If someone were to tell me I'd be writing a rant in the coming weeks, I would have put money on it having something to do with the upcoming federal election. I certainly wouldn't have thought it would be over a "Letter to the Editor" from our local newspaper. But alas, that's the way its turned out. Given the tone of the letter and this individual's obvious ignorance I really feel no need to hold back, so if I drop a "salty" word in here, I guess you've been forewarned. My own comment to the letter was more measured, but given that this blog is my own little personal space......
Apparently, a rather charming individual here for the Western Canada Summer Games who penned this letter dumping on my community over some rather ridiculous sleights, has led a very sheltered life. Paying more for a hotel during a special event, getting honked at in traffic and seeing someone arrested can happen anywhere. That's reality. Welcome to it. I know that many people here have worked many hours and put a great deal of time and effort toward making sure these games are a success. I know many people have done their level best to be good hosts. It this letter writer chooses to be a dick by being a poor visitor....well, I'm afraid I can't help them with that.
Perhaps they aren't aware of the many websites they can access in this technological age that will help them find hotel room at a price they like. It's not like that takes up a lot of their time. Personally I prefer tripadvisor.ca...but that's just me. I actually used it for hotel bookings for both my BC trips this summer. My second trip I decided to skimp on my hotel and chose a cheaper option. For two days, the price was pretty good but I'm not sure I'd stay there again. Sleeping in a closet-sized room over a local bar right next to the railway tracks with the 2:30 am train with its horn on bust wasn't conducive to a restful night. Point is though, I took the time and made the effort to read some reviews and decided on this place anyway. I had to live with my choice. I certainly didn't let my choice of hotel room colour my perception of my stay.
In 2009, I spent 6 amazing weeks in Hungary, even staying at the same Budapest hotel I started out in after circling the country and returning to the capital. My second stay was much more pricey due to that fact that this happened to coincide with the Hungarian Grand Prix race. I don't recall exactly what I paid but I know my second stay cost me about double what the first one did. Rising hotel rates coinciding with major sporting events is like getting gouged at the pump on a summer long weekend (or any long weekend, really.) As I said previously, that's reality. Welcome to it.
While I was in Budapest, I even saw a couple guys get arrested (horror of horrors). But I was strolling through a seedier part of the city....at night. Four very big Hungarian cops...and they weren't wearing the kid gloves But last time I checked, people get arrested in many places. That's just how it works. Some people are just assholes and there people whose job it is to deal with said assholes. Again, welcome to reality. These two events certainly aren't what I remember most about the city or the country as a whole. I've never been to the casino here myself and really have no plans to but I know that some folks do manage to get themselves arrested there. Life works that way sometimes.
One of my fondest trip memories in fact happened during a short stay in Jindrichuv Hradec, Czech Republic (try pronouncing that one) where I was given my own little private tour around the outside of the castle there by two sweet senior citizens. My knowledge of Czech was shaky, but I ended up with some fantastic photos that are among my best of the entire trip. Initially, I could have declined the invite and yes, at the time I recall wondering if I was going to be literally led up the garden path only to be met by some unforeseen doom. But I took the opportunity and I am the richer for it. I guess I raise the anecdote as a way of suggesting that had the letter writer had shown a bit more faith, the would have been richly rewarded as I was. I guarantee this KW Halliday person that had I had even an hour of their obviously too-precious time, I could have shown them some great places around our community. Well, your loss.
As for getting honked at....yikes! I'm going to assume here that since this is the WESTERN Canada Summer Games you're from a western province and not, say, Toronto or even Montreal. You may want to avoid a large city, or community of any size really, if you're THAT easily offended. If you're going to act like Ned Flanders from the TV show The Simpsons watching tv and feverishly recorded any instance where you might even remotely be offended, well, you're probably going to have a rather sad paranoid life. Don't do it. Just some free advice.
Occasionally, I get honked at here. Usually for jaywalking, a habit I picked up after many years of small town living. Once I had words with a guy, but he was frustrated and yes, it was just one of those days and I was being a jerk. Maybe the guy in the jacked up truck honked because you were being the ass. I guess we won't really know but to turn around and take a moment of frustration to paint an entire community with the same broad brush? Grow up. Seriously. My mom just got over a major cancer scare earlier this summer. I really do think there are more important things in life to worry about. In the this "Letter to the Editor" only serves to show just show petty and utterly ridiculous its author truly is.