trickle down

by underswansea


While coming out of the bush tonight I couldn’t get over how many more lights there are in the valley bottom.

Invermere and the surrounding communities are home to many second homes. Between Christmas and New Years Day is one of the few times during the year these homes are occupied. To see them lit up while travelling out of the mountains sure makes a difference.

The roads have been busy with a constant stream of vehicles with Alberta plates. If you ever wondered where they all stayed; it is in the multitude of empty, large vacation homes and condos. They are this generations hotels, housing the browsing tourist.

I am not sure what to make of it really.

I guess the property management folks do all right, renting it out to weekenders. And the appraisers get a cut, when the couples get divorced. And the lawyers. Splitting up assets can be lucrative, if you are in the right field. Not to mention the realtors. And the alarm companies, the insurance companies state the building must be protected if not occupied.

There is a whole industry built on excess, which is stating the obvious. They would point out it trickles down.

I stopped to take a picture of the sickly light reflecting off the clouds obscuring the stars. It looked kind of nice if I didn’t think about it too much.