Happy Fourth of July

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY, AMERICA!

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Things I love about the United States:

1. The regional, cultural, and bio-diversity

2. Apple pie

3. You have most of the NHL hockey teams*

4. The relatively inexpensive gas

5. The incredible national parks

6. A rich, fascinating, complex, painful, triumphant history that I’m really enjoying learning

7. Toni Morrison, Harper Lee, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Maya Angelou, Junot Diaz, Marilynne Robinson, Ernest Hemingway

8. American Netflix

9. The Supreme Court’s (long overdue but no less thrilling) ruling in favour of same-sex marriage

10. The American road trip (when you have 50 states to travel through it’s just more exciting – except maybe Nebraska, sorry NE)

* This point in no ways implies support for US Olympic hockey teams or the Boston Bruins.

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day!

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Things I miss about Canada:

1. ketchup chips

2. French

3. poutine (like real poutine, none of this grated mozzarella nonsense)

4. Canadian currency (why Americans make fun of Canadian currency is beyond me. It’s beautiful, colourful, the bills are easier to distinguish, coins are more convenient than $1 bills and I will fight anyone who says otherwise, and it’s plastic to it’s basically indestructible.)

5. hockey (both the sport and the fact that I can watch it on regular cable)

6. national elections that don’t last more than a few months

7. diversity (in my [anecdotal, regionally-specific] experience cultural diversity is celebrated more north of the border [though things are far from perfect])

8. Heritage Minutes (and quoting Heritage Minutes with people who get the reference and don’t just think I’m nuts – “But I’m sure he means the houses, the village!”)

9. the quintessentially Canadian music and comedy

10. Montreal bagels (New York bagels? Please.)