HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!

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HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!
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Mon, 07-01-2013 - 9:58am

And in honour of this day-may I bestow upon each of you honourary Canadian Citizenship for today (& today only). It means you add a "U" to different words (see 'honour' above). It means you suddenly become more tolerant, regardless of your actual beliefs (Gay marriage has been the law here for years). It means that you glow with pride when you see the colours red & white (forget blue today)-& that without a thought for yourself, you grab what is needed & help total strangers-see Shirley's note about her daughter Christine. I'm not saying Americans aren't all of these-but that Canadians are known for these quiet traits.

 

We had a history of slavery-though it is kept much quieter than the American history of slavery. And it was abolished in a quieter, less war-like way. And when it was done, we provided shelter for those for our neighbours who could escape. Similarily-our break from Britain was quieter-I think by the time we decided it was time to become a country of our own governance-Britain was ready to let us go, almost like the younger sibling leaving home. From what I've read-there was more fuss about the need to leash dogs in England than to hang onto the part of North America that was to become Canada!

Officially we are a country of 2 languages-French & English. You can request either one in court or on paper & that need must be met. But we are also a country of immigrants-where many languages are spoken & people are welcomed from around the world. Most of our people live clustered along the border with USA-there are vast areas of land where the animals outnumber humans, where paved roads become gravel, become dirt-even become ice roads only traversed in Winter! Originally a railroad was built to connect this vast country-now of course, there are highways & air travel-but if you've ever flown over it, the geography is amazing to see.

Last evening we joined the neighbours for fireworks display-a time when our quiet national pride became rather noisy but it was fun. Today there will be fireworks in all the villages, towns & cities across the country-with a huge display in our Capital City-Ottawa. Throughout the country, there will be the national anthem played-sometimes with the RCMP in their red uniforms-sometimes with a band but most often just the people singing slightly off-key but with much enthusiasm. So today, I take great pride in annointing you all Canadian. Welcome to my beautiful land.

Nora

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Mon, 07-01-2013 - 11:50am

Thanks - and hopefully you'll all have safe fun in celebration! (ours is Thursday - yes, people tend to not be so safe in their celebrating here; I always feel sorry for the EMTs)

Saw this on CNN - how true is it?  ;o)  http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/01/travel/fake-canadians-canada-day-travel/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Sue (whose ancestors weren't even here when there was slavery)

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Mon, 07-01-2013 - 1:52pm

HI Sue-My Ancestors weren't here when there was slavery here either. But unfortunately, it is a sad part of almost every country's history-even in those countries who pass judgement on others. Slaves were part of almost every country's workforce. Just in some places they were the same colour-just of a different class of people.

And the article is a "little" over the top. I do remember years ago when I was in Europe, especially England, & hearing me talk, people would say "American?" & I'd respond "No, Canadian" & the reception was definitely warmer, better. But maybe because we keep a lower profile generally? Nobody taking money from me had a question about where I came from!

Nora

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Tue, 07-02-2013 - 11:03am

Sue, thanks for that article which was interesting.  I never really thought about body language - in relation to Canadian vs. U.S.   I think we (or maybe just speaking for myself) don't think much or consciously about body language.  We live it, respond to it, but don't analyze it - and then there are people like that fellow in the video who do!  So it would take some conscious paying attention to notice if there are differences between the two countries' manner of body language. 

When we were in Rome a few years ago, and in a piazza, I overheard a couple talking together - they were talking English, but there was something so familiar about their accents.  I went over to them and asked them where they were from and they answered Saskatchewan.  It was the first time being in a foreign country that I noticed our Canadian accent - because normally you just aren't aware of it, living surrounded by it all the time. 

My Ds Michael who was just here on vacation from Berlin, remarked while he was here " I just love that Albertan accent!"  which I thought strange.  Albertan accent?  Of course I am aware of the different accents in people from the east coast maritime provinces, and maybe even the Montreal accent, but not so much other accents in Canada.  But maybe Michael who has been away from Canada for about three years now may be more sensitive now to picking up on the different Canadian accents? 

Shirley

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Tue, 07-02-2013 - 11:16am

It was a really hot one for this Canada day in Calgary.  And it will be even hotter today...ugh!  Ray was at the train park running the ride-on train for the public on Canada Day.  I stayed home and stayed inside to try to keep cool - pulled down the blinds after shutting windows and turning on the furnace fan to circulate some of the cooler basement air around the house.  But I had moments of almost meltdown...(no air conditioning here, by the way).  It was okay if you didnt' move around too much.  Occasionally I had to go and sit in front of a fan to try and cool off.  Okay, it wasn't as hot as some places in the U.S., I know... Arizona is particularly hard hit but that's the desert!  I bet everyone has air conditioning there and stays inside (if they have that privilege to not have to go outside). 

Anyway today is to be the last hot day in a string of hot days and then the temperature is to go to much cooler ones as the days progress toward the weekend.  And I am glad!

Shirley

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Tue, 07-02-2013 - 11:48am

Makes total sense to me; I moved from Chicago in '81 to go to grad school, went back briefly in '84 before moving to St Louis. I can DEFINITELY tell a Chicago accent, and can tell north side from south, and even different south side accents (think Mayor Daley as one, and where I'm from as a total other). And I can pick out people from Wisconsin/Minnesota (but not differentiate between the two).  And here in MO I can tell people from my part of STL vs. people from 'south county' or the county west of us.

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Tue, 07-02-2013 - 3:14pm

Wow Shirley, it IS hot there. I went on weather.com to see since you hadn't mentioned any numbers...I saw that Monday was 81F, which is "warm" to most of us but today is already 90F and may get higher---now that's hot! Since you are not used to it I'm sure it feels worse. I don't supposed that you have an oscillating fan to help keep cool? 

Our weather here is weird. Saturday was hot, I don't know what the official temp was but it was at least 90F at my house. We turned on the AC for a few hours, getting the moisture out of the air really helped. The bad part was that we had not cleaned out the ducts after the electrician was here making plaster dust---although I doubt I could have cleaned them very well anyway---so it circulated plaster dust through the house and into my sinuses. Sunday was supposed to be hotter, and was out in the deserts. So much so that it sucked in the fog onto the coastal strip and cooled it down so it was comfortable at my house. Monday no fog but high tropical clouds, my backyard was 88F in the shade...if the sun had been out it would have been a lot hotter. This morning the fog came in again and now its overcast and around 70F. Sticky but not hot.

The garden is loving the heat. I've started harvesting zucchini and cucumbers. Green beans have flowers. Tomatoes have set some fruit and have lots of flowers. Peppers are starting to get flowers. Last night I planted some eggplant starts, crossing my fingers they will do well. The heat means lots of watering for me but I've been mulching which is helping.

Good luck keeping cool Shirley. You may as well just sit still and rub ice cubes on the insides of your wrists until the heat wave passes!

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Tue, 07-02-2013 - 3:31pm

Interesting, Sue.  Maybe the U.S. has more diversity in accents for some reason.  I don't find we have that much in Canada, unless I'm just not sensitive to it.  I can tell a southern accent in the U.S. (not hard to do!), and a Boston accent.... Maybe too a New York city accent?  But I don't really know the nuances of different state accents.  I don't find California accents all that different than my own, except for how a few words are spoken and also there's a slight slowness in speech compared to Canadian accents.  But then I think you have to also be a little more conscious in listening to hear the differences, sometimes.  I've never been to Chicago so don't really know the accent there.  I certainly may have heard the accents on occasion on some television shows (?) but didn't really know what I was hearing maybe when I heard it? 

Shirley

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Tue, 07-02-2013 - 3:39pm

Calgary rarely gets beyond 30 C. - and today it's 35 C. (95 F.) although with the humidity it is supposed to feel like 40 C. (104 F.).  We rarely have high humidity either, so not fun!  But I've lived out east where the humidity is not uncommon - although I've gotten used to living in this drier climate these past almost 16 years. 

Our house so far is still a bit cooler than outside.  If you don't move around much, it's tolerable.  We have an oscillating fan in our kitchen (by the table) and one in our bedroom by the window which we put on when the sun goes down and when we open the windows to let whatever amount of cool night air we can draw in with it. 

I do remember nights when living in Ontario and it never got cooler at all at night...and it was humid too!  I am glad for our cooler nights in Calgary.  Anyway this hot weather is all to change starting tomorrow and we are going to have a lot cooler weather by the weekend.  It's nice to know the end is in sight!

Shirley

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Tue, 07-02-2013 - 3:43pm

If you ever watched Chicago Code (only lasted one season) the Australian actor Jason Clarke who played a cop was coached to have the 'Mayor Daley' accent (as we'd kid, 'dese, dems, doze') but not all the cops on the show did - his boss, Jennifer Beals, didn't.  And you can tell people from Chicago vs. not by how they say 'Chicago' too! And they kept saying 'copper' which NO ONE that I ever knew/know in Chicago does!

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Wed, 07-03-2013 - 11:15am

No, never saw that show.  But I see what you mean by the 'dese, dems, doze' way of speaking...I wonder where that sort of manner of speech came from (historically, speaking)?  Do people from Chicago, put the emphasis on the "a" in Chicago - as in 'aah' sound where I would say an ' aw' sound for Chicago?  (i.e. I would say it as if the a in Chicago was an 'o' if you get my drift?! lol.)

Shirley

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