1.07.2005

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Things you do not need to tell me:

1. It is cold in Canada.

2. Canada is not perfect.

3. National health care is not perfect.

4. Toronto sucks. (Applies only to Canadians.)

5. It is cold in Canada.

I am aware of all these things. Thank you.

18 comments:

Kyle_From_Ottawa said...

But it is cold in Canada :)

The cold, healthcare, and Toronto are national pastimes of ours. We talk about them endlessly, even though the discussion has been the same for decades.

RobfromAlberta said...

How about some good things about winter in Canada? The Canadian Rockies are absolutely beautiful in winter (well, ok, they're beautiful all year long). Also, there is the guilty pleasure we get watching CNN when southern states like Georgia get half an inch of snow.

L-girl said...

Ah-ha! If these are along the lines of a national pastime, I can understand it better. Doesn't mean I need to hear it from every Canadian who writes me, but at least I'll understand it!

Kyle_From_Ottawa said...

When you get up here, you'll be hearing it for a very long time (well, except maybe the Toronto thing, since you'll be living there). It's one of those sacrifices you'll have to make. :)

RobfromAlberta said...

Don't forget two other Canadian national pastimes, criticizing the US and seeking approval from the US. Two more parts of the chaotic tapestry that is the people of Canada.

L-girl said...

Ah yes, I've already noticed the contradictory relationship to the US. I notice it in the UK, too - but obviously more from Canadians, since there's no pond separating the countries.

Re my list above: All right. I'll get used to it. But I do wish Americans would stop "warning" me that it's cold in Canada. Geez, it's not like I live in the Carribean now.

Let me ask you this. Is the Canadian media obsessed with celebrity trials?

RobfromAlberta said...

No, the Canadian media does not share the same obsession with celebrity trials that US media has. On the other hand, we get CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS and soon maybe even Fox News (Lord, help us), so there is no escaping American media coverage here. You probably need to go to China to escape the long arm of the US national media.

Kyle_From_Ottawa said...

Not really. Actually, the news here never rarely covers trials themselves, you only hear about it after the verdict has been reached. The Todd Bertuzzi trial might have gotten coverage if he hadn't done a plea bargain but it would certainly be no O.J.or Scott Peterson.

L-girl said...

Hallelujah!! I will gladly tolerate these other obsessions in exchange for the end of Media Trial Fever. The celebrity-trial-of-the-month club makes me absolutely sick.

Hey, we're getting CBC News in our cable package now, so we've switched over already. It's a welcome relief.

Kyle_From_Ottawa said...

Actually, Fox News is already available on digital cable in Ontario at least.

I don't get it though. I went down from the premium digital package to basic cable a while ago after I realized "I pay $80 a month for all these channels and yet I watch maybe 4-5 hours of TV a week."

RobfromAlberta said...

In general, Canadian TV news is far less about entertainment than US TV news. We don't have all the special effects and thunderous music and talking heads shouting each other down. And things like Janet Jackson's breast are simply not as newsworthy here. It's more like something that would be covered in the entertainment media, rather than hard news.

Kyle_From_Ottawa said...

I must admit, I found the whole Janet Jackson hubub south of the border kinda funny. Here it got a two minute news blurb and that was about it.

L-girl said...

The difference between Canadian and US media is something we love about Canada. :)

We also spend a lot each month for tons of channels that we never watch. But we need the premium digital service in order to get all the out-of-town baseball games.

Kythryne said...

Y'know, I got the "it's cold in New York" comment a lot from people before we moved here. Some of my friends in Florida still don't seem to understand how I could be transplanted up here and not freeze to death... I just tell them a few months of snow beats the hell out of year-round heat, 100% humidity, rednecks, and big crunchy bugs, thanks.

Perhaps you need a similar comment for those who seem mystified as to why you'd want to live in Canada. :)

L-girl said...

That's a good one. I'd take the weather in NYC over the weather in Florida any day, but then, I hate heat & humidity. (Rednecks, too.)

These people aren't necessarily mystified. They tell me about the weather as if it's a little-known fact. As if I didn't realize that the farther north you go...

Beausejour said...

Wow - no one's bored you to death with endless commentary on Quebec separatism? Give it time! :)

L-girl said...

Not once! But we are visiting someone in Montreal soon. Perhaps we'll hear it there.

But also, these comments - with the exception of "Toronto sucks" - are from Americans. They don't know anything about Quebec separatism.

RobfromAlberta said...

The whole Quebec separation thing does not seem to have the same urgency that it had 10 years ago. I lived in Montreal at the time of the last referendum (vote on separation) and there was a very real fear that the separatists would win. Nowadays though, it is just not a dominant issue in the national agenda. Of course, I have no doubt we will have another referendum some time in the next decade.

Also, now that I live in Alberta, I find I just do not seem all that concerned about it. If Quebec votes for separation next time, I say we just let them go.