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Frites au BC Ferries

Ingredients

  • Any payment type that’s not Interac
  • Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Gravy
  • (Optional: Ketchup, vinegar, fork)

Directions

Miss the 5:45 p.m. ferry at Tsawwassen
Regret trying to take a ferry from Tsawwassen
Realize that the next ferry to Duke Point is at 8:15 p.m.
Mentally debate whether or not it's worth it to stay
Act through the phone call telling mom you’re not coming this weekend
Buy the ticket for the 8:15 sailing
Play Tetris for two hours (Tetris optional, you could do anything else including: reading, knitting, learn to do a kickflip, solve world crises, eavesdrop on all other passengers, imagine a full happy married life with everyone you’ve ever matched with on Tinder, try to remember all the words to the Remembrance Day song you sang at that assembly in grade four)
Watch the ferry dock at 7:45 p.m. — at this point you should have grown fully aware that you are hungry
Is the Quay market still open? Can you make it? Who will watch your stuff as you weave across 7 lines of cars that are swiftly departing the ferry?
It is too late.
Board the ferry with the 12 other foot passengers
Rush to the on-board White Spot cafeteria
Stand there weighing your options, consider your financial situation
Ask the beleaguered ferry worker, nearing the end of a grueling 12 hour shift, for the fries and gravy
Proudly claim your free water and strut with your economical choice to the cash register
Pull out your non-Interac method of payment and smile wide as your purchase comes to $4.65
Grab any optional condiments and utensils and hunker down for the two-hour ferry ride

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