The Gilbert Residence slip’n slide

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When I heard that the owners of the Gilbert Residence, in an effort to differentiate themselves from other retirement communities, were building a slip’n slide from their back door, down to the Huron River, I didn’t believe it. But, sure enough, I went down to the river to investigate today, and it looks like they’re about halfway through with the construction of of what, when finished, will be the steepest slip’n slide ever constructed for the elderly.

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8 Comments

  1. Krampus
    Posted December 13, 2015 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I heard the residences voted to name it the Kevorkian Slip.

  2. anonymous
    Posted December 13, 2015 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    In all serious, why do they have plastic tarps coving half the bank? I’ve wondered that myself.

  3. John Coleman
    Posted December 13, 2015 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m sure they’ll install a concrete barrier stop and the end so nobody drowns.

  4. Posted December 13, 2015 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    I’d thought that it might have had something to do with stopping erosion, but it seems to me that putting down enormous tarps like this would likely do more harm than good, as it would kill the vegetation beneath, whose roots hold the whole thing in place.

  5. Demetrius
    Posted December 14, 2015 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    When I first read this headline, I honestly thought this was going to have something to do with Melissa Gilbert.

  6. Kat
    Posted December 14, 2015 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Falwell comes to mind.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHVBYR9RPyM

  7. Eel
    Posted December 14, 2015 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    UK: Extreme sports killing the elderly:

    “Pensioners indulging in extreme sports have caused a sharp rise in the number of over-70s being injured or killed, according to new figures. Normally the preserve of teenagers and 20 somethings, dangerous sports are attracting an influx of pensioners. Nearly a fifth of all injury claims resulting from sports such as diving, mountaineering and skiing, were made last year by Britons aged 70 or over compared to just 5 per cent in 2006.”

    http://www.seniorsworldchronicle.com/2010/04/uk-extreme-sports-killing-elderly.html

  8. Lynne
    Posted December 14, 2015 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Heh, Eel. My mother who is over 70 injured herself zip lining in Costa Rica. When I heard, I was like, “*I* am too old to go zip lining, what was she thinking!?”

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