Tuesday, August 12, 2008
It's Official...We're Newfoundlanders!!
Yesterday we spent the day switching our Ontario Licence plates and drivers' licences for Newfoundland ones. Sooo...I guess that makes us official Newfoundlanders now ---- right?
I know, I know.....I can hear you all now, one is not 'officially' a Newfoundlander unless they were either born here or...for the 'Come-From-Aways' until they've kissed the cod or been screeched in.....but really....I can't see either of those happening to us in the near future (or even distant future)...so for now....this is as close as we're going to get.
( the following explanation of being 'screeched in' and 'kissing the cod' was copied and pasted from here)
"the "Screech-in"- The most famous of newcomer traditions, mainlanders and visitors to the isle must drink a shot or glass of Screech (a brand of Jamaican Rum famous to Newfoundland). Take this all in good humour, but don't be surprised if you don't like the taste; the name has good meaning.
Kissing the Cod- As well as being "Screeched in", occasionally visitors will be coaxed into "Kissing the Cod". The visitor must kiss a codfish, emblem of the historic fishing industry, after arrival. While this does happen occasionally, it is usually a humorous part of a guided tour or similar event. The use of an actual fish is rare, though, especially since the introduction of the cod moratorium. Kissing a real codfish is discouraged by many, not to mention possibly unhygienic, so an imitation cod, made of wood, plastic, or rubber is used"