Pets.ca - Pet forum for dogs cats and humans 

-->

You Know You're A Montrealer When...

Prin
January 14th, 2007, 12:14 AM
hehe... I got this from techno... I agree with most of it, except for the expos...:D


You Know You're A Montrealer When...

You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use
them.

you pronounce it "Muntreal", not "Mahntreal".

you have ever said anything like "I have to stop at the guichet before we
get to the dep."

you understand and frequently use terms like 'unilingual,' 'anglophone,'
'francophone,' and 'allophone.'

you agree that Montreal drivers are crazy, but you're secretly proud of
their nerves of steel.

the most exciting thing about the South Shore is that you can turn right on
a red.

you know that the West Island is not a separate geographical formation.

you have to bring smoked meat from Schwartz's and bagels from St-Viateur if
you're visiting anyone west of Cornwall.

you refer to Tremblant as "up North."

you know how to pronounce Pie IX.

you believe to the depth of your very being that Toronto has no soul - but
your high school reunion is held in Toronto because most of your classmates
live there now.

you greet everyone, from lifelong bosom friends to some one you met once a
few years ago, with a two-cheek kiss.

you know at least one person who works for the CBC, and at least one other
person who used to work for Nortel.

you know what a four-and-a-half is.

you're not impressed with hardwood floors.

you've been hearing Celine Dion jokes longer than anyone else.

you can watch soft-core porn on broadcast TV, and this has been true for at
least 25 years.

you cringe when Bob Cole pronounces French hockey player names.

you were drinking cafe-au-lait before it was latte.

Shopper's Drug Mart is Pharmaprix and Staples is Bureau en Gros, and PFK is
finger lickin' good.

you really believe Just For Laughs is an international festival.

you need to be reminded by prominent signage that you should wait for the
green light.

everyone on the street - drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists - think they're
immortal, and that you'll move first.

you're proud that Montreal is the home of Pierre Trudeau, Mordechai Richler,
William Shatner, Leonard Cohen and the Great Antonio...

and, you consider Donald Sutherland (and by default, Keifer), Guy Lafleur,
Charlie Biddle, and Roch Carrier Montrealers, too.

you know that Rocket Richard had nothing to do with astrophysics.

you've seen Brother Andre's heart.

you know the difference between the SQ, the SAQ, and the SAAQ.

you measure temperature and distance in metric, but weight and height in
Imperial measure.

you show up at a party at 11 p.m. and no one else is there yet.

April Wine once played your high school (alternatively, Sass Jordon or
Gowan).

you know that Montreal is responsible for introducing the following to North
America: bagels, souvlaki, smoked meat and Supertramp. Also, Chris de Burgh.

you have graduated from high school and have a degree, but you've never been
in grade 12.

the margarine in your fridge is the same colour as lard.

every once in a while, you wonder whatever happened to Luba.

there has to be at least 30 cm of snow on the ground in less than 24 hours
for you to consider it too snowy to drive.

you remember where you were during the Ice Storm.

you used to be an Expos fan, but now all you really miss is Youppi.

you know that your city's reputation for beautiful women is based on
centuries-old couplings between French soldiers and royally-commissioned
***** (aka Les Filles du Roi).

you don't understand anyone from Lac-St-Jean, but you can fake the accent.

you've been to the Tam Tams, and know they have nothing to do with wee
Scottish hats.

you discuss potholes like most people discuss weather.

You encounter bilingual homeless people.

While watching an American made-for-TV movie, you realize that "Vienna" is
actually Old Montreal, that "New York" is actually downtown and that the
"The Futuristic City" is actually Habitat '67.

You find it amusing when people from outside Quebec compliment you on how
good your English is.

You have yet to understand a single announcement made on the Metro PA
system, no matter what the language.

You think of Old Montreal as nothing but a bunch of over-priced restaurants,
old buildings and badly paved streets.

You understand that La Fete Nationale is not a celebration of "Quebec's
birthday".

You don't find American comedians speaking "gibberish" French even remotely
funny.

You don't find it weird that there's a strip club on every corner downtown.

you like your pizza all-dressed

Prin
January 14th, 2007, 12:21 AM
These I agree with the most (didn't want to muck up the original):

you pronounce it "Muntreal", not "Mahntreal". definitely, but I don't understand why the radio folks from the states don't pronounce it right... Somebody should tell them...:D

you agree that Montreal drivers are crazy, but you're secretly proud of
their nerves of steel. We're the best! :D

you refer to Tremblant as "up North." I grew up "up north" :o

you know what a four-and-a-half is. aka too expensive for me! :D

you need to be reminded by prominent signage that you should wait for the
green light. And even with the signs.. vroom vroom!! hehe

you know the difference between the SQ, the SAQ, and the SAAQ. One gives you a licence (SAAQ), one gives you the booze (SAQ) and the last takes away your license for a couple of weeks after drinking and driving (SQ)

there has to be at least 30 cm of snow on the ground in less than 24 hours
for you to consider it too snowy to drive. Yeah... 30 cm in more than 24 hours means the plows have already passed.. easy pneasy.

you remember where you were during the Ice Storm. Definitely...

You find it amusing when people from outside Quebec compliment you on how
good your English is. "But I'm English." hehe

you like your pizza all-dressed with no mushrooms...

And one they forgot.. You find it irritating when the rest of Canada makes fun of you for ordering "a fry" in a restaurant.:frustrated:

TeriM
January 14th, 2007, 01:08 AM
Good one (and mostly true in my limited experience). I have one around here somewhere for Vancouver, I'll have to dig it up.

TeriM
January 14th, 2007, 01:49 AM
OK, found it ... hope I'm not thread jacking

YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM VANCOUVER IF YOU . . .

Feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.

Use the expression "sun break" and know what it means.

Know more than 10 ways to order coffee.

Know more people who own boats than air conditioners.

Feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.

Stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" signal.

Believe that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it's not a real mountain.

Know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.

Know how to pronounce Coquihalla.

Think that swimming is an indoor sport or done on New Year's Day.

Can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.

In winter, go to work in the dark and come home in the dark - while only working an 8-hour day.

Obey all traffic laws except "Keep right except to pass."

Never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.

Are not fazed by "Today's Forecast showers followed by rain" and "Tomorrow's Forecast rain followed by showers." Can't wait for a day with "Showers and sun breaks."

Have no concept of humidity without precipitation.

Can taste the difference between Starbucks, Second Cup, and Tim Horton's.

Say "the mountain is out" when it's a pretty day and you can actually see it.

Put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 10, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.

Switch to your sandals when it gets above 15, but keep the socks on.

Have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.

You know you're from Vancouver if you buy new sunglasses every year, because you can't find the old ones after such a long time.

technodoll
January 14th, 2007, 08:59 AM
And one they forgot.. You find it irritating when the rest of Canada makes fun of you for ordering "a fry" in a restaurant

OMG that is sooo true! :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

OntarioGreys
January 14th, 2007, 09:18 AM
Though I am not from Toronto knew one had to exist....

You Know You're From Toronto When...
A really great parking spot can move you to tears.

You can recommend about 3 good body piercing parlours.

You make well over $100,000 and you still can't find a nice place to live.

You realize there are far more rainbow flags in the city than Canadian Flags.

When the temperature rises above zero degrees, you yell "Woohooo! Patio weather!"

You enjoy watching channel 47 multicultural TV

You're guaranteed to know at least one person on every episode of Speaker's Corner.

You haven't been to the CN Tower since you were six, but still have nightmares about that damn turbo elevator.

You've had at least 3 bicycles stolen in the past 10 years.

You've partied with at least one of the members of The Kids in the Hall

You've fantasized about having sex in Casa Loma

At least 3 of your friends have moved to Vancouver

You turn your nose up at any establishment frequented by the S&M crowd. (Scarborough and Mississauga)

You never, never, never swim in the lake

You know "The Beaches" are really called "The Beach", but still say "The Beaches" just to annoy all the nitwits who live there

You ever had a birthday party at the Organ Grinder or The Mad Hatter

You can say "world's tallest freestanding structure" ten times fast

You know the correct answer to "Where do shopping carts go to die?" is "The Don River"

You speak better Chinese than French

The word "cabbagetown" doesn't strike you as particularily amusing

Castle Frank subway station remains one of the great mysteries of the universe for you.

You know what the bathrooms in the First Canadian Place are REALLY for

You don't know where Fort York is, but have a vague recollection of being there in a past life

You know the Demic's song "I Wanna Go To New York City" was intended as sarcasm, not a weekend getaway suggestion

You know where to find Dim Sum, Sushi, Curry, Pad Thai and a dildo at 3 am on a weeknight

For the last time, it's pronounced 'TRONNA'!

You consider eye contact a sign of hostility and an invasion of your privacy.

It takes you half an hour to get to work by TTC and you are the envy of all your friends.

You mourned the death of the Spadina Bus.

You know someone who went to high school with at least one member of The Barenaked Ladies or RUSH

You laugh heartily at people who refer to highway four hundred and one.

You've taken the vomit comit.

You can manuver your bike across Queen st. without getting caught in the streetcar tracks.

You know the difference between souvlaki, moussaka and spanakoptia.

You can name at least three locations of The Beer Store that are open till 11 PM.

You have NEVER been to the Hard Rock Cafe

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Toronto.

Golden Girls
January 14th, 2007, 09:37 AM
You find it amusing when people from outside Quebec compliment you on how good your English is.I love this one :D

This is my french version when ordering at Lafleurs or La Belle Province Une frite, un all dresse chien chaud, pas chien svp avec un coke. No blinking nothing and basically this is what I get --- > http://bestsmileys.com/clueless/1.gif then, repeat :evil:

Prin
January 14th, 2007, 04:54 PM
Stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" signal

Really? In Quebec, light or no light, and if there is a light, green or red, you just hold your breath and make a run for it.:D If you wait for the "walk" signal, you could become skeletal before you get it.:D

Obey all traffic laws except "Keep right except to pass."In Qc, we call those drivers "Ontario drivers".:o Sorry, Ontarians, but we do.:o

Can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.I wish I could do that...:o

So Montrealers move to Tronna and Tronnaers move to Vancouver, and Vancouver is just the end of the line? :D

Frenchy
January 14th, 2007, 05:34 PM
Really? In Quebec, light or no light, and if there is a light, green or red, you just hold your breath and make a run for it.:D If you wait for the "walk" signal, you could become skeletal before you get it.:D



Oh yes, when I was there, we would cross the street ,corner or not (because we're quebecers) and every car would stop ! :eek: It's the opposite of Québec, people are waaaayyyy too polite in BC. :shrug:

technodoll
January 14th, 2007, 05:35 PM
c'mon, every driver knows it's 2 points for a pedestrian and 4 if they're on a bike or rollerblades :D (when you get to 10 points, you pay yourself a beer) :D

Frenchy
January 14th, 2007, 05:40 PM
pssst,you forgot pregnant ladies :eek:

Prin
January 14th, 2007, 07:22 PM
One thing I noticed though, when I was in Vancouver is the cars don't move out of the way for ambulances like they do here... In Vancouver, so many people just freeze, instead of moving. I felt so bad for the ambulance people. Maybe it was a coincidence that all the times I saw ambulances go by nobody moved but generally they do or something, but I know here, people scramble to get out of the way. They even run red lights when they hear the meat wagons coming.:shrug:

Peepmouse
January 14th, 2007, 11:13 PM
Those are all great!:thumbs up
Thought we had one for Winnipeg, but coming from rural Manitoba, I found this, some of which are appropriate for Winnipeg as well...

You Know You're From Rural Manitoba When:

You never meet any celebrities except Fred Penner.
Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway.
"Vacation" means going to Winnipeg.
You've seen all the biggest bands ten years after they were popular in Toronto.
You measure distance in hours.
You know several people who have hit deer more than once.
Your classes were cancelled because of cold.
You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.
You use a down comforter in the summer.
Your grandparents drive at 100/km per hour through 13 feet of snow and raging blizzard - without flinching.
You plan your financial future around bingo.
You see people wear hunting clothes at social events.
You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
You think of the major four food groups as deer meat, beer, fish and saskatoons.
You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them.
There are always 4 empty cars running in the parking lot at the beer store at any given time.
You only own 3 spices: salt, pepper, and ketchup.
You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
You think everyone from a bigger city has an accent.
You think sexy lingerie is tube socks and flannel pyjamas.
You know which leaves make good toilet paper.
You know all 4 seasons: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Construction.
It takes 3 hours to go to the mall for one item even when you're in a rush because you have to stop and talk to everyone in town.
You actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your friends from Manitoba.:crazy:

Hunter's_owner
January 15th, 2007, 06:51 AM
The Manitoba one is an awful lot like the Newfoundland one that someone sent me awhile ago. I think rural anywhere in Canada would have a lot of the same characteristics:o

chico2
January 15th, 2007, 07:36 AM
Talking about speaking French:D my husband,as most of you know,is from France,speaks a beautiful French:lovestruck:
We've been to Quebec City and Montreal several times and on our last visit at a "very French"restaurant,hubbie ordered in French and I in English and twice he got the wrong food:laughing:
Once he did not understand the waitress and commented"it must be your accent!"needless to say the waitress punished him for the rest of the night with a lot of grrrrr's:laughing:

Writing4Fun
January 15th, 2007, 09:30 AM
And one they forgot.. You find it irritating when the rest of Canada makes fun of you for ordering "a fry" in a restaurant. :frustrated: Oh, we argue with our 'native Ontarian' friends all the time. :evil: They would literally laugh at us when we ordered a soft drink (even though that's what is clearly printed on the sign at McDonald's). Our friend's son plays "in net", not "in nets". I asked, don't they switch sides during a game? Yes? Then aren't they playing in more than one net during the night? Oh, and NO ONE here remembers what a "gauntlet" or "gaunts" are. There are far too many people pronouncing things like "Bombadeer" instead of "Bombardier" (the last bit is pronounced "dzee ay" ;) ) or decal is "deh kul" instead of "dee kal". :frustrated: Last but not least, and I'm sorry if I offend any Maple Leaf fans, but they are NOT the best team in the league, so why are they the most expensive?? I find that utterly rediculous, along with the fans who will argue with me until the cows come home that their team is better than the Habs. Excuse me? Have you ever been to a Stanley Cup parade? Well, I have! :thumbs up :p

Frenchy
January 15th, 2007, 11:29 AM
Once he did not understand the waitress and commented"it must be your accent!"needless to say the waitress punished him for the rest of the night with a lot of grrrrr's:laughing:

We speak very poor french ! :eek:

Golden Girls
January 15th, 2007, 01:54 PM
Last but not least, and I'm sorry if I offend any Maple Leaf fans, but they are NOT the best team in the league, so why are they the most expensive?? I find that utterly rediculous, along with the fans who will argue with me until the cows come home that their team is better than the Habs. Excuse me? Have you ever been to a Stanley Cup parade? Well, I have! :thumbs up :pDon't worry I'm not a fan of the Leafs :) but Hockey is more about real estate then the Stanley Cup that being the reason it costs more for a ticket there then here. Leaf's team value: 332M, operating cost $41.5M - Mtl Cdn's 230M, operating cost 17.5M < -- zero to do with so called talent

The Leafs are ranked # 1 - the most profitable team in hockey. http://www.forbes.com/business/lists/2006/31/biz_06nhl_NHL-Team-Valuations_land.html

technodoll
January 15th, 2007, 02:06 PM
I just noticed, in the original list they left out:

-you consider poutine one of the major food groups! :D

Prin
January 15th, 2007, 04:59 PM
:offtopic: I think the leafs have a really loyal fanbase that is willing to dish out the $$$.... Whereas, Canadiens fans know (or should know by now) that 1/2 way though the season, they start losing- just enough to barely make the playoffs and get eliminated in the first round... So really, hockey here is only profitable the first 3 or so months of the season.:D



Ooo and another one that applies for today: you try not to drive too much or too crazy until there are 6cm of snow on the ground... :D (the plows start moving at 5cm).

Frenchy
January 15th, 2007, 08:16 PM
I just noticed, in the original list they left out:

-you consider poutine one of the major food groups! :D

TD , I believe it has 3 of the food groups ; fries ; veggie. Cheese ; dairy. Gravy ; meat !

technodoll
January 15th, 2007, 08:34 PM
frenchy, now you're talkin' my language! and barbapapa for dessert! :D

Frenchy
January 16th, 2007, 01:30 PM
So the only group missing is bread/grain right ? I think I may have find it :D SALT ! It's kind of a grain right ? So poutine does have the 4 groups ! :thumbs up

chico2
January 16th, 2007, 03:48 PM
OH NO,you are not talking Poutine again:yuck: absolutely awful stuff:yuck:
Girls smarten up:laughing:

Golden Girls
January 16th, 2007, 03:55 PM
I can't believe I use to love poutines - you may as well chew rubber :sick: No wonder they need to smear it with chicken gravy, hide the taste

erykah1310
January 16th, 2007, 04:11 PM
Poutine is great!!!!:thumbs up cant eat it though:sad:
However... I dont get this thread at all ( cause im not from Muhntreal) :rolleyes:
However, round here Quebec is pronounced Qbeck and montreal is pronounced Mon-real ... ( by the franco ontarians anywho) rest of us english only folk say Montre-all

Prin
January 16th, 2007, 04:29 PM
That's ok, Erykah. When I come visit, you'll understand this one:
you have to bring smoked meat from Schwartz's and bagels from St-Viateur if
you're visiting anyone west of Cornwall:D

erykah1310
January 16th, 2007, 04:31 PM
If its a friendly visit... I look forward to the meat and bagels....:D
Again though, you cant bribe me to stick around to see the "meany Prin" with any amount of meat or bread! :D

erykah1310
January 16th, 2007, 04:32 PM
Holy crap! my posts are high!
End threadjack!:D

Prin
January 16th, 2007, 04:34 PM
If its a friendly visit... I look forward to the meat and bagels....:D
Again though, you cant bribe me to stick around to see the "meany Prin" with any amount of meat or bread! :D

:D :D If.... :laughing:

I wish I could make this guy :laughing: get gradually bigger as in an evil laugh.:D :evil:

CyberKitten
January 16th, 2007, 06:24 PM
A few of those are also true if you grew up in northern NB, lol - tho certainly the geog ones are not but if you are from there, we do recognize all the Mtl "stuff".

You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use
them.

you pronounce it "Muntreall", not "Mahntreal". - I am not sure they got this one exactly right - we pronounce it the French way - not the hard Mont. Has to be Mon ray al. (and even that does not do it justice).

you have ever said anything like "I have to stop at the guichet before we
get to the dep." (I have heard that when I go home to visit too, lol) I still say depeanneur in Halifax and ppl look at me and then I have to say, oops, I meant the convenience store. UI prefer Depeanneur - it has a Je ne sais crois, kind of like quinquillarie. My father thought he would trip up my niece (aged 7 and who lives in a rather Anglo city, sigh) one day around the holidays - or was it last summer - and told her 'I bet you don't know what a poissonerie" is. She looked at him and said "No, but it MUST have something to do with fish and it's prob a store." I thought that was pretty good for a 7 yr old, lol (Plus, she kinda got him, lol)

you understand and frequently use terms like 'unilingual,' 'anglophone,'
'francophone,' and 'allophone.' - Alas, we do use those terms. Don't forget bilingual and triiungual tho I am sick of that joke (usually repeated by politicians who are unilingual) that we should hang up all the phones and just talk. But I am not an Anglo anyway - I am somewhere in never never land, lol

you agree that Montreal drivers are crazy, but you're secretly proud of
their nerves of steel. - I agree with that except when accidents turn up in the ER but that was Gaspesians trying to emulate Montrealers driving on all those turns on the gaspesie or MTLers forgetting they are in Mtl and driving on those sharp deadman curves in Gaspé.

the most exciting thing about the South Shore is that you can turn right on
a red.

you know that the West Island is not a separate geographical formation.
(In Hfx, we have a "Peninsula" that has an unusual geog formation, lol)
you have to bring smoked meat from Schwartz's and bagels from St-Viateur if
you're visiting anyone west of Cornwall.

you refer to Tremblant as "up North."

you know how to pronounce Pie IX. - Well, I can pronounce that but keep in mind when I was a child, most of our TV stations were French and from Quebec. Plus, I attended a French Catholic school so I can pronounce all the Pope's names in French. Not sure about English tho, rofl!! I do French and Latin when it comes to the Catholic Church.

you believe to the depth of your very being that Toronto has no soul - but
your high school reunion is held in Toronto because most of your classmates
live there now. (Hmmmm.............nope... most of mine are everywhere. Maybe be a difference between Mtl and the maritimes, lol) Actually, a lot of them are IN Montreal or the "Boston States".

you greet everyone, from lifelong bosom friends to some one you met once a
few years ago, with a two-cheek kiss.

you know at least one person who works for the CBC, and at least one other
person who used to work for Nortel.

you know what a four-and-a-half is.

you're not impressed with hardwood floors.

you've been hearing Celine Dion jokes longer than anyone else.

you can watch soft-core porn on broadcast TV, and this has been true for at
least 25 years. - Oh God, that;s true. Even as a kid, I knew before my mom about Le Nuit Bleu, lol (and what channel it's on - I think the thing is still on, amazingly)

you cringe when Bob Cole pronounces French hockey player names. - yep, lol (Not to mention a few other broadcasters - or how singers do O Canada en Français!!) It is like OMG!!!

you were drinking cafe-au-lait before it was latte.

Shopper's Drug Mart is Pharmaprix and Staples is Bureau en Gros, and PFK is
finger lickin' good. - We are bilingual so it is both, PharmaPrix and Shoppers. We get flyers for both, lol

you really believe Just For Laughs is an international festival.

you need to be reminded by prominent signage that you should wait for the
green light.

everyone on the street - drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists - think they're
immortal, and that you'll move first.

you're proud that Montreal is the home of Pierre Trudeau, Mordechai Richler,
William Shatner, Leonard Cohen and the Great Antonio...

and, you consider Donald Sutherland (and by default, Keifer), Guy Lafleur,
Charlie Biddle, and Roch Carrier Montrealers, too. (Actually, Donald Sutherland was born in Saint John, NB where he visits every summer but that;s OK, it's Kiefer I like - tho Donald is not bad either, lol) Kinda kewl that Kiefer's grandfather is the Greatest Canadian, lol

you know that Rocket Richard had nothing to do with astrophysics. - rofl!! Ask anyone my student's age about the Rocket Riots or even where they were when Paul Henderson scored that winning goal - it's a whole new generation and they have not got a clue, sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

you've seen Brother Andre's heart. (I hate to admit this but my sister dragged me to that, lol)

you know the difference between the SQ, the SAQ, and the SAAQ. (Prin, you need a new survey for this one - what's the fav here? I think it is no contest but it is a good survey to study someting else, lol)

you measure temperature and distance in metric, but weight and height in
Imperial measure. (I think that's true for most Canadiens and Canadiennes <g>)

you show up at a party at 11 p.m. and no one else is there yet.

April Wine once played your high school (alternatively, Sass Jordon or
Gowan).

you know that Montreal is responsible for introducing the following to North
America: bagels, souvlaki, smoked meat and Supertramp. Also, Chris de Burgh.
- Not sure I'd brag about de Burgh tho I like Lady in Red. Now bagels, OMG, a whole different matter tho admittedly, I 1st tasted them in the US, lol

you have graduated from high school and have a degree, but you've never been in grade 12.(Now that is definitely Quebec tho it once applied to Ontario as well)

the margarine in your fridge is the same colour as lard. (I used to shop at Provigo bought am not a fan of margarine except for cooking so mine used to be. I still go to Provigo when I go home tho, lol)

every once in a while, you wonder whatever happened to Luba.

there has to be at least 30 cm of snow on the ground in less than 24 hours
for you to consider it too snowy to drive. - That's certainly true - and a snow shovel in the car and blankets - alnong with the aforementioned jumper cables

you remember where you were during the Ice Storm. - oh yeah!! (and if you work in medicine, you remember what you were doing a year after, esp if you work in Emerg or ob gyn, lol)

you used to be an Expos fan, but now all you really miss is Youppi. - Oh I really miss him, lol (even if I used to cheer for the Expoes in Mtl but always loved the Red Sox, not safe to say at Jerry Park or the Bog O - I wonder how many recall Jerry Park, lol)

you know that your city's reputation for beautiful women is based on
centuries-old couplings between French soldiers and royally-commissioned
***** (aka Les Filles du Roi).

you don't understand anyone from Lac-St-Jean, but you can fake the accent.
-In NBm we have Acacadien villages with accents that one cannot understand. One summer, I took a course at Laval and we got to studying old French literature , esp Antonnine Maillet and she writes the book La Saguine in the old (pre Voltaire, pre French revolution) language - le vrai Françsais some would say. And much to my surprise, I did not need the dictionnary that translated old French into new French. (esp the swear words, lol)

you've been to the Tam Tams, and know they have nothing to do with wee
Scottish hats.

you discuss potholes like most people discuss weather.

You encounter bilingual homeless people. (I know homelessness is not amusing but I often point out to ppl in NS that even the bedot in the Church (sorry, do not know the English word here, lol - not at all sure there IS one, lol (sexton maybe but it does not cover the essence) or intellectually challenged people speak both languages!!

While watching an American made-for-TV movie, you realize that "Vienna" is
actually Old Montreal, that "New York" is actually downtown and that the
"The Futuristic City" is actually Habitat '67. (I love Habitant 76 - had a cousin who boight a condo there. Anyone read Kathy Reich's novels - one of her characters, the guy the main character Tempe Brennen daytes- Ryan - lives in Habitant 67 in the book). I like her books except one her editors edited Joyeux Noel to J Fetes. - I disvcovered this because I complained to someone who edited a couple textbooks I have helped to write and who also edits mysteries about the fact that in the 2nd novel, she has Tempe saying Joyeux Fetes. Now, I mean, I know virtually no one who says that - I am part Jewish and I say Joyeux Noel!!! (Unless I am saying it to someone who is Jewish and French and in that case, I would not be saying that, lol). This editor friend ASSURED ME some idiot in NYC prob came up with that one. Trying to be politically corrrect with a phrase everyone - regardless of religion - says.

You find it amusing when people from outside Quebec compliment you on how
good your English is. - Oh that has happened to me and it IS funny, lol (I called the HQ of Provigo one day re something and the customer service guy said "Oh but you speak English so well, lol)

You have yet to understand a single announcement made on the Metro PA
system, no matter what the language. (Is that like Jean Chretien - the announcements speak or are in neither official language."

You think of Old Montreal as nothing but a bunch of over-priced restaurants,
old buildings and badly paved streets.

You understand that La Fete Nationale is not a celebration of "Quebec's
birthday". - Hehheh (Not to go on about Provigo here, do I like that store or what, lol?) but they are closed only 2 days of the yr - Xmas and La Fete, June 24.

You don't find American comedians speaking "gibberish" French even remotely
funny.

You don't find it weird that there's a strip club on every corner downtown.

you like your pizza all-dressed

This list forgets "You know what Star Academie" is - I say that if only because while most of the Residents and med students and my patients watch American Idol or Cdn Idol, only the ones from northern NB or Quebec know Star Academie. I can recall being all excited because Wilfred, a lobster fisherman ( a cute one too!!) from L'Acadie (northern NB mostly, lol) won Star Academie - and not one of my Anglo friends knew what the he double l I was talking about!! It dawned on me then that maybe the Two Solitudes that Hugh McLennen wrote about still exists?


Anyway - c'est tout! Aussi, c'etait fun, lol Bravo Prin!!

dustybird
January 17th, 2007, 01:18 AM
Not to be a thread stealer but since we have Toronto, Vancouver and Manitoba why not Canada...eh, I still don't think I say eh but all the American's seem to think we do...it's all in their head.

SIGNS THAT YOU MAY BE CANADIAN
1.. You stand in "line-ups" at the movie, not lines.
2.. You're not offended by the term, "Homo Milk"
3.. You understand the phrase, "Could you please pass me a serviette, I just spilled my poutine"
4.. You eat chocolate bars instead of candy bars.
5.. You drink pop, not soda.
6.. You know what it means to be "on pogey."
7.. You know that a mickey and 2-4's mean "Party at the camp, eh!!"
8.. You can drink legally while still a teen.
9.. You talk about the weather with strangers and friends alike.
10..You don't care about the fuss with Cuba, it's a cheap place to travel with good cigars and no Americans.
11..You get milk in bags as well as cartons and plastic jugs.
12..Pike is a type of fish, not some part of a highway.
13..You drive on a highway, not a freeway.
14..You know what a Robertson screwdriver is.
15..You have Canadian Tire money in your kitchen drawers.
16..Canadian Tire on any Saturday is busier than the toy stores at Christmas.
17..You know that Thrills are something to chew and "taste like soap".
18..You know that Mounties "don't always look like that".
19..You know that the Friendly Giant isn't a vegetable product line.
20..You are excited whenever an American television show mentions Canada.
21..You can do all the hand actions to Sharon, Lois and Bram's "Skin-a-ma-rinky-dinky-doo"
22..You were mad when "The Beachcombers" were taken off the air.
23..You know what a toque is.
24..You admit Rich Little is Canadian and you're glad Jerry Lewis is not.
25..You know Toronto is not a province.
26..You never miss "Coach's Corner".
27..You know all the words to "If I Had a Million Dollars"
28..You know who Ernie Coombs is.
29..You have memorized the Heritage Foundation's Heritage Moments, including your favourites, "I smell burnt toast, Doctor",
30..You spend sleepless nights wondering if Peter Mansbridge and Wendy Mesley will ever find the blissful love they once knew. (This doesn't work because Peter Mansbridge is married to Cynthia Dale-the actress off that stupid Niagra Falls detective show)
31..You wonder why there isn't a 5-dollar coin yet, because you can really use more change (You are already wearing your pants halfway down your ass and the hair and three layers of skin is worn off the front of your thighs from carrying your pocket money around). The new coin should have a picture of a musk-ox on it and be the size of a hamburger patty and have fifteen different kinds of metals in it.
32..You know Ashley MacIssac isn't Celtic enough.
33..Your backpack has only one Canadian flag sew-on.
34..You have been on Speaker's Corner.
35..You use a red pen on your non-Canadian textbooks and fill in the missing 'u's from labor, honor, and color.
36..You remember "Jodie" from "Today's Special" and wonder why she reads news on CBC.
37..You know that a "Premier" isn't a baby born a few weeks early.
38..You design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
39..You live in a house that has no front step, yet the door is one metre above the ground.
40..The local paper covers national news on 2 pages, but requires 6 pages for hockey.
41..You know 4 seasons: Winter, Still Winter, almost Winter and Construction.
42..You understand the Labatt Blue commercials.
43..You perk up when you hear the theme from "Hockey Night in Canada"
44..You know who Tim Horton is.
45.."Zed" is the 26th letter of the alphebet

TeriM
January 17th, 2007, 01:33 AM
Not to be a thread stealer but since we have Toronto, Vancouver and Manitoba why not Canada...eh, I still don't think I say eh but all the American's seem to think we do...it's all in their head.
LOL, we really do say it. I go to Vegas every year with a good friend and we are pegged as Canadians within about 5-10 min by all the dealers. When I am aware of it I can't believe how often I really do say eh.

Americans don't say eh but the do say uh-huh a lot.

Prin
January 17th, 2007, 01:35 AM
Yeah, I say eh a lot too, eh? I find it less rude than the American "huh"... But that's just me, eh? Americans probably find the eh something bad too.

erykah1310
January 17th, 2007, 01:38 AM
eh has so many different meanings! ITs a great "word" eh?

CyberKitten
January 17th, 2007, 05:28 AM
I have seen that one before and I can ID with some of the phrases - esp the one re construction season. However, I have to say I almost never say eh? Perhaps that is an East Coast thing but I do hear it somewhat here - must be all those central Cdns moving dn here, :D I usually say, Excuse Me? Or Pardon? I have said it in French on occasion but that is a different contest - As a child, I used to think that was how "eh" came to be, the influence of the French language on Canadians and our speech patterns. My one Cdnism if I can call it that - or that Americans ID me as a Cdn with is the phrase "Me, I plan to or Me, I am going downtown." I do think that comes from tjhe French because growing up, we said and still say "Moi, je reste a Nouvelle Ecosse or Moi, j'ai acheté mon auto à Nouveau brunswick. Those kinds opf phrases. I noticed it was also said in Louisiana when I was there to assist with Hurricane Katrina activities so I think it might be an Acadien expression.

I think we posted this before because I recall pointing out that the pop vs soda thing is a regional idiom and I myself was surprised to discover that coke is used in the south (ie Ga, Alabama et al) - due to Coke's HQ in Atlanta one assumes and that while soda is said in New England and even NY, the ppl in the midwest states tends to say "pop" and ppl on the eastern side of Washington state say pop while the western side says soda or is it vice versa. There is an entire web site devoted to this, lol

http://www.popvssoda.com

I did forget to note re Quebec that Quebecois and Quebecoises (have to be pc here, lol) tend to call their Premier Prime Ministre in French - I had a teacher from Quebec in grade 5 or so who always said that and we did not want to correct her - she was one of my best teachers besides that tho. <g>

The Ashley MacI is a new addition. In the You might be from Cape Breton one - my fav one of these things actually - they say Ashley Macisaac was fine untl he went to Toronto. (tho frankly, while I am a huge fan of Celtic music, I am not sure Ashley ever was OK and doubt it is fair to blame is probs o n any area. I think he prob did come from a very small village and accomplished so much so soon that he had difficulties coping with it all. Who knows?

It does irk me sometimes when ppl in other parts of the country do not know that the Canadian song most recorded by other musicians is Sonny's Dream, written by Ron Hynes of Nfld. But then again, it is a folk - Celtic song. It's been done by Some very well known entertainers however. Emmylou Harris thought it was written by someone who lived in Ireland in the 19th C and long deceased but Ron is alive and well and still giving musician meets at the east Coast Music Awards, amg other places. I DO know all the words to Sonny or Sonny's Dream and Bluenose but not to If I had a Million Dollars tho I do know all the words to the chorus if that counts, lol

They also used to include the ones about you like Smarties and Coffee Crisp or something to that effect. (the choc bars). <g>

This is the I am Joe rant for Cape Breton (My bf hails from West Mabou, pop maybe 165 :) ):

Hey,
I'm not a coal miner or a fisherman
And I don't live in a company house
Or own a kilt or play bagpipes....
And I don't know John MacDonald,
Although I'm sure if you knew his Father's name or his family nickname, I might.

My father is on pogie...
Not Unemployment Insurance
I speak Cape Bretonese
Not English or French - unless I'm from Cheticamp.

I say "yous" not "you" when I am referring to more than one person
I can proudly sing every word to "The Island"
I believe in saying Arsehole not *******,
That Ashley MacIssac was fine until he went to Toronto,
That "bet up" is the past tense of beat,
And that after fifty you must go to "the Bingo"

"The stick" is something Ma threatened to beat you with...
You are a minority in Cape Breton if your Grandmother Didn't have at least one picture of the Pope or that Portrait of Jesus Christ
And a "puck" means a really hard punch or hit, not just
Something you use in hockey.
Nothing nice ever comes after the phrase "that one"
Your cousin is your cousint
And "you old ****" can be used as a term of affection.

Just as a conversation can begin with "What's going on B'y"....
You can ask a complete stranger to "saves a puff"
Moonshine, if drunk well, will give you the ****s
And you don't laugh really hard at something
You "roar" at it

A BUNGALOW IS A COTTAGE
YOU DON'T PRONOUNCE THE ''H'' AT THE END OF KEITH'S
AND HOW IN THE HELL DO YOU PRONOUNCE "H" AGAIN ANYWAY?

BY THE WAY, IT'S A ''POINT'' OF RUM, NOT A PINT

CAPE BRETON IS AN ISLAND OFF OF NOVA SCOTIA
THE FIRST NATION OF TARBISH AND FIDDLE MUSIC
AND THE BEST PART OF NORTH AMERICA

MY LAST NAME STARTS WITH "MAC" AND I AM A CAPE BRETONER!!

CyberKitten
January 17th, 2007, 05:33 AM
This is the one I recall: (It is a tad different but there are prob a few flating around in Cyberspace): (Some of them are a little too steotypical like the ones for moosemeat - tho I did run into one once, and lived to tell about it, lol) This one is also a bit dated in some of the first phrases. Ok, more than a bit, lol I think my fav one is you know Casey and Finigan are not members of a celtic musical group, lol


You Might Be Canadian If...
You bring a portable TV on a camping trip so that you don't miss Hockey Night.
You can repeat the entire Molson's Canadian 'The Rant'.
You know all the words to "If I had a million dollars" by The Barenaked Ladies, including the inter-stanza banter between Steven and Ed.
You dismiss all beers under 6% as "for children and the elderly."
You hum David Foster's '88 Calgary Olympics theme in the shower.
You know that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) don't always look like that.
You make up patriotic lyrics to go along with David Foster's '88 Calgary Olympics theme.
You cried when Gus "drowned" on Road To Avonlea.
You remember when Alanis Morrissette was "Too Hot To Hold".
You think there isn't enough of Peter Gzowski to go around.
You think it's normal to have a grain elevator in your backyard.
You watch MuchMusic constantly, in the hopes of occasional fleeting glimpses of The Tragically Hip.
You have an Inuit carving by your bedside with the rationale, "what's good enough protection for the Prime Minister, is good enough for me!"
You can sing "O' Canada" in French and actually know what the words mean.
You send angry letters to the CBC demanding the return of the Hinterland Who's Who spots so you can finally find out what happens to the arctic ptarmigan in winter.
You participate in Participaction!
You think Peter Mansbridge is sexy.
You think Lloyd Robertson is sexy.
You think Peter Kent is sexy.
You think Matt Damon is so-so.
You stood in line for hours for Another Roadside Attraction tickets.
You killed your best friend for Another Roadside Attraction tickets.
You think Great Big Sea isn't Atlantic-centric enough.
Your backpack has more than one Canadian flag iron-on (and you always have room for more).
You know the names of all the guys in Sloan.
You have been on Speaker's Corner. Bonus points if they edited out your carefully prepared rant against the Harris government.
You know the French equivalents of "free", "prize" and "no sugar added", thanks to your extensive education in bilingual cereal packaging.
You still haven't taken down your "NON" posters from the 95 Referendum.
You know more than 3 guys named Gordon.
You think Ashley MacIssac isn't Celtic enough.
You remember "Jodie" from Today's Special and wonder why you keep seeing her reading news on the CBC.
You can do the hand actions to Sharon, Lois and Bram's "Skin-a-marinki-dinki-do".
You know why "killerwhaletank" is funny.
You can eat more than one maple sugar candy without feeling nauseous.
You had a crush on Joey Jeremiah from Degrassi Junior High.
You know that a "Premier" isn't a baby born a few months early.
You actually watch The Gemini Awards, The Genie Awards, and The Juno Awards. You wonder why Stompin' Tom doesn't get his own category in all three. You scream passionately at the television when your favourite Canadian performers are overlooked by their respective academies.
You think -10 C is mild weather.
You have twins named Donovan and Bailey.
You have twins named Wayne and Gretzky (alternately Gordie and Howe).
You know the ingredients for poutine.
You know what happens in the Evergreen Forest when Bert Raccoon wakes up.
You dressed as Bruno Gerussi for Halloween. You spent hours sifting through garbage on the beach to prepare for the role.
You substitute beer for water when cooking.
You carry empty beer cans from your camping trips home with you in your backpack so you can recycle them when you reach civilization.
You know that the 'Extra Creamy' in Kraft Extra Creamy Dinner is 'add more milk.'
You prefer Elvis Stojko when he has 'hockey hair' - a.k.a. 'the mullet' or 'the shorty-longback'.
You brag about the sweet herb in BC.
You know the chorus of "The Log Driver's Waltz" and are particularly fond of the 'burling down and down' bit.
You steal stationery from your Government of Canada co-operative education placement because you figure you can find lots of uses for paper with 'Human Resources Development Canada/Développement des Ressources Humaines Canada' written at the top.
You have daydreams that film-maker Don McKellar, and Hugh Dillon from The Headstones, skinned and ate Regis Philbin.
You recognize: CPP, RSP, and CCM.
You know what "Canuba" is. You think it's pretty damn funny.
Your gravy boat is shaped like the Bluenose.
You refuse to consume chocolate that doesn't come in either Smarties, Coffee Crisp, or Laura Secord format.
You die a little inside if you can't get your Tim's double-double every morning.
You know the difference between real snow and "television" snow -- the white stuff that passes for snow on tv and in films. You scream, "For Christsake! That should be sticking to their pants!" and "Lookit, it's not melting! That's *so* not snow!" when watching 'Winter' scenes.
Someone accidently stepped on your foot. You apologize.
You stepped on someone's foot. You apologize, then apologize for making them apologize.
You know Casey and Finnegan are NOT a Celtic rock band or imported beer.
You know who Foster Hewitt is.
You can spot MEC from a kilometre away, even if the little white tag is hidden.
You're either out to bingo or getting stinko (and you think no more of Inco) on a Sudbury Saturday night.
You've actually said, "Stay where yer at, 'till I gets where yer to."
You pity people who haven't tasted a "beavertail".
Complete the phrase: "The good old ____ game is the best ____ you can ____."
You've got some rocks and you've got to leave an important message -- Lucky you know how to build an innukshuk!
You have at least one ROOTS sweatshirt that always smells like cigarettes and beer.
You find it difficult to explain "milk in a bag" to non-Canadians, and even more difficult to describe the "snippy-thing" used on bag corners. (Bonus points if your collected snippy-things are stuck to your fridge.)
You're pretty sure you can see Alex Trebek smirking when Jeopardy contestants get the "Canada questions" wrong. Even if you weren't sure of the answer yourself, you consider yourself a hundred times smarter than the idiots who always guess, "What is .. uh, Toronto?"
Your Saturday nights in the Atlantic provinces include eating beans and brown bread as you watch Hockey Night in Canada.
You know that the Canadian Alliance is just the Reform Party with better hair.
You know that, contrary to general belief, the Inuit have about the same amount of words for snow as do English speakers. Your favourite Inuit word for 'snow' is "navcaq" (snow formation about to collapse).
Your local zoo is mainly flamingoes, giraffes and sad elephants freezing their asses off against a backdrop of pine trees, grey skies, and precambrian shield formations.
You wonder why squirrels and seagulls somehow manage to get in every zoo exhibit (including the parking lot and squirrel and seagull exhibits).
You live in a "beach town" and have to eat your brothers and sisters to stay alive during the winter months.
You wonder why Esther Canadas has been blessed with both beauty and the coolest name on the planet -- although Canuck cutie Shalom Harlow could wipe the floor with her.
You're such a hardcore Canadian punk you used ketchup-flavoured potato chip 'residue' to dye your hair. You know it's kind of gross, but at least you smell good.
You don't consider a date truly romantic until you've slow danced to Blue Rodeo's "Five Days in May". You accept "Lost Together" as a second option.
You're not offended by the term "HOMO MILK"
You understand the phrase "Could you pass me a serviette, I just dropped my poutine, on the chesterfield."
You eat chocolate bars, not candy bars.
You drink Pop, not Soda.
You only know three spices: Salt, pepper and ketchup
You know that a Mickey and 24's mean, "party at the camp, eh!!!"
You don't care about the fuss with Cuba. It's a cheap place to go for your holidays (not vacation), with good cigars and no Americans.
You know that a pike is a type of fish, not part of a highway
You drive on a highway, not a freeway
You have Canadian Tire money in your kitchen drawers.
You know that Casey and Finnegan were not part of a Celtic musical group.
You cried when you heard that "Mr Dress Up" died recently.
You brag to Americans: Shania Twain, Jim Carrey, Celine Dion & more, are Canadians.
You know that the C.E.O. of American Airlines is a Canadian!
You know what a toque is.
You design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
You know that the last letter of the English alphabet is always pronounced "Zed"
You live in a house with no front step, but the door is one meter up from the ground.
Your local newspaper covers the national news on 2 pages, but requires 6 pages for hockey.
You know that the four seasons means: winter, still winter, almost winter, and road work/construction.
You know that when it's 25 degrees outside, it's a warm day.
You understand the Labatt Blue commercials.
You know how to pronounce and spell "Saskatchewan"
You perk up when you hear the theme song from "Hockey Night in Canada."
You are in grade 12, not the 12th grade.
"Eh?" is a very important part of your vocabulary, and is more polite than, "Huh?"
You call it a BUN not a "Roll"
Its called a WASHROOM not a lavatory or powder room or rest room.
You've ever had your tongue frozen to something.
You know that in Canada the mosquitoes have landing lights
You have more kilometers on your snow blower than your car.
You have 10 favourite recipes for moose meat.
You know that Canadian Tire on any Saturday is busier than the toy stores before Christmas.
You've taken your kids trick-or-treating in a blizzard.
Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled in with snow.
You owe more money on your snowmobile than on your car.
At least twice a year, the kitchen doubles a meat processing plant.
The most effective mosquito repellent is a shotgun.
Your snow blower gets stuck on the roof.
You think the start of deer season is a national holiday.
You head south to go to your cottage.
You frequently clean grease off your barbeque so the bears won't prowl on your deck.
You know which leaves make for good toilet paper.
The major parish fund-raiser isn't bingo, it's sausage making.
You find -40C a little chilly.
The trunk of your car doubles as a freezer.
You attend a formal in your best clothes, your finest jeweler and your Sorrels.
You can play road hockey on skates.
The municipality buys a Zamboni before a bus.
You understand the Labatt Blue commercials.


You may be a little too Canadian if...
You wonder why there isn't a 5 dollar coin, as you can only use more change.
You spend hours in the dark making scale models of the Avro Arrow and cursing the Diefenbaker government.
You have memorized the Heritage Foundation's Heritage Moments, including your favourites, "Burnt Toast!", "You know I canna read a word...",
"One day we have tar paper roof!" and "Kanata".
You advocate the abolition of responsible government in favour of monarchist rule.
You think there isn't enough Queen on our currency.
Your graduation formal dress was made of flannel.
You use a red pen on your non-Canadian textbooks and fill in the missing 'u's from labor, honor, and color.
You are excited whenever an American television show mentions Canada. You make a mental note to talk about it at work the next day.
You automatically read 'Z' as 'Zed' and don't give a damn that it doesn't rhyme with "now I know my abcs".
You are moved to tears by those Bell Canada phone commercials they show around Remembrance Day, where the grandson calls his granddad from Dieppe. You understand the manipulative nature of the advertisement, but continue to be moved, nonetheless.
You stay up until midnight (the end of some television station broadcasting hours) to hear the Canadian national anthem.
You get up at 5:00 am (the beginning of broadcasting hours) to hear the Canadian national anthem.
You spit angrily when Americans say "ruff" instead of the correct "roof".
When abroad, you have a cold fear that somebody might mistake you for an American. You make a point of deliberately being kind to locals just to make it clear you are a Canadian.

You are too Canadian if...
You've ever said, 'I need more flannel clothing.'
You understand everything in this list, and email it to all your friends.
You read rather than scanned this list.

Anyway - gotta get to work!!! (even if it is some God awful -30 with the wind hill, ugh! or whatever)

Mahealani770
January 18th, 2007, 02:28 PM
Aww..I wish I understood all that because I'm sure I would find it funny :sad:

Hey..wasn't there a woman on this forum with the screen name "Luba"?

Stacer
January 18th, 2007, 03:13 PM
Holy crap CK, that's alot of typing.

heidiho
January 18th, 2007, 03:13 PM
Soft core porn on tv.......i am moving there,,,,,

chico2
January 18th, 2007, 03:29 PM
Mahealani,yes Luba is a wonderful young lady and a longtime member,unfortunately not anymore:sad:

Mahealani770
January 19th, 2007, 02:43 PM
Awe Chico...I'm sorry to hear that. Did she get fed up with something and leave too?

chico2
January 19th, 2007, 03:34 PM
Yes,something happened,but I still hear from her ever now and then.

Mahealani770
January 22nd, 2007, 10:01 AM
Awe, I wish Luba would come back :sad: