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Watching The National with Peter Mansbridge tonight, I was rather amused to hear the question with which I've titled this post.

As it happens, it's a reference to the fact that Cold Stone Creamery's peanut butter chocolate milkshake has the equivalent amount of saturated fat as the mentioned 58 strips of bacon (and 1600 calories). But considering what some of my LJ friends have posted about bacon in the past, I wonder if some of them would, if they could, drink 58 strips of bacon.

[livejournal.com profile] gmjambear chimed in with Kelis' "My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard..." :-) I think it would make a good music video played behind the scene of There Will Be Blood where one oilman threatens another with the words "I drink your milkshake!"

Update: It appears this has been done more than once. An embedded version of this video along with an explanation of the meme may be found at Know Your Meme.

And immediately following the segment, Claire Martin's triumphant return to the weather desk after a week's absence was greeted with "Hey wait! that doesn't look like Nick Cernkovich!" from Mansbridge, to which she responded "Oh, Nick's just gone out for a milkshake." ;-) I LOL'ed.
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A: Film and/or song about the Prime Minister of Canada and a bunch of small-town parents scandalized by the presence of a single mother in their midst.

Q: ... )
bigmacbear: Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin, with superimposed caption "It's all about the Benjamins!" (benjamins)
Kind of funny, an announcer on Hockey Night in Canada used the phrase "it's all about the Benjamins" in reference to a player from the Toronto Maple Leafs signing to play for the Vancouver Canucks instead. Now Benjamin Franklin does not appear on Canadian money; the $100 CDN note bears the likeness of Sir Robert Borden, whoever he may be. Go figure.

Anyway, the whole thing inspired me to create the attached LJ icon. Yes, I know Richard Benjamin's wife, Paula Prentiss, does not use her husband's surname, but I think a bit of poetic license is in order here. ;-)

Hmmm....

Oct. 4th, 2008 11:01 pm
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While for the most part I have to discount conspiracy theories of all stripes as irrational, there's a little part of my brain that is drawn to them like a moth to a porch light. And so I wonder whether the folks behind Paulson and Bernanke making the request for the bailout pulled the right strings in the stock market on Monday to manufacture that big drop in the Dow, scaring the beJesus out of Congress and the American public alike, in order to get the bailout passed. Hmmm...

On a happier and more amusing front, I was talking with Mom the other day about my brother-in-law's job at GE Aircraft Engine and whether the Boeing strike had had any effect on it. She said no, he's actually busier than ever. I wondered aloud if perhaps Bombardier might be taking up some of the slack in production, pronouncing it "bom-ba-deer" as is common English pronunciation. This got [livejournal.com profile] gmjambear chuckling, as because Bombardier is based in Quebec, its name is properly pronounced in French, as "bom-bar-dee-yay".
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"The followers of Rev. Fred Phelps have been blocked from entering Canada after announcing their intention to protest at the funeral of Tim McLean, but they vow to try multiple border crossings."

McLean is the young man who was brutally stabbed to death and beheaded on a Greyhound Canada bus.

Full article here.
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Out of curiosity, [livejournal.com profile] gmjambear and I were checking out train schedules on Vancouver Island, and noted that the one daily train leaves Victoria at 8 AM, arrives in Courtenay around 1 PM and returns to Victoria at 6 PM. On the way, one can get off the train in Nanaimo northbound and catch the southbound train about five hours later. Gary asked me, "So what will we do in Nanaimo while we're there?"

I replied, "We could always hang out in a Nanaimo bar."
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Idly surfing, I found a link to toolboxtoronto.com and followed it to see if the old Toolbox site might still be lurking somewhere. Instead, it led to one of those cybersquatter sites that gobbles up every expired domain on the Net. Notice the picture, and contrast it with the lovable old rooms of Muther's Guesthouse. ;-)

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I'm sitting here with [livejournal.com profile] gmjambear watching the Grey Cup, the Super Bowl of Canadian-rules football, on CBC television out of Vancouver.

As I've said before, if they laundered it a bit more often it wouldn't be grey, right? No, it's not that kind of cup. If it were, the winning team would be fighting over who gets to wear it first. ;-)

Ironic that they had Lenny Kravitz performing "American Woman" at halftime. Somehow that song makes more sense as written and originally performed by Canadians, but he's at least a good sport about it.

The "Prairie Cup" moniker comes from the fact that for the first time, both teams hail from the Canadian Prairies: the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. But as prearranged long ago the game is being played in Toronto.

It's been an interesting game to watch, with lots of changes in lead, quite a few turnovers. Saskatchewan has been racking up the points late in the game -- not entirely unanswered, though. But the pivotal play of many pivotal plays was an interception by Saskatchewan with a minute and change left.

Final score: Saskatchewan 23, Winnipeg 19.
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Every so often we'll have something on the shelf that was clearly packaged for the Canadian market, either purchased there or back home in the States (often the big-lot stores such as Costco will carry such products, with bilingual labels in English and French).

One example is a bottle of Vaseline Intensive Care lotion sitting on the bathroom counter. It reads "Extra Strength Lotion" in English and "Lotion Formule ultra" in French.

I told [livejournal.com profile] gmjambear it was "Strong enough for a mule, but made for a human." ;-)
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A couple of idiots in Boise, Idaho decided to make a midnight run to Burger King on a pair of Zamboni machines which they were employed to operate at a local ice rink. They were, of course, fired.

[livejournal.com profile] gmjambear and I often watch Hockey Night in Canada thanks to our local cable provider carrying the CBC affiliate in Vancouver. There has been a series of ads showing a kid whose ambition, it is later revealed, is to drive the Zamboni at an NHL venue. The background music is "I Wanna Drive the Zamboni".

Oddly enough, one of my roommates during Spring Break my senior year in college actually did drive the Zamboni at the OSU Ice Rink.
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The following (as best I remember) actually used to air at least once a week on a Rochester radio station:

ANNOUNCER: And now it's time to play "Canadian Or Dead?". We give you the name of a famous person, and you have to tell us: Is he Canadian? --

KAZOO BAND: [first four notes of "O Canada"]

ANNOUNCER: -- or dead?

KAZOO BAND: [first four bars of the "Dead March"]

;-)




More recently, an outfit calling itself BC Drugs has opened up in Burien (near Sea-Tac International Airport) and has been touting itself as a way to get cheap prescription drugs without having to actually run up to British Columbia to buy them yourself. In their radio ads, every time the actors mention the store's name, there's a clip of the organist at a hockey arena playing the first four notes of "O Canada."




Interestingly enough, Canada only has the US beat by two notes: "The Star-Spangled Banner" is fairly recognizable in six notes. As is "God Save The Queen", although Americans will likely call that tune "My Country 'Tis Of Thee" unless it's in an obviously British context.
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Went to an all-day SMC rehearsal today and thought I'd share a few of the more humorous observations from the day:

  • A while back I posted about the finer points of pronunciation while singing. Today's word was "deliver" rather than "remember" though. My observation: "DEE-LI-ver" is what Hannibal Lecter did to the census taker. ;-)
  • In one of the songs we're singing there is a long series of half-note triplets, which Dennis referred to as "drag triplets". I turned to the guys behind me and said, "Drag triplets: Maybelline, Valvoline, and Vaseline." (These were the "Leen Sisters" the chorus from New Jersey -- then known as the Delaware Valley Men's chorus, now the NJGMC -- portrayed when RGMC sang with them some years ago.)
  • There are a few places in the music where parts cross. In one or two of them, as someone put it on rec.music.makers.choral a while back, "the tenors are under the basses, which may be a bit uncomfortable at first."
  • The fellow who sits behind me is a definite Avenue Q fan. We've traded a few pertinet snippets from the show on occasion.
  • I got to share with a few of the folks who went to GALA VIIe in Montreal the little story about directing people to the stage door at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier from the Place-des-Arts Metro station: "just go up the stairs marked rue Jeanne-Mance" (pronounced zhawn-mawnce as is proper in French). "What?" "Jeanne-Mance" (again in French). "What?!" "GENE MANCE!" (anglicized this time.)
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Lengthy description of our Toronto trip follows. For those who would prefer just looking at the pictures, they're here.
Here goes... )
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Pretty Canadian
You scored 76 Canada speak and 76 Canadianess!
You know a lot about us. You probably know someone who owns a Ski-Doo up at their cottage.



My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 0% on Canada speak
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 33% on Canadianess
Link: The Ultimate Canadian Test written by echox2 on Ok Cupid


Update: For completeness' sake:
You Are 60% American
Most times you are proud to be an American.
Though sometimes the good ole US of A makes you cringe
Still, you know there's no place better suited to be your home.
You love your freedom and no one's going to take it away from you!

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Here are the pictures from this weekend.
A few samples )
A good time was had by all (we hope!)
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So [livejournal.com profile] gmjambear and I are sitting around watching his station's 5 PM newscast. Somebody misspells the name of a town on the superimposed caption and I remind Gary he's not at work, whereupon he decides he really can't watch his station's newscasts while he's on vacation. So I suggest we go out for a drive for an hour or two, maybe take a look at Hamlin Beach State Park nearby.
So where do we end up? ... )
All in all, not a bad way to spend the waning hours of a Memorial Day weekend.
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I'm not sure why I feel as strongly as I do about this case half a world away where a woman who was clearly framed by drug smugglers at Sydney airport was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment after the judges refused to hear the evidence that this was a frame-up. But after reading the CNN report and seeing the coverage of the case on ITV, I can see people are extremely angry and it's clear that enormous pressure will be brought to bear on the Howard government to denounce Indonesia for this travesty of justice. Of course, cooler heads will eventually prevail.

Last night, I saw some more coverage of the inquiry into the case of Maher Arar, who was intercepted on a flight layover in New York en route from Tunis to his home in Ottawa, and deported to his native Syria on trumped-up charges with the knowledge he would be tortured there. This time, it is my own government who initially perpetrated this travesty of justice, and I'm just as angry hearing of this.

I suppose I have never believed that the world is fundamentally unfair, which seems to be a common belief around the world. News of injustice like this frustrates me, and frustration turns all too often to impotent rage.

Canadiana

Feb. 9th, 2005 09:17 pm
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Wal-Mart denies charge of union-busting in announcing closure of Quebec store

I suspect Wal-Mart Canada will be duking it out with the union in court over this one, if it isn't the subject of a criminal case first. My prediction: If the government succeeds in making the case that Wal-Mart is engaging in illegal union-busting, Wal-Mart will most happily pull out of Canada entirely rather than accept unions.

NHL season on brink of cancellation if deal not in the works by weekend

Speaking of union-busting... this appears to be a classic case of bargaining in bad faith. However, the fact that the NHL crosses national boundaries makes it problematic for either the US or the Canadian government to step in. Wonder how many seasons of no revenue it will take before the NHL is forced out of business and someone with more smarts can take over.

Rock icons Cummings, Bachman among inductees to Songwriters Hall of Fame

Ah, finally some good news. It was a revelation to me when I was informed only a couple years ago or so that The Guess Who are Canadian, it made "American Woman" make a whole lot more sense to me (as is cheerfully explained by Burton Cummings in this article). Good work guys!
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I have spent entirely too much time tonight trying to find an article I read online some months ago. The gist of the story was that a US citizen of color was stopped coming back across the border from Canada, and the border agent got it into his head that this person's identification was forged, destroyed it, and refused him entry into the US. Apparently Canada was forced to process him as a refugee. Entreaties to the person's Congresscritter appeared to have borne no fruit, at least at the time of the article.

Anyone else remember this story? I'm having a great deal of difficulty finding it in Google or Google Groups. Or perhaps somebody out there has evidence it's an urban legend.

Either way, it would be good to know. Thanks much.

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