Thursday, March 4, 2010

Back to the Cheapest Places to Live... soon!

I know I've been remiss for a few days and not blogged about the Cheapest Places to Live or any places to live for that matter. And to be perfectly honest I still haven't had time to do any additional research so I won't be blogging about that today either. I will however, share a nice letter which arrived in my e-mail box this morning.

Canada may not be the Cheapest Place to Live

But following the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics many people are commenting on what a nice place Canada is to visit. I'm sure many will also be trying to figure out a way to move to Canada too! One such person was Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor, for the NBC Nightly News. Not sure where he left this note but someone was kind enough to pass it along in the form of a viral e-mail.

Here it is -

A note from Brian Williams:

After tonight's broadcast and after looting our hotel mini-bars, we're going to try to brave the blizzard and fly east to home and hearth, and to do laundry well into next week.  Before we leave this thoroughly polite country, the polite thing to do is leave behind a thank-you note.

Thank You Canada

For being such good hosts.

For your unfailing courtesy.

For your (mostly) beautiful weather.

For scheduling no more than 60 percent of your float plane departures at the exact moment when I was trying to say something on television.

For not seeming to mind the occasional (or constant) good-natured mimicry of your accents.
For your unique TV commercials -- for companies like Tim Hortons -- which made us laugh and cry.

For securing this massive event without choking security, and without publicly displaying a single automatic weapon.

For having the best garment design and logo-wear of the games -- you've made wearing your name a cool thing to do.

For the sportsmanship we saw most of your athletes display.

For not honking your horns. I didn't hear one car horn in 15 days -- which also means none of my fellow New Yorkers rented cars while visiting.

For making us aware of how many of you have been watching NBC all these years.

For having the good taste to have an anchorman named Brian Williams on your CTV network, who turns out to be such a nice guy.

For the body scans at the airport which make pat-downs and cavity searches unnecessary.

For designing those really cool LED Olympic rings in the harbour, which turned to gold when your athletes won one.

For always saying nice things about the United States...when you know we're listening.

For sharing Joannie Rochette with us.

For reminding some of us we used to be a more civil society.

Mostly, for welcoming the world with such ease and making lasting friends with all of us.

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