Monday, 30 May 2011
Rule #1: listen carefully before speaking.
I arrived here from Manitoba for a job in the garment industry. I knew no one and spent a lot of time making new friends and joining organizations - Childrens Hospital fund raisers, Playhouse theatre, baseball teams (I don't play baseball but there was beer).
I was concerned about living here because nothing (nothing) was open on Sundays or after 5PM except on Thursday and Friday.
One evening I received a phone call, it was a local survey they said (in actuality they were selling 2 for 1 coupon books). The question asked was about some restaurants, six I think she listed off.
Had I been to any of them? Yes, I had.
'How did you find them?' she said
'Vernon's not a very big town' I said 'they were easy to find.'
Silence - kind of - with little huffing noises in the background.
I realized she was trying not to laugh out loud.
'No no' she sputtered, 'I meant did you like them?'
I was glad she couldn't see my red face.