Got My Freak On.

And I am not talking about my sexual escapades, either.

Today was the annual PoCo Church Craft and Bake Sale. I have done this now for the second year in a row, and I must say, it is a fantastic way to get my Christmas baking done.

Yes! That’s right! I buy my Christmas baking! All, of course, except the shortbread. Even though I do not use the Recipe Sacred To My Family, I still have a shortbread hangup. Be that as it may, I was in the suburb of Port Coquitlam today and I can report with some authority: PoCo is full of freaks.

Church Freaks: These people were wearing festive Crhristmas sweaters with reindeer and snowmen on them. They had painstakingly crafted things like novelty lights in little jars, with some frou frou and little Christmas lights inside them. Also, baby stuff, so Em went Mental. Even her long-suffering spouse, J-Lo, picked out a baby hat with ladybugs on it. There was aslo some old guy (Think of Santa as a Teamster) at the cookie table, randomly stuffing cookies into bags. He wasn’t actually working at the table, but no one told him to stop, so I didn’t know what to think.

Craft Freaks: After the Church Bonanza, cookies and pies and tarts and squares in hand, we went to Michael’s, which is the Black Hole of Crafts. There were women in tasteful polyester ensembles and sweaters with kittens on, debating the merits between little plastic Holiday Figurines (Collect them All!) and Olde Tyme Christmas Ornaments, which were made of faux Carnival glass, made in China, and painted the most garish colours I’ve ever seen. Actually, a lot of the stuff was fairly stomach-churning. At one point, when J-Lo leaned over and whispered, “And you just KNOW that everysingle thing we see here is also in a home within a ten-mile radius of this place”, I lost my will to live.  Mostly due to Holiday Charm Overload, I escaped unscathed, although I wavered while looking at a tote bag with plastic pockets on it, where you could put photos of loved ones. Seriously. It was pretty cool in a kitsch kind of way.

IHOP Freaks: We were hungry after all our shopping, and what better place to go than IHOP? Let me tell you, it was Freak Central! There was the girl with the hood so big and fuzzy she prompted me to wonder where her tauntaun was. Her boyfriend was a bald and spotty youth with eyes that were too close together. There was also the girl with the T-shirt so low cut that I could tell the colour of her nipples (kind of a light cappucino). As well, there was the really scary guy with the tattoo on the back of his head. It was either a giant spider or the Joker. The fat folds in the back of his neck made it hard to tell. It was good people-watching, that’s for sure.

So, to sum up:

Kelly got the lip gloss that made me look like I’d been making out with clowns. It looks good on her.

Got baking done.

Learned that there’s more to humanity than my comfort zone.

Had a waffle.

All in all, a good day.

6 Comments to “Got My Freak On.”

  1. By sarah, November 26, 2006 @ 10:05 am

    I may consider hiring you to decorate my new basement.

  2. By Deb, November 26, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

    How dare you say PoCo is full of freaks! I’M from PoCo…....
    Oh. Right.

  3. By cheesefairy, November 26, 2006 @ 1:03 pm

    Mmm. Waffles.

  4. By Liz, November 26, 2006 @ 9:35 pm

    Sarah, I saw the pictures of your basement. I do not think I culd improve upon it, and especially not that couch monster thing. You have good basement vibes.

    Deb, you are FROM PoCo. You got out. And your freakiness is a good freakiness.

    Cheesefairy, the Belgian waffles at IHOP are the business. Have you got one in The Mizzle?

  5. By cheesefairy, November 27, 2006 @ 9:15 am

    Hell yes, we have it in the Mizzle.

    Problem is, the IHOP is 2 blocks from The Waffle House (est. 1955?) and I can’t, in good conscience, go for the chain when the old-school, like, with Jello on the menu, “home of the Jiffy wiffy waffle” and “hotel bacon” (I have NO IDEA) is right there, staring at me.

    Maybe if I snuck up on the far side of the IHOP so that the Waffle House couldn’t see me…

  6. By Liz, November 27, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

    Cheesefairy, you really should check out the Waffle House and report back. I am very interested in “The Jiffy Wiffy Waffle” and “Hotel Bacon”.

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