It's ironic, really.  Kids today are used to their elders telling them how good they have it.  In this case, we had it way better than they do.

The City of Moose Jaw will start flooding our outdoor skating rinks this week with an eye on having them ready for fun during the Holiday Season.  The shacks are locked and the rinks are unsupervised.  If you want to use the shack you can get the keys at City Hall.  The rinks are scraped and flooded once or twice a week, as I understand it.

When I was a kid we had a supervisor at the rinks every day.  4:00 'til 9:00 on weekdays with extended hours on the weekends.  City employees manned the shacks.  They'd build a nice fire to keep us warm and at the end of the night all the boys and girls at the rink would help out with the shoveling.  At that point, the worker would bring out the hose and give the rink a flood.  We'd head home happy, knowing we'd have a nice, fresh sheet of ice ready to go the next day.

A lot of things have changed over the years.  We don't have nearly as many people playing outdoor hockey anymore and it's not economically feasible to service our rinks the way we used to.  

Truth is, we didn't know how good we had it.

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