OK,I admit I shamelessly stole that line from the intro to MTV's The Real World (love the old seasons, "meh" to the new ones). Anywhoo,Canada is doing amazingly well at these Olympics :) We may not "own the podium" (that honour has been bestowed upon our great neighbours to the South), but we have decided that coming in third isn't good enough anymore.We want to win gold dammit!
Canadians can best be described as genteel,and polite. Initially I doubted our status as a nice country. No one is that nice.
That is,until the other day. I was walking to work and texting (shut up) and literally ran into someone.To my surprise she apologized first.And then I apologized,and then she apologized again,and then I apologized.Then we both burst into laughter and talked about what a "Canadian" moment that was,two women standing in a parking lot,arguing over who was the most apologetic.
So yeah,that's how we roll.If you bump into us, we're the first to say sorry for getting in your way.
We're the nice upstairs neighbour who never complains when you have loud parties.
When you go on vacation we'll water your plants and feed your cat.
When you make fun of us we just smile good-naturedly,and say "Oh, silly!"
If you go to war,we go to war with you.
Unless,of course,we don't agree with your reason for going and then you are angry at us for the next 8 years because we supposedly left you hanging.
*shakes fist at Bush*
Aww heck,we'll never stop being polite :)
We're forever living in the shadow of the U.S of A. and we're OK with that.
We don't really like to brag about our achievements much.We prefer to make self-deprecating comments and try our best to stay out of the spotlight. Case in point,before the Olympics began,our Prime Minister had to tell us to cheer "like the Americans do"...but not too loudly though, because we don't want to hurt any one's feelings.
We are the Ned Flanders of Nations and gosh-diddly-darn proud of it :)
My NOTD is Quirius Autumn Bronze. It's lovely olive-toned bronze with shimmer and that glowy, "lit-from within look".
indoors with flash
indoors no flash
And for a more detailed and articulate explanation of Canada's close ties with the US,here's an excerpt of a feature done by journalist Tom Brokaw.It made me cry.
So I guess this wouldn't be a good time to mention that we have half as many medals as you do but just as many golds? Congrats!
I'm sorry :)
Ginger-who is happy about Canada's new confident image.