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Things I like:

1. The money. I love loonies and toonies.
2. The mentality. Canada is the world's biggest small town. There's not a whole lot of "Canadiana" IN Canada...but if hanging out with a Canadian OUTSIDE of Canada they get all excited when they see somebody else with a Canadian flag. "You're from Canada?! I'M from Canada."
3. The doughnuts. Maybe it's just an Ontario thing...but I swear...there are as many doughnut shops there as there are coffee shops in Seattle. I like how doughnut holes are called "Tim Bits" and I was made fun of for not knowing what Tim Bits were.
4. I will always love Canada for the NFB and how they kept the little candle of quality animation alive during the dark ages of the 70s and early 80s.
5. Sheridan College. Thank you Canada, just for that.
6. John Candy, Rick Moranis, William Shatner, Great Big Sea, Jim Carry... you can keep Celene Dion.
7. Canada has no #7.
8. Bilingualism. I like how everything is printed in English AND in French...but I only met one or two Canadians who were really rather fluent in French.
9. I like how everybody takes off their shoes when they go into somebody's house. Again, maybe it's an Ontario thing but I liked it.
10. The flag. I like how after it was pointed out to me you can see in the negative space surrounding the maple leaf in the middle the profile of two people talking.

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Happy Canada Day!

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pvenables
Jul. 1st, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
7. Canada has no #7.

*sigh* it's true. We ceeded our number 7 to the English in aught-five. Now we have to say 'tickety' instead.
alexfiles
Jul. 1st, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
I was told the two people are Jack and Jacques.
eralcym
Jul. 2nd, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
1. I used to hate them (they get awful heavy) then I learned to put my change in a jar. Boy it doesn't take long to collect $100 with our coin system!

2. Love it. Oh so true

3. I belive "timbits" is one word ;)

and
10. I had no idea! Just pulled my flag out and stared at it until I found them. WAY cool and Thanks!
cynnyr
Jul. 2nd, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
Its not just Ontario. There are many, many Tim Horton's in Alberta, too. I fear the uprising of KrispyKreme in our province, though.
And I'm pretty sure the entire country takes off their shoes when they come inside. I've wondered why the US doesn't. Don't your carpets get awefully dirty? Just curious...
I'm not quite sure what you mean by number 10. But I will have to look more closely next time. Have you heard the story of how our flag came to be our flag? One political party wanted one flag and another party wanted a different flag, but they wanted to stall the decision so both parties voted for the flag that NObody wanted. And now we're stuck with the maple leaf. But I love it! I probably don't tell the story very well, but I think I got the gist of it.
cynnyr
Jul. 2nd, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
P.S. Thanks for not calling it "The Not-So-Great White North" as I originally read it. :).
olly_q
Jul. 4th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
huh... I'd never heard that flag thing. I've seen various tricks with folded dollars btu i still can't see the two people talking... kind of fitting though... we sure do talk alot.... Seperataion=bloody insurgence? NO!! let's debate it! heh heh

Also taking of yoru shoes so you don't track in dirt all over the place just makes sense!
Cheers!
and Happy America DaY! :)
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