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Here's a hot one. Seems an apol­ogy from the RCMP isn't good enough. The fel­low from Que­bec, whose wife died from ex­po­sure af­ter the cou­ple skied out of bounds and got lost, is now su­ing Kick­ing Horse Ski Re­sort, the RCMP and the Search and Res­cue peo­ple. I'll give him this, he's got guts.

No one ever asked the man for an apol­ogy, no one levied a fine against him for break­ing the rules, and I don't re­call any­one ask­ing him for re­mu­ner­a­tion for all the time, money, man­power and ma­chines used to lo­cate and re­trieve him and his wife. Every­one was too busy feel­ing sym­pa­thy for the fel­low for the loss of his wife, and rightly so, but ap­par­ently the mourn­ing pe­riod is over, and now it's fin­ger point­ing time. Un­for­tu­nately, this guy got his fin­ger out first.

There are those who will ar­gue and say the RCMP were too slow to re­act to the sit­u­a­tion, even af­ter spot­ting the S.O.S., and so are partly to blame for the woman's death.

The man from Que­bec broke the rules, he skied where the re­sort warned him not to ski. Had he stayed in bounds, there would have been no need for the RCMP, Search and Res­cue or any­thing else, the man could have gone home to Que­bec with his wife, af­ter a nice ski hol­i­day. In­stead he went out of bounds and it cost a life, now he is try­ing to as­sign blame. Un­for­tu­nately the blame for his wife's death is his and his alone. That is the hard re­al­ity he will have to live with, and no law­suit, what­ever the out­come will ever change that.

*** About 2 weeks ago, on a Satur­day, I was pick­ing some­thing up for din­ner at one of the lo­cal su­per­mar­kets. I had gone through the check out and was on my way to the exit when I ran into one of my favourite gro­cers. (I am loath to call him a "box boy", he is much too ma­ture and too big to wear that ap­pel­la­tion). He stopped me to ask if I play ten­nis. I told him that I didn't, he told me that he did. I asked if he was any good or if he played just for the ex­er­cise. He said that he played mostly for the ex­er­cise, but that it wasn't much fun play­ing, or rather try­ing to play, on courts that have not been main­tained. The ball tends to take odd bounces when­ever it hits one of the nu­mer­ous cracks in the paved sur­face. There are no lines and there is a droopy net. Add th­ese to the fact that you are putting your an­kles in jeop­ardy run­ning on a sur­face that is rough and rife with crevasses, and you can un­der­stand why he plays for the ex­er­cise, for surely it can­not be for the fun. It's a shame that the courts are not main­tained at a playable level.

*** Par­al­lel park­ing down­town. An in­trigu­ing idea, dumb, but in­trigu­ing all the same. To fur­ther add to the in­trigue, only on one side of the street. If the peo­ple propos­ing this plan are not pre­pared to live here for the next 6 months, just to see how well it does or doesn't work, then some­one (I doubt Town Coun­cil would) should ask them to take their show onto the next town, cause we're not buyin'.

By the time who­ever is in charge around here is fin­ished fool­ing around with the streets, the is­lands, the "No Left Turns" and who knows what else, the down­town will be a maze even the smartest rat will not be able to nav­i­gate.

Com­ing off the bridge from the north it looks like an easy left to get to the Big Di­nosaur and the Tourist In­for­ma­tion Of­fice, but no, there's a big sign that says "Tourist In­for­ma­tion - Turn Left at Sec­ond Av­enue". Un­for­tu­nately there is no sign des­ig­nat­ing Sec­ond Av­enue as such. Plenty of flash­ing cross­walk lights, and lots of con­crete is­lands, just no sign. Of well, you can al­ways go to 3rd Av­enue, turn left there and left onto 1st Street, or go down Cen­tre Street and turn left there. Of course there's noth­ing says you have to stop here at all, af­ter all, CN no longer stops here.

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