9.09.2009

and still they criticize

This morning I received this comment from "Wendy" on an old post:
How are you going to just "move" to Canada? I'm always astounded how Americans think it's easy to move to Canada. I'm a Canadian citizen with dual citizenship and I can tell you that it's not easy to just move to Canada; it takes years and years of paperwork and requirements.

No kidding, Wendy? Do tell! You mean it's going to take me from early 2003 when we submit our applications until late summer 2005 when we move? You mean it's going to cost all the many thousands of dollars we spent, all the forms we filled out, all the requirements we met?

You mean it's going to be such a long process that my blog will come to serve as a hub for other USians making the same move? Do you mean the 11,000 of us who "just moved" to Canada in 2006?

Is that what you mean?

Oh, I guess not. Because you didn't bother to read a word of this blog before posting your snide remark.

Perhaps the reason you are "always astounded" is because you are doing too much talking and not enough listening.

21 comments:

redsock said...

You mean it's going to be such a long process that my blog will come to serve as a hub for other USians making the same move?

The fact that wmtc has been a semi-famous source of information about the long process of moving to Canada for nearly five years makes Wendy's comment extra hilarious!

Is it too mean to call her a "colossal moron"?

Peregrinato said...

Oh wow. This is so precious that I have to emerge from lurking to laugh publicly at the folly :)

West End Bob said...

good one, L-girl!

As a USian (love that term, don't you?) who used your blog as one of the roadmaps to gain Canadian PR status, thanks . . . .

M@ said...

I think Wendy has a point.

Of course, I didn't read your post -- or even her comment -- so I have no idea what I'm talking about.

What? I thought it was a thing we were doing, here.

bgk said...

Wow... talk about not getting the point...sheesh.

Jen said...

You may not want to post this at risk of starting a flame war, but I laughed out loud.

I clicked on Wendy's profile to see if she was the usual super-patriot flamer that your blog often attracts. Going by her lists of interests, it seems like she may actually like much of your blog.

I looked at the first of her blogs, "Psychopathic or Sociopathic Personality Disorder". The 4th post down is entitled "Psychopathy on the Internet: It's getting worse" and includes this gem of a quote:

"If you ask me, this incredibly hostile atmosphere of anger and violence against others on the internet is the number one problem in this country."

Huh. Granted, the post seems to be talking about physical violence resulting from internet interactions (among other spurious things), but pretty funny to me in light of her post here. Slippery slope Wendy...

M. Yass said...

Her post is reminiscent of some rather vile emails I received after posting on another immigration board. They would say things like, "stay home, Yankee socialist," "we're not letting any immigrants in" and "you won't find a job except for a labour one, or maybe Tim Horton's." The latter was especially hilarious given that it was sent before the Bush recession when jobs were plentiful and the Canadian government couldn't let in enough immigrants fast enough.

Incidentally, am I the only one to notice that Canada's unemployment rate is, by and large, considerably lower than that of TGNOTFOTE?

johngoldfine said...

I always worry about the truth and sincerity of sentences with the word 'just' in them: as in 'just a joke,' just my opinion,' 'just a prank,' 'just the way we do things here.' Or, now, "just 'move' to Canada."

L-girl said...

I'm glad you all enjoyed this post as much as I did. Jen's detective work is great. Our internet connections were so spotty and short-lived, I couldn't check out Wendy myself. I also assumed she was a wingnut, but it sounds like she's even more confused than that.

ErinOrtlund said...

She wouldn't have had to read much to realize you are already in Canada! Plus, you have loads of links to your immigration posts on the right.

L-girl said...

Yes, that's what's so comical - and stupid.

manateebeast said...

Is it too late to comment on this? My girlfriend wrote the original post, so I was checking back. That was a good slap-down L! Anyway we moved here in May 2008. Toronto is pretty cool, although we miss a lot of things about San Francisco. One thing, I found immigration fairly easy actually. One year from mailing in the application to receiving PRC's. The system here was crazy efficient for us, and completely different from the disastrous US immigration system, which I also have some experience with. Anyway, hats off to Canada!

L-girl said...

Terrific, that's great news. Your experience is the fastest I've ever heard of. If you want to come out of anonymity, drop me an email and I can invite you to this year's wmtc bash.

L-girl said...

PS: Wendy came back to that old thread, and STILL couldn't figure out what we all found so hilarious. Yeesh!

L-girl said...

Ah-ha! Manateebeast, I just realized who you and your partner are. I've actually invited you to the wmtc party every year and you've never responded at all, not even a thank you. So never mind!

manateebeast said...

Whoops! Sorry about that, and a belated thanks for the invites. I think it was just we live at Yonge/Bloor without a car, and Missisauga is really tough to get to, but let me know about the War Resister events in Toronto. Take care and great blog...

L-girl said...

Lots of people can't make it to the party. But it costs nothing and takes very little time to say so.

Had you been interested in coming, I probably could have hooked you up with people who were driving out. Not responding - two separate invites, and several follow-ups - is just plain rude.

If you follow this blog, you'll know all about war resisters events. Nice try.

manateebeast said...

Wow, I did not realize that asking for advice implied some kind of ongoing obligation. I post on several blogs and none of them seem to expect eternal friendship.

Move out of the sticks and perhaps you won't be so lonely...

L-girl said...

Eternal friendship? No, certainly not. Friendship at all? Also no. Absolutely not.

But when you ask someone for help, and they give it to you, that deserves a THANK YOU. Your BS never even bothered to say thank you. Never bothered even to say "thanks for the invite, but no thanks".

I think that's rude. And I dislike it, and I said so.

Sticks? Have you been outside of Toronto yet? Mississauga is the 6th largest city in Canada, population 750,000. And lord knows I'm not lonely. Your lame attempt at sarcastic put-downs are no substitute for manners.

Now be a good chap and fuck off.

L-girl said...

. I post on several blogs and none of them seem to expect eternal friendship.

Btw, you never posted on this blog, unless you did so under a different name. Your g/f BS emailed me upwards of 6 times, and I wrote long, detailed explanations to try to help you both.

L-girl said...

Note how this person tries to turn his own lack of courtesy into some deficiency on my part. I must live "in the sticks" (and if I did? what is wrong with that?) and I must be lonely. What other reason could there be for expecting courteous behaviour?