Monday, June 30, 2008
Happy Canada Day
Happy Canada Day! What does it mean to be a Canadian freelance writer?
It means I used to LOVE getting paid in US dollars. Today, not so much. Is it anti-patriotic of me to wish the Canadian dollar would dip in value again?
It means I still like getting paid in pounds sterling (though not as much as a year ago).
It means that I don't have a PayPal debit card but it only takes two days for Paypal to transfer to my bank account on weekdays. However, echecks do take forever+ 1 day. I also know about all US holidays because they could conflict with PayPal transfers.
Being a Canadian writer in the Toronto area means I tell clients I'm on New York time (or UK clients I'm GMT-5)
Being Canadian also means I know what an IRS W8-Ben is so I don't have to allow my US clients to withhold taxes and it means that I can slip easily from UK English to US English as well as Canadian English (which has morphed online into a hybrid of US English and UK English.)
Happy Canada Day, Eh to all my Canadian friends. For those of you who are not Canadian and want to know a little about us, here are a few tidbits:
-We drink Tim Horton's Coffee as regularly as we say "Eh." (I don't really say Eh...much.)
-We get milk in plastic bags that fit into pitchers as well as cartons. Most Americans I speak to think it's bizarre. We use a doo-hickey called a 'Snippit' to cut the corner off the bag so you can pour the milk.
-We have something called Canadian Bacon that's like ham with a cornmeal edging. It's a lot like ham. We have regular bacon too.
-We eat poutine. It's a lovely concotion of french fries, gravy and cheese curds. It looks disgusting but tastes heavenly.
-We have Ketchup potato chips. They rock!
-If you've never had a Nanaimo bar you don't know what you're missing!
-Ditto for butter tarts
-Due to some conversations I've had with non-Canadians, I feel the need to say that we are just on the other side of the American border. We do not have drastically different weather near the border so people visiting from just south of the border do not need to bring mukluks and parkas to visit us. There is not a weather black hole between us and most Canadians do not live in Igloos and go to work wearing lumber jackets in their kayaks. I also don't know a single Canuck who says "Aboot" instead of "About."
Happy Canada Day :)