I spoke to my mum, back home in ol' Sweden, the other day. She was a bit confused. Not because of her age, she just turned 27 for the 35th time, but because of a program she had listened to on the Swedish radio.
They were broadcasting from Whistler and the subject was, "Is Whistler prepared for the Olympics?" First out to be interviewed were the politicians and the people in charge, and they said everything is under control. "We know what we are doing and it's only minor problems to be solved and we are gonna do it together, within the community, to make the best Olympics ever."
However, what made her confused was when the reporter turned to the locals, "the Whistlerites," the very people that make up this town, and they told him something different. People are forced to move out of their houses. There isn't enough accommodation. The childcare has gone down the drain. Even if the people in charge actually know what's going on, the rest of the community are not told. Their stories were basically totally opposite of what the politicians had said.
So I had to explain to her that the reporter probably spoke to some grumpy locals in town. Of course the politicians in Whistler listen to people of Whistler, the very people that elected them, and of course they do all they can to work for the whole community.
Or... do they?
Together in a leaky boat
After recently posting a concern about rent in Whistler, it seams I am now a local celebrity. Maybe people do listen to me beefing and complaining about trying to make your way in this town. After all, we are all in the same boat.
But then again, Ryan McKeeman recently wrote that his favourite option was to pack 15 people into a four-bedroom house. Seriously, do owners ever wonder why their place gets trashed?
And then there are the owners who advertise their place for rent upwards of $3,000 and ask for a professional couple to rent it. Are these people of the planet? There are not a great deal of professionals here in Whistler. And the ones that are here, own . The rest are professionals that work for the mountain at 8 bucks an hour.
Gee whiz, I would hate to see how much you would earn if you weren't a professional.... maybe 3 to 4 bucks an hour.
Whatever happened to the spirit of skiing and living the mountain life? This town is quickly losing its spirit. You can no longer live to ski; you live to survive in this town.