Friday, May 15, 2009

Tulip Heaven

Heading off to Ottawa for the May two-four weekend to play with my sister. Tulips are probably done, already, but hey, might still be a few.



Interesting Canadian trivia... Holland sends millions of tulip bulbs to Ottawa (capital of Canada) every fall that come up in brilliant colour all over the city each spring. This is to thank Canada, not only for being the allied troops that landed on their beaches on D-day... but also for letting their royal family (the wife and kids, anyway) stay in Ottawa during the war.

And about May two four. Yes. Canadians celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday. Who cares she's been dead for a over a hundred years. Chick still deserves a party. The holiday falls on or about May 24th each year (officially falls on the second-to-last Monday in May)... But the real reason it's become known as the May two-four is that "two-four" is Canadian slang for a case of beer... As in, "Hey, let's pick up a two-four and head up to the cottage." And, well, lots of beer is typically consumed on the Victoria Day weekend.

Party on Garth! Party on Wayne!


(Okay, I know for SNL purposes, those guys were supposed to be in a suburb of Chicago, but every one up here, and anyone who knows anything about Mike Myers knows Garth and Wayne were actually from Scarborough, Ontario. Stan Mikita's Donuts was so obviously Tim Hortons.)

9 comments:

Kristen Painter said...

I practically feel half-Canadian now!

Kwana said...

Have fun with your sister and I hope you see lots of tulips. I love them.

Jax Cassidy said...

Ooh, that looks gorgeous! Reminds me of when I was in Amsterdam and went to the flower section of the market.

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L.A. Mitchell said...

Yes, thanks for the education. Somehow I can't align The Queen and beer. Have a great time ;)

Cindy Procter-King said...

Okay, I've never heard of the Canadian two-four. Are you sure that isn't an Eastern thing? We just call it a six-pack.

Cindy Procter-King said...

Heh, heh, read your note wrong. A FULL case of beer, we (or me) in the West just call it a "case."

What other Canadianisms do you have that I've never heard of? I might have to rethink my citizenship, LOL.

Maureen McGowan said...

You're right, Cindy. I was generalizing. I don't think I heard it until I moved to Ontario.

People do say case of beer, too... But when I was in high school, in particular, it was definitely a two-four. Not that I drank beer in high school. No. Never. Honest.

Annette Gallant said...

It's also called a two-four on the East Coast.

Alli said...

Thanks for the trivia, Maureen - that should help me out on my citizenship test!

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