With a poor and passive effort, I try to pretend like the center of attention is not where I like to be — while in all reality we know this is where I am usually most comfortable. Whether you attribute it to my only child upbringing or being a people-pleaser, being the life of the party are tall shoes, and someone has to wear them. (I love a few extra inches of height..)
Last weekend, I piled into a car with three of my good guy friends, quickly gained control of the iPod (hello, JT!) and nuzzled comfortably in to the back seat as we road-tripped across the border and up to Whistler. Whistler is not only known for it’s world class skiing, the most recent set of winter Olympics and a beautiful ‘village’ — it’s also a great place to party.
And party we did. It was like college all over again. Hot tubs. Cheap beer. Spaghetti for dinner. Not enough beds for bodies. Ah, the good old days when my liver was fresh and my back could handle the floor.
Some despicable combination of Bud Light/hot tub/lack of sleep/lack of heat caused my sinuses to dry out, an invariable sign that I was getting sick. Though I was able to fight it off for an AMAZING day of fresh powder (read about it here: The Chrinicles of Gnarnia), my immune system gave way and I was all sorts of snot, hindering my full ability to party like a freshman. This only provided me with hours of entertainment watching my inebriated friends giggle, frolic and bicker.
As my immune system had knocked me down to chaperon status, grandma-style (cold, tired, feeding people ice cream..), I had dressed in layers. Also, I forgot all but one pair of pants which meant it was black jeggings every night. Clad in my jeggings, UGGS, sweater, puffy vest – WITH FUR HOOD, hat and North Face coat I was ready to take on a Village of snow.
My crew was a mess. There were passive aggressive comments (“When T goes to the bathroom where he will find he’s no longer a man, let’s run out and leave him!”), drunken escapes on the snowy playground and multiple games of “King of the Mountain,” in which one claims the title of a snow pile until he can be knocked off.
Meanwhile, I was cold. It was snowing non-stop, and the Village was lit with gorgeous blue lights. Really, Whistler Village is one of the most romantically whimsical places I have ever been.
In my attempts to not fall on my butt, the team forged forward – on to the club! Untz, untz, untz. Bumbling past the night club Garfinkels, G drew the attention of two young ladies wearing black mini-skirts/Saran wrap, Fuck-Me boots with spiked heels and an entire counter’s worth of MAC make-up. It seems they migrated north rather than south to Las Vegas. Let’s just say it must have been very nipply out.
Enthralled with the attention, the girls swooned over G – and as a girl familiar with the concept of not paying for her own drinks this tactic hit close to home. It wasn’t until they made their way down the line of girls in our group that things got weird. Overly-friendly sluts? Odd. Slut #1 hugged T, telling her she was, “fucking hot” and where was her boyfriend? Chivalrous and confused, JK claimed her and Slut #1 moved on. I must have been frozen in shock and amusement by the time she got to me, because as she flung her arm around me and pulled herself in close to my face my immediate reaction was to strain my neck back – a move perfected from years of dodging drunken kisses.
With my personal bubble invaded, my eyes begin to shift awkwardly and then she said it, “you’re fucking hot. where’s your boyfriend?”
Time out. Hold up. Wait. Hot? A glance in her direction confirmed she was, in fact, talking to me. I was wearing so many layers I could melt Antarctica, and be the Michelin Man’s counterpart. My nose was red and dry, reminiscent of Rudolf and my lips were so bare my mother would have been smearing lip gloss on me for days. In no world was I hot.
And this would be where a Canadian prostitute almost kissed me. I’m not sure the exact shade, but I can with certainty that she was wearing a matte shade of lipstick that wasn’t moving any time soon. I was so taken aback that when she asked my name I couldn’t even get my bar name out, rather muttering my actual name for fear if I opened my mouth too much she might swoop in for the kill.
She immediately ditched me to heckle the boy closest to me, then move back to G who lost interest in both of them when they admitted they didn’t ski. Like I said, I think they got lost on their way to Vegas.
The next morning, it was brought to light that prostitution is legal in Canada, though the negotiation of terms is not. It was like the puzzle pieces all came together. Their strategy is to figure out which males are ‘taken’ by inquiring with the girls of the group who they are dating, then preying on the single males who are more likely to pick up the tab, if you will.
They aren’t dumb hookers, I will give them that.