I am currently in Santa Barbara at a conference with some monetary economists. Other than the latest monetary economics, here is the most important thing that I learned here. Rod Garratt (UCSB), who is also from Canada, let me in on the origin of the word "hoser." Hoser was a word that Bob and Doug McKenzie (i.e. Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) frequently applied to each other. Bruce Smith asked me on more than one occasion what it meant, but I had no idea. Where I grew up in southern Ontario, no one ever used the word.
Well, as you know, Canadians like to play hockey (certainly not field hockey; I mean hockey on the ice with skates and sticks). Sometimes we do this in someone's back yard, in which case you need to flood a patch of ground with a garden hose. After playing a game, the ice is somewhat chewed up, and it helps to flood the rink again so the ice is in good shape for the next game. Apparently there is a custom (again, not where I grew up) that the losers get out the garden hose and flood the rink. Thus, the losers are "hosers."
Randy Wright did not believe this, and thought Rod was making it up. Any confirmation or disconfirmation anyone can supply would be helpful.
Here's something else I learned. As you may not know, we Canadians love our Newfies (people from Newfoundland). They have a great sense of humor and love a good joke. Here is a Newfie joke. There are two Newfies building a house. The first Newfie notices that the second Newfie keeps throwing away nails.
First Newfie: Those nails are expensive. Why do you keep throwing some away?
Second Newfie: I've noticed that about half the nails in this box have the heads on the wrong end.
First Newfie: No no. Don't throw them away. We can use them on the other side of the house.