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Posted on Sun, Apr 02, 2006 14:59

This is an update on Canadians for all you silly Americans... I recently returned from a cruise. 85% of the cruise was comprised of Americans, of which 7 were sitting at our dinner table. A few nights ago, one of the gentlemen, who was 61 yrs, asked if we celebrated Easter in Canada! lol Of course we do! One of his companions explained it was a Christian celebration, and there were Christians in Canada. Next, this same gentleman asked if we celebrated Christmas. Yes we do that too! Not satisfied, he asked if we celebrated Christmas on December 25, to which I replied in a solemn tone and serious face, "No, we celebrate Christmas in March." Gullible as he was, he asked, "Really?" lmao In another conversation with students my daughter met (ages 17 & 18), I was asked if I always lived in Canada. Born & raised! But I did tell them that my Mother & Grandparents were Americans. Their next question, asked in an incredulous tone of voice was, "Why did they move to Canada?" Well, I can't answer that question, but can surmise that both my grandparents attended McGill University where they met. I guess they just liked Canada and decided to settle there. Americans really know very little about Canada. I respect that they love their country and believe their country to be the greatest. But I love my country too. And it may not be a 'super power' sitting on the Security Council of the UN, BUT it is a beautiful, vast country. We have an excellent infrastructure with respect to education systems, medical, transportaton, etc. We are a democratic society. We do not all speak French. We do speak English. We do not all say "A" at the end of our sentences. But I'm sure we all say it occasionally. lol We do not pronounce 'again' like 'agen' as in USA. We pronounce 'again' like 'a-gain' with a long 'a' sound in the 'gain' syllable. We do not say 'aboot', only Newfies do that! lol We pronounce it 'a-bout' as in 'out'. We are NOT a third world country. We do not live in igloos contrary to popular belief for those who live way South of the border! lol Unlike Mexico, Cuba, China we are not contriving to escape to the USA illegally ... we love our Country ... we have a good living here, therefore, we are quite content to continue living here. The cold can be endured. We dress for it! There are many snowbirds who migrate to Florida, or Arizona for 6 months each year during the Winter, but many choose to migrate to tropical places such as Costa Rica, or Mexico ... those would be my primary choices. Our Conservative government is similar to the US Republican government, as is the Liberal government similar to the US Democratic government. Hence Bush's immence dislike for Chretien, and Bush's liking of our new Prime Minister Harper. So now you know a little more about Canadians. :-)


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Posted on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 08:24

it's not just Canada... most Americans lived all their lives and never been anywhere outside the country. Americans as radical and worldly as we are, we're actually sheltered in retrospect to the rest of the world. for most Americans, they don't know that Europe is call the West and Asia is the East or where that is on the map.


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Posted on Sat, Mar 10, 2007 09:20

I love this blog, it is all so true...I am from Toronto but do trade shows and travel extensively in the USA. here are a few facts I would like to add. 30 degrees in the summer does not mean the water freezes, it means a ice cream will melt and fast. Toronto is further south than Minneapolis, MN. it takes 4 days to drive to Vancouver, so no we do not know Joe who lives there. Our medical is FREE. we are a metric country, makes math easier so maybe Americans should change too. Come to think of it Mexico is metric too! your sourounded. However in all honesty I must admit dealing with Americans on business deals is preferable to dealing with Canadians. Americans operate on I see it, I like it, I want it, How much, here is the order. Canadians although similar take 6 months between comments and then want a discount....lol oh I forgot EH!!!!


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Posted on Sat, Mar 10, 2007 08:48

Leonvirgo...You are right clothes, which contribute to one's appearance definitely influence one's opinions of another. A suit does not necessarily make one a good person with integrity. Nor are all cowboys the stereotypical gentleman hero tough guy either. There are good in both. Now how does clothing relate to Canadians and Americans? Yesterday I met a young lady who is moving to Canada next Summer. Her Mother apparently married a Canadian she knew from doing business with him. I asked her why she'd want to move to of all places a small town in B.C. near the border? Her reply...the people are so friendly. You will often here that comment about Canadians from individuals around the World. I believe the fellow who did the Columbus documentary made note of that Canadian attribute too. There may be a reason for this friendliness...we do not have the population. Yet in Beijing, and all over China they have a much greater population than USA and they are incredibly polite and friendly. So maybe that's not a reason. Maybe the reason lies in the morals and manners we teach our kids. Which sadly, I'd have to say are sliding in Canada too.


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Posted on Sat, Oct 28, 2006 19:01

Oh the stories I could tell. My aunt (American) and my uncle(Canadian) and their 4 children(dual of course *L*) moved from Toronto to NC when my cousins were in their teens. Because we are a very close knit family we went visiting them often. Especially in the winter months for some strange reason *L* The things my sister and my oldest cousins could get the kids in the highschool to believe are unreal. Even the teachers. My cousin was told that she was lying and had every question wrong on a test on Canada one year. Oh boy did the teacher get in trouble for that one. Part of the problem is what children are taught. 1Girl41 She's right. Don't take this personally or be ashamed of anything actually. Rick Mercer (aka This hour has 22 Minutes) did a video on Americans. Now THAT you can be embarassed about. He really did go up to some very top and well known names and asked them questions on Canada and not one of them got one question right. The only ones who actually did get anything right were children and in one case a parent shushed her son and told him he didn't know anything. Hmm... But this is all in fun. Just like the jokes about our winters are. Hey where do you think they came up with the Igloo joke after all?? Come on up for a visit. Canada and the US are a great deal alike. I can say that we've even had better weather the past winter then those south of the border below us did. There is something to do up here for everyone (on the flip side there is something to do for everyone down south too) Hey a perk to Canada.. we have Boxing day (week now *L*) sales that are to die for. Funny blog Sharp1.. had forgotten about all the fun I've had with this over the years. Leigh


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Posted on Sat, Oct 28, 2006 17:32

I missed some of the last comments as I was away for awhile and forgot about this thread. My most recent encounter was a week ago. I was sitting at a dinner table with 2 other parents from Canada, and one parent (father) from Florida. Our daughters were there with us. He said to his daughter, "You need to explore the islands more, and not worry about emailing us, we understand. Surely there must be other kids on the ship who have attended private school!" I was shocked at the latter comment. 1) The ship is a private school initself. 2) In Canada lots of kids who are from well off families attend Public School...you see we don't need metal detectors in our schools. I nearly piped up to say, "My daughter and these other two girls attended private school." But I bit my tongue. I thought it was pompous and ostentatious for him to make such a comment and didn't want to stoop to that level myself. I mentioned this to a fellow MM member, without saying this guy was from FL. He immediately said, "He must be American." Hahaha! How's that for one American being able to pick out another American simply by his behaviour, which I might add he noted as boorish and arrogant. He also noted to me that there is a status placed on having your children in private schools in the US. I don't agree with it. It doesn't make one person any better than another. I have also learned that Privte schools can have good and bad teachers just like the Public system. It's the luck of the draw which one you get.


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Posted on Wed, Aug 16, 2006 13:49

SV, you've been watching too much South Park again.


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Posted on Fri, Aug 11, 2006 09:09

Hotlegs - We don't need that kind of attitude here! That is insulting to all, not just the Americans. Race has nothing to do with the intelligence facto of the entire country, nor the ignorance of a select few... Except as witnessed with a remark such as yours. You are welcome to express yourself but please keep comments like that out of the blogs; you are speaking to a multi-cultural and diversified economic audience. Great offense has been taken.


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Posted on Thu, Aug 10, 2006 23:45

HotLegs2000..I assume you are speaking from your "Lips" closest to your legs??!! moron!!


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Posted on Wed, Aug 09, 2006 15:48

The sad thing about this country, being an American mind you, is that only a little more than 1% of the people here actually have a modicum of intelligence. I was raised Japanese, so I have a very different view of American life. Whilr America is fun, talking to people is horribly sickening unless you're lucky enough to find someone that can talk about something other than sports and don't go 'DUH' when you start speaking of science or anything not related to how much food they can fit into their mouths. LOL


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Posted on Wed, Aug 09, 2006 09:01

Debbie - I will be the next to admit the same. I have been there to ski/party but nothing else. I really don't know much about it. Well there you go girls... Maybe THAT's where we should meet after DR???


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Posted on Tue, Aug 08, 2006 15:01

As an American I can say that I am embarassed for Americans... as a Coloradoan, I can say I'm embarassed for everybody else LMAO!!!! Just kidding... I think... Well, I know for sure the Texans ; ) Oh, wait, the Arknsans, no wait, that's where somebody on here is from... OK, Uh, Oklahoman's... hmmmm... Kansans, Nebraskans, Iowans, Utonians (ok those mormon people from the hills)... Uh, let's see... I think that may cover it for now but TEXANS FOR SURE!!! Oh, wait... Sorry to all the pretty peopole but I wish the Californians would go home... I'll visit, just don't want you HERE any more... And THAT ain't no bull! (surely you know I jest... well, kind of)


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Posted on Tue, Aug 08, 2006 14:49

hahahhaha...yes, talking to Americans can be quite an experience...a person never really knows if they should be called on their ignorance or simply let it go...I'm kind of in the middle; depending on who the American is, (sweet and charming or belligerent and self serving) I let'em have it accordingly...ignorance is really not bliss....


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Posted on Tue, Aug 08, 2006 14:43

Ms Chou...you reminded me of a similar incident. I was on a business trip in the BVI's and was staying alone at this 5 Star Resort on Tortolla. My first night, I ate at the resort. I dressed in a nice pair of shorts and a dressy knitted tank top, nice pair of sandals and headed to the restaurant. Well, it turned out to be formal night in the restaurant and everyone was dressed in suits/tuxes and ladies in their finest cocktail dresses and jewellery. I was slightly under dressed, but they seated me, and I drew stares from everyone in the restaurant. There was a table of 8 Americans. This one lady's voice projected the loudest..."I love Marseille. I've been there 8 times. We're taking my father there for his 80th birthday. Parisians love Americans, they hate the Japanese!" Well, with that last line...you could have heard a pin drop. If everyone had been staring at me earlier for my lack of dress...all eyes were on her now! For all she was dressed up, she definitely lacked class! A week later, business concluded I ate the last night again at the resort. This time I got dressed to the nines!!! My luck! Dinner wasn't being held in the restaurant, it was being held at the beach cafe. So I walk there, and as expected...everyone was dressed in beach wear! I couldn't win! So I asked the waitress if I could get it to go, and ate it back in my room.


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Posted on Tue, Aug 08, 2006 12:07

Don't tell my fellow SouthPark'ians, but I have no problem with Canada. Some of the best heli skiing I've ever done and the people are pretty nice and the drugs are cheap and the air is clean and... Well, that's about all I know, really.... Where is it again?


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Posted on Mon, Aug 07, 2006 22:15

The benefit of ignorance here is that when I encounter a foreigner upset about what they see as U.S. imperialism and cultural hegemony (i.e., France setting quotas on U.S. movies, etc.), I can truthfully say people here don't care one bit about what movies or TV shows you watch, or the sports you play, and probably couldn't find you on a map. Drives 'em nuts.


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Posted on Mon, Aug 07, 2006 21:40

Lombard thanks for your comments, I had a great laugh! You are hilarious! Hey B.C. pot is famous! And it's Americans that pay the big bucks and keeps all the present and daily sprouting grow-ops in business! JDavid...Quebec is the only Province I have not visited. But I have heard all about those gorgeous and sexy French women. My cousin married one! lol Naughtygal...it definitely sounds like they had more class than the farm boys! Too funny! Is the business still running?


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Posted on Mon, Aug 07, 2006 18:02

a few years back I was a manager for a export company located in Washington state, owned by three Canadians; two from Vancouver, one from Alberta. Generally they were able to run the business from Canada, but on occasion would come "down" and be on site. They were gracious people and a joy to work with, so of course they sold the company. However, they sold it to a group of 4 farmer brothers, one who was installed in the office, while the others continued their aspect of farming. The one I was to deal with on a daily basis came to be known as "Punk Farmer" who had a mentality I had never known before. A few months after selling the business, I was still in contact with the previous owners. Christmas time came and in previous years, the Canadians had always made a point of all coming down and celebrating with the employees. Punk Farmer decided to give everyone pinto beans for Christmas gifts, no bonus, no party. The Canadians privately sent each of us a substantial check and thanked us for having shared the business venture with them. CLASS


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Posted on Mon, Aug 07, 2006 14:53

Hey Maayan...Hello to you, and hope you are well. Yes I'm at the lake with seven 17 yr old gals & guys, and you won't believe this...I put my back out yesterday pulling weeds!!! I'm laid up in bed, taking Advil & Robaxacet! Have a therapeutic massage tomorrow morning. I have a new respect for people who have said they put their back out and can't move! I had walkie talkie's so if I needed my daughter's help in the night I could page her! lol Cutencuddlygal...thank you for your very educational post. I hope I did not offend you with my comment re: Newfies. I was actually being facetious, thinking of friends of mine from Newfoundland and how they can fall into their dialect which as you say...'no one can understand, but them!' lol No insult intended. TinyDancer2... I wouldn't expect many Americans to know our dollar is now called a 'loonie'. It has only been that way in the last decade when our government did away with the paper dollar, changing to the coin. Then they did away with the paper two dollar bill...know what that is called? A toonie! Go figure! lol They make for a heavy wallet, which sometimes could be considered a dangerous weapon! lol lovelylotus...There is also a Canadian program called "This hour has 22 Minutes" Where they go across the US and ask various questions about Canada. Or they feed them ridiculously false information about Canada, and the comments back are hilarious. The show loves to visit places like Harvard, and Princeton...too funny! Flyrr...that is funny! asapasap...Although a democratic society, with the rights that our government can have, but rarely exercises, we are close to being a dictatorship. 1Girl41...Please don't take this wrong...I wrote it in fun, although it is true. I certainly would not lump all Americans into one pot. I'm pretty certain their are many Canadians who are not that knowledgeable about the US. The reason Canadians tend to know more about US than US about Canada is that we have alot of American stations, therefore, we hear American news...movies, TV programs are all American. Whereas the US doesn't get any Canadians stations or Canadian news, etc. So it stands to reason we should know more about the US. BTW...I wrote this for entertainment, because some of it is funny. I did not intend it to injure anyone's feelings. Cheers Everyone!


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Posted on Mon, Aug 07, 2006 08:06

When I first moved to the USA from London in th 80s I lived in Texas. In a restarunt a lady asked where I was from. "London, England" says I. "Wow" says she, "You certainly picked up our language". Hmmmmmmm


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