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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


Now that Vancouver has won the chance to host the 2010 Winter Olympics,
these are some questions people the world over are asking!!!!

Believe it or not these questions about Canada were posted on an
International Tourism Website (frightening, isn't it!)

Obviously the answers are a joke; but the questions were really asked.

Q:I have never seen it warm on Canadian TV, so how do the plants grow?(UK)
A. We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around and watch
them die.

Q:Will I be able to see Polar Bears in the street? (USA)
A:Depends on how much you've been drinking.

Q:I want to walk from Vancouver to Toronto-can I follow the Railroad tracks?
A:Sure, it's only Four thousand miles, take lots of water.

Q:Is it safe to run around in the bushes in Canada? (Sweden)
A:So it's true what they say about Swedes.

Q:It is imperative that I find the names and addresses of places to contact
for a stuffed Beaver. (Italy)
A:Let's not touch this one.

Q:Are there any ATM's(cash machines) in Canada? Can you send me a list of
them in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax? (UK)
A:What did your last slave die of?

Q:Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Canada? (USA )
A:A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Ca-na-da is
that big country to your North...oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is
every Tuesday night in Calgary. Come naked.

Q:Which direction is North in Canada? (USA)
A:Face south and then turn 180 degrees Contact us when you get here and
we'll send the rest of the

Q:Can I bring cutlery into Canada? (UK)
A:Why? Just use your fingers like we do.

Q:Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? (USA)
A:Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is...oh
forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in
Vancouver and in Calgary, straight after the hippo races. Come

Q:Do you have perfume in Canada? (Germany)
A:No, WE don't stink.

Q:I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth.
Can you sell it in Canada? (USA)
A:Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.

Q:Can you tell me the regions in British Columbia where the female
population is smaller than the male
population? (Italy)
A:Yes, gay nightclubs.

Q:Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada? (USA)
A:Only at Thanksgiving.

Q:Are there supermarkets in Toronto and is milk available all year round?
A:No, we are a peaceful civilization of Vegan hunter/gathers. Milk is

Q:I have a question about a famous animal in Canada, but I forget its name.
It's a kind of big horse with horns. (USA)
A:It's called a Moose. They are tall and very violent, eating the brains of
anyone walking close to them. You can scare them off by spraying yourself
with human urine before you go out walking.

Q:Will I be able to speak English most places I go? (USA)
A:Yes, but you will have to learn it first.


Susan Mackey said...

Ouch. :-(
I'm suffering from some sort of throat / lung crud. It hurts if I breathe too deeply, or talk, or laugh...

The questions were hysterical and the responses nearly killed me!

Thanks anyways!

EasyReader said...

Mini-Me and I come a-caroling

Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh,
O’er the field we go,
Laughing all the way;
Bells on bob-tail ring,
Making spirits bright,
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight!

Jingle bells! Jingle Bells!
Jingle all the way!
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh!

sunni said...

HI Leslie,
Canada's tourism board should
hire you!!! Hilarious!!

Hey, I found some info on cruises
and wanted to pass it on...
go to: www.vacationstogo.com and
find discount prices for RR's cruises
and other trip tour price discounts.
I don't know how it compares with other
websites you've explored, but you might
find a bargain or savings!!! I'm not sure
if I'll sign up, as I'm up to my 24/7 with my
teen in the summer. But sometime or other Id love to meet you all.

HeiressChild said...

hi leslie,

i saw on tv this weekend where the 2010 winter olympics will be in vancouver. what a good time to visit canada. just a thought, but a good one.

hope you had a good holiday.


leslie said...

Hi Sylvia Yes, 2010 is the year for Vancouver! But that's far too long to wait to meet you. Hopefully, we'll get together before then. Besides, we need to talk about my book, right?

Anonymous said...

to susan mackey

gargle straight 3% hydrogen peroxide for your sore throat. works WONders!!

HeiressChild said...

you're right leslie, that is too long, and i'm sure we'll meet before then. i'm still on for the book; just let me know.


CallmeLin said...

Hey Leslie, hope you have a wonderful New Year. I'm having a hard time keeping up with everyones blog, I'll be looking forward to getting together with you this March. Let me know when you will be here and maybe Slyvia can join us.

HeiressChild said...



Belizegial said...


Leslie aka twinkletoes :-)

All the best for the New Year. The jokes on your front page, hilarious. thanks for all the laughs you gave to us during 2005!

Best wishes,

willemina said...

Hi Leslie,
Best wishes to you and yours for the New Year.
I loved looking through your blog and I'm trying visit as many as I can to get caught up again...but you know me...I'll soon fall behind and be back where I was.

I'm not making any New Year Resolutions about trying to be a better blogger because I know I won't but I will try to stop by to say hello more often.

God Bless...
hugs from willy

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BumbleVee said...

I am sitting here laughing out loud...love the answers. Especially the one about hippo races right here in Calgary!! lol.....

People hey? Perhaps blogging is the way to educating some of the "masses" .... it is worth a try and a hope....

Michael said...

Leslie, I hope you are still monitoring comments on this piece, becasue I would like to post excerpts from it in Everything in Particular for a piece called "Eh? Canada?"
Let me know if I can, ok?


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