keskiviikko 22. elokuuta 2007

Rodeo

You know me, I like animals. I don't eat meat cause I wouldn't be able to hurt (spider)pigs or cows, let alone kill them. If I could do anything I wanted for living and the money wouldn't matter, I'd most likely pet animals and take care of lonely, homeless, cute animals (definitely not ugly ones). So yes, I care about animals and I want them to feel good. And then what do I do! On Saturday night I turn on the TV and watch rodeo! Like those bulls enjoy throwing cowboys off their back (actually, I think they do enjoy it and I hope they try to aim their horns well).. It's cruel for the bulls, and still I enjoy watching those men trying to hold on to the bull for the required 8 seconds. What's wrong with me??? Maybe this rodeo-gene is related to the formula-gene. Here I am, telling you how much I hate it how people drive cars when they could walk, and still I watch Formula1 races. That's really the true sport for environmentalists!

I feel lucky being Finnish. University was free for me and the government even gave me money every month for rent and food. If we ever have kids with Keith, they will most definitely go to Finland to study if they want to go to university. Here it costs a lot to study in university, and quite often it seems to be the parents who pay for it. The only thing I'm gonna pay for my kids is the ticket to Finland! Have a nice flight, come back when you have finished you Master's!

I'm totally going to abuse the Finnish system soon too! Here I come, unemployment benefits! It's not much but it's more than the nothing I get here for being lazy. In Finland I can be lazy AND get paid - what a treat. I will try to find something to do. Not anything, but something I could do and stay sane. I'm so not going back to the hamburger hell. Hamburgers were nice to make, but customers are too stupid, ignorant and rude for me. And they are NOT always right, in fact, in most cases they are wrong!! Grrrr!!

tiistai 21. elokuuta 2007

Onlineromansseja, osa 2

Minun ja Keithin tarina alkoi Adenissa, Hindemith-serverillä. Minä olin dark elf ja Keith oli light elf. Ihastuin Keithin hahmon suippokorviin ja ripeään juoksutyyliin. Nyt John tähtää samaan ja on kutsunut länsirannikolla asuvan lineagepelaajatytön tänne luokseen. Ou nou! Järkyttävää jäljittelyä! Missä on omaperäisyys tyttöjen bongailussa? Toisin kuin minä ja Keith, John ja suippokorva (tai vaihtoehtoisesti kääpiö tai örkki) eivät saa/halua/tohdi/uskalla nukkua samassa sängyssä. Jään mielenkiinnolla odottelemaan raporttia tämän nettisuhteen toteutumisesta tosielämässä. Kuulemma nimittäin aina pelielämän ulkopuolella asiat eivät mene parhaalla mahdollisella tavalla. Entisen klaanini johtaja joutui aikoinaan olemaan koko viikon kännissä jotta kyläilemään tullut nettiromanssi olisi vaikuttanut edes hieman kiinnostavalta.

Toinen asia, jonka tahdon kanssanne jakaa, on rodeo. Katselen nykyään lauantaiöisin rodeota. Miehet ratsastavat raivokkailla härillä yrittäen pysyä selässä 8 sekuntia. Jos maahan tömähtää aiemmin, ei tule pisteitä eikä siis myöskään palkointorahoja. En käsitä tätä kiinnostustani härkärääkkäystä (sitähän se on, tuskin härät nauttivat etuoikeudestaan riehua areenalla stetsonmies selässään muutaman sekunnin ajan) kohtaan. Verta ei sentään vuodateta, ja härät tapetaan jossain muualla kuin areenalla. Hyviä rodeohärkiä arvostetaan ja ne saavat lennättää lehmipoikia monta kertaa selästään ennen liimatehtaalle joutumista, mutta silti. Ehkä tämä rodeoinnostus on sukua formulainnostukselleni, jota en myöskään käsitä, en sitten millään.

tiistai 14. elokuuta 2007

Differences

Both Finland and Canada are considered to be part of the Western world. If I went to China or India or something, I'd for sure find more differences in between my homeland and the country I'm visiting. Still I'm surprised how much Canada differs from Finland. It might only be small details, but the difference is still there. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, no way. I've always found interesting to see different ways to do things, different approaches to life. I'm learning, more than I thought I would. For some reason I used to think Canada and Finland were very alike. This might be true when you look at the weather in Sudbury during the summer or the forest in Northern Ontario, but that's about it.

Let me tell you about these differences, that way you save the money since you won't have to come over to see it yourself. That's because you trust me, right? To be honest, it would be nice to have you to come over to visit me and see the crazy Canadians yourself!

One big difference is the food. You can't find proper dark bread here, and most of the people love their superwhite bread. Toasted, with butter and marmelade or peanut butter. This is something I'm not used to, I find the taste of peanut butter very unpleasant. And I really miss the rye bread! Milk comes in bags here, which I found very funny at first. Now I'm a part of the milk bag gang myself. When you go eat out you usually order appetizers, which I never did back in Finland. All the foods are labelled very well, every bottle, bag and can has nutrition facts printed on them. Still people seem to be pretty stupid about the food, and don't read the labels. I find the nutrition facts very informative and useful, but then again, I'm the crazy girl who bikes around the town.

The other big difference is the traffic. I've never been to USA, but I assume things are the same there. This country is huge, and there are "only" 30 million Canadians. This means that there is no money to keep up a good railway system like we have in Europe. Well Europe minus Iceland :) This leads to the fact that everyone has a car. In bigger cities there are buses and people bicycle more, but here in Caledonia both these environmentally vice options are nonexistent. I bike around the town, but there is no way for me to get to Hamilton for example. Hundreds of people commute to Hamilton every day and still there's no buses going from Caledonia to Hamilton. And I don't see very many other bicyclists going around the town. Biking is mostly a sport, not a way to get to the store or the gym. This is the difference that bothers me the most, since I want to walk, bike and use public transportation when ever it's possible. Keith's friends even drive couple of blocks to a party, drink up and drive back home drunk. Drunk driving happens in Finland too, I know, but here it's more of an rule than an exception.

So boys and girls, go get drunk but don't drive (a car!)! Yea, who am I to say anything about drunk driving when I always used to bike back home from bars.. Sometimes I remembered doing it the next day, sometimes (=usually) I didn't. Spiderpig!

maanantai 13. elokuuta 2007

Sinne ja takaisin

Ajoimme viime viikolla Sudburyyn hautajaisiin. Sudburyn maisemat muistuttivat Suomea ja kesäkin tuntui viileämmältä. Harkitsin jo muuttoa ”pohjoiseen”, kunnes kuulin talvien olevan toooodella kylmiä Ontarion pohjoiskolkassa. Ilmeisen paljon suomalaisia, tai suomalaista alkuperää olevia perheitä kuitenkin asuu Sudburyn tietämillä, nikkelikaivoksilla on riittänyt töitä maahanmuuttajillekin. Paluumatkalla moottoritie oli onnettomuuden takia suljettu. Sudburystä Toronton suuntaan menee vain tämä yksi tie, joten kun liikenne ohjattiin pois moottoritieltä, se tarkoitti meille kolmen tunnin (!!!) kiertoa päästäksemme takaisin motarille, onnettomuuspaikan ohi. Onneksi olemme molemmat Keithin kanssa hyvin kärsivällisiä ihmisiä eikä meitä yhtään haitannut muutaman tunnin ylimääräinen autossa kököttely..

Löydän pieniä hassuja juttuja koko ajan. Siis pieniä ja ehkä mitättömiä yksityiskohtia, jotka eroavat suomalaisesta elämänmenosta. Täällä esimerkiksi ennen hautajaisia on muistotilaisuus, jossa vainaja on avoimessa arkussa esillä. Varsinaisissa hautajaisissa arkku on sitten kiinni. Maapähkinävoi on toinen juttu, samoin marmeladi paahtoleivän päällä. Meikäläinen ei kumpaakaan herkkua kaipaa, mutta kanadalaiset eivät pysty syömään paahtista ilman makoisaa marmeladia. Myös pannukakku maistuu kivalta pekonin kanssa aamiaisella (yök!). Sitten on nämä paikalliset pesuaineet. Pyykinpesuaineet eivät poista tahroja, eivät sitten minkäänlaisia. Rasvatahrat pysyvät vaatteissa, samoin kaikenlaiset hikiläiskät sun muut. Minun muistikuvani mukaan Suomessa pyykkini muuttui taianomaisesti puhtaaksi pesukoneessa. Simsalabim!

Eilen planeetta Maan ohitti joku meteoriittirykelmä. Koitettiin tiirailla taivaalle, mutta Hamilton valaisee puolet taivaasta, vaikka on noin 20 kilometrin päässä. Punainen valosaaste pilasi meteoriittibongailun. Kyllä olisi Muumipappa ollut vihainen! Muumimaahan tullaan 27.8. Pian nähdään!

tiistai 7. elokuuta 2007

Sequel

My latest story in English was so popular (2 non-Finnish readers in total!!), that I decided to write a sequel. A good thing about writing in English is that you can't hear my accent. I've been asked if my accent is German (sorry Ahmet, don't get too offended) or maybe Irish (...). Well, it's Finnish, and I'm not from Liverpool, Switzerland, or Russia. My name is NOT Maizuu, Meiju, Mario, Mayu or Maiyo.

So, now that you know what my name is not, you basically know everything about me. Life in Canada.. At first doing nothing every day all day felt nice, but it gets boring. Weekends are nice, then Keith and I get to be together and do something, or nothing. Hopefully I get my work permit soon and get to earn some money (and spend it on shoes, clothes, movies, CDs, IKEA..). Hopefully soon after that we have enough money to get our own place. Keith's family is super nice and they treat me so well, but of course we want to start our own home. I do at least, I know Keith will miss the meals his mom prepares for the family. I'm not saying that I'm not a wonderful cook.. After all, I can make tuna salad, tuna lasagne, different kind of tuna salad, tuna sauce for pasta.. And cookies. And pancakes. And mashed potatoes. Some of Keith's friends move very close to their parents when they finally move "out". Close meaning they move two houses down the street or even one block away (eek, that's kinda far away!! mommyyyyy!!) from their parents. I personally would move further away just to get the feeling of independence, but I guess if you really hate your girlfriend's cooking, moving close to your mom is understandable (well not really but here it is). And no, I'm not saying you have to move to the other side of an ocean to be independent enough. That just kinda happened to me :)

You missed the story about fishflies. Every summer for about a week they fly around and at night all the lights at the bridge across Caledonia attracts them. They fly towards the lights, but they only live 24 hours so they die to the bridge during the night/morning. This year there were two car accidents because of them, the road gets so slippery from their corpses. I have to bike across the bridge to get to the gym, but they washed/put sand on the bridge early in the morning so I didn't get into an accident. And why are these icky flies called fishflies?? They smell like dead fish! Honestly, I didn't feel like eating fish during the week they appeared. The whole town smelled like rotten fish. I was wondering if the flies taste like fish too, but I never found that out. Maybe next year I will! (Not!)

In Germany I didn't speak as much English that I do here, but still I had few dreams in English during those 5 sweet Sangia months. By now I should be dreaming fully in English, but I don't. Maybe that is a good thing, since I don't want to forget Finnish. At least in my dreams I can speak in Finnish to the dream creatures. Here I only swear in Finnish. I'm sure Canadians think I'm saying something adorable. Muahhahaa, adorable swearing indeed!

Perkele!

keskiviikko 1. elokuuta 2007

Update in English

Someone has not written a lot in English lately, who might that be.. I thought only Finnish friends of mine and some random pervs read this blog anyways, but apparently some brave foreign souls have tried to understand what I'm writing about. This is for you, courageous aliens!

So what have I done here in Canada? Not much. I still can't work, so I've been working out. Watching TV. Playing LineageII. Oh, and I also got married. To a wonderful man, I must say! If you are interested in wedding pictures, you'll find them here. I'm going back to Finland for a months or two or three in about 4 weeks. I don't know yet when I can come back, but hopefully soon. Whenever the immigration people let me enter this huge country again. I guess they are worried I might be A. a terrorist, B. a lazy person who just wants to be on welfare OR C. a Russian spy, which is basically the same than A. I might be a vegetarian (or actually, a vegetarian that eats meat.. a fisheterian??!), but I'm no terrorist!

What I miss from Finland? Friends, family, cottage cheese, rye bread, some candies, trains, walking and biking around the town, the fresh and not humid air.. There are a lot of things. What I'll miss from Canada while I'm in Finland? Friendly people (I'm already used to random people being nice to me, I don't know if I can go back to staring at my toes every time I'm in an elevator with other people), TV channels (50+ here, 5 in Finland), of course my husband!!! (I still can't believe it's true;; <3), the fact that eating out is cheaper than in Finland (except Chinese food). Not a long list, but it'll grow longer once I find a job here and we get our own place with Keith.

Our wedding was small and nice, my mom was able to watch it online so she was there too, kinda. The bachelorette party I had with Melissa and Laura was an adventure.. We were supposed to go see male strippers but there were none left in whole Hamilton. Instead we went to see adult movies to a cheesy, disgusting theatre. Later that night we also saw some female strippers, who were pretty crappy. I would have done a better job myself, but I was wearing SpongeBob panties at the time, so I didn't go on stage.

Keep it real boys and girls, it's amazing what can happen in life!