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16th Feb 2021
Re: Glencoe non-conditions chat
Date Posted: 22.55hrs on Thu 14 Feb 19
Ad hi man. I was just offering the opportunity to explain the apparent inconsistency.I dont think I suggested anything although it may have been a tad loaded. One shouldn't be held accountable for other peoples misinterpretation either. Certainly, I have been accused of being a bit terse on times, or maybe there was an intended irony in it, Who knows.
Or maybe it was just to illustrate the fact that any PERCEIVED criticism or inconvenient truth, will often be descended upon as a pine marten would amongst crows.
I have been up the hill a few times over the years myself , and like yourself and many others have witnessed the transformation, From as you say pretty ramshackle to the current operation.
I understand the need to secure a future for the centre and have always been openly supportive in that.
I turn up every year despite previous catastrophic seasons handing over over half a grand of hard sweated for cash with a smile, hoping for the best in the great Scottish snow lottery, Some you win some you lose.
I hope to get my granddaughter up this season, that'll be three generations of my family on the hill.
I understand the perceived necessity to develop new infrastructure.
Let me put it this way:-
( No Im'm not going to burst into a Pythonesque solo):-
I purchased a pickup truck last summer, a week later the big end bearings disintegrated, on closer inspection, there was a catalogue of major faults of epic proportions,
Almost all down to appalling prior maintenance.
In hindsight I should probably have left it in the drive.
So at first, I thought to give the nice new leather seats a good old polish and fit the shiny roofrack and winch which the previous owner had so kindly given me and I'd been looking at all sorts of 4x4 goodies,
"Damn and blast," I thought the engine is still Goosed and the suspension didn't uncollapse and the steering still ain't straight.
(which was totally contrary to all perceived knowledge and apparent local tradition)
I remembered the immortal words of the old man, "Sort your shit out you useless little twat!"
So I thought if I fix the broken things first rather than just shining stuff and getting loads of new goodies on it. Maybe that would be a better approach.
I've been a keen engineering and mechanics nut job since my dad first got me washing parts in my potty
Lo and behold After months of SLIPKNOT Grinding, welding ,self mutilation and general filth literally Blood, Sweat and tears I almost have a better than new belter of a pickup any haggis hunting, outdoor abuser would be proud of.
Sadly shes the work bitch. And destined to rock'n'roll, Will be a good looking well maintained and reliable one tho.
Maybe I am just getting old but these new approaches puzzle me.
Oh forgive me.
Back to the lamb chops.:
My old English teacher who was an obsessive debater,would be turning in the early grave, myself and my delinquent peers almost certainly contributed to, if she heard apparently educated adults confusing observed comment (my post what I saw with my eyes and heard with my ears) with critical opinion ( ie.complaint what I thought about what I saw and heard ) , and then attempting to reinterpret the original observations with misquotes and paraphrases, and puerile attempts at discrediting the author.
Some credit for common sense and basic intelligence should also be given to people who have also spent years on the hill and have gained immense knowledge and experience of the terrain and snow conditions,that said who will always accept and respect all ski patrols decisions,including the new ones who have hardly skied the hill, even if we do give old Bobby a bit of jip from time to time, I think it keeps the old boy on his toes.
Surely we deserve better than flippant dismissive defensive comments.
It's a bit offensive to be honest. particularly to those of us who, in the past have worked on the hill,between myself and a couple of mates that frequent the hill, we clock up almost 20years working up there over the winters, through thick and thin, in various capacities and fully understand the ins and outs of the place, ( and no I certainly aint a disgruntled ex-employee,I loved working there, and left friends).
Aye again CMONTHSNA.