(I intended to do this post some time ago but it just got lost in the shuffle. Spring was late getting here this year so I haven't had the opportunity to get out and hit some trails as I had hoped and my birding list is woefully shorter than this time last year. But with decent-looking weekend weather on the horizon I hope to make up for my shortfall of posts in the very near future.)
As with many stereotypes there is usually a grain of truth in there. Since I think I've heard just about every stereotype out there about Fort McMurray in my short 3 years here, I thought it would be fun just to see how I stack up against some of those preconceived notions floating about out there. Neither list runs to a nice neat "10" but I'll post this now in the interest of getting something up and dispelling rumours of my blogging demise.
How I fit the stereotype
1. I work at site.
2. I have a pick up truck in my driveway (although it belongs to one of my tenants.)
3. I ride a big coach bus to work in the morning.
4. I wasn't born in Fort McMurray.
5. I own a lot of work boots (see this post for the shocking photographic proof.)
6. I'm originally from what is often referred to as "back east".
How I don't fit the stereotype
1. I don't live in someone's basement (though I occasionally wander down to my own to do laundry).
2. I own my own home.
3. I'm not originally from Newfoundland (though some of my relatives are).
4. I didn't vote for the Conservatives in the last provincial election.
5. I own a ridiculous amount of Classical music CD's (something in the neighborhood of 1100-1200....I forget the exact count).
6. I don't own a truck with a lift kit (although my neighbor does).
7. I've never been to Diggers (although I recall going to the Podollan Pub one night and my leaving there is a bit fuzzy).
8. I've never been to Showgirls (no, seriously).
9. I don't own a million dollar home.