“Let’s do something tonight!”, I texted furiously, disregarding my numerous touch screen induced typos in favour of getting my message across as quickly as possible.
“I don’t know anything, let’s just not sit around the house tonight.”
“Okay, so what do you want to do?”
“Hmm, go for a drive?”
And with that it was decided. The evening would be spent not in front of the TV, but rather my girlfriend and I would take a random drive to nowhere with perhaps a random stop for coffee along the way in whatever random place we ended up in, randomly.
So we hopped into the car and drove without any real destination in mind, and ended up in Ladner, a small suburb of Vancouver built behind a dike on a river delta leading to the Pacific ocean. This is an important thing to know about Ladner…
Everything started out rather smoothly, we stopped at Starbucks for green tea lattes, and then sipped them while browsing the nearby bookstore. The we decided to take the long way home by looping around the farms via River Road.
Of course, though I lived there for a time as a child, as a driver, I don’t know my way around very well. I ended up at a dead-end, and without even thinking, pulled off onto the shoulder to turn around. And that’s where I stayed, stuck in some very slippery mud. I tried to gun the engine and got within inches of the dry pavement, only to slide back even further that before, the backend of my car getting dangerously close to being right in the very, very full ditch. I tried again, hearing the voice of Star Trek’s Scotty in my head, “I’m giving her all she’s got, Capt’n!”
It was too no avail, because, after all, Ladner is a small suburb of Vancouver built behind a dike on a river delta leading to the Pacific ocean.
And it was winter.