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Texans (or not), trade deadlines (or not) and wanderlust (oh yes)

March 4, 2010

Remember when the trade deadline used to be fun? Since when is the Phoenix Coyotes going to town the biggest story of the day?

In other news…

This dude from Texas thinks we’re Nazis.

“They acted like Nazis… But I’m not saying they’re Nazis.”

I don’t want to get into a political discussion on what’s supposed to be my Hockey-Related Ridiculosity Blog, but last I checked the white hood crowd hung out in your neck of the woods, Mr. Gil LeBreton from Texas or Louisiana or wherever. I never saw a documentary about a bunch of Canadians or like people from New Jersey marching and chanting “six million more.”

In any case, here’s his apology. His point, which was irretrievably lost in the Nazi comparison (WHO does that?) was that we were missing the point of the Olympics, which was to embrace and celebrate the world. Yes, in one of the few countries in the world where we welcome immigrants with open arms to the tune of a quarter-million a year and celebrate our diversity every day, we do not embrace and celebrate the world. Did he not fucking see that Tim Hortons ad? He was here for two weeks, yo.

I think he’s the one that missed the point. In celebrating Canada, we were celebrating the world.

I cried watching every single one of those Canadian Gold medal wins. Every single one. Plus Joannie’s Bronze and St-Gelais’ Silver. I went absolutely crazy after Sid scored that goal. I was so proud of Canada throughout those two weeks.

And yet, I wasn’t born here. I don’t look… white. I speak both English and French with an accent (although that accent is almost completely gone). Dudes in bars actually want to know where I’m from, they’re not just trying to pick me up.

I’m from four different countries. But the only one I’d ever call home is Canada and if anybody asks me where I’m from, the answer is Montreal.

So dude can say what he wants based on a speed-skating victory ceremony he attended, but he’s wrong.  Celebrating Canada is, necessarily, celebrating the world.

And if I remember correctly, that virus-selling treacherous piece of koala shit, Dale Begg-Smith, got a lot of love from the Canadian crowds even though he came second to our Golden boy.

While we’re ranting about this, I distinctly remember that, just before the Opening Ceremonies in Salt Lake in 2002, Bob Costas and Katie Couric were talking about events to get excited about. When they got to Jamie Salé and David Pelletier they talked about how the Pairs Figure Skating Gold had gone to the Soviet and Russian teams for more than 50 years, and that Jamie and David wanted to try and see if they could bring the Gold medal “back to North America.”

I was like, “where, bitch? That is our fucking Gold medal and if we get it you can’t have a piece.”

So yeah, Canadians may have made these games that took place in Canada about, well, Canada, but at least we never tried to claim a piece of Apolo Ohno’s haul, stupid Texas newspaper columnist from Louisiana.

In still other news, a while ago I decided I wanted to take a road trip across the country. I have never been east of Edmunston NB or west of Windsor ON. I am obsessed with the Canadian Rockies, the Northwest Territories, and Prince Edward Island. I want to see everything but the Prairies. Sorry, Prairies. Watching the Olympics has made me even more determined to do this. Maybe Gil LeBreton would call that Fascism or something, but I think the whole two weeks just reminded us all of just how many different things Canada is about… and I want to see, damn it.

Sadly, there are a number of obstacles between me and this road trip right now. Le Sigh.

If you’ve read this far, you get a gold star and a cookie. We will return to our regularly scheduled programming and shameless attempts to be funny with our next post, we promise.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2010 1:18 am

    I took two road trips across Canada camping (in a tent) but we stopped shy of BC and then only stuck to New Bruinswick and PEI in the other direction. Like that beer ad said, our country really is hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of awesomeness. I need to get to Newfoundland somehow…

    Driving across Ontario takes almost 4 days. How crazy is that?

    • theactivestick permalink*
      March 4, 2010 11:30 pm

      You’re the only person I’ve ever heard of who also wants to go to Newfoundland. You can join me on that leg of the Trip That Sadly May Never Happen.

  2. March 4, 2010 6:53 am

    Ontario IS frickin huge.

    Being an army brat, I have traveled quite extensively across Canada. My parents are from Quebec City and Abitibi-Témiscamingue, respectively, and when we lived in Moose Jaw, SK, we would drive from SK to QC 4 times a year for 7 years.

    Also, my first boyfriend and I were avid Westfalia fans and owned 3, and went on THEE craziest roadtrips ever in that thing. I cannot recommend the Westfalia enough. It sleeps 4, you sleep damn well in it, there’s a fridge, stove, sink, table, and TONS of storage room. Plus, everyone on the road is your friend when you’re driving one of those. Expect to be held up at customs for 4 hours though, as they are sure to think you are hiding an afro with pot in it somewhere in the van.

    Anyway, I know my Canadian geography pretty frickin well and know my way around, if you ever want to discuss your awesome roadtrip!

    • theactivestick permalink*
      March 4, 2010 11:32 pm

      Yes. First item on the discussion agenda:
      Where can I procure a Westfalia?

      • March 7, 2010 3:54 pm

        Search for them online. They do not exist anymore new; they’re called Eurovans now I think.

        I actually bought one off of ebay, the other from friends and the other used from someone.

        Owners of Westfalias treat them like their children; they usually remain with the same person/people for years, and are in mint condition because no one ever treats a Westfalia badly.

  3. March 4, 2010 1:38 pm

    Hahaha. I thought this post was plenty funny. I read Gil’s column the other day and posted a few comments after his apology. If you want to see them, I’m logged in as weresmarterthanu but they are extremely rude and insensitive comments. Of course, that’s just the way we like ’em! And don;t skip the prairies. I’m definitely not saying they have more to offer than the other places you mentioned but there is something to be said about the sheer space. It sounds weird but if you’ve lived in or near mountains for any time, going to the prairies and being able to see until the world curves is actually pretty rad.

    • theactivestick permalink*
      March 4, 2010 11:40 pm

      I’ve only ever lived in cities. Big ones. Big cities. That’s it.

      That’s why I think the Prairies would be traumatic. I kind of have to drive through them to get to some of the square kilometres of awesomeness anyway, so I’m not skipping them as much as I am Cliffs Notesing them.

      If the trip ever happens.

  4. Shawn permalink
    March 11, 2010 12:16 pm

    Week late commenting on this but lol… Being from Dallas Texas and reading the Star Telegram growing up I can not side with GIl on the Nazi issue. There is never any excuse or reason anybody should ever be compared to Nazi’s unless you are erradicating innocent people. Seriously it should not happen. He was wrong for that. Very wrong. Unfortunately due to the social climate here in the States certain political parties have thrown around the term NAZI all too often in this country and Texas being the big heart of this Conservative liberal mess it gets used here way too much. Texas calls anybody and everybody these days Nazi’s and Socialist. Our friends to the North especially.
    _
    If the ticket sales were only allowed to Canadians I can see where that would anger me as a non Canadian but also If the Olympics were here in Texas I would be ticked off if I could not get a seat because they went to foreigners instead.
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    I think Canada is a very proud nation and they wanted to cheer and back their country in this Olympics. They are proud in a very good way, NOT a Nazi way and all told I think I expect to see 20,000 red jerseys at a gold medal hockey game in the birth place of hockey.
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    I do apolozige from all Texans for the NAZI comment. But hey when you live in a country where a black minority president gets called a NAZI on a daily basis why wouldn’t the great people of Canada? lol

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