Friday, February 15, 2008

The She Ape Story

HELLO MARSTON,
SHE-APE
THIS RECOLLECTION ABOUT SWIMMING SPOTS SHOULD HAVE BEEN SENT AWHILE BACK, TAKING A SHOWER TODAY MUST HAVE JOGGED SOMETHING. MY GRANDFATHER ON MY FATHERS SIDE WORKED FOR THE TOWN OF ST. LAMBERTS.

HE WASN'T A DITCH DIGGER AS THE TOWN HAD SEWERS, I THINK HE WAS A GARDENER IN SUMMER AND COLD SEASON IN THE WATER WORKS.
WHAT ALL THIS IS BOILING DOWN TO IS THAT HE GOT US BADGES TO GET IN THE ST. LAMBERTS SWIMMING FACILITY ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE. IMAGINE UNHOLY-NON WASHED TRASH FROM GREENFIELD PARK POSING AS ST. LAMBERTANS.
MY MOTHER DIDN'T MIND LETTING US GO THERE ALONE (7 OR 8) AS THERE WERE LIFE GUARDS. I THINK WE RODE DOWN ON BIKE ALONG DEVONSHIRE, VICTORIA, TO EDISON, THEN THROUGH THE TRAIN UNDERPASS
IN FRONT OF A CAR DEALER-MAYBE RAMBLER, THEN THE LAWN BOWLING CLUB. THE SWIM AREA WAS NOT TO FAR AFTER THAT.
WE KNEW THAT WE HAD TO STAY IN THE LOGGED IN AREA FOR KIDS. AFTER THE INITIAL SHOCK OF GETTING WET ALL OVER YOU CLUNG ONTO THE LOGS. OUR LEGS WERE STILL NOT LONG ENOUGH TO TOUCH THE BOTTOM PLUS THE CURRENT WAS FAIRLY STRONG.

DURING ONE TRIP OUT ALONG THE OUTER AREA OF THE LOGS I BECAME UNCLASPED FROM MY LIFE SAVING LOGS. UNABLE TO TOUCH BOTTOM THE CURRENT STARTED TO PULL ME TOWARDS THE ATLANTIC AND ME ABLE TO SWIM LIKE A ROCK. FIGURING I WAS A GONER YOU GRASP AT ANYTHING, WHAT CAME INTO BLEARY VIEW WAS A WHALE WITH LEGS, BOY DID I GRAB ON AND PULL UP TO GET SOME AIR.

THE SAVIOUR WAS AN OLDER GIRL WHO I WOULD LEARN TO BE VERY WARY OF. MAYBE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TO DROWN, NOW I HAD TO GET AWAY FROM THIS ENRAGED BEAST, PERHAPS HER TOP GOT PULLED ASKEW A LITTLE, I WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE, HEAD FOR SAFETY BACK TO THE PARK.
DILEMMA'S SEEMED TO BE PART OF THE LEARNING CURVE FOR ME ALL ALONG BUT SOON ONTO THE NEXT,WHICH CAME ALONG A FEW DAYS AFTER THE SWIMMING EVENT. MY MOTHER SENT ME ON AN ERRAND BY BIKE TO ST.LAMBERTS VILLAGE. EVERYTHING WAS CLEAR ON DEVONSHIRE, AS I HIT VICTORIA A LITTLE PAST JEANETTE AT THE END OF ROTHESAY WAS A HOUSE,( WHERE TRIOS RESTAURANT IS NOW) A FEW BIG KIDS WERE PORCHING, AS I PASSED, ONE OF THEM STARTED AFTER ME LIKE A MAD APE,

HOLY GOOD CRIPES IT WAS THE SHE-WHALE FROM THE SWIMMING INCIDENT. A REAL LIFE PERPETUAL NIGHTMARE. GOOD THING FOR ME, GRANNIES WAS A FEW HUNDRED FEET AWAY, I ROARED DOWN HER PATH TO THE BACK
YARD WITH THIS SHRIEKING HEAT SEEKING MISSLE OUT FOR BLOOD -2 STEPS BEHIND ME, GRANNY SAW THIS URCHLING TRYING TO HURT HER PRECIOUS GRANDSON, QUICKLY SHE LATCHED ONTO THE SHE APES EAR WITH HER THUMB AND FINGER LIKE A PAIR OF VICEGRIPS, NOT SAYING A WORD MARCHED HER OUT TO
VICTORIA AND KEEP GOING, DON'T LOOK BACK. THANK-YOU GRANNY AGAIN 56 YEARS LATER.
NEEDLESS TO SAY ANYTIME PASSING ROTHESAY AT VICTORIA WOULD BE DONE AT BATTLE SPEED. ALSO THE
NEXT YEAR AFTER JOINING CUBS (SEONEE PACK), SWIMMING LESSONS WERE OFFERED AT THE LEGION ON MOUNTAIN ST. MONTREAL. RADIO CJAD WAS IN THE SAME BUILDING.

THE BEST THING ABOUT THE SWIMMING ON A SATURDAY AVOIDED THAT DREADED SATURDAY NIGHT BATH

P.S. THE BICYCLE USED IN THIS TALE CAME FROM CASTONGUAY, IN FACT, MY FIRST 2 BRAND NEW SECOND HAND BIKES CAME FROM THEM,
CASTONGUAY ALSO SOLD WIZZARD GAS ENGINE POWERED BALLOON TIRED BIKES. THE SON TODAY IS ALSO A CIGAR CHOMPER LIKE THE OLD MAN.

RICHARD W..............

Thanks Richard Hemingway

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