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I think my interview went well. Their questions about public interaction had me referring back to my Home Despot days; hopefully that won't work against me. They liked my sense of humour. And surprise, surprise: one of my interviewers and I have a common relative. Six degrees of separation don't exist in Windsor; it's rare to have more than two.

The trip home was entertaining, to say the least. It started when I was standing outside my building waiting for my cab. I heard jet engines overhead and looked up to see a quartet of A-10 Warthogs doing a flyover for the Detroit Tigers' opening day. Certainly came as a surprise. My first thought was "What are they doing in Canadian airspace?" It wasn't until I was in the cab and saw the Goodyear blimp over downtown that I remembered what day it was. The Blue Jays were in Cleveland for the Indians' opening day--and beat the record for longest opening day game by innings with a sixteen-inning win. It was exhausting just to watch them.

Things on the train were equally entertaining, at least for the first stretch of the journey. Two college girls were in the row in front of me on the other side of the aisle. Soon after departure they started talking about their part-time jobs--at the strip club downtown. One of them mentioned making a thousand dollars from a single overnight shift, prompting me to wonder whether I was in the right business.

Of course, beauty does not necessary equal brains. Their conversation about vacationing in Florida is evidence of this:

Blonde stripper: What's the party city in Florida?

Redhead stripper: Miami's one.

BS*: Miami isn't in Florida.
*How appropriate an acronym!

RS: Yes it is.

BS: No it isn't. Isn't it a state? Miami State?

RS: I'm pretty sure it's a city. I'll ask others. (She looks around and makes eye contact with me.)

Me: It's a city in Florida.

The blonde was truly shocked that Miami was in Florida. And they're attending University of Windsor when not occupying their time as professional exhibitionists. Yeah.

Date: 2012-04-06 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xianjaguar.livejournal.com
LMAO! If I had read this from some anonymous source, I would have thought it was made-up. But I know you aren't the sort to spin tall tales. Which means: Yes, there really are blondes out there who fit the stereotype of "dumb blonde".

Also: Good luck on getting the job! *hopes you get it*

Date: 2012-04-07 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dhlawrence.livejournal.com
If I were a customer at Cheetahs I'd be asking for my tips back.

Date: 2012-04-07 11:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thefoxaroo.livejournal.com
Can I use the title "Strippers on a Train" at some future point?

[livejournal.com profile] dhlawrence said:"talking about their part-time jobs--at the strip club downtown. One of them mentioned making a thousand dollars from a single overnight shift, prompting me to wonder whether I was in the right business"


Don't go there though. :P

I'll continue to pray for a fruitful outcome of the interview.

Date: 2012-04-07 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dhlawrence.livejournal.com
Sorry, I have dibs :P

Date: 2012-04-07 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thefoxaroo.livejournal.com
Spoilsport! :P

Date: 2012-04-07 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deckardcanine.livejournal.com
That would shock me more if she were attending a U.S. college. I mean, I'm sure many of my college classmates couldn't name all Canadian territories, and those are far fewer than 50. Then again, I don't know what Canadian city someone might mistake for a territory.

When I read to "Miami's not in Florida," I wondered if she was thinking of the one in Ohio.

Date: 2012-04-07 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dhlawrence.livejournal.com
We also have far more provinces than territories.

Canadians know more about American history and geography than about their own--and probably a lot more than most Americans know. You can thank Hollywood for that one; CSI Miami comes to mind.

Canadians also go to Florida in large numbers. Florida, Myrtle Beach, and Arizona get a lot of snowbirds and retirees, so those places are far more familiar.

I didn't know Ohio had a Miami so I doubt she would.

Date: 2012-04-07 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thefoxaroo.livejournal.com
Thanks to TV many Aussies know more about American history and geography than their own too. :(

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