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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.


Happy Canada Day!


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.
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. :).

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