Friday, July 29, 2011

It ain't the Four Seasons for a reason

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin probably won't be surprised to learn that accomodations are less than five-star at Arizona's infamous Tent City Jail, where Khabibulin begins serving a 30 day sentence tomorrow for a drunk driving conviction. According to a former inmate, the place is overrun with ants and the food and sleeping conditions are terrible.
What? No foie-gras canapes or nightly turndown service with mint chocolate on your pillow?
Of course the place is a dump - it's jail.
Khabibulin should consider himself fortunate. Some vacationers who don't do their homework actually pay to sleep with ants and eat rotten food at budget resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean.
And at least he didn't kill anyone, unlike Rob Ramage, who's on parole for a drunk driving accident that killed fellow NHL alumnus Keith Magnusson in 2003, and TSN analyst and former NHL player and coach Craig MacTavish, who served a year behind bars for killing a 26 year old woman when he was drunk at the wheel in 1984.
It might not make conditions in Tent City any more bearable for Khabibulin, but better 30 days of bad food and bedbugs on a threadbare mattress than a lifetime of guilt and remorse.

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