I mentioned this in an earlier post, but I have an Internet friend coming to visit. On December 27th. That is soon, folks. I’m sure you’re all just brimming with excitement. Or you’re entirely weirded out that an Internet friend is coming to visit me. Guess what? I AM TOO. It’s entirely weird. We are both well aware of its weirdness. Yet, it’s not weird. We know each other and now we’re just getting around to hanging out. It happens when you write and connect with people who are far away. You are friends who have never met.
Yeah, still totally weird.
Jessica Buttram posted a picture that represents this weird phenomenon quite nicely:
My guest (who shall remain nameless and faceless for now) and I have not yet discussed this initial greeting, but I am certain it will be AWKWARD. In fact, I almost hope it is because it’ll provide us both with great blogging material. Yes, my guest does blog. Yes, there is a link to said blog on my sidebar. No, I will not tell you who it is yet. This person is not Canadian, which provides me an opportunity to show off the great white North (that is sadly rather brown and barren at the moment).
I have devised a list of uniquely Canadian and/or Waterlooian (that’s not actually a thing) activities and experiences:
Things to eat/drink:
- Tim Hortons coffee (I will not be partaking in this adventure….ew)
- Timmy Ho’s donut
- A box of Smarties (these are M&M type candies in Canada)
- Real Maple syrup (Look out, Aunt Jemima) and Maple Sugar candy
- Apple Butter (made famous by the tiny town in which I do community theater. They have a whole FESTIVAL dedicated to this stuff, that’s how good it is)
- Poutine (cheese curds and gravy on fries)
- White vinegar on fries (I’ve discovered that this is VERY Canadian. You use vinegar to clean. We put it on fried stuff. Because it only makes sense?)
- A Mennonite-type meal in a Mennonite-type home (ie, cooked by my mother at our house)
Things to do and see:
- The St. Jacob’s Farmers Market (conveniently located two minutes from my house)
- Get to know “Good Hands Sandi” (the owner of an exceptionally cheesy B&B)
- Mennonites. Horse and buggies. Bonnets. Suspenders.
- Talk in Mennonite accents.
- Niagara Falls
- Balls Falls (mainly for the photo opp. Wait. Let’s be honest. ONLY for the photo opp)
- Toronto (CN Tower, of course)
- Write a rap song
- Kitchener Rangers game (nothing more Canadian than going to watch teenagers play hockey on a Friday night)
- Five pin bowling (even though I hate bowling)
- Waterloo Park (they have a turbo cheesy light display that seems to get cheesier with each passing year)
- Attempt to explain why and how exactly King Street and Weber Street intersect in five different places.
- Pronounce “Weber” properly.
- Watch an episode of George Strombolopolous Tonight
- Sing the alphabet pronouncing the “Z” as “Zed”, thus making it not rhyme (and very Canadian)
- Wander the aisles of Canadian Tire
This list is not person-specific (except for maybe the rap song). If you visited me here in the land of Canucks, you too would get to experience many of the items on this list (I guess we could write a rap song if you REALLY wanted to). I know, you’re jealous. Mennonites ARE great.
Do you know of any other uniquely Canadian or Kitchener-Waterloo based activities that I could subject my guest to?
On an unrelated note, does anyone know how to run background checks on strangers?