we ended-up cancelling the reservation for the 4 star French restaurant and went... rolling down the hill... (there has been a nice blanket of snow for a couple of weeks now) ... with the neighbourhood kids! we just drove by and I remembered having loads of fun doing that when I was a kid... and I knew this was the ONLY time I could talk G. into doing this! we are moving down South in a month or so (he had a suffering look on his face... but couldn't say "no" -- not today...)
P.S. I absolutely loved it! (best things in life are free...) D.