Sunday, January 25, 2009

If I Wanted To Skate, I’d Go To A Rink

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I was just walking down my street to go get the mail, you know, everyday ordinary stuff. It doesn't take very long, but it took me 5 minutes today just to get to the mailbox. Why? Because my idiotic neighbours didn't shovel their part of the sidewalk, hence why it turned into a long strip of ice. This wouldn't be as much of a problem if the snow hadn't melted and then froze again, but it's Canada.

The first thing I thought was, "Oh crap, my boots have no grip, how am I supposed to get the mail now?" And so I shuffled across the ice, completely ignoring the people in the cars driving by that were snickering to themselves.

No, I did not fall.

And this brings me to my point: Being a part of any neighbourhood means doing your part to keep this community safe. Elders and children walk up and down these streets everyday, so I think everyone should make sure their part of the sidewalk is easily accessible.

It's not like I was an idiot who was wearing sandals in the winter; I was wearing proper boots and STILL found it hard to walk across the ice... now there's a surprise. If I wanted to slide across a sheet of ice, I'd go to a rink where there would be people to help me when I fall and/or get injured.

It doesn't MATTER if you get driven everywhere; not everyone drives and people need to start being more considerate. The funny thing is, my neighbours have two little girls who play outside all the time. Wouldn't they want their children to be safe and, you know, NOT fall flat on their faces?

And although the sidewalk gets shovelled occasionally by those sidewalk-shoveling cars, it is ultimately YOUR responsibility to make sure your part of the sidewalk is clean enough for others to walk on.

I honestly hope that these people fall on their own sidewalk.

tl;dr - People should shovel their sidewalks so others don't fall and get injured.


2 comments so far.

  1. the one and only on January 25, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    so possibly my shortest comment ever but here goes:

    a) i'm not sure you're wearing proper winter boots if they have no grip, i mean we have winter tires that have more grip, just saying

    b) i agree with you; however, it sucks when you are me and live on a corner so you have way more sidewalk than everyone else

    c) haha you have to get the mail, jks i do too

    d)those sidewalk shovely things are awful and make my sidewalk more idy cause they don't pick everything up and what they don't pick up gets compacted further

    good luck not falling/ acing your exams

  2. Kaylee on January 26, 2009 at 12:42 AM

    It hasn't been very icy this winter (so far). But to avoid falling on ice, I let myself slide on it :P

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