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cm -

You are doing it, Alan, because you know we rely on it for the knowledge we need to get us through the last day of our work week.

Seriously? It's considered income? That's just bizarre. (See? Without your Friday bullets, I'd never've known that.)

gr -

New York and Ontario may not celebrate joint history much because New York ignores Ontario. Just as the rest of America ignores Canada. You are up there, you are funny, hockey is entertaining, but what Americans are really interested in is the likes of Paris Hilton and gazing at our own navel.

Gorthos -

I am sure it stems from generations upon generations of apathy towards those Brit-Com Wanna-Be's up north combined with mild, polite, anti-Americanism from our side of the border. Plus we are honestly, pretty fricking boring up here, now AND 100 years ago..

gr -

I should add for the record that yes, I am an American with a neatly clipped lawn.
I have become old and timid. When I was young I was taken into a tunnel down behind the falls, where an opening allowed you to look out through the back of the Falls. It was predictably a wall of water moving very quickly. I would not do that or take that boat again.

Gorthos -

Spousal droid and I did the falls last, um, autumn. Twas fun, mainly the boaty bit, rest was rather expensive.. Did like the, um (in going with my non-googling during comments game) ah, butterlyarium. I quite liked that.

cm -

Hey! Who you calling boring?

My grandmother used to live in Niagara Falls and in all that time I only went to the falls twice and the closest I ever came to the boat was when still in my mother's womb.

Chris Taylor -

<i>Why does the wonderful thing not get lapped up globally - that thing is apparent in every corner store discussion, in every nut bar who decides to make a idiocincratic display in his yard, in the reverence for sport or art where folk can pretty much make of their skill what they want?</i>

I blame increased individual selfishness and its handmaiden, a resort to esoteric tribalism. We have become possessed of the notion that only persons immediately connected to us or our community work for our benefit, and everyone else is trying to screw us for no good reason.

Hence all of the tribe-spanning institutions that we used to trust -- or at the very least, regard as "good" -- are now suffering from a severe decline in public respect and estimation. Whether on an international (UN, IMF, WTO), national (Great Britain, Canada) or lesser scheme (corporations, police, clergy, United Way, Scouts, whatever), they are all slowly but surely self-destructing as individual humans get cynical and choose to look out for number one.

The reality is that most of these things are made up of ordinary humans trying to do the right thing (and occasionally failing), but we have become a species of paranoid conspiracy-believers (regardless of political leanings) looking for the worst possible angle on every human action, and especially from people we don't personally know.

gr -

Whoa, Chris, dude.....let's meet for a beer someday, alright?

CM--I hope noticed it was one of your own who claims Canadians are boring, whereas I say you're funny, etc.

Alan -

Having had beer with both of you, it is a reasonable request.

Gorthos -

Egad gary.. we ARE friendly and nice.. I fondly remember being the only boy in a group of about 10 who voluntarily held a door for a girl-friend of mine in Freeport Bahamas (who I met in grade 8 who's father is a well to do director type in the US but I digress).. She was flabbergasted. She said no one did that in Manhatten and she said no one said "I'm sorry" as much as I did in NY...then she kissed me deeply and asked if I would spend the summer in Long island at her parents, but my mom said no.. sorry, waxing fondly of my jetsetter youth...sigh..

But we are boring. Not in a "zzzzzz.. grandmother waxing on about canning peaches" way, but a sort of "so how was your weekend? We weeded the garden and made sambuca" kind of way..

Alan -

I never said boring. I said lame.

Gorthos -

I cannot find lame said anywhere.. but I am lazy..

Whats up next thursday night Alan.. We should get the kids together for a movie fest at the market.

gr -

Canadians have these cute little cars called the Pontiac Firefly--you don't see those suckers down here....

Mike C -

1 - the Niagara Escarpment?
2 - a trickle of water coming from the Niagara Escarpment
3 - a larger trickle of water coming from the Niagara Escarpment

Hey, I'm a Novey Scotian (although I have been on the MotM and did that tunnel thingy down behind the Falls.

gr -

What color is your Firefly?

Gorthos -

I had the Chevy version of the firefly (same car) called the Sprint.. Damn fine 3 cyliner car

gr -

I saw this tiny little blue Toyota last night called Yaris. I bet that's the firefly, or close anyway.

Gorthos -

Gary.. I had a sprint (chevy version of pontiac firefly) back in oh, 1989. It was for the record silver, had three cylinders and it died around 140K.. I sold it for $8000 in 93 or 94.. I now own a Yaris, well, its our second car. It too is silver by chance. It is a toyota car. They haven't made fireflies for a number of years now as far as I know.

Funny thing is the reason we have a Yaris is my wife crashed our Toyota Echo Hatchback. It was a european designed car that Toyota called a yaris for a number fo years, then when they brought it to north america, they called it an Echo Hatchback even though it wasnt even the same design as an echo.. this year or last they re-labelled it a Yaris..

Tis an awesome tiny car that is bigger on the inside that the out (I think Yaris is hungarian for TARDIS).

Alan -

Caverns really should be canyons or gorges. How do you spell "chasim"?