I have become interested in Upstate New York, the bit of the US which is now within a three-hour drive from my house. When I was a kid growing up in Nova Scotia, most of us thought the USA was the great Satan or at least, like Upper Canada, a source of nothing that is good. One taste of a beer proved it. Then I moved to Upper Canada and I had to cut through New England once or twice a year to go home. Wasn't so bad on Highway 2. Then Ross moved to Portland Maine and I added a couple of visits down there a year. In PEI the last few summers, I even flew the flags of Maine, Connecticut and Alaska from time to time picked up from Ebay or while travelling. For our next property I would like to add at least Ohio and New Mexico.
Now I find myself infatuated and want to pop over any given weekend just to have a look around. I am watching local Watertown TV sports - covering semi-pro football and single A baseball - and also listening to North Country NPR pretty much every day. Our next planned visit is Labour/Labor Day weekend when we are going to do some state park camping and check out the Great New York State Fair at Syracuse. Saturday, 20 August 2003 is even dubbed "Pie Day". What's not to like about Pie Day?
Without getting deeply into the US v. Canada thing, I find that the welcome you get in the US can't be beat. Maybe they are better at service, maybe it is like the thing where the best looking girl in the room is the foreign girl. Whatever it is, even the beer tasting pretty good these days.