I can see clearly now, the snow has gone

Trip Start Jan 12, 2012
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Banff, Alberta

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Well, the wolf has finally bared its teeth, or in this case, the grizzly bear has drawn its claws and mauled the off guard snowboarder sitting at the edge of the tree line as he fiddled with the stupid binding that he spent $150 on just last week. Yes thats right, im being melodramatic.

There is a point in every amateur first-time travel bloggist's life that he realizes that everything is not as it seems, one day everything is snowflakes and pinecones and the next it's blizzards and grizzly bears; his readers have called for his head. Even his own father has told him to move on, perhaps to a far away town in middle-Canada. And who do they call to replace the king? None other then the jester; apparently informative cutting edge journalism is just about laughing and clapping your hands. Of course, you can only imagine what this sudden introduction of competitiveness has done to the settled down life of two clueless cousins. The tension has exploded over boiling point and things will never be the same, if our room is ever clean or dishes ever get done again, i would be suprised. But like i said, i could be blowing things out of proportion.

My hiatus in writing was not because of James hilarious entry, but because the past week has been action packed and time to write has been sparse, and the loss of the use of my left hand was partly due to blame.

Last saturday while taking out the trash at work i was unfortunate enough to slip over and severely bruise my left arm, putting it in a splint for a few days. There were fears that it was broken due to an odd looking curve at the centre of the ulnar and radius but after x-rays at banff hospital all fears were cleared, apparently the slight curve is from the last time i broke my arm 7 years ago and the good people at canberra hospital didnt set it back perfectly straight. Nonetheless i have been out of action for a few days while James has been holding up the financial end of our house hold.

However this wasnt the main source of drama in our lives over the past two days. I'm not sure whether we divulged that one of our housemates Basile (french guy) was living in the basement behind a wall as he had been fired from deer lodge two months ago and that he wasn't paying rent.

He was squatting here well before James and I moved in and was good friends with everyone living here so we weren't in the position to ask him to move on, it didn't bother us because Basile was a fantastic guy and where he was living was nothing to be envious of. Of course Basile was not supposed to be living there under deer lodges rules.

When we signed up with deer lodge and entered into their staff rental agreement we didnt realise we were signing away all our rights as human beings. They entitle themselves to inspecting our houses weekly and the contradictions and problems that come with this, and the hypocrisy of certain managers are too complicated and long-winded to put in here. James and I have no concerns with the weekly inspections as we aren't breaking any rules and while our room is messy it isn't defying the deer lodge charter. 

Basile had been able to live in secrecy in the basement for some time, managing to avoid the inspections by boarding up the wall. (To get more information from a similiar story see: the diary of Anne Frank)

At 10.30am on Tuesday while James and I were in a deep slumber there was a raid on our house, Basile was found and evicted and the sh*t hit the fan. Long story short we are now under daily inspections to make sure we are not harbouring any vagrants and a house interrogation has been called tomorrow to lay down the law. How this involves James and I we are still not sure but we have been ordered to attend none the less. We will find out our fates tomorrow and I will update you of it then, Deer lodge do like to dispense their staff (20 since december) but James and I aren't concerned so neither should any of you be.

Other than that the snow has been melting and the powder is sparse, kindly reminding us of New Zealand. We are both enjoying the terrain park and hanging out for some more snow.

Well that concludes another update, I have included a few videos and photos, some related and some not to this entry. When the Jester returns from work i'll enjoy watching him make dinner which he'll be doing for the next week as he lost a bet (he bet he could touch his tongue to his elbow) so until then, ciao for now.

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Dad on

Nice jump Alex, you're improving, one day you may be able to do a 360 like me! Was that you James doing the jump! Do you get your own rooms now that everyone else has been sacked! Take video of your work and work mates - but don't get in trouble, only if it is ok.

Grandad on

I could not understand your blog at first but I am glad you are having a good time. Glad your arm is getting better Alex. We had a lovely sail yesterday around Lion Island. I am on a train going into the city for Niall's induction into his new job.

Nanny & Grandpa on

Sorry to hear about your arm Alex, hope it is better by now and you are back working and snowboarding. The videos and photos are very good and your blogs are excellent, very creative, you should consider journalism. Katrina and Xavier are with us at the moment, they go home on Wednesday. Keep well and happy and safe. Love you, Nanny and Grandpa.

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