American-ness [was RE: even my dumb nontechnical anime group gets it -- why don't we?]

Owen Byrne
Thu, 28 Mar 2002 11:09:32 -0400

I think you're going a little too far with the rural nature of Canada.
Latest census shows that more and more Canadians live within spitting
distance of Church and Wellesley, and less and less out in the boonies.

And abandoning the sublime Kids in the Hall for "Buddy Whatsisname and the
Other Fellas" seems a little extreme. Like it or not, our best talent gets
Americanized, because thats where the big dollars are.

My experience as a Canadian is that any differences between us and the U.S.
pales compared to the differences across the country - there is more
north-south affinity than there is east-west. I'm not talking politics here,
just people, although I think the similar political bent follows from that.
Maritimers have more in common with New Englanders than they do with people
from Ontario. Manitobans are like Minnesotans, and people in British
Columbia are just wannabe-Californians. And our bastion of neo-conservatism,
Alberta, is just north of all the loonies in Wyoming and Montana.

> >>>>> "M" == Michael Watson <> writes:
>     M> out here in northern california, i don't feel much affinity for
>     M> the culture of the boston/new york/washington power axis.
> "The only cultural advantage to California is being able to turn
> right on a red light" -- Woodie Allen
>     M> Q: What's a Canadian?
>     M> A: They're like an American but without the gun
>     M> -- Kids in the Hall
> See what I mean?  Now, /there's/ a troupe who have never strayed 40m
> outside Toronto without being wrapped in a tour bus.  There's more
> to Canada than the corner of Church and Wellesley.
> If you want Canadian, look up Lorne Elliot, Buddy Whatsisname and the
> Other Fella, Nancy White, or tune in the Dead Dog Cafe.  It's the
> terror of a moose on the highway at night, the bear in the back seat
> that you now find you only grazed, earning a "read authentic Indian
> name" by spinning a crown-and-anchor wheel, or going fishing with your
> boys and a box of dynamite and then reminiscing how you can't do that
> anymore because the government screwed up the fish stocks.  For better
> or worse, 2/3rds of Canada really is Stompin' Tom Connors.
> Q: How do you get 6 drunk and rowdy Canadians out of a bar?
> A: You ask them to leave.
> (trad.)
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