Oh Canada!

1 Mar

I am Canadian!

So, yesterday was the day.  The end of the 2010 Winter Olympics.  The day Canada showed the world whose game they are playing.  It was a pretty big day.

Let me start off by saying that I have not been the most vocal supporter of the Olympics; I am saddened to see that much money spent on sporting events, advertising and tourism when it could have gone a long way to do a lot of local good.  However, I 100% support our athletes, and those from other countries.  They did an absolutely amazing job!  Each and every one of them.  They played their hearts out and did what they love on the World Stage, which happened to be in my back yard this year.  (Well, if my back yard is 800km from my house, anyway.  You understand.  Figuratively.)

Now.  Yesterday was a very, very interesting day.  A phenomenal day to be Canadian.  (Most days are, but there was an overwhelming sense of kith and kin in relation to everyone mephy and I met up with yesterday.)  mephy and I decided not to sit down and watch the hockey game (we only have Sundays off together and are not huge hockey fans to begin with, so we chose to spend the day out together instead), which (fortunately) did not mean that we missed it.  We stopped by The Bay to pick up a few things and found that the amazing staff there had set up a large flat screen television with a row of chairs in front of it as well as a table with a Timmys Take-Ten (a box of coffee, for those of you outside of the Timmys sphere) and assorted sweet treats.  (Timmy Ho’s and hockey?  Is there anything more Canadian than that?)  While we were standing watching the first period (and the first goal!), grinning as the staff screamed their cheers, I was patted on the shoulder by an older woman (not originally from Canada – she had quite the accent that I didn’t have time to decipher), who grinned and heaved a hearty (well . . . a quietly polite and lovely) “go Canada!”

When we left The Bay, we went to do other shopping and found TVs set up in several of the stores we encountered, patrons standing at rapt attention in front of them, erupting into cheering as Canada rocked the hockey game!  When we were done our shopping we sped up to my parents’ house – while listening to the game on the radio – to watch the USA score the game-tying goal (they did a great job, those Yankee fellahs!) and the subsequent battle to win!  (Two thumbs up for Crosby, stepping up to win it for the Canuckians!)

Now.  Not only did we win our game and rock the podium hard (most gold medals won for a host country in the Winter Olympics.  I guess we really did Own the Podium), but we were (mostly) demure, graceful and polite.  We welcomed the world to our home with smiles and pints.  I am always proud to be Canadian – this is the most beautiful and amazing country in the world, populated by the most phenomenal and dynamic folk in the world (I’m bias, sue me) – but yesterday the world was able to see, again, just how nifty we are up here on this frozen tundra.

And hey?  If those ladies want to smoke a cigar and guzzle champagne on the ice after they absolutely rocked every one of their games and won gold?  Let ’em.  They deserve to celebrate, and they deserve to be damn proud.

Nickleback – Burn It To The Ground


2 Responses to “Oh Canada!”

  1. Kevin McDonald March 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

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