Still pissed about scanners...Anyone for a "single-single" at Tim Hortons?
I thought I'd dealt with all the angry folks who hated my recent column in the Star (LINK) about scanners. I've apologized to a few folks for the "shut up" part of the headline, as it's not usually my style. But it got people's attention, and I haven't changed my mind about how folks who keep sending me emails and calling me a fascist and such are completely off-base.
But in the interests of fairness, I'm happy to let a few of them vent in this space. Mind you, because I'm the writer I get to add my own two cents worth, so there.
"I guess your (sic) another useless journalist telling the general public to do what were (sic) told instead of doing the job journalists use (sic) to do, give the public as much info as possible and not be cheerleaders," one fellow a little weak on English grammar wrote. He also said the U.S. State department has "come out and said they allow these potential terrorists to fly so they can watch them closer in the States and find more terrorists by letting them do this."
In a similar vein, another person wrote to tell me I should know that Sept. 11 was an inside job. That sort of thing, I'm sorry, is absurd.I know there are a lot of conspiracy types out there, but, honestly, what are you people putting in your coffee?
I quite liked the letter from someone who said I must the type who just can't wait to get in line and do as I'm told. "I would bet $50 you used to be a school hall monitor." I wasn't. But it's a good line.
Another person wrote that increased security measures "are nothing more than a duck that's been born and bread (sic) to scare limp-wristed, chicken-neck yuppies into herding their children through naked body scanners." I resent that quite a bit: I don't have a chicken neck.
GETTING "HYPHY" AT TIM HORTONS
This is great. I got a hilarious press release from a New York City-based public relations firm that seeks to inform folks what to expect if they go to Vancouver for the Olympics next week, and isn't that a strange thought (next week, I mean).
There was the usual stuff about needing proof of citizenship and how there are a billion types of taxes in Canada. No problem there. There's also some stuff that kinda resembles some version of the truth, such as how it's a very active and healthy city and people should "be sure to wear your favourite yoga gear and you'll easily fit in with the locals." Probably true in West Van and Kitsilano. Not so much on East Hastings.
Anyway, the best part was under "colloquialisms," where I learned that washrooms for Canadians means restroom, that "Shred some POW" is to go snowboarding and that "hyphy" means wild/crazy. They also said "caj" is what Canadians would say for "cool." Um, maybe "caz" or "cas" for casual, but I wouldn't equate that with "cool."
My son lives in Vancouver and skis in Whistler and tells me "shred some pow" makes sense, of course, as short for "shred some powder," but says he's never heard anyone use the phrase. Nor has he heard the word "hyphy," which I can't even begin to figure out.
But I can definitely say that this one is completely new and caused howls of derisive laughter (to paraphrase Monty Python); apparently when going to Tim Hortons a person who wants a medium coffee with milk and sugar asks for a "single single." Double-double, sure. Triple-triple? Not unheard of. A repair guy at my house recently asked for four and four, which I kindly obliged despite nearly running out of my week's supply of sugar. But single single? I don't think so.