2016 marks a bitter year for Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith as detailed in his end of year address below.
"Well, all I can say is that it's about friggin' time 2016 came to a close. It was probably one of the worst years on record for me personally and for the world it seems.
The Great Canadian Grid had a couple DDoS attacks, a hurricane, and more than a few back-stabbing comments by ex-members who are jealous of how great a community that has been built here. The drama inworld was almost as bad as what I had to deal with in RealLife. I ended up in the emergency room three times, almost left my job, had my safety threatened a couple times, worked insane hours in the summer to my own detriment and as with 2015 ended 2016 with a bitter taste in my mouth when speaking of humanity as a whole. In the real world we had terrorism, a world I still cringe at because of its false origins in our current society, lies, wars, conflict, racism, hatred and other ridiculous nonsense that made the headlines, and don't even get me started on reality TV.
It was probably the worst year I've lived through in my forty-five years this time around and sadly with how pathetic our society is becoming I don't see much positive predictions for 2017 UNLESS people decide they've had enough too and grow the F up. I think the best memes I read in 2016 is posted below. I look forward to my time inworld as my escape from the drama of real life and yet there are a few, well several, individuals this year who shall remain nameless who had nothing better to do than make life miserable for others. Shame on you. I'm sorry that your lives are so small and meaningless to you that you feel you must attack others with lies and half truths only to cause drama and discourse. Please, in 2017, leave us alone!
There will be big changes coming in 2017 starting with cutting about MC$25,000 from the MC$150,000 Manitou Tourism budget. Yes, you read that right, MC$25,000, that's about $140 Canadian, when Podex isn't raping our wallets bare and actually paying a decent rate. This means no more sponsorships of events like the Christmas Spectacular in 2015 (MC$10,000 in 2015). Don't worry I won't be holding or contributing to any charities in 2017 in which I match funds from members (MC$33,000 in 2016). It simply is not worth the drama to me any longer.
Merchants previously in the Manitou Market Mall will receive spots in the new mall and only be subject to group liability fees if any if they return by January 7th. New merchants who choose to set up shop will be charged rental fees, sorry but someone has to start carrying the water and, while greatly appreciated, MC$18,000 in tips isn't going to cut it for 2017.
Residential renters who are in Manitou now will not be subject to any rent increases or group liability fees, at this time. New renters, those after January 1, 2017 will be. I think I have about five houses available for rent and each will have to pay, plus any that come available, a weekly rent to help support the city. No more free rides, except for those who have been contributors to our community over the past year again thank you for your support.
The Gingerbread House building contest will return in 2017 as far as I know but the prize money will be cut down and I'll be looking for donations from merchants for the entrants and winners. There will be no sponsored music events held in Manitou in 2017 by Manitou Tourism.
Otherwise, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make 2016 tolerable, both old and new friends, who didn't allow the drama to consume our community and, like me, want what's best in 2017. And to this end, I conclude by saying ~ Goodbye 2016 you can kiss my a**"
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