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Back from the City of Glass to retire in my Home Town
Bill Payment
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Back from the City of Glass to retire in my Home Town
When the thought of doing a column first came up, the real question was whether I should limit it to one subject or as the heading says just Ramble & Rant. The thing that jumps out at me now is the negative attitude in Cornwall is gone. The town has an "up" feel to it everywhere I go, says Bill Payment.
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Cornwall - Jun. 9, 2011 - When the thought of doing a column first came up, the real question was whether I should limit it to one subject or as the heading says just Ramble & Rant.

Some will know I have spent more than 40 years living elsewhere (mostly in BC) - always with an urge to come home. Of course, I have been back over the years and I was aware of the big changes in the "Home Town" but my read on the town I think is probably different than a lot.

The thing that jumps out at me now is the negative attitude is gone. The town has an "up" feel to it everywhere I go. The younger people have settled in to raise their families but the big change is the clear arrival of the "Grey Tide". The seniors have discovered that Cornwall is a great place to retire.

I am in a good position to explain why because I spent a lot of time with my friends in Vancouver explaining my reasons:

  • It is still one of the best Real Estate locations in the country

  • It has a small town feel and reality to it

  • It is one hour away from two big cities with all the culture attractions that go with it (Trust me that one to one and a half hour drive is not very far. I often spent more than that just to get downtown!)

  • It is on the St Lawrence River - one of the great rivers of the world

  • I am already picking up vibes there are and will be plans to develop the waterfront. Imagine a walkway from the cotton mill to the dam - the funky shops and cafes will follow. More on that in future columns

    Back in the day I was very active in the jock scene, so I have been trying to get a sense of what is around. I dropped into King George Park to catch some fastball and it broke my heart to find just 10-15 people, some keen players with no sponsors and mismatched uni’s.

    I stopped by midget football - way too much staging, pomp & ceremony. It is not the super bowl! Suit the kids up, coach them on skills and let them play. This may be an old fart whining but what’s with the four downs? I told my brother I was offended by that. (I don’t know why but I was.) I did see some good athletes playing hard.

    I keep bumping into a lot of senior jocks and the common denominator is they don’t move any better than I do! OH WELL!

    Keep smiling…


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