The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE -

If you like watch­ing golf, it doesn't get much bet­ter than the up­com­ing Shaw Charity Clas­sic at Canyon Mead­ows. They do a great job of host­ing the thou­sands of fans each year, it's a great course, easy to get to from this area, and all those guys you see on TV are up close and per­sonal. They play Septem­ber 1, 2, and 3.

Sad to hear of the pass­ing of our friend Yola Dyck, nice lady, hard worker all her life un­til she made it to a well-earned re­tire­ment. She is an­other who loved the care she re­ceived at Sun­shine Lodge, and al­ways met us at the door on Wednesday morn­ings, gave us what for if we were late (or early), be­cause she wanted to be the first one to get her news­pa­per. Her fam­ily took good care of her for which she was al­ways thank­ful, and one more won­der­ful per­son has passed through our life.

Rest easy, old friend. After watch­ing the first night of speeches at the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion last week, with Bernie San­ders and First Lady Michelle Obama tout­ing former First Lady Hil­lary Clin­ton as their pre­ferred can­di­date, both sounded a bit des­per­ate. As the week un­folded, we got to hear from Obama him­self, Vice-Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den, and former Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, be­fore Hil­lary her­self spoke on Thurs­day. Quite a lineup of heavy hit­ters that would be the envy of the New York Yan­kees. (Per­son­ally, we think Bill wants to get back in the White House, to fi­nally rid him­self of the couch he slept on for months after Hil­lary de­cided he should find an­other place to sleep..........well, you know the story). In this writer's hum­ble opin­ion, the Democrats are run­ning the wrong First Lady, and we'd bet Michelle would be a far bet­ter Pres­i­dent than Hil­lary.

Heard a term the other day that had us puz­zled, un­til it was ex­plained by a cou­ple of ladies from a younger gen­er­a­tion than this writer.

The per­son was talk­ing about "he­li­copter par­ents", and al­low­ing chil­dren to do things with­out par­ents pre­sent, al­low­ing them to be more in­de­pen­dent. The he­li­copter ref­er­ence is to do with hov­er­ing over kids, of­fer­ing pro­tec­tion and di­rec­tion, rather than let­ting kids have their own ex­pe­ri­ence, fig­ur­ing things out on their own, en­abling them to think in­de­pen­dently.

Read­ers may have seen a cou­ple of am­a­teur­ish moves by a cou­ple of "pro­fes­sional" sports fig­ures last week that made us re-think how we view their be­hav­iour while in the pub­lic eye.

Cana­dian women's ten­nis star, Eu­ge­nie Bouchard play­ing in the Rogers Cup in Mon­treal, wasn't do­ing well in her match and would even­tu­ally get bounced out, but not be­fore she de­stroyed her rac­quet on the court sur­face after los­ing an im­por­tant point. She broke her rac­quet, clearly dis­play­ing the Wil­son logo, which she gets a num­ber of them for free, then of course went over to her bench and pulled an­other out of her bag. Now, de­spite her rather dis­mal record of late,

Bouchard may still have a lot of tal­ent. But if this writer were the Pres­i­dent of Wil­son Sports and wit­nessed that dis­play, she would not rep­re­sent that com­pany any more and would find her­self stand­ing at the counter of her fa­vorite sports store with her Visa in hand, buy­ing rac­quets of an­other brand.

The other in­ci­dent of a some­what sim­i­lar na­ture, was dur­ing the Satur­day Blue Jays base­ball game against the

Bal­ti­more Ori­oles, and newly ac­quired hit­ter Melvin Up­ton Jr., de­cided it would be cool to de­lib­er­ately break his bat over his knee after strik­ing out. Now for such a dis­play of ig­no­rance, Ma­jor League Base­ball should have fined him or sus­pended him for 10 games, or both, as this is both dis­re­spect­ful of the game, and his team­mates, in case he was in­jured by his act, but how does such a dis­play look to young ball play­ers?

Both should apol­o­gize.

Phone us at 403-823-2580 or fax us at 403-823-3864 email: in­for­ma­tion@drumheller­ or drop into our of­fices at 515 High­way 10 East

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