Thursday, December 13, 2012

Calypso-isms

A couple recent observations from Calypso:


We were driving home one day and came to a stop behind a car with one of those ubiquitous stick figure families on it.  This family did not consist of two parents, a pack of kids, and assorted pets., instead it was a woman with a herd of cats.  Calypso shook her head and said pityingly, "Oh honey, that's just advertising that you're a crazy cat lady."

Later in the day she was perplexed while filling out a job application because there were more than the standard two choices under "gender."  I asked what the choices were.  She informed me she was to choose between "do not wish to respond," male, female, and the one that really got her...Canadian applicant.  I suggested perhaps the Canadians, who seem to be more sensibly progressive than we are, have decided that knowing an applicant's gender is irrelevant and not a question allowed to be asked.  (I have no idea but I couldn't make any better sense of it.*)  Calypso was unconvinced.  "Nope, I figure it's because for the winter months no one can tell what gender anyone is under all the necessary layers of clothes anyway so no one cares."




*Any Canadian readers who wish to illumine us on this matter are most welcome to share an explanation.

16 comments:

Craig said...

There are times when you just can't say anything more ridiculous than the simple brute reality of the thing itself. . .

Leaving aside the somewhat nit-picky point that they're saying 'gender' when they mean 'sex'. . . I'm pretty sure that 'Canadian' is neither a gender nor a sex. . .

Erica Bean said...

"Crazy cat lady" - LOL I like cats but anymore then two or three is just hoarding, and a lot of litter box changing.

I know a few Canadians. I'll see if they have any answers.

That corgi :) said...

I love her way of thinking; I had to laugh about her explanation about the Canadians; I can see there's a certain logic to it!

betty

Leave It To Davis said...

Well that is just tooo funny!!! I love that! She made me laugh out loud!

Hilary said...

She's a funny girl. I have no idea about why they would list Canadian as an option. We're not THAT progressive that we get our own gender. ;)

Tabor said...

I am thinking all this liberal pigeonholing is crazy. Soon they will ask dietary preferences or skin color or favorite music. Such an odd application. Doesn't sound like a good place to work. Canadians must have a whole gender we do not know about.

Bijoux said...

I've been seeing some hilarious parodies of the stick figure families lately.

Suldog said...

So far as I've been able to ascertain, Canadians come with the same equipment as the rest of the world. Very odd. Of course, one should never check "do not wish to respond" since it labels you as a person likely to be a pain in the ass when it comes to following orders.

Daryl said...

i am thinking its nothing at all to do with Canadians per se .. but a way to know if your potential employee is indeed an American citizen is a sneaky way

G-Man said...

A chip off the old block she is!!

Kat said...

Hahaha!!!! That is hilarious! I'm going with Calypso's assessment of the question. Hehe!

Other Mary said...

Hahahaha - I have some Canadians to ask about that. Thanks for the laugh!

Jocelyn said...

The thing is "Canadian applicant" is code for "transgender."

All Canadians are trans.

(M)ary said...

sooo....what sort of stick figure would you put on a car to indicate Canadian.....I know! A hockey stick figure.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I had a patient the other day who was imitating someone she knew, using a really raspy voice. I said, "Is she a heavy smoker?" And she said, "No, she's Canadian." Who knew "Canadian" had so many hidden meanings?

Dave said...

I think I like Calypso's explanation about Candians wearing so many clothes. Makes great sense to me ! :-) - Dave