Day 3 of the reunion started off reasonably well…. for all of perhaps 10 minutes.
I picked up one of the NZ crew and drove him downtown so he could rent an 8-seater SUV (even though there are 9 of them). After standing in line for a half hour, we got to the counter only to learn that he had his wife’s Visa card and not his own because he lost his several weeks ago and never got around to replacing it. The car rental people are funny about things like that…. Your visa card has to match the name on the driver’s licence. There was no option but to rent the vehicle in my name, with my credit card (and hope to heck that they pay the bill at the end of the trip). So now there are only 2 authorized drivers: me and a New Zealander who has never driven on the right side of the road….. in Vancouver….. on the BC Day long weekend.
Then my friend advised that he had invited his sister for the week. This sister has severe emotional problems, she’s a walking time bomb and she NEVER, ever ever shuts up, One wrong word or even a look can send her into hysterics. Doctors take note – her medication isn’t working! Triple the dosage already!!!
So THAT was just what the reunion needed. On the one hand, you have a group of people with little or no sense of urgency – sort of like old basset hounds resting in the sun. On the other hand, you have a psychotic sister who is like a chihuahua on crack.
And so we brought them all together with members of Paul’s dance studio for the official opening ceremonies for the reunion. Of course, psycho sister began sobbing hysterically when she saw the Polynesians but, other than that, things went well. She spent most of the evening alternately crying and railing about her terrible childhood. Fortunately, the rest of the group were able to dilute some of the insanity pouring out of her and we had a good time.
My favorite part of the evening was when psycho sis introduced herself to the head of the Cook Islands contingent and told him she wanted to talk to him about the social problems on the island. She has a theory that importing Mexicans to pick fruit will help revitalize the economy. Pass the meds, please….and hurry!
Tomorrow should be interesting…. They have decided to go see the Capilano suspension bridge and Grouse Mountain on the hottest day of the year, and on the Monday of a long weekend.