Issue 1.1 Monday, April 7, 2003

Winter Blues
by David Wishart
This has been one of the most frustrating and downright coldest winters Saint John has ever experienced. Personally, when I wake up in the morning and see another fresh 5 – 10 centimeters, the first thing that comes to mind is car accidents, yes, car accidents. So far this winter, my car has been subjected to three separate collisions; two of which were in a parking lot where large snow banks and reckless drivers equaled dented fenders and broken headlights. On one of these occasions, the driver did not fess up to his/her guilt and I was left empty handed. Thankfully the driver in my second incident, a student like myself, admitted her guilt and the proper measures were taken. The worst part was that these two incidents were only two weeks apart.

The final car accident occurred on my return from work one night, two weeks after the last incident, in a heavy snowfall. One ignoramus decided that it would be a good idea to tailgate me for two kilometres in the storm. When I was finally required to put on my breaks, the inevitable happened - “BANG!” I swore to myself, as I knew that another two-week interval had arrived and I was due for my car to be hit again. So there I sat in my car, waiting for the police to arrive. After all the paper work was done I carried on home for the most frightening five minutes of driving of my life. Now my family and I are left waiting for this guy to stop being an idiot and pay up. He claims that it was 50-50 incident even though any of us educated drivers know better than that. Who was the fool that said, “Ignorance is bliss”.

So after all is said and done, I’ve realized that Saint Johners are not prepared for this sort of unprecedented snowfall and my patience is wearing thin. Hopefully people will smarten up and slow down when driving in dangerous conditions but until then I’ll just stay home on stormy nights, thanks.