Tomorrow is the 4th of July, and I hear that’s kind of a big day in the US. Something about independence from the British and setting off lots of fireworks if I recall correctly. Since I waxed poetic about the awesomeness that is Canada the day before Canada Day, it seems only fair to extend the favour to my American friends today. Although I will still insist on spelling the word favoUr.
It’s great to be Canadian. We have universal health care, and the metric system, and more Zambonis than you can shake a (hockey) stick at. Our Prime Minister’s hair is something to behold (though that might be the best thing I can say about him). Things are pretty good here and I love my country.
All the same there are a lot of things that my American friends can enjoy that as a Canadian, I can’t. Here are just a few of the things that I think are awesome about the good old USA:
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1. Hulu Hulu sounds awesome. But I wouldn’t know, because their content is not available outside the US. This means that if you embed a Hulu video, I can’t see it. And if I go to their site, they deny me entry. Oh, the unfairness of international licensing regulations!
2. Americans get all the cool toys first The US is a much bigger market, and it’s home to many of the companies that make cool new stuff, so Americans get everything sooner than most everyone else.
3. Mexican food – I love Mexican food. But here in Canada the pickings are slim, indeed. Less than 50 miles away from my house in the US, it’s a different story. So close, yet so far!
4. Super spies – American spies are super-cool. They have secrets and monitor chatter and stuff. They make movies and TV shows about them. I’m not sure that they’re entirely good, but they’ve got it all over the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). The only thing I know about CSIS is that one time 10 years ago one of their agents lost a bunch of classified documents because he left them in his car while he attended a hockey game. Honest and no joke.
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5. The US Constitution – Canada got its own constitution in 1982. Prior to that, we operated under the British North America Act , which was enacted by the British Parliament in 1867. But Americans enacted their own constitution in 1787. It is the shortest and oldest constitution still in use in the world today, and it is an amazing document and source of pride for Americans. There is nothing like that in Canada.
6. Big dreams – Americans put the first person on the moon (conspiracy theories notwithstanding). They invented the airplane and the ice cream sundae. The US is a nation where dreams are big, and I love that about it.
7. Jon Stewart – The man is awesome. Need I say more?
So the next time you hear me going on about how great it is in Canada, you can smile a smug little smile. Because you, my American friend, can watch Hulu while you eat fabulous Mexican food, and I am so very jealous.
What do you think is awesome about the United States? Please share. And a big, “Happy Independence Day!” to all of my American friends.