I got a text from my old Beau (who is still one of my best friends) and we decided to spend some time together Friday afternoon and evening.
I had been thinking of checking out the annual St. Laurent Street Sidewalk Sale and Street Fair here in Montreal, but really didn’t want to go on my own; so when he called me and I mentioned it, he thought that sounded like fun and agreed to join me.
It took longer for me to drive the 10km to downtown because of the beginning of weekend traffic and by then I was really hungry since I hadn’t eaten since very early morning, when I had gone to bed. (My sleep cycle is upside down now.)
I suggested one of our old favourites, a Mexican restaurant called “Tequila Taco” as it was really close to where I found a parking spot and just a short walk from the beginning of the Street Fair.
We had a nice leisurely dinner and chatted about all kinds of things and caught up with each other. It was really sweet of him to pick up the tab; because he wouldn’t let me pay my half. (He knows I’m watching my budget and he has a more regular job than I do as a self-employed artist.)
From there, we walked very leisurely up the several blocks, stopping to check out the many booths and tables of goods. There were lots of booths selling all types of snacks, munchies and ethnic food – it smelled really quite neat with all the grills and such.
Luckily my old Beau knows that I’m still recovering from my brochitis and knows that my tolerance level is still quite low, so we walked quite slowly, holding hands like we used to. (Nothing terribly romantic, I do this with a lot of my friends, either holding hands or arm-in-arm, as it keeps them aware of my walking pace with my cane.)
I found a couple of good little buys for myself – a lovely black bellydance belt with silver coins and multicoloured “jewels” across the top band, a simple black cabochon-style silver wire ring that matches my favourite necklace, and an inexpensive djembe drum so that I can practice henna-ing drumskins. All told, less than $50 which was my previous day’s henna client session – so it was a nice little splurge on stuff that I love and will actually use.
It was a long walk for me; 8 “long” blocks and all uphill! It was rather warm and a bit sticky; going back downhill was easier as the sun was almost down and it was cooling off. I did stop to pick up some cold bottled fruit juice though; tepid bottled water we had just doesn’t do much for me. The fructose helped to perk me up for the rest of the long walk back to my car.
All in all, a wonderful impromptu afternoon and evening with one of my best friends and it will become a delightful memory! 23 months ago