krazy kat: American Smarties are not what we call Smarties in Canada. They’re what we call Rockets. Canadian Smarties are more like M&Ms.
I’ve been in Maryland since May 1/02. Some of you have been with me throughout the transition from very proud Canadian to miserable ex-pat to not-so-miserable but still occasionally homesick ex-pat.
I miss so very much. Generally friendly people, free health care, the Mountains, my family, Smarties and Coffee Crisp and Hawkin’s Cheezies and Ocean’s tuna and Donairs and Maple Nut Oatmeal Crisp cereal and This Hour has 22 minutes and our political system and how easy it is to deal with the Canadian Government offices and Gay rights and little or no racism and Native people (they don’t appear to exist here) and Salon Selectives styling lotion and the dry prairie weather and walking safe in downtown at night and, of course, TIM’S! I also can only use one kind of feminine product and that’s been shipped to me by my sister and my dear sweet friend Elenfair.
Mom sends care packages, but I’d like to just walk up to the Superstore (or Safeway, or bLoblaw’s) and pick it up.
BTW: I can buy Dill Pickle and Ketchup chips at the local grocery store. They are made by Herr’s in Pennsylvania. It may be local, but I’m sure they’d ship in the US.
As for Tim Horton’s: I spoke at length with the owner of the Columbus, OH Tim Horton’s when I stayed over with Jessity on my Big Trip Home, and he will send “Whatever you like” anywhere in the US. I have his card; if you want the number, my email is in my profile.
For other things, try these links:
And, a way cool column about us.
One thing I mentioned to Dave yesterday: Why are there so many clubs for other immigrants and ex-pats, but not us? There are no Canadian-American clubs, but there are Irish-American and Italian-American and what-have-you. I don’t get it, and I wish there were. I have felt so isolated here, like nobody ‘gets’ me. And I want someone to talk to about home, in person, over a cuppa Tim’s. Closest I have to that is Elenfair, and she’s in Minnesota.