Friday, July 10, 2009

Too Hot to Blog...

And I'm not just talkin' 'bout the heat! ;) No, seriously though. It's frickin' hot. So hot I'm too lazy to type and have resorted to gratuitous apostrophes.

Meh.

I'm off to sit in my air-conditioned car on the way to the air-conditioned sushi joint. Ah-so!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

For the Fourth

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends. I would like to acknowledge some of the things that make America great:

Hot, fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts
Hot, fresh Sourdough Jacks from Jack-In-The-Box
Hot, fresh chicken and biscuits from Popeye's Chicken
Hot, fresh fondue from The Melting Pot
Hot, fresh steak from Ruth's Chris

I look forward to visiting your country at every opportunity to experience these culinary joys not (readily) available in Canada.

Also, I love Walgreen's. I don't know why but it makes me happy.
The Sharper Image. Hours of gadgety fun.
Disneyland. It really IS the most magical place on earth.
Whole Foods. It has the best produce feng shui I have ever seen.
Starbucks. Facebook. Google. Things that originated in the US that I am thankful for.
American television programming (no offense to the CBC).
Southern accents. I love the drawl of y'all.

I have only experienced the west coast of your country (except for the drive from Michigan to Washington when we moved from Ontario 20 years ago, but I try to forget about that). I am really looking forward to visiting New York in three weeks when we take our vacation back east. I'm sure I will discover many more things that I love about the US.

Happy Fourth of July!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Canada Day, eh!

Greetings from the Great White North. You know, the place above the 49th parallel, just next door to Santa? I'm shivering in my igloo as we speak, as it's a chilly 28 degrees...celsius. That's (let's see, quick conversion, carry the one, check google converter) 82 degrees fahrenheit. Good thing my igloo is made of finger-jointed wood and vinyl siding!

Today marks the 142nd anniversary of the confederation of the original four provinces that formed Canada in 1867: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. (Incidentally, British Columbia was among the last provinces to join the federation, but I'll celebrate today anyway!)

Canadians. We wear tuques not hats. We drink pop not soda. We spell colour, honour and neighbour with a u. Our dollar coin is called a loonie because it features a Canadian loon, and the two dollar coin is a toonie because it is worth two loonies. Our beer has a 5.5 - 7% alcohol content but it costs more. Our cheese and milk also cost more but there is no beer in it. Our gas is blended with ethanol so I guess it has alcohol in it. We celebrate Thanksgiving in October and spend the next two months shopping for Christmas. We spend the next three months paying off the credit card bills. While we toboggan down the hill. Wearing tuques. This concludes our history lesson for today. I hope you were paying attention because there will be a quiz later.

So raise your beer and give a cheer: I AM CANADIAN! So take off, eh?