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Byward Market & Parliament Hill © Tourism Ottawa

Byward Market & Parliament Hill © Tourism Ottawa

Ok, so I’m enjoying these lists. It started with  Three things about Canada last week, and then my old (well, actually not THAT old) Carleton University pal Martha Muzychka weighed in with Three things about Newfoundland and Labrador. And now another Carleton grad–native Ottawan and travel blogging buddy Laura Byrne Paquet–brings us a three things list for our nation’s capital…

(Instructions: Start a note, cut-and-paste this, replace my answers with your own.)

Three names I go by:

1. Bytown
2. Ottawa-Hull (or Ottawa-Gatineau)
3. National Capital Region

Three places I have worked:

1. Parliament Hill
2. National Research Council
3. Canada Revenue Agency :-(

Three places I have lived:

1. Rideau Hall
2. Earnscliffe (former home of John A.)
3. Laurier House

Three TV shows I watch:

1. Question Period on CTV
2. This Hour Has 22 Minutes
3. CPAC

Three places I have been: 

1. Bar-hopping in the Byward Market
2. Cycling along 160K+ of paved trails
3. Snowshoeing in the Gatineau Hills

Three people who e-mail me:

1. Dan Aykroyd
2. Rich Little
3. Danny Williams (a lot)

Three of my favorite foods:

1. Kettleman’s bagels
2. BeaverTails
3. Steak-frites at Metropolitan Brasserie

Three things I would like to do:

1. Let my hair down
2. Stop taking abuse for everything the federal government does
3. Win the Stanley Cup

Three things I am looking forward to:

1. Getting light rail
2. Barack coming back
3. Spring

Now, whose hometown is next?

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Some comments deserve to be elevated to full-fledged posts. After I posted Three things about Canada, my old J-school pal Martha Muzychka–the first Newfoundlander I ever met way back in 1984–took up the challenge to write about her own backyard. Here’s her excellent list:   

(Instructions: Start a note, cut-and-paste this, replace my answers with your own.)

Three names I go by:

1. The Rock (Newfoundland)
2. The Big Land (Labrador)
3. NL

Three places I have worked:

1. The Haunted Hike
2. Royal St. John’s Regatta
3. Woody Point Literary Festival

Three places I have lived:

1. Devon House Craft Centre
2. Anna Templeton Centre
3. Cabot Tower

Three TV shows I watch:

1. Hatching, Matching and Dispatching
2. This Hour has 22 Minutes
3. Land and Sea

Three places I have been:

1. Gros Morne
2. Happy Valley Goose Bay
3. Eastport

Three people who e-mail me:

1. Danny (Williams)
2. Damhnait (Doyle)
3. Michael (Crummey)

Three of my favorite foods:

1. fish and chips
2. tea buns
3. bread pudding

Three things I would like to do:

1. Stop begging
2. Repeat the gold medal win in curling at the 2010 Winter Games
3. Teach people how to dance a  jig

Three things I am looking forward to:

1. People stop using the term Newf or Newfie to describe the people of the province
2. The 2010 JUNO Awards
3. Maintaining status as a have province!

Ok, Rest of Canada: your turn…and I promise to give your province or city its very own post too… 

(Instructions: Start a note, cut-and-paste this, replace my answers with your own.)

Three names I go by:

Howdy Canada!

Howdy Canada!

1. Canuck
2. The Great White North
3. North of 49

Three places I have worked:

1. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
2. Royal Canadian Mounted Police
3. Calgary Stampede

Three places I have lived:

1. 24 Sussex Drive
2. Military compound in Afghanistan
3. The North Pole

Three TV shows I watch:

1. Slings and Arrows
2. The Mercer Report
3. Corner Gas

Three places I have been:

1. Vimy
2. Rwanda
3. Space

Three people who e-mail me:

1. Michaëlle
2. Barack
3. Sasquatch

Three of my favorite foods:

1. poutine
2. maple syrup
3. Nanaimo Bars

Three things I would like to do:

1. Stop apologizing
2. Learn the Chicken Dance
3. Win the gold medal in hockey at the 2010 Winter Games

Three things I am looking forward to:

1. The first aboriginal Prime Minster
2. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games
3. The day that a Royal Winnipeg Ballet dancer make the same salary as a Vancouver Canucks goalie

(Your turn: Three Things for your hometown?)