An Introverts Family Vacation Diary: Day 0
I am spending this weekend on Vancouver Island visiting family. The only problem is I can’t stand spending all day with people. I need my alone time. This is my way of dealing with it.
I’m starting with Day 0, Thursday. It was decided that I would spend the night at my cousin’s house and get a ride up with him and his parents rather than ride up with my parents and my Grandpa. Changes in plans meant there wasn’t any reason for this to happen.
Some notes about my cousin. My cousin and myself are about the same age awhile share interests in computers and video games. We get along well and generally have things to talk about. While he’s generally a nice guy, he has had a weird upbringing. His parents really didn’t like doing all the things people do when they have other people over to their house. Thusly, they didn’t have people over. This lead to a general lack of understanding of how entertaining guests works. Again, a nice guy who just doesn’t have the experience of entertaining. This leads to some interesting situations.
When I arrived at his house around 8pm he was working on laundry. Not a big deal. I could care less about this. People do laundry I don’t care. We chatted for a bit and then he let me know he had to run an errand, at 9:30 at night. He needed to hand deliver a letter to someone. OK little weird you are doing it at this time at night but I can deal with it. So we head out in his Kia to deliver this message.
We arrive at a Bartell’s and he tells me to look for a yellow Ford Focus. I’m looking around and he lets me know that he is trying to find the car of a woman who is the manager the Bartell’s. Here I had assumed he had talked to this person and set up a meeting. Oh no, he just thought he knew the person’s schedule well enough that he could just walk over to her while she was headed out to her car.
So we’re two guys driving around a parking lot looking for a woman getting off work after dark, walking to her car so we can deliver a letter to her, without her knowing we were coming. This is great. Turns out she wasn’t there. I’m actually a little relieved. My cousin mumbles something about getting some dinner, he hasn’t eaten all day, so I assume that’s where we are going. No, we were checking her other job. Still creeping me out. Once again we failed to find her. Once again I am relieved. Next stop, Taco Bell
We go to Taco Bell and get back to his house. Nothing really exciting. Get back to his house and commence eating our Taco Bell. And he’s showing me his chrome cast all pretty normal. Then after dinner he starts showing off his extensive board game collection. At this point it is probably close to 11:30. I’m starting to get tired. And I come across a problem - How do tell someone you are tired and want to go to bed when you are sleeping on their couch.
If their is a guest room you can say “I’m tired I’m going to go retire for the night.” When you’re on the couch what do you say, “please go to bed so I can sleep in here.”’ My solution just slowly start moving towards going to bed. I start by lying down on the couch. A few minutes later I grab my pillow and put it under my head. As the detailed description of the games continue I start opening the bag containing the quilt and blanket I brought for sleeping . I pull out my comforter and kind of just leave it out next to me. A little while later I kind of flop the comforter over me. My cousin doesn’t seem to be noticing my hints. I learn about some more board games and I am treated to some demonstrations of different pieces and cards.
I learn my cousin is very protective of his games. Hey buys plastic card sleeves for all of his games. I am shown an example of the difference between American-sized cards versus the thinner, taller European-sized cards. Fascinating. One of his games had square cards. He explains that he had to wait for the sleeve maker to make a new batch because he had bought all of their stock and still had unprotected cards. I am falling asleep.
At some point I fall asleep. I don’t know how everything ended. I either don’t remember, or I fell asleep. But in the end I got the sleep. Tomorrow I’ll post Day 1 (happening today), most of which has been spent travelling. Until then non-existent readers, until then.