We got out of the house yesterday. At my insistence, we went down to the outdoor skating rink in the old port of Montreal. The guilt of not having gone skating on Christmas day was gnawing at both of us. I know it's ridiculous, but we were guilty with ourselves for having flaked on our own tradition. There were no kids to disappoint, but we still felt guilty. Anyway, we never ended up setting foot on the ice. Here Serge explains:
Perhaps you noticed this sign in the video. I was quite curious as to what the last symbol indicated. The other three were pretty easy. The first is to pay for tickets. This was new this year. It's always been free to skate, you only had to pay if you rented skates. But now everyone has to pay regardless. Right, and the second symbol is for skate rental, the third for the snack bar, and the fourth? What do you think it's indicating, and what is the symbol drawn ? I'll be shocked if any out of towner gets it.
We walked to the river's edge and watched the chunks of ice swirling in the eddies created by the monster flow of water that is the St Lawrence River. We kept chuckling at how old we are and how the things that oldsters like to do appeal to us more and more.
Then we went home and took down the tree (er I took it down) and stored all the Christmas stuff away until next year. Then ordered a pizza and watched the Simpson's movie (I about died laughing when the headless guy wails, "I've always wanted to play the flute.") and Shrek the 3rd. All in all, a lovely boxing day.