Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Maxi Pads, Sleigh Rides, and Snowboarders

Yesterday, Meta-M and I took a tram to top of a mountain that stands 4100 feet above sea level. Needless to say, given Meta-D's pathological fear of heights, he remained planted in the coffee shop parking lot while we were up on the mountain.

As soon as we reached the peak we trudged through the snow to the free sleigh rides. We stood in line waiting for the sleigh for close to 7 minutes. As we waited Meta-M learned that that Adam, an 18 year old college student was cutting his philosophy class so that he could spend the day snowboarding; Chris, also a college student, was taking snowboard lessons for the first time upon the advice of Adam; Leslie and her husband Albert, home schooled their two children, Sam and Madison, and thus had the freedom to take them skiing for the day; and Allison, a 15 year old high school student, was there on a school trip.

When the sleigh finally arrived we discovered that all the seats were wet since there was a rain/snow mist coming down steadily the entire day. Since Meta-M and I did not have waterproof pants on we sought to dry the seats off as best we could but without much success. First, I tried to use my mittens but since the mittens were waterproof they just moved the water around the seat. Then I tried to use the sleeve of my jacket but instead of drying the seat I moved water around to a greater surface area making the seat even wetter. Meta-M then pulled out some tissues thinking that she might have more luck with them. However, the tissues broke apart the minute they touched the water and left shreds of white tissue on the seats, on our hands, and on our clothes.

In a last ditch effort Meta-M pulled a maxi pad from her purse, unwrapped and unfolded it, and began to wipe down the seat. To my surprise, chagrin, and embarrassment the maxi-pad worked so well that our seat was bone dry. Once the seat was dry I urged Meta-M to put the pad back in her purse so that no one would see us. Instead, she pulled three more pads from her purse and offered them to everyone else on the sleigh. I cowered with embarrassment.

As it turns out, Adam, Chris, and Leslie took her up on her offer. They each unwrapped and unfolded the pads and used them to wipe down their seats too. Once all the seats were dry the sleigh driver asked Meta-M her trick for drying off the seats without a towel. In response to his question, Meta-M pulled out another pad from her bag and explained the absorbency power of the maxi-pad. The sleigh driver responded, "Wow. I have to get myself some of those for the remainder of the winter season."

I looked at the sleigh driver cautiously and said, “Instead of buying max-pads maybe you can use just a good old fashioned towel.” At that moment everyone of the sleigh turned and looked at me. Adam, the college snowboarder, was the first to speak. He said, “Clearly you need to learn to think outside the box man. Think outside the box.” Meta-M nodded her head vigorously and said, “I agree with Adam. You are too inside the box. You need to learn to relax and take the wave in stride.” As I slumped in my seat defeated I thought to myself, my mother speaks snowboarder – who knew?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll pick up snowboarder, give it time.

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. That story is so very special...I wouldn't even know how to comment. Looks like I picked a good day to visit for a little-G story!

6:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aren't maxipads primarily used for absorbing watery blue liquid? That's what they're always used for in TV commercials.


7:48 PM  
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