In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of…donuts.
Spring has finally arrived here in Yellowknife. Just yesterday. Last week we were still waking up to weather of – 35, with wind chills of – 40. When I realized it was April, and still as cold as January, I suddenly snapped, and started complaining. One day I complained to everyone I met. And it seems to have worked, because suddenly the sun has warmth and the temperature is only minus 6. Between the brilliant sunshine and the long days, its stupendous.
The city recently cleared the snow from a couple of large patches of lake for the winter carnival last weekend. I’ve noticed that passing drivers just can’t resist the opportunity to try them out for making donuts. Now, if you are from Canada, you no doubt know that I refer not to the food favored by policemen everywhere, but to the fine art of spinning your vehicle in circles on a slippery surface. Today we decided we wanted to try it out too. (My friend Kim is visiting from BC and we wanted her to see ALL the highlights of living in Yellowknife.)
So we roped our wonderful neighbour and favorite redneck Kuzman into showing us the art of making donuts. We were teasing him just last week about being a redneck – I told him I had the word redneck in a charades style game we played on New Year’s Eve and I’d used his name as the clue. Everyone guessed it immediately! He got a good laugh out of that, and then revealed that his redneck friends think he is actually a hippie! He must be confused, poor man, but whatever he is, his identity crisis has not stopped him from being a terrific neighbour. Aside from being friendly and helpful, as well as really funny, he is smart, and knowledgeable – he invented the ice walker for example. Combine all this with just a touch of (how can I say this gently?) complete laziness, plus a tendency to unnecessary risk taking, and you’ve got some very some interesting situations. So of course he knows how to make donuts on the ice. In fact, it turns out he is a bit of a master at it.
As you can see, fun was had by all!
Disclaimer 1 : The cigarettes are not real – they are props only. Most of us (3/4) don’t smoke. No points for guessing which of us does.
Disclaimer 2: Don’t try this at home! (Don’t worry, the truck wasn’t damaged…)
The View From Inside:
The View From Outside:
Dukes of Hazard Style: