Friday, February 20, 2009

To: The Kids Playing Hockey On My Street

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I don't know if anyone's ever told you this, but it's NOT a good idea to set up your nets in the middle of the street because, you know, there are these dangerous moving things called CARS that can run you over. Yeah, trust me, those things can go really fast and they might just kill you if the driver wants to screws up.

Let's ignore that for a minute though, and concentrate on what is perhaps a more pressing issue: do you have the faintest clue what manners are? C'mon, I'm sure your parents must have mentioned that word a few times before. It means NOT shouting at the person driving in a car marked "DRIVING SCHOOL" while they're trying to manoeuvre through the freaking obstacle course you set up with your nets and piles of jackets.

Of course, a bunch of 10-year-old boys are also challenging targets obstacles for an inexperienced driver during her first driving lesson. And contrary to your beliefs, yelling "GO ALREADY!", "GTFO", and other more inappropriate things are not going to make me drive any faster. What someone with an actual brain would have done was walk over to the curb and wait until the car has passed. But instead, you all continued to stand there and yell.

The next time you decide to yell profanities at a stranger, make sure they're not operating a vehicle that can run over your pathetic little bodies.


3 comments so far.

  1. kid who lives on your street on February 21, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Hey buddy no bashing of the second most candian thing (the first is ice hockey) ever street hockey. More canadian than perhaps beavers, maple syrup, geese, saying eh. It is a time honoured tradition even when it is cold enough for there to be real ice you could play on. No joke, very canadian thing my friend.

    However it is entirely okay to bash those idiot kids at the end of our street who don't pull the nets to the side of the street when cars come. When is was a youngster, like 3+ years ago, everyone understood that when a car coems you pull the equipment to the side untill the car passes or else lets face it you're an a**hole. Also, they yelled at you seriously, that's ridiculoud if they can't follow the rules of the road they don't deserve to play on it. Next time i drive by and they're playing maybe i'll yell at them. Cause in case they don't know a hockey net takes up some space, so do the snow banks on either side of the street that spill out onto the road, meaning there is no space for cars unless you do the traditionally canadian thing of being a good kid and moving your net as a car comes.

  2. Lucy on February 21, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    I guess for someone learning how to drive, it's not such a great thing to have them out there playing hockey. When I lived with my mom, all the kids used to hang out in the street playing basketball. But they would move out of the way quickly when they saw a car coming, so that was alright.

  3. Kaylee on February 22, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    I love seeing kids playing hockey in the streets, but the ones I see always move their nets (and themselves) to the side of the road when a car comes. It makes me think of my childhood -- you know, someone yelling out "CAR." and everyone quickly getting out of the way... We believed the drivers wouldn't hesitate to hit us if we gave them the chance :P

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