Did someone drop a house on me? Oh…wait…that was just the snow drift falling off my roof onto my head. I have to say I am truly proud of Edmontonians and our hardy embrace of the sub-zero temperatures for two-thirds of the year.
From skiing, downhill at either Snow Valley or the Edmonton Ski Club or perhaps cross country skiing throughout the City (but most especially in our majestic river valley), to tobogganing, to ice skating, to snow shoeing, all the way to simply taking the dog for a walk through the Millcreek Ravine. Edmontonians are truly a courageous out door breed.
But now…let us move from the sublime to the ridiculous… FREEZEWAYS!?
“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
In what delusional universe, as we head into severe economic times should this current Council be asked to create and flood (and of course maintain for whatever crazy amount of dollars) an ice skating path? I’m not a poor scarecrow without a brain. This is an example of utopian process, second only to paying to clear and maintain bike lanes in the winter!
Now do not get me wrong, I have a heart. I do. I love many things, and activities that may not appeal to everyone, but I do not have the audacity to expect that the City I live in will pay for them. Although, skating and cycling to work are great activities as well as an excellent way to stay fit, I just cannot handle the spending of the dollars on them.
So, as I return via the ice tornado from the frigid out of doors to my nice warm living room, I click my heels together and say “I won’t help Edmonton fall into a recession, I won’t help Edmonton fall into a recession, I WON’T help Edmonton fall into a recession!”
When I go to sleep tonight I will try to dream of ways to help this great City navigate down the yellow brick road toward becoming the City of Sustainable Prosperity.