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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rhuia, I spent a lot of time this evening thinking about the much-missed mundane_bingo comm over on DreamWidth.

Now there's a bingo after my own heart, although like so many other fabulous comms (yes, I'm looking at you, [livejournal.com profile] metafandom) it became moribund long before I learnt of its existence.

Anyway, mundane_bingo was special because it offered prompts like these:

• trying to decide where to eat dinner with a group
• birds poop on clean drying laundry
• using a lint roller to get pet fur off your clothes
• foot falling asleep


...and then people actually wrote fics for them <333

As I was mooning over the final mundane_bingo post, I noticed for the first time that the creators actually offered some interesting permutations. You could request an American-oriented card, a European-oriented card, or (special third option!) "a card that does not skew towards an American or European perspective of mundane".

So naturally* I thought, "What would a Canadian mundane card look like?" And set out to design one.

And here's the result! Feel free to use any of these if you're stumped by your [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000 prompt; I'll make it totally kosher by including this year's prompt in the wildcard square. Go ahead, I'll wait.


Someone at work brings in a box of Timbits
Voting in local by-election
Too much/too little salt on roads in winter
Forgot to put store receipt in paper recycling bin
Reads latest Michael Ondaatje because one feels one should
Not enough maple syrup for waffles
Finds Don Cherry annoying
Flummoxed about how to pronounce flocons de maïs
Brief fretting over whether to take elevator vs. stairs
Knows someone whose brother owns a snowmobile
Embarrassed over having studied French for 10 years in school yet still cannot hold simple conversation or follow news on Radio-Canada
Using chopsticks
FREE SPACE! or, Group 11

ESPACE LIBRE! ou, Groupe Onze
Does not know cost of a first-class postage stamp
Flosses with exaggerated diligence just before visit to dentist
Knows and can sing the chorus of "I'se The B'y" (but none of the verses)
Landlord will not allow pets
Still not used to metric OR is very comfortable with metric
Coin laundry does not accept new loonies
Overly talkative taxi driver
Filing income tax on time
Is roundly scolded by stranger for failing to pick up dog poop
Queuing obediently for a bus
Likes earflaps on hat even though they look silly
Has never eaten poutine
 

*In fact, gratuitiously imposing a 'Canadian' framework on any passing trifle is not only the sheer definition of true Canuckitude, it should probably be included ON THE CARD ITSELF.

 

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Date: 2013-01-04 07:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wyvernwolf.livejournal.com
I never realised that what S does to his chips/fries could be called poutine. He does the chips/fries with brown sauce and some type of cheese thing frequently.

Never fails to put me off eating! :D

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Date: 2013-01-04 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chamekke.livejournal.com
I've never developed a taste for poutine myself. Which is probably just as well, as it's basically a heart attack with gravy on it :-)

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Date: 2013-01-04 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] basaltgrrl.livejournal.com
Mundane bingo!! I love it! I am ridiculously charmed. There should be a LoM mundane bingo month. And your Canadian version is delightful! I have a Canadian friend who loaned me the first two series of a show called Republic of Doyle, and while watching an episode last night I realized I needed to ask said friend if he speaks French... And upon reading your bingo grid I realized that it was perhaps immaterial!

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Date: 2013-01-04 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chamekke.livejournal.com
Every fandom should have mundane bingo! There's some overlap with curtainfic except that it's not necessarily fluff - or even, strictly speaking, domestic. Can't you see a fic in which Tony Stark steps around a banana skin on the sidewalk, for instance? It practically writes itself.

I've seen a couple of Republic of Doyle episodes, they're funny and sweet :-)

Most Canadians who learnt French at school can still manage a modicum of French... it's just that most of us are very tentative about it (especially if we missed out on French immersion). Still, you do find the occasional person who's reasonably fluent. I am not one of them, hélas :-P

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Date: 2013-01-04 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] draycevixen.livejournal.com

I'm actually struck but how many of these would work for England too... but not so much in the US. *g*

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Date: 2013-01-04 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chamekke.livejournal.com
I'm actually struck but how many of these would work for England too... but not so much in the US. *g*


That was my impression too ;-)

By the way, have you seen this?
21 Brilliant British People Problems

My husband immediately recognised himself in most of them, but what struck me is that most of them were true for me too - and, I suspect, a good many Canadians. (Including the cat meowing during the 2-minute silence!)

P.S. Number 13 and 17 are magnificent. And number 18 happened to me yesterday.

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Date: 2013-01-04 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] draycevixen.livejournal.com

Egads but they have our number.

I still have days in the US when I trip over cultural differences. it's just so ingrained.

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Date: 2013-01-05 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chamekke.livejournal.com
I know, right?

For that matter I still step to the left every time I meet someone on the pavement sidewalk, which invariably leads to the awkward little dance that Douglas Adams & John Lloyd called the droitwich. And I've only been back in Canada for SIXTEEN YEARS NOW.

*sigh*

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Date: 2013-01-05 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] draycevixen.livejournal.com

MG is (none too) secretly amused by how many times I thank the checkout people at the supermarket and by my habit of apologizing to furniture if I accidentally back in to it.

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Date: 2013-01-04 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] severinne.livejournal.com
Yikes, the resemblance is uncanny O.o

I'm repeatedly guilty of 4, 12, 16, and yes, 18 all the time.

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Date: 2013-01-05 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chamekke.livejournal.com
Me too, Sev. Every single one you mentioned. (Plus saying I liked a haircut when I didn't.)

Evidently you can take the colonials out of the Mother Country, but...

P.S. It dawned on me the other day that when Jon Stewart does his 'impression' of Queen Elizabeth on The Daily Show, he's not actually imitating the Queen: he's imitating Scott Thompson imitating the Queen. It was a gratifying thought.

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Date: 2013-01-05 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] severinne.livejournal.com
I'd be more guilty of the haircut one too if I ever got my hair done more than every eight years. As it is, I finally let a professional touch my hair last month and naturally I said I loved it, when really I merely liked the cut but was baffled by what she did with the blowdryer after O.o

he's not actually imitating the Queen: he's imitating Scott Thompson imitating the Queen.

Hehe, I know. It's glorious, isn't it? *g*

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Date: 2013-01-04 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhuia.livejournal.com
OMG LET ME FALL ON YOU AND LOVE YOU TO TINY BITS.

Could this be any more adorable? Actually, could this be any more Kiwi? Oh Canada, at last we meet and how sweet a meeting it is.

Brief fretting over whether to take elevator vs. stairs

Ahahaha!

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Date: 2013-01-05 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chamekke.livejournal.com
IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY I.E. I HOPE YOU WILL FEEL FREE TO DO A KIWI VERSION DO IT DO IT DO IT.

*ahem*

I'm glad you liked it :-)

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Date: 2013-01-04 11:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] severinne.livejournal.com
Mundane Bingo is one of those things I've never heard of but THIS is amazing :D

(Although I do kinda want to call shenanigans on "Does not know cost of a first-class postage stamp" if only because we only have one class of domestic stamps and one would hardly call Canada Post first class :P)

And thanks to you, I now have the chorus of I'se the B'y stuck in my head. Unsurprisingly, I don't remember any of the verses *g*

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Date: 2013-01-05 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chamekke.livejournal.com
Mundane bingo is indeed awesomesauce and I'm still bitterly mourning its demise. If you want to read examples of mundanity far more entertaining than mine, go here and here (scroll exactly halfway down the page on the second one).

I do kinda want to call shenanigans on "Does not know cost of a first-class postage stamp" if only because we only have one class of domestic stamps and one would hardly call Canada Post first class :P

Conceded. I should probably have said 'domestic postage stamp' but that sounded a little weird to me. *vaguely imagines a postage stamp making an apple pie, hoovering and dusting, etc.*

And thanks to you, I now have the chorus of I'se the B'y stuck in my head. Unsurprisingly, I don't remember any of the verses *g*

I looked up the lyrics afterwards (which brought back memories of learning the song in grade school and wondering like crazy who this Sally Tibbo was). Sure enough there were references to the quaintly-named Fogo and Twillingate but I was disappointed to find nothing in any of the stanzas about Dildo. Clearly this song needs updating :-D
Edited Date: 2013-01-05 02:00 am (UTC)

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Date: 2013-01-05 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] severinne.livejournal.com
I love how the mundane bingo card in your first link has "Writing fanfic" as a square. \o/

You probably could've just gone with "postage stamp" plain and simple, though it's a good question... what do we call those basic sending-a-standard-letter-inside-Canada stamps? There's Canadian mundane for you ;)

Okay, I just checked the lyrics too - definitely needs more Dildo. But fuck, how did I forget about maggoty butter? Ewwww....

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Date: 2013-01-05 06:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chamekke.livejournal.com
I love how the mundane bingo card in your first link has "Writing fanfic" as a square. \o/

Heh :-) I was delighted but bemused to spot another card (bottom of same page) that includes "Putting fresh camphor in the kimono storage box." Say what now? OK, that's pretty mundane for me, but...

Okay, I just checked the lyrics too - definitely needs more Dildo.

That should go on an icon...

But fuck, how did I forget about maggoty butter? Ewwww....

I second your Ewwww and raise it a Yeuchhh. Come enjoy our Canadian folk music, world! Proudly bringing you maggoty butter, tortured larks, and sunken freighters since 1867!
Edited Date: 2013-01-05 06:08 am (UTC)

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Date: 2014-08-16 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dorsetgirl.livejournal.com
(Here via [livejournal.com profile] hp_britglish)

Sure enough there were references to the quaintly-named Fogo and Twillingate

My ancestors had brothers and cousins in the Newfoundland trade so those place-names leapt out of the screen at me. I've now looked up "I's the b'y" (never heard of it before) and I think I'm about to get into Newfie music!
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