Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Jim Carrey on Canada

We are Canadians spending about three months of the year in the sunny south mainly in Florida where our vacation home is but we also make an annual trip to Las Vegas.  Now officially we are not snowbird but more like somewhat snow birds.  Our trips to Florida are spread out over May, September and December for two to five weeks at a time.  Oh good gosh, I can so relate to Jim Carrey being a Canadian in the United States!  During our recent visit to our vacation home where it was a balmy 90°F (yep they use degrees F not degrees C but quite frankly I prefer degrees K) even though folks at home were turning on their furnaces, I was once again accused of having a Canadian accent.  According to my husband who is first generation Canadian born on his paternal side I do have an accent.  Anyway, I don't.  And for the record I proudly showed our new American friends our Loonie and Twonie too while describing how polar bears frolic in our backyard and beavers build dams in our swimming pool - just kidding!  I did introduce them to peameal bacon, a southwestern Ontario delicacy and rye.  They never had rye as they call it whiskey down here.  Oh yes, and I did show them Canada's newest national drink, the Caesar.  Good gosh, they were mesmerized!  And then I got out my collection of Canadian music - Corb Lund, Celion, Quartette - you know all the goodies.  It was a great time but I'm telling you it would be so easy to pull a Jim Carrey!


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