One of the editors we work with pretty frequently is Canadian, although he's lived in the UK for ages and ages. But because we have the Canadian-ness in common, he often likes to regale me with Canadian facts and trivia. One of our previous converstaions involved Vancouver, and how I possibly would end up out there if I moved back to Canada. He then told me that it rains six months of the year in Vancouver. That was maybe a week or so ago.
This is a conversation that occured this morning. (And I'm not being as abrupt as it seems - I was making a cup of tea. It takes a lot of concentration.)
Editor: You know, it rains six months of the year in Vancouver.
Me: Yeah, you mentioned that.
Editor: That's what you get when you live in a rainforest.
Me: That's true, I suppose.
Editor: And their team didn't do well this year.
Me: The Canucks? Do they ever do well? I thought they sucked.
(Note: I know very little about hockey. The Canucks could be awesome. I've got no idea.)
Editor: Well, they've never won the Cup, but they've made it to the playoffs a few time. You'll remember the playoffs in '82?
Me: Not really. I was 5 in 1982.
Editor: Well, maybe you've seen history programmes about the playoffs in '82?
Excellent recovery! Well played, Editor. Well played.