Comments on: A Canadian moment http://talldarkandmysterious.ca/archives/2006/04/13/a-canadian-moment/ Just your typical female vegan capitalist mathematician ceramicist cyclist's weblog. Mon, 15 May 2006 02:03:55 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=1.5 by: Lauren http://talldarkandmysterious.ca/archives/2006/04/13/a-canadian-moment/#comment-35909 Thu, 13 Apr 2006 18:42:20 -0700 http://talldarkandmysterious.ca/archives/2006/04/13/a-canadian-moment/#comment-35909 That's it, I'm moving. That’s it, I’m moving.

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by: Zeno http://talldarkandmysterious.ca/archives/2006/04/13/a-canadian-moment/#comment-35911 Thu, 13 Apr 2006 18:50:18 -0700 http://talldarkandmysterious.ca/archives/2006/04/13/a-canadian-moment/#comment-35911 Well, aren't you going to finish the story, MS? You didn't tell the part where there's screaming and they pull out their guns. I mean, they must have starting screaming and brandishing weapons, right? Since they started out pretty polite, I'll assume there was no actual exchange of gunfire, but surely you can't have a traffic accident without the screaming etc. Why, in California... enough said. Well, aren’t you going to finish the story, MS? You didn’t tell the part where there’s screaming and they pull out their guns. I mean, they must have starting screaming and brandishing weapons, right? Since they started out pretty polite, I’ll assume there was no actual exchange of gunfire, but surely you can’t have a traffic accident without the screaming etc. Why, in California…

enough said.

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by: Moebius Stripper http://talldarkandmysterious.ca/archives/2006/04/13/a-canadian-moment/#comment-35912 Thu, 13 Apr 2006 19:17:05 -0700 http://talldarkandmysterious.ca/archives/2006/04/13/a-canadian-moment/#comment-35912 Lauren - heh, and in that case you may be interested in the apartment I'm about to vacate - which comes with my landlady, who asked me if it was okay with me if she "cleaned up a bit, because you don't have the big vaccuum cleaner" while I was away on business. <i>Hell yes, it's okay with me,</i> I answered, not in so many words, and I had expected some light sweeping and dusting - not the full-blown scrubbing/waxing/polishing job she did on the entire place. When I sheepishly thanked her - sheepishly, because she'd transformed my place from <i>biological hazard</i> to <i>pleasure to live in</i> - you guessed it - <i>she apologized</i>. "I hope you didn't mind! I'm sorry!" she said. "Are you kidding me?" I replied. "You can clean this place <i>anytime</i>." And my landlady - who isn't a native English speaker, so perhaps she wasn't familiar with the expression - replied, in all seriousness, "How about Wednesdays?" I generally find stereotypes of Canadians humourous, but the one about us apologizing when someone steps on our feet is spot-on. I've done it myself. Many times. This week. Zeno - Heh. Nope, no screaming; however, I did once witness a beautiful instance of <i>pedestrian rage</i> - pedestrian bawling out a cowering truck driver at a busy intesection downtown. Which, in its own way, I suppose, was rather Canadian itself. Lauren - heh, and in that case you may be interested in the apartment I’m about to vacate - which comes with my landlady, who asked me if it was okay with me if she “cleaned up a bit, because you don’t have the big vaccuum cleaner” while I was away on business. Hell yes, it’s okay with me, I answered, not in so many words, and I had expected some light sweeping and dusting - not the full-blown scrubbing/waxing/polishing job she did on the entire place. When I sheepishly thanked her - sheepishly, because she’d transformed my place from biological hazard to pleasure to live in - you guessed it - she apologized. “I hope you didn’t mind! I’m sorry!” she said.

“Are you kidding me?” I replied. “You can clean this place anytime.”

And my landlady - who isn’t a native English speaker, so perhaps she wasn’t familiar with the expression - replied, in all seriousness, “How about Wednesdays?”

I generally find stereotypes of Canadians humourous, but the one about us apologizing when someone steps on our feet is spot-on. I’ve done it myself. Many times. This week.

Zeno - Heh. Nope, no screaming; however, I did once witness a beautiful instance of pedestrian rage - pedestrian bawling out a cowering truck driver at a busy intesection downtown. Which, in its own way, I suppose, was rather Canadian itself.

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by: wolfa http://talldarkandmysterious.ca/archives/2006/04/13/a-canadian-moment/#comment-35914 Thu, 13 Apr 2006 19:58:29 -0700 http://talldarkandmysterious.ca/archives/2006/04/13/a-canadian-moment/#comment-35914 The apologising bit is Canadian, but cars *slowing down* to let a pedestrian cross (even when they're legally obliged to)? That's less widespread, let's say. The apologising bit is Canadian, but cars *slowing down* to let a pedestrian cross (even when they’re legally obliged to)? That’s less widespread, let’s say.

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by: Dr. Matt http://talldarkandmysterious.ca/archives/2006/04/13/a-canadian-moment/#comment-35915 Thu, 13 Apr 2006 21:30:43 -0700 http://talldarkandmysterious.ca/archives/2006/04/13/a-canadian-moment/#comment-35915 The slowing down for pedestrians is, as I understand it, more of a Western thing. My sister claims that most Edmonton drivers will slow to a stop is a pedestrian even looks like they might be considering crossing the street in the middle of a block. The slowing down for pedestrians is, as I understand it, more of a Western thing. My sister claims that most Edmonton drivers will slow to a stop is a pedestrian even looks like they might be considering crossing the street in the middle of a block.

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by: D. Eppstein http://talldarkandmysterious.ca/archives/2006/04/13/a-canadian-moment/#comment-35916 Thu, 13 Apr 2006 21:46:53 -0700 http://talldarkandmysterious.ca/archives/2006/04/13/a-canadian-moment/#comment-35916 I live in So Cal, have to cross a crosswalk every day to get to work, and can get the majority of cars to stop for me by being aggressive about stepping into the street. If you hang back, they'll usually just blow past, but some will stop anyway even at hazard of their rear bumper. So that part of the story doesn't sound so unfamiliar. But I find it hard to imagine such polite selflessless after a minor accident here. I live in So Cal, have to cross a crosswalk every day to get to work, and can get the majority of cars to stop for me by being aggressive about stepping into the street. If you hang back, they’ll usually just blow past, but some will stop anyway even at hazard of their rear bumper. So that part of the story doesn’t sound so unfamiliar. But I find it hard to imagine such polite selflessless after a minor accident here.

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