The local skate park was quite a shocker. The admonition to "Please use this park in a respectful way" was followed to the nth. Not scrap of paper or trace of graffiti. There is a broom leaning up against the sign which the kids use to keep the park spotless.
The R.I.P. is Bob McWhinnie who commands great respect in this community.
I was walking down the street and a guy hauled me into his house - he was desperate. He had done some home improvements and had a suspicion that there was a problem with tone matching. Good job he landed on me ! I worked for Kodak for 12 years and have some background in such matters. He needed a disinterested 3rd party because all his circle would have bolstered his work. He needn't have been concerned - my imprimatur was right there. Hardly a surprise. He wouldn't have screwed up because he was Canadian.
But it soon stopped seeming weird. Pretty soon I was inviting myself into peoples houses because it looked like they needed help backing a trailer or some such.
It was bizarre and siren scary. Canadian girls (18 - 30) in the flower of their prime don’t tart themselves up. A man's eye will pass over them and then double take and see the dignified cotton dress and the wild roses pinned in the hair and just go nuclear.
A Canadian museum curator will unceasingly see to your education in the most entertaining and delightful of ways.
I have fallen hopelessly in love with Canada and dream of claiming that I was raised by wolves in Yellowknife (or some such) that I could a piece of paper saying that I AM intrinsically Canadian and therefore cannot be be sent back to Oz because the word sounds scientific.