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Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by cold wombat, May 28, 2017.
Linked article: http://www.ciau.com.au/snow/rrr.asp?rrid=1051
I hope everything is ok...
That's a real shame he's going. I very much enjoyed his reports
I have always appreciated reading his reports and looking at the photos, I will miss that.
the last few years he does seem to have become very bitter and twisted, so not sure how much of the issues are real, or in his interpretation of the reality, but I don't know the facts, so not here to judge
Ski resorts are funny places, lots of people hiding from reality. They're especially not good places if you're predisposed to depression or substance abuse etc.
I do wish I skied a little more than now but I never want to live in a ski resort full-time again.
Lots of people with strange views and trying to drag others down to their level.
What's the back-story to his problems in Thredbo?
A few years ago he had some sewage overflow into his apartment is Squatters Run and was not happy with the way that the body corporate dealt with it. That was one source of bitterness and it may have festered.
Ok, I remember that now...I thought there must have been more.
There may well be more - that is only something I remembered.
Totally agree. Too many cliques. TBH I haven't stayed on an Oz hill for years and would rather travel daily to avoid all the BS and much small mindedness. Dirty weather brings on cabin fever. Only my opinion and it works for me.
I've heard the stories but it isn't productive to share.
My direct experience from a few years ago now is he is a good guy (with awful taste in ski suits).
how many times can you really skin up signature hill?
does it matter? how many times does a jogger do exactly the same route?
Holy crap. I will miss his reports greatly. I spoke to him once or twice over the years when seeking permission to use pics in stories I wrote. I wonder WHAT THE HELL THIS WAS ALL ABOUT? Sounds like he was either:
a) really shafted by somebody who was just impossible to work with
b) the sort of person who snowballed small disagreements into something much bigger and nastier and long lasting, or;
c) both of the above
Whatever the case I thought he was a top notch blogger. He brought the mountain and the village and the back country of Thredbo to life and I really looked forward to his reports each week or whenever he posted them. My hope now is that the archive remains online and that Richard is happy wherever he goes next.
How many times can one visit the Keller Bar ..... cultural diversity zero
Hard to be loose in a tight town
good luck Richard
A particular owner in Squatters has pretty much taken over the body corporate and is more than just a mere PITA. You know who you are, don't you?
Sad, skied with him a few times, said gidday a lot of times.
I spend a lot of time in Thredbo and find it a terrific place to live. Some of the best friends I have ever had are there now. Sure there are some 'interesting' people there but that makes it interesting.
I hope Richard finds what he is looking for but I am unsure if even he knows what that is.
I will miss his reports.
Interesting people, indeed.
I stayed in that apartment with my pregnant missus and oldest daughter, as the first guests after the sewerage flood, they totally refurbished the joint and it was brand spanking new.
i knew what went down through the initial information in Richards report, so managed to get the whole story from the locals and others in the building on what happened while I was there.
I could see exactly what was brand spanking new, what was replaced, and as a builder knew roughly what it would have cost. And that it was all caused by something that was of no fault of the owner of the property. There are laws in place to ensure victims of these kind of accidents are compensated properly.
The cost of the refurbishment would have been horrendous, like almost totally refitting out an entire apartment from a blank shell.
As with most units and multi residential developments all the expensive stuff- the kitchens, bathrooms, joinery, etc is duplicated floor beneath floor, so when the sewerage floods from one apartment to the one underneath it ruins all the most expensive stuff below it.
If this would have happened in Sydney in a Meriton or Mirvac apartment block the owners would have suffered financially very little, if any.
This was not the case with Richards place, in fact the opposite.
From my understanding of the situation, and what followed, the treatment towards Richard was dispicable and morally criminal.
It's like imagining you pay your insurance all your life like a good person and one day a plane flies into your house and the insurer spends the next 5 years telling you to get fked with most of the value of your claim.
Is anyone in a position to keep tabs on the guy? My personal safety radar has fired up on this
What does this mean exactly?
I take it to mean that from the tone of the report Doonks is worried about Richards well being. It seems a pretty fair concern to me, reading the report. I do hope he has some support around him, and that his frame of mind is not as bad as what the report could suggest.
I believe he is asking if Richard is "OK"? It is a good question. I hope Richard is alright and can re-energise for some reports in the future - perhaps based out of another location?
Just clarifying. It's a fair point.
I do know he suffers from depression, not that you would know it talking to him. Stay well Richard, many people care about you, I suspect even some you think don't.
Yes, can anyone check in with him and see if he's OK from time to time?
maybe someone from here can do that. I'm not across all the politics but I gather there's a reason beyond the pure financial he has left Thredbo. I won't buy into the merits of that either way, but as I say if there's concern it might require action from here.
Incidentally it's worth noting Richard has been a resident of Thredbo for at least 15 years, and possibly 20. I first came across him in 2004 and he was already ensconced in Thredbo.
It truly is a tiny universe to occupy fir so long a time. I think I'd go stir crazy myself. Little things I'm sure take on a perceived significance well beyond their true worth (from all ends). No disrespect intended to anyone, but I think it's an example of what can happen with the permanent move to a ski town, particularly one as small as Thredbo.
Just saw this today and felt compelled to come back in here and see what was going on. I'm surprised all that stuff with the flooding (and subsequent 'gripes of the day' ranging from Telstra to politicians) led to this.
It truly seemed to be a magical life in the photos, even if he couldn't put up with all the other stuff forever.
Anyone else having trouble accessing the server? The reports appear to be gone already.
Nah all good here.
I remember finding his report page so long ago that it must have been just after he first started.
It was the second non-resort snow site I bookmarked after this one.
Always looked forward to each new one, winter & summer.
Definitely going to to miss him.
Richard, if you read this thanks for many years of top reading, even the Grumps.
^^^ this ^^^
i hope he stumbels across these forums to find some likeminded passion holders
but stays away from that damn bear pit!
Hi Richard, ive really enjoyed living vicariously through your reports. You had a life most of us would envy . Good luck with your future endeavours.. Hope you just live down in Jindy or out around the lake somewhere and still head up to Thredbo
Unfortunately I have some personal experience in this subject, having lived in a mountain community for many winters, and think you are right to be concerned about Richard's well being. If you interested, this article written about North American mountain towns
puts many things into perspective, after reading this article I joined many dots and had an ah ha moment.
I have not really been an active poster on this forum but this subject is serious - so if you can check in on Richard you should do so NOW and in the future.
I have never met Richard but I certainly have appreciated reading his no BS reports over the past few years.
I have been led to believe that he is safe and well with immediate family, well away from the local Thredbo riff raff.
That's good to know
But also sad considering the time of year he would enjoy being there the most
Richard could ski PB with no acrimony and no negative history following him around. A fresh slate.
Richard, I really enjoyed your reports and will miss them. I hope you stay well.
Good to read that some are aware of at least a small part of what Richard had to endure during the last few years in Thredbo... the sewage issue was only one of the biased, unfair and unwarranted treatments by a small number of Thredbo owners.
His honest and informative reports will be sorely missed by many.
palu01 there are many sides to Richard's story in Thredbo that I will not mention. However it should be mentioned that the sewage issue was repaired to a standard that allowed Richard to raise the rent of the affected unit
Lets not speculate and debate what happened.
Lets focus on getting Richard signed up here instead.
A couple of Richard nuggests
And Signature Hill, no you won't find it on maps.. but Rich and his team would seek it out late in the year, make tracks. View from a bridge was a barometer for how good the season just done was....
North Face, in the same area.. one November.