he goes on about several doctors in town being incompetent.
So I sent Besselink a note asking him to remove the incorrect, false, and inflammatory statements about me from his website. I got back a thinly veiled snarky note questioning what I found false or offensive about the “one sentence” he found. I didn’t know it was possible for my eyes to roll quite that much, but they did; I sent back a note pointing out how the “one sentence” was incorrect and that the entire linkage of me to ARC was incorrect. We’ll see what happens but I do not have hopes for any fair (or even nice) treatment.
The irony in all this is that I have never had a bad interaction with Allan Besselink. I have a friend who trains with him, my husband saw him as a PT, and I have worked with him on a professional level when I was at Rogue Training Systems.
Why he gives me less than the courtesy I have ever given him is a mystery.
Dammit, I hate this shit.