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According to Tina

Saturday, 10 November 2012. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

According to Tina

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According to Tina

Since moving to southern Alberta I have had a love-hate relationship with the wind – well, mostly hate! But I think I have reason, like any other resident of this area.

I’ve had things not nailed down carried by the wind to my neighbours, roofs damaged, vehicles damaged, doors I want open held shut by the wind, or doors I want closed held open by the wind. I still brush my hair before going out but wonder why, because after a minute in the wind it looks like a hairbrush has never come near my locks. These challenges have tested my patience enough to leave me cursing and shaking my fist at the cause of my distress.

Before moving to Pincher Creek, I lived in Coleman. There, as in most of the Crowsnest Pass, the wind coming from B.C. gets funnelled through the mountains, making it powerful and concentrated. It was strong enough to blow down a new fence and cause the shed to lean to the east. My car was also damaged when the wind took a slightly-opened door and flung it so wide that it dented a fender. The insurance company classified it as an “act of God” that was not covered. Well, God never replaced it, either!

It was when I moved to Pincher Creek that I found out how constant the powerful wind is as it spreads over the prairie. It is the consistency that tests the mettle of residents. First we tolerate the wind as the nuisance it is, and then come to acknowledge its constant presence in order to have any peace of mind.

Yes, it is easy to dislike the wind, until you discover that to the west of us they are dealing with earthquakes and to the east, hurricanes. All over the world there is flooding, drought and a myriad of other natural disasters. How lucky we are to have only have the wind to live with, as it brings no ill tidings other than the “nuisance factor.”



From the Nov. 7, 2012 edition of Shootin’ the Breeze

Column by Tina Webber

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