Thursday, December 27, 2007

Boxing day recap

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.

16 comments:

dbv said...

beverages "to go" is my guess!!!

mainja said...

this way to drink beer out of a toque?

tornwordo said...

Very good Mainja! An upside down toque with beer is correct. This way to the winter bar.

Anonymous said...

I still didn't understand why you guys couldn't skate. Serge supervised the taking down of the tree. A very important job. One word for outdoors in Winter--Earmuffs.

Lewis said...

Oh my gosh, it looks SO FREAKING COLD!

David said...

I was going to guess "this way to the blenders!"

CoffeeDog said...

My holiday movie was Ratatouille. Very cute.

Beer and ice skating do not mix!

birdoparadise said...

Serge looks like he's trying to be very patient with you while restraining himself from giving you a camera enema. At least he's still smiling!

Laverne said...

I guessed beer and then hot chocolate. Hot Chocolate with peppermint schnapps would be better than cold beer whilst ice skating anyway.

We aren't old, we're middle-aged.

Not that it sounds any better.

Polt said...

Well if you gotta sit and watch a zamboni, you might as well have something to drink, and the Black Eyed Peas to listen to, right?

HUGS...

Patricia said...

oh i like the idea of spectator skating much more than that of actual skating. a new tradition is born!

truthspew said...

I learned to ice skate as a kid and I'm fairly certain I could put on a pair of skates and do so again. I really should try it out.

That said, I spent the holiday in North Carolina. No snow or ice to be seen and arriving home, I see thqt snow and ice is gone here too. Oh well.

Java said...

I want to drive the zamboni when I grow up.
And I'm with Serge; let's just watch. And drink hot chocolate with marshmallows.

David said...

If you were here in SolCal, even smoking in the stands would've got you in trouble.

Skating, like much of childhood antics, is best served these days by just watching.

The zamboni, however, was fabulous.

Lemuel said...

I was going to guess beer, so I was happy to see my guess confirmed.

I was surprised to see a zamboni for an outside rink. Growing up in northern PA we had outside rink that were either ponds or flooded tennis courts. The ice would get all cut up. If you could skate on it, you could skate on anything.

I would not even attempt to skate at my age and in my condition! Ten seconds on the ice would get me eight weeks in a body cast! But, oh, that looked like fun! and brought back memories!

dell said...

Garbage bin.