” Truth will only make you unpopular.” ~ Wolfgang Borchert
I had my first taste of how true this statement is Friday night, with an incident that happened while I was out enjoying the Stanley Park Christmas train with my two youngest children, and some close friends of mine who joined us. I share it not only because I think it needs to be recorded, but because I fully believe the person behind the incident is a regular reader of my blog.
The evening began in splendour of the astounding light display we all enjoyed on the crisp, wintry evening train miniature train ride. After disembarking the train, a bathroom break was in order and one of our party left us in the central courtyard to wait for them. Being women, my girlfriend and I noticed a tall woman with a stunning cashmere style long coat, reminiscent of another era, walking past us with her boyfriend/husband. To be honest, her coat was the only thing at that time that grabbed our attention, as we admired it from our stance. In a moment they were gone, and our attention was directed by the children elsewhere.
Suddenly, with no warning, I was shoulder-checked by a largely built man hard enough I was nearly knocked to the ground, and with enough force that my shoulder and neck are still sore today. I looked up to see the same couple that had just passed us moments before as my friend and I admired his companions coat! There was no one else close by, and this area was not at all crowded enough where this could have occurred by accident, but had I not had my two young sons at my side, I would have gone over and pointed out how rude and careless this fellow was to his face.
My girlfriend witnessed the entire thing, and as our other friends joined us, her husband mentioned that he had seen the entire thing as he walked back from the bathrooms, and he said it was intentional. I believe it. The force this fellow used to knock me was strong, and at 5’10” , I am hardly one to be knocked over easily.
As he went to find this guy and his companion, we moved closer to the crowd for safety because suddenly everything just felt really weird about the situation. Moments later, my friend grabbed my attention and alerted me just as this man was about to go for a second shoulder-check, his companion holding his hand the entire time like a normal couple!
I whirled around and ended up face to face with the man, and we stared right at each other….before he narrowed his eyes at me, smiled with malice and gave me a look of steely intention before he turned with his companion to walk quickly towards the exit.
I turned to my friend and said: ” This was no accident.” She nodded in agreement and her male friend walked after the couple wanting to know what the hell this was all about since the children were with us during all of this,although unaware of what was going on.
As he caught up with the couple, he walked by and shoulder checked the man to get his attention, and he turned around to face my friend with a look of malice. HE asked him what the hell this was all about. The man’s companion grabbed his arm and cautioned him: ” Don’t say a thing… ”
The couple left, my friend watched to make sure they weren’t coming back. Both were well-heeled, yuppie types, not people one would expect to initiate this kind of behavior, which was clearly intended to intimidate. She was an extremely average looking woman, tall about 5′ 8″,a mid-length mousey brown bob, wearing a long, camel coloured coat that came to well below her knees, Burberry style. He was shorter than her, short dark brown hair, dark rimmed glasses, definitely pudgy but strong nonetheless. He wore a dark green outdoors type jacket, likely a North Face brand or similar.
It is expected that when researching and writing the kind of stories I do, that enemies are made. There have been occasional veiled threats over the last six months since I started working on the Ministry of Transportation stories, emails, comments, that kind of thing. Other writers and bloggers have had similar issues at times.
However, making a point with children around is crossing a line, and I don’t take that lightly, nor did the people I was with, or the people who support my writing. Whether this particular incident was related to one of the recent stories on Christy Clark and Kinsella, Kevin Falcon and the SFPR, or the ongoing investigation to a story I am keeping under wraps for now, I don’t know.
But I can say this. These are two people who I won’t forget anytime soon, and someone who is reading this will know who you are, and what that was all about. You can bet on it.
Now, for some more interesting reading, I was chatting back and forth with North Van Grumps today about the Sea to Sky, and a little something-something he found that I find extremely interesting……check it out, and remember this. With the BC Liberals, it is all the same names, in many different places…
How many consultants did the Government need to start building the Sea to Sky Highway Improvement project on February 6 2004?
* I will be responding to emails and comments shortly, swamped with Christmas coming!