10/05/2007

My Country 'Tis of Thee

This weekend in Canadaland, most people will be busy readying themselves for Thanksgiving on Monday. I have a lot to be thankful for but at the top of my list is the precious three day weekend.

To celebrate, I'm heading for the U.S. of A. on a fact finding mission. My first order of business will involve poring over our free trade agreement to see if there's any way I can exchange this hat for something a little more stylish. After that, it's all gravy.
Happy Thanksgiving and Weekend!

39 comments:

Tanya Espanya said...

Have a great trip, you!

Writeprocrastinator said...

Happy Thanksgiving and I don't get Canada at all. Your Grey Cup and Thanksgiving come entirely too soon in the year.

BTW, you know that jpeg is K.D. Lang before her career took off, right?

Mob said...

Have a good weekend, and Happy Thanksgiving.

The pic is very much like the mental image I have of Oscar Wilde.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

tsk tsk, typical Canadian behaviour - at the first hint of a national holiday, head to the US.

That extra 1.4 cent on the dollar was just too hard to resist, eh? Have fun! Buy lots.

mellowlee said...

Have a great trip Dale, and Happy Thanksgiving! I think you would look dashing in a fedora.

Suzel's Sass said...

Thanksgiving in October? Silly Canadians! Trade you a better hat for a piece of wing and pumpkin pie.

Johnny Yen said...

My favorite American holiday is Casamir Pulaski Day. Casamir Pulaski was a Polish nobleman who helped train American troops in the Revolutionary War, and nobly sacrificed himself at the Battle of Savanna so that public servants could have a day off in March.

Enjoy your three day weekend!

BeckEye said...

Take care of NYC for me while I'm gone. I'll miss you dreadfully.

w.p. - her name is k.d., like e.e

pistols at dawn said...

Pictures of British royals on your money, stealing our Thanksgiving...do you guys do anything yourselves, or just steal everything from other countries? Is "Canada" Quebecois for "Spain" or something?

Grant Miller said...

Sounds fun. See if you can fill your hat with gravy.

Leonesse said...

Well, in this case I think we Americans tried to get it right. We made ours on a Thursday to try to guilt corporations to give us the Friday off. It doesn't always work, but when it does it is a 4 day weekend. When it doesn't, then I suppose it could be more explained as America did it half-assed.

Chancelucky said...

Is Black Robe the movie about Canadian Thanksgiving?

Zed said...

Dale, I suggest you also see if you can trade in the old-fashioned necktie for a new-fangled one.

Happy Thanksgiving? You Canadians are just so weird. (Sorry. Am I over-generalizing again?)

Have fun!

John Mutford said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I can't believe I thought that looked like k.d. lang, too.

Jacy said...

OK listen you Americans:

A. We've been doing Thanksgiving as long as you have -- since 1578, actually!

B. We do it earlier because we are a northern country and our harvest time is much earlier than yours, and traditionally Thanksgiving was meant to thank the Lord above for the bountiful harvest.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(Canada)

That is all. I love you Yanks, I really do!

Jake's Mom said...

I have it on good authority it will be a pleasant weekend.You do realize we clelbrate Columbus Day on Monday and that hat would come in very handy.

Bubs said...

See if you can get some of the cool shoes with buckles on them.

Writeprocrastinator said...

"w.p. - her name is k.d., like e.e"

becky,

d'oh!

X. Dell said...

Happy Thanksgiving.

So, what could you get in the US for a hat like that? Well, in Manhattan, the judge might give you 5-10.

pistols at dawn said...

Jacy, what do you have to harvest? Hockey players and elk? I think you're full of lies. Polite ones, but lies nonetheless.

Jacy said...

What do we have to harvest?

Corn
Wheat and hundreds of other grains
Vegetables
Apples

You know, all the same stuff you harvest except no tropical fruits.

And no guns and ammo or brains for our presidents, if we're going to trot out national stereotypes. Good-naturedly, of course.

For all of you that think Canada is basically a populated ice cap, it is 70 degrees here today and I am sitting in a tank top as I type this.

Leonesse said...

Jacy, you owe that lovely Thanksgiving tan to our lovely pollution driven country that is insanely trying hard to increase Global Warming.

We are trying to turn Nebraska into the next Cancun. You are welcome.

Oh, and since Canada has such better health care can you make that brain transplant thing happen abit faster before the idiot ruins the entire planet?

Distributorcap said...

have a great holiday....

is everything cheaper here now?

Coaster Punchman said...

With global warming Canada will get that tropical fruit yet!

Great to see joos as always.

CP + PG

Bella Rossa said...

What? Canada's not a real country! It's just American Junior.

BeckEye said...

You've won yet another award. Come over and get it, big boy.

T said...

You've all missed Dale's point: Three days off! Sir, you truly are more American than these people realize, and please, enjoy the Cajun-smoked turkey while you're here in the U.S.,--but be careful not to get shot!

Your Friendly American Host,
T

deadspot said...

If Canada would move their Thanksgiving to a Thursday, then we would really be able to work on getting the Friday after Thanksgiving declared You're Welcome's Day and then we could all have a four day weekend to let our dinner settle.

pistols at dawn said...

I presume it must be hot in Canada, what with all the moose-fighting and trapping of pelt work that comprises everyone's daily routine.

Jill said...

Would you, by any chance, post back some picture of you in your stipes suit during that trip??

Jen said...

do Canadians
eat Canadian bacon on thanksgiving?

I bet they do..


Aye?


=)

Dale said...

Thanks Tanya, I will, or, I did.

Thanks WP, I don't understand us either. I think k.d. may be wearing the hat again because I haven't heard from her in a while.

Thanks Mob. It might have been Oscar Wilde, The Early Years, you know Season One or something?

I bought enough to make it worthwhile Barbara, I couldn't resist the lure. I'm not sure if that makes me a good or bad Canadian.

The bellmen at the hotel all had fedoras on Mel, I'm not sure I could pull it off.

That's a fine offer Suzel, will you be mailing that pie or...?

Currently we need a February holiday Johnny, did Pulaski ever make it to Canada so we can honour him too?

I think we left it at least in the same shape we found it Beckeye, we were sad you couldn't make it. Canadian icon Stompin' Tom Connors once sang a song on a k.d. lang special here that went "little k, little d, little l-a-n-g" but that was before she announced her vadgetarianism.

We do like to steal some things Pistols but we still smile and say thank you after, not that many people suspect.

Good gravy Grant!

Nice try Leonesse, at least when it works, we always just take the second Monday in October and half the country takes the Friday off too just to be sociable.

I've never seen it Chancelucky but I like the synopsis on imdb.com that closes with 'Dread and death follows them upriver.' Cheery.

Some sort of cravat perhaps Zed? Is that weird enough for you?

She's happy to be discussed in any forum I think John.

Jacy, I like your fire at the start and your Canadianism shining through at the end of that comment.

It was very pleasant Jake's Mom. Both the company and the weather were hot, I mean, great, haha.

I got some schmancy shoes Bubs but nary a buckle in sight. Next time.

WP, her name is Beckeye. D'oh. :-)

I only wore it in the hotel room X. Dell based on your warning alone. What did they ever do to the Naked Cowboy in Times Square? Did he finally earn enough to buy clothes?

Truth be told, I was on an elk trading mission Pistols, be kind to Jacy, she's just a farmgirl.

Jacy, photos next time okay? You can't just say tank top and get away with it can you?

We can't cover elective or electoral surgery Leonesse. PS - thanks for the global warming, it's balmy here!

Thanks Distributor Cap, some things are actually a fair bit cheaper even with the dollar at or near par. Something selling for 300 bucks here, you can often find there for 250 for example. That said, what the hell's up with hotel prices?!

If not global fruit, at least community based fruit CP. Great to see youse too!

If we weren't such a big country, we'd feel small with a remark like that Bella!

Love the award Beckeye, it wasn't just you feeling bad for ditching me was it?

T. as always, you've cut to the heart of the matter. I still enjoy the healthy and unhealthy though. I hope you noticed in the labels that for me, it was a 4 day! Hate me yet?

Thank You Deadspot. Are you up for election again?

Moose Tipping Days just ended here Pistols and it was a hot one!

Hmm, I'm not sure what you mean Jill, like a prisoner's outfit? Are you having me arrested again?

Jen Jen Jen, we just shape bacon and turkey treats out of Tim Horton doughnuts, you should know that!

Jill said...

Should I have reason to get you arrested, DAle?

BeckEye said...

Hey, you have to put the Firecrotch badge on your site. It's the rule!!!

Dale said...

I'm not answering any more comments without a lawyer Jill.

The crotch is up Beckeye!

Jill said...

What have you done again, Dale!! You look way too quilty!!

Dale said...

Quilty as charged Jill.

Jill said...

If only I knew what the charged part was!!!

Dale said...

The charge for you is free this time Jill.