Thought for the day

"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin

The winter of 1952 was bone-chilling, freezing the Imjingang River, a river in northern Gyeonggi-do province that flows down and through the middle of the Korean Peninsula. At the time, the peninsula was still at war, as the Korean War broke out in late June 1950.


There were many Canadian soldiers in the United Nations forces defending the South Korean side against the North. They were stationed on the Western Front along the Imjingang River and were on their guard against any incursion from the north.


However, a strong wind was blowing along the river, and the river almost froze along with the gun-wielding soldiers. The winter weather turned the river into a large plain of ice.



Even in the midst of a tense situation, with war at any time, the young soldiers felt a desire to participate in their traditional winter sport: ice hockey.