Just read an update on the goings-on of the new U.S. ambassador to Canada. Ambassador David Wilkins, the long-time speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives and Greenville, S.C. native is bringing a little bit of South Carolina to the Great White North.
In his recent e-newsletter to the folks back home, he names five major difference between South Carolina and Canada:
1. In Canada, eating a beavertail is a really good thing! (It's like eating an elephant ear at the state fair).
2. In Canada, a barbeque means a grill and if you're going to a barbeque you're usually eating hotdogs and hamburgers.
3. Boiled peanuts are quite a novelty here! I mentioned going to a "peanut boil" at my first press conference the day I was sworn-in in Washington. Before I even arrived in Canada, entire segments of news talk radio were devoted to the issue of boiled peanuts. I recently hosted a reception for members of the press corps at the residence and gave each of them a can of boiled peanuts "courtesy of the Ambassador."
4. There is no Canadian equivalent of "y'all." So I spend an awful lot of time explaining to my Canadian friends that the plural of "y'all" is "all y'all".
5. Hockey rules! It is the national pastime.
David ... ya'll take care up there and try to come back home real soon, eh?