Wednesday, November 07, 2007


several of my violin students yesterday evening were uncharactaristically low-key. i learned later from the last student - an adult - that there had been a motor vehicle casualty in the community. then this morning, i learned of another. the son-in-law of a good friend @ work was in a head-on collision last night after dark in freezing rain. the driver of the other vehicle was his mother. both were killed. can things get more macabre than that? what are the chances? this young man and his wife have a baby girl only a few weeks old.

the freezing rain continues to fall.

the alberta rednecks continue to drive in it, far to fast. because their trucks have 4 wheel drive and snow tires, and because they're invulnerable. it will never happen to them.

sometimes the universe is a scary place.


Blogger kate said...

That is just terrible ... I don't think there can be anything more macabre than that. Ah, the good ole Alberta rednecks have their counterparts in Saskatchewan.

The community must be reeling from this...

3:33 PM  
Blogger Shadowmoss said...

There does seem to be a lot of change going on. At least 3 of my friends have lost parents in the past month. We are of an age where that happens, but it seems to have accelerated lately. I am truly sorry to hear about the wreck. I sounds like something one would hear in a motivational sermon about some virtue or other that I always think never really happened. I guess it really does.

9:11 AM  
Blogger lindsaylobe said...

Very scary indeed !!.

In my youth I drove a motor bike for many years and learned (from practical experience)the added danger of wet and treachouress conditions and its effect on reduced road tyres adhesion.

We don’t experience the extremes of your weather but I remain astounded at the lack of appreciation by many motorists over here who fail to make allowances and slow down to accommodate the additional hazardous conditions. Hydroplaning happens when you travel at normal highway speeds but your tires glide across the surface of the water on the road on a wet surface and you have no effective control over the vehicle.

Best wishes

7:34 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

Down here, we have something called "tule" fog (low to the ground, dense, and patchy). Two mile visibility one second, 2 feet the next.

The fools here wipe themselves and others out at an alarming rate. Freeway pileups aren't that uncommon. We had one just the other day.

I'm sorry about the loss to you and your community.

7:43 PM  
Blogger grannyfiddler said...

thanks, all, for your compassion... reeling, as kate says. it's a small community, so no one's untouched.

kate - our rednecks have family in sask. i'ts been a week of funerals.

shadowmoss - death seems to become a bigger part of life, the older we manage to stay living, doesn't it... odd twist. i keep thinking this event is like something from a very bad, tear-jerking country song.

lindsaylobe - we get hydroplaning here too... as well as the freezing rain of that horrible night. and some of us just can't seem to learn to be careful.

i'm thankful we don't have the big freeway pileups you speak of, or your sudden, unexpected bits of tule fog. i can't imagine what your emergency services people have to deal with.

3:20 PM  
Blogger grannyfiddler said...

oops, sorry... last comment was for granny

3:22 PM  
Blogger granny said...

Terrible - these things never come singly. And people are so stupid. Here as anywhere, despite very different climates. Poor everyone.

1:34 AM  

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