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Great White North - A little less than a happy high
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Great White North
Aside from the fact that I'll likely need a passport to get there by 1998 2008, what can you tell me about Canada?
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starflow From: starflow Date: April 7th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can tell you that if you're going to go there in 1998, you'd best make sure you adjust your fashions correctly!!! You wouldn't want to appear too modern and futuristic, you know?
komos From: komos Date: April 7th, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm more likely to appear backwards and anachronistic, but that's otherwise sound advice. I bet I can find a speedo I'll look super-hunky in, too.

[*shudder*]
From: philbot Date: April 7th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never met a Canadian I didn't like. Seriously!
komos From: komos Date: April 7th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Where did you meet them?
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: April 7th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think they'd refer to you as a hoser.
komos From: komos Date: April 7th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I prefer "wet-head."
starflow From: starflow Date: April 7th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
In all seriousness, B.C. is one of the most gorgeous places on earth. I've wanted to live there since I first saw it 12 years ago. Victoria is beautiful, Vancouver is a blast, the ocean, the mountains, it's all great over there. I also can't get over the San Juan Islands. It's grand.
komos From: komos Date: April 7th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Again with the Pacific NW. I gotta go at some point.
couplingchaos From: couplingchaos Date: April 7th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can get the best bagels ever in a 24-7 bagel shop in Montreal. Fresh, hot bagels at 3am. I forget the name but could look it up if you'd like. Also, poutine.
komos From: komos Date: April 7th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, it's been forever since I've been to Montreal. It's so filled with deliciousness.
sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: April 7th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
In Winnipeg at 75% percent of the business are red or have the maple leaf on them somewhere.

You can go see a movie at the second run theatres for twoonie (don't really know how they spell it). Slapping a single coin on the counter was verra cool - made me feel like a pirate.

Poutine.
komos From: komos Date: April 7th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
The word twoonie makes me happy, regardless how it's spelled.
whatifoundthere From: whatifoundthere Date: April 7th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
  • We don't actually say "eh" that often.

  • We get our milk in bags.

  • TIM HORTONS OMG.

  • If you're out west, you'll encounter just as many gun nuts as you'd expect from any red state.

  • That said, even out west, there's still health care.

  • TIM HORTONS. SERIOUSLY.

  • If you think Céline Dion's the worst it gtes, then you have no idea how awful Canadian music can truly be. The government is responsible for this, no joke.

  • We feel compelled to put maple leaves on everything, including the corporate logos of American companies.

  • Come visit me!




komos From: komos Date: April 7th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
  • That's what I've heard. I blame Strange Brew for the misconception
  • Weird, but oddly natural sounding.
  • Huh.
  • Is it still The Great Plains north of the border? I've heard things about what prolonged exposure will do to a person.
  • Bonus.
  • That good? Wow. That's some coffee.
  • Maybe I could get a job with the "Ministry of Culture" (or whatever it's called) then?
  • I'll confess to laughing out loud over that one.
  • Ok, but Canada is a big place, and I'm not entirely sure where to start looking. ^_^

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canonfire From: canonfire Date: April 7th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Montreal is the place to be! Especially the university district... or whatever they call it...
komos From: komos Date: April 7th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, the university district... or whatever they call it... seemed to be the place to be in Toronto, too.
canonfire From: canonfire Date: April 7th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Gouda, eh?

And I take great pride in my recently realized Dutch-Canadianistic heritage!

You can smoke pot in Canada, right?
komos From: komos Date: April 7th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Gouda, eh?

Dutch-Canadanistonage?

Man, I need coffee.

I have no idea. This is why I have all of you and the intarnets.
shara From: shara Date: April 8th, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
1) We have a minority government, which means they all have to get together and work things out instead of just passing bills out of hand.

2) Cultural content laws give our up-and-coming artists lots of opportunity and play time. :D Many fine "independant" acts on the radios, for instance.

3) In almost every major city, the healthy, vibrant part of the city is downtown and filled with non-chain, idiosyncratic businesses of all colours.

4) "cultural diversity" doesn't just mean a white town with a black neighbourhood and a chinese restaurant [1].

5) The weather is damn gorgeous, even if it's a little extreme in the depths of seasons.


[1] An American friend once came up from Detroit and asked us where, if Canada was so damn ethnically diverse, all the black people were. We looked around us for about 2.3 seconds and pointed out that nobody for three blocks around us was white - it's a tapesry of indians, koreans, chinese, sri lankans and sudanese (in this neighbourhood, anyway). Ethnic diversity != half african-american, half english-white.
komos From: komos Date: April 8th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
1) Legislation that's worked out of compromise rather than out of hand bullying? Man, that's sweet.
2) It's got to be a nice change from the US markets, where it seems like everything is supposed to sound, look, and taste the same...
3) Is the relationship to cars different, by chance? Or is it simply that Canada didn't go through the same social reengineering that the US did from the 1950's forward?
4) Is "diversity training" common?
5) The weather doesn't sound that dissimilar to Maine's, actually.
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