Friday, March 5, 2010

A city under glass


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH

In "The Simpsons' Movie" the town of Springfield is enclosed by a giant dome with no one allowed to come in or to go out. It occurs to me that the city of Sun Valley should consider this action seriously to keep predators of all kinds away.

Now, don't get me wrong. I love Sun Valley and only want what is best for them. I've thought it over and just feel that this is the best course they can take. They will become a totally uninvolved entity relying solely on their own. They won't have to rely on anything or anyone. What's the matter with that? They have their own fire department, police force and sewer system. There's restaurants, bars, a pavilion, a gun club, lakes, ponds, golf courses, tennis courts, movie theatre, ski facilities on their own mountain, a skating rink and fabulous homes. They have it all except an airport but, really, how important is that? The mission is independence. Now, finally, they can achieve it.

But what about the tourists—the lifeblood of the area? Well, there's still Baldy and the River Run Lodge and the Warm Springs Lodge and they're going to build a hotel complex at River Run. That should take care of them. They can stay outside the domed city of Sun Valley and still enjoy the skiing and the area. Sun Valley Co. would still make money, the city could be left alone and those damn elk would have to go elsewhere and take their chances with the wolves. All would be well.

But what if you wanted to escape? What could you do? That's where the gondolas come into the picture. You could ride up to the top of the dome where the air is let in and crawl through the ventilator ducts, slide down the outside wall of the dome and rent a small apartment in Ketchum if you can find a job. But, I imagine most would want to remain inside the dome where it's safe. There's no place like dome.

Nice talking to you.




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