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January 5th, 2005

on the news tonight... and time for the Red to give in to the Blue... @ 11:27 pm

Mood: contemplative contemplative

It's safer to be a world traveler if you're not from the USA.

An enterprising group of folks are making a do-it-yourself (do-it-to-yourself) Become Canadian kit, t-shirts emblazoned with the Canadian flag, a Maple leaf sticker for your luggage, a Maple leaf pin for you lapel and a book on how to act and talk Canadian to begin the conversion, cute, very cute.

They are all interesting thoughts, but I would prefer that my country stopped pissing off the rest of the world and stop trying to relegate me and my friends, my gay friends, to second class citizenship.

I think that it's time for the moron in the oval office to stop smoking whatever he is smoking, or should that be snorting? and go to a place that he is truely welcome: Iraq, Iran, the UAE, Saudi.

'The religious right is neither.'

the 'comtemplative bear's' thought cloud looks a little like one of the t-shirts with the Maple leaf...
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Date:January 6th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how to talk "Canadian" - we have a few interesting dialects of our own.

When I went to a conference in Belgium several years ago, my company repsesented both American and Canadian clients.

When I registered, my European counterpart was behind the desk. She asked asked "What country are you representing?"

"Canada and the United States"

She printed a card that said only "Canada"

I handed it back and said "I think you misunderstood"

"No, I did not. You're the only company representing Canada, so let's leave it at that. Just watch in the meetings how the Americans get treated."

I was surprised. It was the first time I ever saw this animosity. If it wasn't an undercurrent, it was full tap on.

Later, when out sightseeing, I asked a local a question in French, and he was surprised but he answered rather condescendingly in English. "You're the first American tourist who has ever tried to speak French to me."

"I'm Canadian."

And I was amazed as how his demeanor immediately changed.

I made sure my maple leaves were visible after that.
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Date:January 6th, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not too sure how to talk 'Canadian' either, I can say that picking up dialects is Much More Fun if it's by injection. :-)

Lastnight on ?NBC? news and now they are getting free publicity on LJ, pretty slick, I think.
Date:January 6th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
To speak Canadian, just say "eh?" at the end of all your sentences, and start pronouncing ABOUT as "aboot". Then just start to learn how to butcher French road signs when you read them aloud.

Just trying to offer some advice! heh heh

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