Today was the day of our return to civilisation – well, to Brent + Liz’s place, anyway. Despite this, we didn’t make an early start, and this proved to be something of a mistake, since by the time we got everything loaded, had breakfast, + got ourselves dressed + up (in reverse order), we checked the clock + then the ferry schedule, + discovered we wouldn’t have enough time to drive to Nanaimo in order to catch the 12.30 ferry, + the next one didn’t leave till 2.30, so there was nothing for it but to sit down round the table + play cards – contract whist this time. (Don’t remember who won, but I lost.) Just finished the game in time to leap into the car + roar off. I read some of Kool Aid Acid Test, but I must confess I’m finding it heavy-going. I find spaced-out writing difficult to handle, but I guess that’s my weakness rather than the book’s. Also a swift round of Botticelli – Bob Dylan, John McEnroe, Dustin Hoffman, Yogi Bear + Bilbo Baggins made a nice variety. Perfect timing this time – arrived just before they let people on the ferry. Once on, we immediately bagged ourselves some chairs, improvised a table out of a litter bin, and settled down to our second card game of the day, hearts. I won! (for the first time.) Broke halfway for lunch. L + B are vegetarians, + we shocked them… tho’ not much… by eating hamburgers. At Horseshoe Bay, stopped off to phone Driveaway… tho’ nothing going… + then, biding our time while the Vancouver rush-hour traffic died away, we went up to Simon Fraser uni bar + had a couple of beers. It was just like any other college bar I’ve ever been in.
Drove home, + spent quite a while listening to the radio trying to find out the time. Finally succeeded, to discover that Liz was near as dammit late for her yoga class. Brent rushed her in – the rest of us just lazed around for a while, + we ate cheese sandwiches late on when everyone was back.
Quick explanation of Botticelli – one person chooses a character, fact or fiction, and the others have to guess who it is by using a series of yes/no questions.
More general laziness and lack of purpose, it would seem.