Cottage season is upon us.
With the May Two-Four weekend quickly approaching it’s time to prep your garden, buy some fireworks from a truck in a grocery store parking lot, and think about opening the cottage for the season.
However, if, like me, your cottage has seen better days, its small, cramped quarters in need of a makeover, summer presents an endless series of chores. Fix the leaky roof, replace a few boards on the dock, prop the barbeque up with cinder blocks. At some point you wonder if that expensive Sea-Doo that doesn’t always play a 200-foot game is still going to be tied up on the lake in the fall.
It’s times like this that I start to peruse cottage rental sites and Airbnb listings and joy of joys, it turns out former Maple Leaf gawds have prime Muskoka real estate and want you, yes you, to stay for a night or two for the low cost of a year’s tuition.
Since you’ve stipulated no parties or guests, I thought I’d give you a heads up at what I’m playing to do while I stay at your place.
What would I do if I spent a weekend at a former Leaf’s luxury cottage?
I’d pick up a stencil at Canadian Tire and rename your boat the SS Fraser.
I’d stock your fridge full of hot dogs and leave a “For Steve” note.
I’d examine your fine collection of cottage Canadiana and across every carving, painting, and print of a bear I find, I’ll scrawl “It was 4-1”.
I would carve Tyler Seguin’s initials into every tree on the property.
I’ll replace all the hand towels with Sens “Young & Hungry” playoff towels
I’d break all your fishing rods in half but only pretend to throw them into the lake.
I’d replace all your family photos with pictures of EK and Alfie riding bikes.
I’d use your fridge magnet grocery list to write a love letter to Clarke MacArthur.
I’ll tape Guy Boucher’s head to your Casino Royale poster.
I’d change your answering machine to the dulcet tones of Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean
I’ll add a “Nonis” and a “Ferguson Jr.” profiles to your Netflix account
Finally, I’d fill your house with Webber Naturals products to remind you of the big Toronto endorsement deal that got away.