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    Tuesday, September 27, 2005

    by Expat

    I hate to admit this. In fact, I am certain that it will open me up to all sorts of taunts.

    Promise not to change your opinion of me based upon what I am about to say.

    Pinky swear?

    Cross your heart and hope to die? Stick a needle in your eye?


    So I was watching a re-run of Full House (I know! Remember though, you promised.) and they mentioned Saskatchewan. Of course, Bob Saget did not pronounce it properly at all, but it was still cool that he said it!

    Wait a minute, remember this? "You are excited whenever an American TV show mentions Canada". I guess that this really does prove that I am Canadian.

    PS. You promised not to tease.

    Posted by Expat at 5:08 PM

    I understand completely. :-)
    Have you ever seen that commercial (sorry but I forget just what they are trying to sell) where they are in an airplane and the guy in the middle seat thinks he is going to Hawaii.. but it turns out he is going to Winnipeg. The first time I saw it I almost fell out of my chair. Every time I see it .. I laugh.

    Posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 5:33 PM, September 27, 2005  

    I remember that commercial! :)

    It is for Good Year. It was the first commercial that my husband saw when he was in Canada and now he always says "Going to Winnipeg" whenever we have to go to a function that neither of us want to attend! LOL

    We're always watching tv and saying, "Hey, didja hear that slight accent? They're Canadian!"

    Thankfully, October 5th, we'll hear for real accents when our NHL Center Ice starts. The CBC better get HNIC on or I'm gonna be REALLY mad.

    Posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 1:25 AM, September 28, 2005  

    can I at least snicker :-)

    I know what you mean though - my ears always seem to perk up whenever I hear about Canada or some place up north on the TV

    Posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 7:40 AM, September 28, 2005  

    Full house - I can't believe I actually loved that show when the Olson sisters were like 2 years old. I tend to do the same thing with any part of the world I've travelled to and it's mentioned on a movie, tv show or on the news. It feels great or just makes you have that happy feeling inside..

    How cute is that little waving Canadian flag? I haven't seen that commercial, but I find myself watching crappy TV just because I know it's filmed in Vancouver. Look, it's Robson Square! My husband just rolls his eyes at me.

    Ah, the old jokes at Canada.

    First prize: a week in Winnipeg. Second prize: two weeks in Winnipeg.

    At least we're done with the "Roughriders vs. Rough Riders" jokes (favoured by Letterman and The Simpsons), having been done the favour by Horn Chen of Chicago, who bought the Ottawa team and retained the rights to the name when the team folded. (It has since been reconstituted as the Ottawa Renegades.)

    Goodness, can I relate!

    In the evenings, I have been tuning into Da Vinci's Inquest - not so much because I like the show, but because I like to hear that familiar accent. What is weird though, is that I can now hear the "aboots" and "no doots" that my husband used to tease me about. I am now accustomed to hearing a much flatter accent.

    A few weeks ago, we managed to catch a Rider's game on one of our local channels. I was trying to explain the Roughriders vs. the Rough Riders to my husband without much luck. LOL

    Expat, I can't believe that you ...

    This portion of the comment has been removed by a moderator. Personal attacks are not allowed, even in situations where it appears necessary (e.g. someone admits to watching Full House).

    ... and so with that I'm just going to walk over to the Tim Hortons next to my house. Take that!


    You crack me up Matt. :)

    Shame on you for rubbing in your close proximity to Tim Hortons. How totally sadistic. :p

    Hey Bill Cosby mentioned he had the best rootbeer of his life in Manitoba on one Cosby show episode

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