Tuesday, February 21, 2006

just remembered this

Going back to the topic of the geographically challenged people in my post from the other day. I just remembered the four of us stopping at a full-service gas (petrol) station in West Vancouver when we were on holiday a few years ago and asking the young (presumably Canadian) man operating the pumps to fill 'er up.

Mr M.: I'd like to pay with travellers cheques. Is that OK?

Guy: Sure thing. Just visiting, eh?

Mr M: Yes.

Guy: So, where ya from?

Mr M: Germany.

Guy: Germany, eh? Awesome. That's pretty far away, isn't it?

Mr. M: Yes, it is.

Guy: (Wrinkles brow and thinks very, very hard) So, did you guys, like...drive over here?

(much eye rolling from me and raucous laughter from the back seat)

19 Comments:

At February 22, 2006 12:16 AM, Blogger Dixie said...

Raucous laughter from here too! Priceless!!

 
At February 22, 2006 12:17 AM, Anonymous Wendy said...

That is FUNNY! I'd have wet myself, I'm sure. He deserves an award.

 
At February 22, 2006 12:22 AM, Blogger Nyana said...

Oh boy, I don't even know what to say to that one.
Red Cross should be distributing free atlases to people I suppose!

 
At February 22, 2006 2:17 AM, Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Wait...you can't drive from there?

 
At February 22, 2006 3:45 AM, Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Ok…I’m American. The guy pumping gas probably was too. That wasn’t funny Christina. Ya think I didn’t catch the “I presume he was Canadian” line?

He was probably a an American smoking some of that fine Canadian...you know. ;-)

 
At February 22, 2006 7:50 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Well, I guess it's theoretically possible if there was a ferry between North America and Europe ;-)

 
At February 22, 2006 9:27 AM, Blogger hippo_pepperpot said...

he he he..... love it.

 
At February 22, 2006 11:06 AM, Anonymous Alison said...

You didn't point out the handy pontoons on the underside of the car?

 
At February 22, 2006 11:08 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

I barely contained it the time a Winnetou movie was playing in my MIL's house and I told my SIL my family was part Native American. She was shocked, thought silently about this for a moment then said "So... you're not a real American then?" The disappointment in her eyes was priceless. You could see my stock lowering by the second. :)

 
At February 22, 2006 11:19 AM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

that's kinda sad. I also remember that when I was back at Goethe-Institut, one of my friend - a well educated American - told me that an aquaintance of hers - let's just say, a MUCH lesser educated American -, upon hearing that she was coming to Germany had asked her whether it's the country where there's this huge wall called the Berlin wall that goes through the country from north to south dividing it into two parts: East and West Germany. And the question after that was whether Adolf H. still rules Germany.

And that was in 2000. Sad. VERY sad.

 
At February 22, 2006 11:23 AM, Blogger christina said...

mr fabulous - well, you COULD drive, but you'd get pretty wet.

Duncan - I'm not sure of his nationality but I do know that Vancouver is Canada's weed capital, so you may be on to something there.

Karen - theoretically you can take a boat to the East Coast and then drive but I somehow don't think he was thinking of that. :-)

Alison - nope, and he didn't notice the propeller either!

Lisa - Oh geez. I wonder which part of Native American she didn't get? :-o

 
At February 22, 2006 12:22 PM, Blogger christina said...

elemm - your story isn't only sad, it's pretty frightening, really. You do wonder what people are actually taught in school.

 
At February 22, 2006 12:52 PM, Blogger woman wandering said...

Hi Christina

I just read your comment over my way and had to come over and say that I had thought of you when we visited the 'Stonemanor British Store'. It crossed my mind that you'd love it. Let me know if you're ever over this way :) or if I seem like an unsavoury type ... the instructions for getting to it are on the birthday post. Alison's great on it too, since she introduced it to me and all.

Kind regards
Di

 
At February 22, 2006 1:18 PM, Blogger Betty said...

Was that an unreasonable question? We've heard about the autoban (spelled right?) and cars going 120 mph through the tourist-filled streets. Maybe driving means different things to different people and he was really mentally acute.

OK, I guess not.

 
At February 22, 2006 1:56 PM, Blogger christina said...

Hi Di! You unsavoury? Never! I don't know that I'm that desperate for British food that I'd go all the way to Belgium to get it, but if I'm ever over your way I'll pop in and say hi. Actually, I think there's a British shop around here somewhere, I'm just too lazy to go look for it, prefering to whine instead. :-)

Betty - Well, he knew how to pump gas, so I guess that's something. :-) 'A' for effort on the Autobahn spelling. Silent letters don't count.

 
At February 23, 2006 1:48 AM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Christina, you should write a book. Seriously. Have you thought about it??

 
At February 23, 2006 11:04 AM, Blogger christina said...

Ginnie - Me? Write a book? It would probably take me about a thousand years. :-)

 
At February 23, 2006 8:55 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Well, it all depends on how many pages you write. Doesn't have to be a 500 page novel. But look at what you've written in you blog this time. Wouldn't that fill a couple of hundred pages?? And you have such a way with words and your stories are alway so enlightening. Why not?!

 
At February 26, 2006 4:54 AM, Blogger Crystal said...

I went to high school in Arkansas and I remember we had this exchange student from Norway, but of course no one had ever heard of Norway. Well, one day at lunch this kid asks the Norweigan "Where are you from?" and when he stated "Norway" the kid looked all confused and said "What, is that in Germany somewhere?" ;-)

I admit, I was over 18 before I ever even knew that Belgium or most of those small European countries were even COUNTRIES! Traveling has really helped me with geography.

 

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