This isn't always the case, but it describes my situation undeniably accurately - I'm a summer baby with no aptitude whatsoever in winter sports. (Let's refrain from questioning my Canadian-ness now.)
While many youngsters raised on maple syrup tend to take advantage of cold weather to engage in skating, skiing, snowboarding, and the like, I must confess that I have never once experienced such an urge.
I had reached out to a friend several weeks prior regarding a potential meet-up to shoot fireworks on New Year's Eve. As it turned out, he was attending a ski/snowboard reunion that day, so I casually inquired about being added to the roster as a guest.
We left at the crack of dawn (very painful indeed), before the sun even made its appearance, and arrived at Mount St. Louis at approximately half past nine.
Originally, the day's plan involved my enrolment in a beginner class, followed by lunch and some form of group activity. But this was, in fact, not the case at all, for I was abandoned for the Black Diamond slope and blatantly excluded from any sort of interaction. It was heartbreaking to say in the least, and more reminiscent of a solo trip than anything else.
I knew that I would be experiencing soreness of a lifetime the following day. It would be an inevitable collection of pulled muscles (why had no one told me to stretch?!?) and even the tiniest movements resulting in waves of crippling pain.
Besides the incredulous amount of equipment needed to engage in the sport, costs and location availability are two other signficant constituents affecting this decision. As with the B.A.P concert, the pricey journey was weightier in stress levels than fun factors.
At least climate conditions had treated me kindly.
Plastic chairs and tables and minimal decor made up the bulk of the interior; laminated menus, napkins, and fixed utensil containers were neatly placed at each table. It was clear that the spot was a popular late-night joint for high schoolers and nocturnal wanderers alike.
A password-secured Wi-Fi connection was an unexpected bonus feature.
As the odd one out, I order a small size of Fresh Rolls with grilled lemongrass chicken and a Fresh Ripe Mango Milkshake instead of Beef Pho, simply because, dare I say it, I'm just not fond of pho.
Candidly speaking, the Fresh Rolls weren't exactly as fresh as I would have liked. The grilled chicken was Sahara-like to the point where I found myself questioning whether I was munching on pork, whereas the rice paper wrapper retained a toughness on par with industrial rubber bands. The Fresh Ripe Mango Milkshake, on the hand, was sweet, milky, and much more satisfying, even if it wasn't entirely crafted from fresh ripe mangoes.
My order totalled $10.05, which I unfortunately could not handle with plastic. The cash-only establishment also charges extra for splitting bills on individual pieces of paper, therefore no receipts were provided for individual items.
We depart the friendly pho joint with sufficient time to make the drive to Downtown Brampton in time for 9:00 PM fireworks. To my dismay, I was unable to obtain a clear shot of the light display within the short period of time it was held. There was a second chance though: the official countdown at midnight.
The entire celebration lasted several hours, but the fireworks show lasted only a mere five minutes long. As the last bang rang throughout the dark sky, I waved my white flag and began to hoist my tripod up.