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Looking forward to Chapter Two

Congratulations on "Snow."

Creating a musical play from scratch, writing the script, producing the songs and hiring professional actors was an accomplishment in itself. The songs were catchy and funny and the actors were versatile, believable and good singers to boot. I'm looking forward to more.

Max promised it was a reflection of the real Whistler, the town that we all know and love. But ya know what, I feel ripped off, even if the tickets were free. Leslie, on the eve of your 10th anniversary living in Whistler ya gotta know that there are so many more stories about what life is like in this valley than just the cliché: flatlander moves to Whistler to teach skiing, falls in love with pro snowboarder from Japan and spends his days with an Aussie girl who loves to party and a Quebecois who continuously smokes weed. That plot line has been done, by Whistler the TV series, by Peak Season and by countless YouTube videos. Not to say it doesn't happen: it's just the first chapter of what it can be like to live here.

I want to see the other chapters, the ones YOU lived and experienced. You are good writers, people who can put into words the mundane and the extraordinary things we experience in living here.

What happened in Year Two in your experience, Leslie? Max? Lisa? Grant? Maybe you had to meet some new friends 'cause the ones you made the first year all burnt out and moved back home.

Year Three: you find a job that you really like, start to garner some respect in your field, fall in and out and back into love again. Year Four: start to think about how you could buy a home in the valley; maybe lose a friend in some sort of accident; Year Five, have a child, definitely need a home, choose a second job to pay for it or start a business; Year Six through 15 are a blur of family life building your nest, your business, creating friendships with other parents and colleagues; and then surprisingly it's Year 20, and you've got time again, discover a new sport, maybe snowshoeing, maybe buy a new bike and you volunteer in the community.

At this time more than any other in Whistler's history we have a population of people who have been here for decades, who raised their families, contributed to how this town works and have helped to make it what it is now. They have no intention of leaving, even if they can't ski anymore and certainly don't party every night.  It's home. Hey, come to think of it, it was these people who were in the audience - guess those first-seasoners were at the GLC... but I thought I saw the Reverend at the play... hmmmm.

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