neither rain, nor sleet, nor…ok, maybe freezing rain

Tyla and I are in Ottawa this weekend for some Christmas festivities, and someone has helpfully glazed the city in our honour. Aided by my tread-challenged travelling shoes, which provide traction only to the extent of moral support, I am doing a pretty excellent impression of a grade 12 physics problem, all frictionless surfaces and forces at right angles. I didn’t have the luxury of video replay, but I’m pretty certain that we neither slowed nor turned at all when we slid through the intersection of Percy and Renfrew — a fixture of my youth, to be sure, but one at which I tended to at least pay lip service to the signage, even when cycling.

We were going to visit the famed McMaster solstice party this evening, but after watching a fire truck slide backwards past the living room a few times, we decided that we would have enough trouble making it a few blocks to Deb-and-Rob’s.

After a drink with them and then a trip to the Oak for a snack, we found that Ottawa had upped the ante. As the experienced ohshitimslidingintotraffic player knows, the bonus round usually consists of the addition of water. Tyla truly brought her A game; it brought a tear to my eye.

We made it home, but only because we lead pure and honourable lives, untainted by the sort of weakness upon which Ontario weather seeks to prey. (Martha is driving to Nepean at 8AM to go spinning, presumably because she is insane.)

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  1. entered 23 December 2006 @ 11:59 am

    Happy Solstice! We missed you, but we understand — it was horrendous out there! Merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in the New Year!