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Hey gang. It's Dave Shumka hosting for one more week.

Today I spotted this article about Canada's ParticipACTION fitness program. You remember the TV spots with Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod reminding you to keep fit and have fun.

In a country that is so geographically large, there are plenty of regionalisms but what experiences do all Canadians share? According to one cultural historian, "There are very few things you can touch and say, ‘This is uniquely Canadian and we can all cling to it,’ but ParticipACTION is one of those things."

WHAT EXPERIENCES UNITE CANADIANS FROM COAST TO COAST TO COAST?

What do all of us share - regardless of age/sex/location? Also, do you credit ParticipACTION with keeping you fit?

In other fitness news, congrats to Toronto mayor Rob Ford on wrapping up his weight-loss program early. Mission accomplished.

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daa1982
#1 posted by
daa1982
on May 28, 2012

A love of grain alcohol?

kirkofdoom
#2 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012
pjrocksmb
#3 posted by
pjrocksmb
on May 28, 2012

I would have to say a love for the outdoors, hunting and fishing.

carlyg
#4 posted by
carlyg
on May 28, 2012

An ex boyfriend and I once dressed up as Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod for Halloween. Our costumes were a hit!

jchampagne
#5 posted by
jchampagne
on May 28, 2012

The mighty loonie?

ian1
#6 posted by
ian1
on May 28, 2012

Hey guys, did your school make you do country line dancing in Grade 4, too?

iamRobSmith
#7 posted by
iamRobSmith
on May 28, 2012

Watching the Leafs lose year after year:)

alsace lorraine
#8 posted by
alsace lorraine
on May 28, 2012

@carlyg. I know a couple who dressed up like that one Halloween, it was hilarious.

marie_curious
#9 posted by
marie_curious
on May 28, 2012

The Log Driver's Waltz, The Hockey Sweater, and Don't Put it in Your Mouth.

company pond
#10 posted by
company pond
on May 28, 2012

"My name is Astar. I can put my arm back on - you can't. So play safe."

carlyg
#11 posted by
carlyg
on May 28, 2012

@ian1 - We had to do the macarena in middle school!

iamRobSmith
#12 posted by
iamRobSmith
on May 28, 2012

Rob Ford was on a weight loss program! mwahaha, what was it based on? Walk to the hot dog cart instead of driving?

octavia88
#13 posted by
octavia88
on May 28, 2012

I once went with a friend as Hal Johnson and Joanne Mcleod for Halloween. Won best costume at several parties.On another note, Degrassi is a pretty unifying Canadian entity.  

binsy
#14 posted by
binsy
on May 28, 2012

Uniting all Canadians: 

 

Are you fishing for compliments Dave?

smalliebigs
#15 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 28, 2012

I'm loving the references to the Heritage Minutes, the Log Driver's Waltz and the Hockey Sweater (WE ALL COMBED OUR HAIR LIKE...MAURICE RICHARD)! Purely Canadian. 

@Dave: did Rob Ford manage to lose all the weight by burning calories from sheer rage at pinkos and, well, sensible people?

 

carlyg
#16 posted by
carlyg
on May 28, 2012

Why did Rob Ford quit his weight loss program? I think it's bad form for a major to be a quitter. Just saying.

ian1
#17 posted by
ian1
on May 28, 2012

@carlyg Halloween may be one of the only times and places where wearing blackface is socially acceptable, so long as you are also wearing a tracksuit and telling kids to "keep fit and have fun".

alsace lorraine
#18 posted by
alsace lorraine
on May 28, 2012

Also, coffee crisps are pretty uniting, and kethcup chips.

Dave Shumka
#19 posted by
Dave Shumka
on May 28, 2012

@binsy - I mean obviously I'm a uniter.

smalliebigs
#20 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 28, 2012

@Company Pond: I have at least one friend who was terrified by that ad growing up. 

kirkofdoom
#21 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

at ian1

not in grade 4... but we had square dancing mandatory in gym class in high school. grades 8 and 9, i think. 

i hated it, but those terrible songs are ingrained in my brain, and every once in a while (last friday it happened) one of them will pop into my head for no reason whatsoever. 

"What did Robinson Crusoe do with Friday on a Saturday night?"

octavia88
#22 posted by
octavia88
on May 28, 2012

@kirkofdoom Thanks for the reminder of the Heritage moments. Amazing.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9GYWbhBoHM

carlyg
#23 posted by
carlyg
on May 28, 2012

@ian1 - Haha totally! It was an incredibly awesome costume!

jchampagne
#24 posted by
jchampagne
on May 28, 2012

@alsace lorraine Don't forget Smarties!

company pond
#25 posted by
company pond
on May 28, 2012

@smalliebigs - it was nightmare inducing, for sure. All the gears and machinery!

Best Heritage Minute: "Both of you know I canna read a word."

CDNz1
#26 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

Beer, Canadian indie music, hockey, Movember, and CBC Radio 3 seem to keep a bunch of us in touch with each other.

kidcauley
#27 posted by
kidcauley
on May 28, 2012

a love of denim

carlyg
#28 posted by
carlyg
on May 28, 2012

Beer is definitely a uniter!

smalliebigs
#29 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 28, 2012

@Company pond: little known fact--that phrase was repeated many times over in rural Alberta in the 21st century. 

marie_curious
#30 posted by
marie_curious
on May 28, 2012

The Cat Came Back

My knowledge of Canadiana is restricted to 5 minute vignettes.

iamRobSmith
#31 posted by
iamRobSmith
on May 28, 2012

Shirtcocking? Or is that just a Lawrence thing?

TheRadioHead
#33 posted by
TheRadioHead
on May 28, 2012

 I was considering saying contempt for our current government.  But 36% of us voted for them.

I better never find out it was YOU!

alsace lorraine
#34 posted by
alsace lorraine
on May 28, 2012

@marie_curious. All of those NFB shorts that used to play on the CBC are pretty uniquely Canadian.

kidcauley
#35 posted by
kidcauley
on May 28, 2012
company pond
#36 posted by
company pond
on May 28, 2012

@smalliebigs - Ha! That would explain why my re-enactment was never a big hit at parties there. Or anywhere, really. 

 

kidcauley
#37 posted by
kidcauley
on May 28, 2012

#32 - arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

smalliebigs
#38 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 28, 2012
CDNz1
#39 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

@RobSmith - A trend heading east this summer.

pjrocksmb
#40 posted by
pjrocksmb
on May 28, 2012

Harper sucks

kidcauley
#41 posted by
kidcauley
on May 28, 2012

Canaden - the world's greatest den.

Chopz87
#42 posted by
Chopz87
on May 28, 2012

@ Carlyg #11 - OH MY GOD, I apologize on behalf of the latino community for the Macarena.

TheRadioHead
#43 posted by
TheRadioHead
on May 28, 2012

@smalliebigs  We can hope.

When you consider what they have done only in their first year, it's pretty hard to imagine that in another 3 there won't be a huge backlash.

BUT, there will always be a segment of the population that benefits from this government and will support them en masse as well.

It's a bit early IMHO to start influencing people's vote, but personally I'll be getting politically active in election year.

slkdsb
#44 posted by
slkdsb
on May 28, 2012

In addition to the Log Driver's Waltz, I'd add the Black Fly Song:  http://www.nfb.ca/film/blackfly . Just wondering - in addition to North OntarIo, where else are there black flies in Canada? Have you all experienced them at least once?

smalliebigs
#45 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 28, 2012

@TRH: agreed. Sadly, even for those who might not necessarily benefit from the current gov't, memories tend to be incredibly short. 

kidcauley
#46 posted by
kidcauley
on May 28, 2012

Canadian's are united by our dislike of Nickelback? I am pretty sure that is an export we are ashamed of right?

slkdsb
#47 posted by
slkdsb
on May 28, 2012

Oh - can we link now? Then, Black Fly Song

jchampagne
#48 posted by
jchampagne
on May 28, 2012

@kidcauley I think we're looking for uniquely Canadian experiences; I'm pretty sure hating on Nickelback is universal (except maybe for some parts of rural US) :P

carlyg
#49 posted by
carlyg
on May 28, 2012

@Chopz - Apology accepted! :)

Benoit from Ottawa
#50 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

Black fly season is fully on right now north and east of Ottawa. Then come mosquitoes. Then deer flies.

CDNz1
#51 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

BACON! Bacon is a great uniter.

#R3BaconClub

JonDixon
#52 posted by
JonDixon
on May 28, 2012

This song always makes my day better.

carlyg
#53 posted by
carlyg
on May 28, 2012

I love this song!!!

treble
#54 posted by
treble
on May 28, 2012

Caesars and the Canada Fitness Test (at the same time?)

kidcauley
#55 posted by
kidcauley
on May 28, 2012

CAESARS - OMG YES CAESARS

treble
#56 posted by
treble
on May 28, 2012

Too

kidcauley
#57 posted by
kidcauley
on May 28, 2012

Caesars with bacon in them are AMAZING

treble
#58 posted by
treble
on May 28, 2012

What about Casey and Finnigan?

treble
#59 posted by
treble
on May 28, 2012

Bacon

treble
#60 posted by
treble
on May 28, 2012

goes with everything

company pond
#61 posted by
company pond
on May 28, 2012

@kidcauley - what about Caesars with bacon vodka?

jdurley
#62 posted by
jdurley
on May 28, 2012

Too funny today's post mentions the Participation parks - I was visiting my hometown this past weekend, and my sister and went to see if the old participaction stuff was still there in the park, but it wasn't.  I guess those old railway ties finally rotted.   Apparently there's new equipment in a different park.

kidcauley
#63 posted by
kidcauley
on May 28, 2012

I make a rockin' caesar - anyone who comes to OT or to MTL next year, you are cordially welcomed for a caesar.

jdurley
#64 posted by
jdurley
on May 28, 2012

@TRH #33 - It sure wasn't me! 

kirkofdoom
#65 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

these are smarties in not-Canada.

what's up with that?

kirkofdoom
#66 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

Wait, that's misleading. Smarties are Smarties in England, too. 

kidcauley
#67 posted by
kidcauley
on May 28, 2012

Orange smarties in the UK and Ireland taste like orange chocolate.

jdurley
#68 posted by
jdurley
on May 28, 2012

Poll Question

I thought it was supposed to be "Peace, order and good government" but apparently not, these days...

I guess we all still live in igloos, so there's that...

marie_curious
#69 posted by
marie_curious
on May 28, 2012

Smarties are also what you call the little button at the top of your baseball cap.

jdurley
#70 posted by
jdurley
on May 28, 2012

@KoD - I think we call those "Rockets" in Canada?

octavia88
#71 posted by
octavia88
on May 28, 2012

Tins of Carnation milk! Or is that just a Newfoundland thing?

chicomaz
#72 posted by
chicomaz
on May 28, 2012

Shoppers Drug Mart commercials with Bea Arthur.

Chopz87
#73 posted by
Chopz87
on May 28, 2012

@ Kidcauley - Both Canada and The States are to blame for what I call "Nicklecreed" but I love you guys anyways.

kirkofdoom
#74 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

at jdurley

yeah, they're rockets here and I think "Fizzers" in the UK, but I could be wrong.

kirkofdoom
#75 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

according to wikipedia, Smarties' "Do you east the red ones last?" is "known as one of the best marketing campaigns for any candy."

Citation needed.

nvp
#76 posted by
nvp
on May 28, 2012

i've run into this disturbing rockets/smarties issue before.

so does the USA not have the candy coated chocolate oblate spheroids properly referred to as Smarties?

 

kirkofdoom
#77 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

at nvp

just m&m's

smalliebigs
#78 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 28, 2012

"Candy coated chocolate oblate spheroids" was actually the name Nestle had in mind originally. 

kidcauley
#79 posted by
kidcauley
on May 28, 2012

yea no smarties in the US. Smarties suck in Canada anyways. M&Ms are way better, only place Smarites are good is the UK & Ireland. As their chocolate is better in general. Irish chocolate is better than UK as well!

nvp
#80 posted by
nvp
on May 28, 2012

@kirk  that is an outrage.  who cares if anyone eats red M&Ms last?  who!?

CDNz1
#81 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

[76] - Eminem. Oh, wait.

kirkofdoom
#82 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

at nvp

i'm sure this guy would care?

Benoit from Ottawa
#83 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

kirk, the answer has to do with trademarks and stuff: Canada's regime (and choco trade), back when we were a Dominion, was dominated by British makes, for instance Cadbury's (now owned by Kraft; not in the 50s and 60s) and Rowntree.

Canada did not get Hershey's chocolate until end 60s or even early 70s. (wiki sez: "The first plant outside Hershey, Pennsylvania opened on June 15, 1963 in Smiths Falls, Ontario,...").

So anyway, trademarking was like British-based (or -influenced) in Canada, so that's how Canadian Rockets are "Smarties" in the U.S., and Canadian Smarties can't be found there -- M & Ms, Hersheyettes, yes, but not what we call Smarties.

nvp
#84 posted by
nvp
on May 28, 2012

WHAT EXPERIENCES UNITE CANADIANS FROM COAST TO COAST TO COAST?

efforts to avoid being mistaken for Americans when abroad?

Fast and Bulbous
#85 posted by
Fast and Bulbous
on May 28, 2012

Ryder pride might be the unifier of the day.  And he won on a Cervelo too! 

And poutine. Always poutine. 

@ TheRadioHead

A dislike for our current federal politicians in general might be a better way to put it.  Whether it’ s Harper, or Tea Party Tom Mulcair (a man who is trying to turn the NDP into the angry bigots of the “left”), or yesterday’s man Bob Rae, there isn’t a single one of them you can feel good about. 

Otoh, I think a new era of politics is beginning in Canada with the rise of some new and truly progressive leaders.  Naheed Nenshi is one on the leading edge ofthis next wave, imo.  I actually think the future is bright, but we've got a lot of housecleaning to do first.

nvp
#86 posted by
nvp
on May 28, 2012

[82] touché

Benoit from Ottawa
#87 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

Man, the candy world is like the rest of the business world, convoluted. One single paragraph from the wiki on Hershey's, under Other Aquisitions or somerthing:

In 1977, Hershey acquired Y&S Candies, founded in 1845, and became the makers of Twizzlers licorice candies. In 1986, Hershey's began a brief foray into cough drops when it acquired the Luden's cough drops brand. But by 2001, the brand had been sold to Pharmacia,[20] and Luden's eventually became a product of Prestige Brands.[21] Hershey's kept Luden's 5th Avenue bar. In 1988, Hershey's acquired the rights to manufacture and distribute many Cadbury-branded products in the United States. The Cadbury creme eggs sold in the United States are imported by Hershey from Cadbury in the United Kingdom.[22][not in citation given] In 1996, Hershey purchased the American operations of the Leaf Candy Company from Huhtamäki.

KimKelln
#88 posted by
KimKelln
on May 28, 2012

Hawkins Cheezies. Only in Canada, eh! Nothing like it anywhere else.

nvp
#89 posted by
nvp
on May 28, 2012

i square danced, other people line danced?

after point dancing, i think we're out of dimensions.

flagpole music
#90 posted by
flagpole music
on May 28, 2012

mabye this is what Dave was just explaining (i caught him mid sentence) but Smarties in the US are this Smarties

sort of a tiny sweet tart thing. not like your smarties at all.

kirkofdoom
#91 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

school related?

Was anyone else made to watch Téléfrançais? 

 

alsace lorraine
#92 posted by
alsace lorraine
on May 28, 2012

@Kim. Oooh, I love those cheezies, the guy who made them died a little while ago. I remember reading about it on the CBC. I should eat some as a memorial.

Chopz87
#93 posted by
Chopz87
on May 28, 2012

Could there be any Puerto Rican products sold in Canada?

Benoit from Ottawa
#94 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

Hawkins Cheezies. Also a family-owned operation, the last one in the WORLD. Well, in Canada maybe.

flannel tom
#95 posted by
flannel tom
on May 28, 2012

French class, anyone? I mean, doesn't every kid in english speaking Canada have to take French? (sorry if this was already brought up, I'm trying to be busy working and not reading blog comments haha!)

flannel tom
#96 posted by
flannel tom
on May 28, 2012

And speaking of French class: Zip, Zap et Zop anyone?

smalliebigs
#97 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 28, 2012

Hawkins' Cheezies! YES!

French class! YES!

SQUARE DANCING? NO...but line dancing and all kinds of other "social" dance. Awkward...and I've forgotten all the steps! 

octavia88
#98 posted by
octavia88
on May 28, 2012

@kirkofdoom I loved that creepy singing pineapple.Food and livestock show field trips in elemenatry school were also pretty awesome. But once again, that might just have been a Newfoundland thing.  

darbarspecial
#99 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 28, 2012

@nvp - I square danced in elementary and some disco line dance thing in high school. I am old...

nvp
#100 posted by
nvp
on May 28, 2012

now i want some cheezies.

kirkofdoom
#101 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

I don't know if it was a Canadian thing, but I know people in a couple different generations who watched the Rainforest Rap

The amazingness of the video/lyrice became a running joke amongst me & my high school friends. To this day, one of us can not say "the rainforest" without someone else jumping in with "the tropical RAINforest!"

company pond
#102 posted by
company pond
on May 28, 2012

My French class had Luc et Martine, the French Dick and Jane. I also recall stories involving Guillemot the anthropomorphized comma.

kirkofdoom
#103 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

lyrics, that should say. 

Snarf
#104 posted by
Snarf
on May 28, 2012

"Je suis un anana!" That was about the extent of french class in grade 4.  Pretty sure the teacher couldn't even say that much.

Spikeinthebox
#105 posted by
Spikeinthebox
on May 28, 2012

What about Pop Shoppe Pop? There was a while, throughout the late 80s and 90s, when people would go 'what pop?', but it made it's return back in the mid 00s and is apparently making an invasion into the US.

My favourites, after all this time, are the Lime Rickey (the BEST!), Root Beer and Pineapple. There (red) cream soda is the great, too. Grape is awesome, too, but hard to find out West.

Speaking of 'pop,' how about the fact that it's called 'pop' in Canada, and not 'soda,' like those weird Americans call it... (apparently, Pop Shoppe has a shirt that says 'It's called Pop, not Soda.' or something like that. Want.)

Fast and Bulbous
#106 posted by
Fast and Bulbous
on May 28, 2012

Winter

octavia88
#107 posted by
octavia88
on May 28, 2012

Sorry, I should say "J'ai adore l'ananas chant effrayant". Is that right? Obviously Telefrancis did not result in my bilingualism. 

Benoit from Ottawa
#108 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

95: In Canada, flannel tom, the Federal Government obliged itself long ago to furnishing services to the people in both English and French where numbers warrant.

That's it. Well, one more thing or two or three: Ontario Government, French not official language, but some overture to services in French and other languages. Québec, official language French, Government not at all anglophile. Fuck you for services, mostly. People in general, though, quite open to English, esp. in Montreal. Lastly, New Brunswick has both as official languages, but I couldn't tell you what services are like.

All the French immersion stuff that occurred in Canada since the 70s was voluntary. No FedGov requirtement.

That's pretty much it.

TheRadioHead
#109 posted by
TheRadioHead
on May 28, 2012

F & B #85

Yes, I can agree with all of that.

Benoit from Ottawa
#110 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

Goddamn squidgy t sneaked in there. Gimme back.

smalliebigs
#111 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 28, 2012

@Spike: I can remember Pop Shoppe! Did they have the refillable bottles, too? I could be thinking of something else local, but I know there was a spot where you could go refill these 1.5 L glass botltles at a weird pop depot. 

darbarspecial
#112 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 28, 2012

Pic-a-Pop here. That was our Friday night treat.

jdurley
#113 posted by
jdurley
on May 28, 2012

Pop Shoppe, doodly-doot DOOOOO doo doo doo.

flagpole music
#114 posted by
flagpole music
on May 28, 2012

@105 - it depends on which peice of the US you're in. Michigan folk say pop but when I lived in Jersey I got adjusted to soda because well, a 'pop' is a smack in the face there & who wants that.  there's also plenty of places that just say Coke for everything. THat's happened in Toronto. I was at Supermarket & ordered a jack & coke & a disturbingly foul Jack & Pepsi. ick.

Rye is making a bit of a mark in  parts of the US but it's still more prevelant in Canada. I have a friend who ordered Rye & Coke in NY a few years ago & was brought a glass of soda & toasted rye bread.

flagpole music
#115 posted by
flagpole music
on May 28, 2012

oops. i meant #105, @Spike:)

CDNz1
#116 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

Our "pop" culture was a Canada Dry or an orange pop on a Friday.

"If you're thirsty, there's the hose..."

Summer was much better though, we had Kool-Aid.

carlyg
#117 posted by
carlyg
on May 28, 2012

I definitely say bunnyhug! I am aware it sounds ridiculous.

iamRobSmith
#118 posted by
iamRobSmith
on May 28, 2012

Am I wrong that the bi-lingual thing is in every province BUT Quebec?

astorrrmt
#119 posted by
astorrrmt
on May 28, 2012

re: french- just had a friend tell me over the weekend how he thought the "sortie" part of hte emergency exit/sortie sign meant building.. as in "exit building" haha!

also i've been lurking all day. hello blog people!

kirkofdoom
#120 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

the fact that "grape" was "raisin" in French really messed with my head.

What the hell? Raisin kool-aid???

flannel tom
#121 posted by
flannel tom
on May 28, 2012

The only officially bilingual province is New Brunswick!

Chopz87
#122 posted by
Chopz87
on May 28, 2012

#120 - I just gaged

thisisjaclyne
#123 posted by
thisisjaclyne
on May 28, 2012

Do most Canadians says "pencil crayons" instead of "colored pencils"?  I've always said pencil crayons and I'm not sure where it came from.

iamRobSmith
#124 posted by
iamRobSmith
on May 28, 2012

@FT I mean signs and the like. Isn't every province required to display them in both languages?

Benoit from Ottawa
#125 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

iamrobsmith, see my 108.

flagpole music
#126 posted by
flagpole music
on May 28, 2012

#116 - Russ - do remember how old you were when you started caring that the hose was stored in the shade so you didn't burn your tongue when you went for that drink?  That's also what served as a 'pool' for us for the most part. Except for when mom would get in the  mood to take us to her sister's, who lived on Lyon Lake in Marshall or to Blue Lake in Climax. but we were really lucky. mostly, it was running throught the sprinkler.(yes, there really is a town called Climax in Michigan. ask any band who's driven West on  I-94. & yes, I've heard every joke you can possibly think of. I promise.)

alsace lorraine
#127 posted by
alsace lorraine
on May 28, 2012

@kirk. My dad is American, and when he moved to Canada, he was unused to the French lables, and he refered to grape pop as raisin-grape for years.

Fast and Bulbous
#128 posted by
Fast and Bulbous
on May 28, 2012

@ TRH #109

It’s the fact that you and I and so many other people think the same thing that gives me hope for the future.  We just need the right leaders to step forward now to help lead the next wave, and I think that’s starting to happen.  Redford has said some good things as well, and I think she’s one to watch, but she’s made a misstep or two as well, and more importantly she has to reform her own party, which could be a BIG task.  Best to take a wait and seestance with her, I think.  Time will tell if her government's actions match her words.  I’m hoping some good leaders emerge in Ontario in the near future.  They really need them, and I think a good leader there could make a big difference. Anyway, enough politics for the day. 

smalliebigs
#129 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 28, 2012

Re "Raisin Kool Aid" I got caught in that same trap many-a-time...and was almost convinced at some points I might actually like raisins. 

flannel tom
#130 posted by
flannel tom
on May 28, 2012

I dream of being hugged by bunnies, imagine how fluffly that would be!

flannel tom
#131 posted by
flannel tom
on May 28, 2012

"Zesty Mordants" a la Ricky of Trailer Park Boys.

iamRobSmith
#132 posted by
iamRobSmith
on May 28, 2012

@@Ft there's a fetish for that.

Benoit from Ottawa
#133 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

flannel, I hadn,t heard 'zesty mordants', despite some familiarity with TPBs. Hilarious. Def. a rickism.

CDNz1
#134 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

[130] - VEGAS!

Chopz87
#135 posted by
Chopz87
on May 28, 2012

@ Flannel Ton - Hugged By Bunnies, my new band.

Spikeinthebox
#136 posted by
Spikeinthebox
on May 28, 2012

@smalliebigs Yes! Pop Shoppe had it's own dedicated warehouse-type stores where yu could buy by the flat. You couldn't refill at ours, and we didn't have the 1.5L bottles - those were only at the BIG stores, like in big cities. But to this day they still have stubbies for the individual-size bottles - tubbies also being something quintessentially Canadian...

BTW, @darbarspecial, we had Pic-a-Pop, too, but it was only 'carried' at certain stores like Sper-Valu and various corner stores. Pic-a-Pop bit the dust out West far before Pop Shoppe's first incarnation did, though.

Harb!
#137 posted by
Harb!
on May 28, 2012

Yes to the Hawkins Cheezies, and also to the Caesar!  and Don Cherry, and The Friendly Giant,

nvp
#138 posted by
nvp
on May 28, 2012

my mom and dad immigrated to Canada, and thus had no exposure to french at all.

i still snicker when i think of my mom asking me why anyone would want a breadbox that said "pain"

those of you younger than me, may have to look up what a breadbox is.

not sure why you'd need a label on it anyway ..

treble
#139 posted by
treble
on May 28, 2012

bien agiter

CDNz1
#140 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

Pop Shoppe = Towne Club in the States.

FlagPOP remembers. Right?

Dave Shumka
#141 posted by
Dave Shumka
on May 28, 2012

@nvp - How big is a breadbox, you know, relative to itself?

nvp
#142 posted by
nvp
on May 28, 2012

it was Pic-A-Pop in my hood.  orange plastic crates.

and only on special occaisons.

Benoit from Ottawa
#143 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

nvp, water taps in Québec when I was young. (Proviso: they were available with English references.)

So one had a C, and that was obviously for "chaude" (hot).

The other said H, and that's because Anglos don't know what the hell. It should be F. Use it for the cold water tap.

Was how it was explained to me.

 

Benoit from Ottawa
#144 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

Dave Shum: Exactly as large as.

smalliebigs
#145 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 28, 2012

I like the idea of a breadbox. I'm not sure why they seem to have gone extinct. 

kirkofdoom
#146 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

at dave/nvp

why/when did a breadbox become the standard in judging the size of things?

Benoit from Ottawa
#147 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

kirk, some t.v. game show in the 60s or 70s. Became a standard qualifying question.

flagpole music
#148 posted by
flagpole music
on May 28, 2012

#140 - yep, Rusty Bottle Opener -  I remember. we weren't allowed to have that. My mom had some weird thing against the gas station in town that offered that.we were Faygo people.

have you been to the dairy stores in Lansing where you can get plastic crates of beers? They're stubby sized bottles & i can't remember what beer it is. they may not do that anymore but it was still happening in the 90's. bright yellow crates.

Chopz87
#149 posted by
Chopz87
on May 28, 2012

What are we listening to?

Benoit from Ottawa
#150 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

147 onward: 'qualifying' : more like exploraory question, trying to guess what the mystery item was.

Benoit from Ottawa
#151 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

exploratory

kirkofdoom
#152 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

I found it. It's from What's My Line?

CDNz1
#153 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

Thunderbirds and Fireball XL-5 on CBC after school.

#earlyscifi

flannel tom
#154 posted by
flannel tom
on May 28, 2012

Tuna Mac

kirkofdoom
#155 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

Russ just died.

flagpole music
#156 posted by
flagpole music
on May 28, 2012

Russ just ran to the kitchen to see if he had any Kraft dinner on hand so he can try to recreate that.

CDNz1
#157 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

KD + hot dogs = Lunch WIN.

Oh, and listen to more Del Bel, then buy it. Mike's a great guy.

 

nvp
#158 posted by
nvp
on May 28, 2012

@Dave:  smaller than a house.

dat is all i know.

however, my house is ~1200 sq feet, and my neighbours are like 5000-10000.  so that's useless.

why feet, and not meters?  my house is old, so it has an excuse at least.

maybe that's why they're dropping the breadbox as a unit of measure.

 

 

darbarspecial
#159 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 28, 2012

I am getting hungry for KD now. Weird.

treble
#160 posted by
treble
on May 28, 2012

Flintstones at lunch - anyone else? they tried something else for a year and there must have been complaints. All the way through elementary school...

kathyjean
#161 posted by
kathyjean
on May 28, 2012

Yeah.. here I am eating tomatoes and carrot sticks and wishing they would turn into Smarties.

kathyjean
#162 posted by
kathyjean
on May 28, 2012

Ooh good song.

darbarspecial
#163 posted by
darbarspecial
on May 28, 2012

@treble - I remember the uproar. Flintstones at lunch is definitely part of my growing up memories.

nvp
#164 posted by
nvp
on May 28, 2012

@Benoit [143], that's great about the water taps.  I have a vague recollection of my dad buying a faucet that had 3 inserts, C, F, and H.  The F one was in the miscelleious parts box for years before I figured out what it was for.

octavia88
#165 posted by
octavia88
on May 28, 2012

Canada Dry Gingerale and a bag of Humpty Dumpty party mix is a pretty good snack as well.And has anyone mentioned Tim Hortons or is just too obvious?

kathyjean
#166 posted by
kathyjean
on May 28, 2012

I miss Humpty Dumpty Barbecue chips. Damn you Old Dutch. haha

Benoit from Ottawa
#167 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

kathyjean (166), funny to say but I don't. Hear me out.

Longtime fan of Humpty Dumpty's, I was glad when Old Dutch used that flavouring as their BBQ variety, but it was too damn salty. Exactly as salty as the original chips, which is to say too damn much. Recenty, I noticed that they've dropped that Humpty Dumpty brand reference on their bag, it just says BBQ; I prefer it: not quite as salty (but not lacking), and spicier than the other recipe. And not sweet, yay!

Better, I say.

Benoit from Ottawa
#168 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

It's not the cold it's the humidity.

smalliebigs
#169 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 28, 2012

@Dave: ahahaha, while living in Toronto I was "that dick from the Prairies" walking around in December in a canvas jacket and talking about how grateful I was that it wasn't a cold winter...at the long-time Torontonians around me went on about how cold it was. 

Benoit from Ottawa
#170 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

Torontonians are wusses.

There, I said it.

Dave Shumka
#171 posted by
Dave Shumka
on May 28, 2012

@smalliebigs - We can at least say that it's a wet cold, as opposed to a dry cold.

smalliebigs
#172 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 28, 2012

I always assumed people were full of S*it when pointing out the wet/dry cold distinction, but it's significant. That said, I was dealing with a "wet" cold of -2 in Toronto while people back home in Edmonton were dealing with -30 dry cold. I don't think the humidity made it feel 28 degrees colder in TO. 

kirkofdoom
#173 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

at Dave, et al

I know people who have lived up in northern BC, and even in the Yukon, that claim our colds down here are just as bad if not worse because of the wetness.

Benoit from Ottawa
#174 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

smalliebigs, correct. Refer to my 170.

Chopz87
#175 posted by
Chopz87
on May 28, 2012

@ Benoit - Kardi is a Torontonian therefor you are wrong, that is all.

nvp
#176 posted by
nvp
on May 28, 2012

the wetness.  the embarassing wetness.

Benoit from Ottawa
#177 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

Chopz87:              8p

kathyjean
#178 posted by
kathyjean
on May 28, 2012

@benoit - I am being a tad bit facetious. I actually really like Old Dutch BBQ chips.. My Atlantic Canadian self is toiling with the prairie gal I've become! 

Chopz87
#179 posted by
Chopz87
on May 28, 2012

;o)

kathyjean
#180 posted by
kathyjean
on May 28, 2012

I hate Caesers. BLEHHCHH!

kirkofdoom
#181 posted by
kirkofdoom
on May 28, 2012

i want to meet the person who first decided it was a good idea to combine tomato juice and clam broth.

and then punch him in the throat.

octavia88
#182 posted by
octavia88
on May 28, 2012

Canadian bacon and egg Ceasars. I found them somewhere in downtown Van and my life has never been the same. 

smalliebigs
#183 posted by
smalliebigs
on May 28, 2012

What could be more intuitively delicious than tomato juice and...clam juice...?

iamRobSmith
#184 posted by
iamRobSmith
on May 28, 2012

Too bad the Canada Fitness Test wasn't still around:(

Benoit from Ottawa
#185 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

Dave, pronunciation of Bulat: Boolatt

Bashia Boolatt (could be Bulatt, but I'm mentioning what most people say.)

flagpole music
#186 posted by
flagpole music
on May 28, 2012

#180 - @Kath - agreed. not sure what a perfectly good Bloody Mary ever did to you people that you had to put clam juice in but yeah, that's a 'blech' for me too. Mind you, I make a kick ass bloody

Chopz87
#187 posted by
Chopz87
on May 28, 2012

Do you guys have those Doritos Locos Tacos from Taco Bell?

Dave Shumka
#188 posted by
Dave Shumka
on May 28, 2012

@BfO - I knew as soon as I said it, it was wrong. It's been a while since I've said it out loud.

CDNz1
#189 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

While not unique to Canada, teaching a kid how to ride a bike might be worthy of a mention.

CONTRATS! to Wendyort who learned in three days.

Can we hear some Bicycles, Dave?

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

 

CDNz1
#190 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

Basia Bulait sounds like a Timmy's Special.

iamRobSmith
#191 posted by
iamRobSmith
on May 28, 2012

@Dave and @BFO - I think it's pronounced 'Shakira'.

Benoit from Ottawa
#192 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

What gets me about the Caesar, is that Clamato is quintessentially American. But the Bloody Caesar is q. Canadian, a request for same drawing blank stares in the States I'm told. And Mott's is an American company.

Oh, wiki's a fount: "Beefamato is a similar beverage made from beef broth and tomato juice with a touch of Worcestershire sauce. It is a popular ingredient in many cocktails, such as 'Gramma's Bloody Mary'.[6]"

Benoit from Ottawa
#193 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

Also from the wiki:

Clamato was produced in its current form beginning in 1966 by the Duffy-Mott company in Hamlin, New York, by two employees who wanted to create a Manhattan clam chowder style cocktail by combining tomato juice and clam broth with spices. They also named the new cocktail Mott's Clamato and secured the trademark for the new brand. According to Mott's, the Clamato Caesar is one of the top selling cocktails across Canada.[2][3]

Dave Shumka
#194 posted by
Dave Shumka
on May 28, 2012

CDNz1 - I'll try to get some in the next set.

Dave Shumka
#195 posted by
Dave Shumka
on May 28, 2012

@BfO - This Clamato talk is not unlike last week's barf stories.

Benoit from Ottawa
#196 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

Octopusato

Crabato

Alligato

Porpoisato

Benoit from Ottawa
#197 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

(Dave, I read your 195 AFTER posting my 196!)

nvp
#198 posted by
nvp
on May 28, 2012

my dad sometimes drank beer and clamato juice or beer and tomato juice.

i don't know why.

CDNz1
#199 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

I like Clamato, Yort despises it. My TO living sis loves it. Most Yank Yank stores give you the WTF.

nvp
#200 posted by
nvp
on May 28, 2012

oysterato

musselato  (actually, that could be an Italian dictator)

CDNz1
#201 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

Or a Styx song.

nvp
#202 posted by
nvp
on May 28, 2012

for the love of God, you can get it in one can: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/29/37389

Benoit from Ottawa
#203 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

198, apparently called red beer, or red eye, or red rooster, or bloody beer. For the taste I suppose. Or to replace supper?

Benoit from Ottawa
#204 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

bouillabaissato

Chopz87
#205 posted by
Chopz87
on May 28, 2012

Dave - You sounded like Mr. Horse from Ren & Stimpy there when you said "I don't like it"

flagpole music
#206 posted by
flagpole music
on May 28, 2012

#198 - nvp - beer & tomato is a red-eye. at least where I come from. it's also kinda gross. tho, I like them both seperately. i love Porter because when I fly in the mornings they'll still give me both. mostly the stewardesses think it's funny when I 'day-beer' with them:)

nvp
#207 posted by
nvp
on May 28, 2012

i'm no budweiser fan, but i don't hate it enough to force it mix with clamato.

that's just cruel.

CDNz1
#208 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

Guinness + Clamato + shredded Bacon = Supper

Benoit from Ottawa
#209 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

I dunno man. Those people now make Bud Lime Mojito, crissakes!

JonDixon
#210 posted by
JonDixon
on May 28, 2012

Just back from a meeting.  I love Caesars, my wife hates them (she calls them soup).  I had a Bloody Mary in an airport once and it was horrible.  Is all tomato juice... pulpy? ughh

Benoit from Ottawa
#211 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

Another that won't work: slugato

Tofuato? Sounds like the capital of a foreign land.

mandypants
#212 posted by
mandypants
on May 28, 2012

Snow Days!  You know the really bad snow storms where not only do the kids stay home because the school buses are not running but the parents get to stay home too because they can't get out of the driveway.  All the neighbours get bundled up and help each other dig out all day.

flagpole music
#213 posted by
flagpole music
on May 28, 2012

those 'flavoured' beers are pretty prevellant out here in Cali. not in the good bars but at the gas stations & groceries. lime Bud & the tomato ones too.

 

I totally admit to squeezing a lime into a Pacifico & putting lemon in many beers but they were good beers to start with. ugh. Bud in any form. just ugh.

flannel tom
#214 posted by
flannel tom
on May 28, 2012

BEER AND CLAM IS A HUGE THING ON THE PRAIRIES... I HAVE NO IDEA WHY PEOPLE DO IT BUT IT'S NOT JUST ONE OR TWO PEOPLE DOING IT EITHER.

sorry for yelling. I fail typing class.

Benoit from Ottawa
#215 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

JonDixon, that's a selling feature! You want yer t. juice nice and thick (as with your ketchup, even if they're not the same thing, quite), not thin and runny. Technological breakthroughs in not damaging the tomato cell structure too much.

Benoit from Ottawa
#216 posted by
Benoit from Ottawa
on May 28, 2012

(I do like, occasionally, in the summer, squeezing one or even two lemon wedges into a glass of laaaager.)

flagpole music
#217 posted by
flagpole music
on May 28, 2012

also - #208 - Russ can you fetch Yort? I'm gonna need her to smack you for me on behalf of my late Irish great grandmother, Stephen Fearing, my pal Tommy from Cork & well, frankly, any other Guinness loving people on the plant.  W.T.F.?  Clamato?????  really?????

sweet jaysus, mary, joseph & the wee donkey.

CDNz1
#218 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

I'll personally stick to beer.

Or Crown, THAT'S Canadiain! And makes great BBQ sauce.

 

flannel tom
#219 posted by
flannel tom
on May 28, 2012

I remember the first time i went to an establishment in Saskatchewan (some random sports bar in Yorkton) before I ever moved out here and one of the people who we met there (an old friend of my friend) ordered a beer and clam and proceded to pour the clam into the beer and my jaw dropped as aI watched on in horror. I was shocked. What the deuce was she doing?!? I still don't get it but whatever, I've tried it and it's not my thing but more power to those who do (I guess?)

JonDixon
#220 posted by
JonDixon
on May 28, 2012

I've never had a red eye myself as the idea does not appeal to me, but to each their own. 

@BfO [215] I just threw up in my mouth a little.  Tomatoes are gross - they should be pulverized until they are unrecognizable and then mixed with clam juice, vodka and other tasty ingredients to create a delicious potent drink.

CDNz1
#221 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

@Christine Hinchcliffe (a Canadian racer who finished sixth in the 2012 Indy 500) I mentioned Guinness because two consumed properly, are in themselves, a sandwich.

flannel tom
#222 posted by
flannel tom
on May 28, 2012

I don't understand why the people who go on about shitty american beer are the people who drink molson canadian.

JonDixon
#223 posted by
JonDixon
on May 28, 2012

@FT I try to stay on a diet of locally brewed Yukon beer.  If I can't find that, I like Sleeman myself.  Sometimes, I'm forced into Bud or Molson after hockey games if I didn't bring any beer.  My fallback "big brand" beer is Kokanee though.

flannel tom
#224 posted by
flannel tom
on May 28, 2012

that little bit "we are going to have a commercial..." that has to be Meryl Streep doing a Julia Childs impression, right?

flannel tom
#225 posted by
flannel tom
on May 28, 2012

@JD - yeah, I totally prefer the more locally brewed or craft brews but that said, I will have a Kokanne or a Pilsner or a blue or whatever. Keith's falls into that bland big brewery category too even though they seem to market themselves as something special. 8 out of 10 Haligonians I know don't drink Keith's...

mandypants
#226 posted by
mandypants
on May 28, 2012

FT I think that jingle is Craig!

JonDixon
#227 posted by
JonDixon
on May 28, 2012

@FT agreed re: Keiths.  A friend of mine is an assistant brew master at Labatts, and he told me that when he was going to school they learned that beers are normally brewed to get rid of that "taste" that Keith's has.  I personally don't like it.  But I also don't like really hoppy beers.  IPA's aren't really my thing.  I'm more of an ale/lager kind of guy.  In fact, my favourite beer right now is Yukon Red, an amber ale.  I should go and pick some up today....

CDNz1
#228 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

@Tom - Canadian and Blue are the only good deals for the volume here. If Rolling Rock had an affordable or available two-four, I'd be interested. The "Imported" Canadian and Blue are still tastier than the American Miller or Bud. It's my own fault that I don't embrace the local brews more, but we have a budget. 

Oh, and SteamWhistle Welly, and Mill St. are my Windsor beers.

flagpole music
#229 posted by
flagpole music
on May 28, 2012

@Russ - #221. don't take the fun out of teasing you. I've ratted you out to the most Irish Canuck I know.

IPA's - I don't care for them mostly but oddly, I do like Keiths. tho, Creemore has become my beer of choice if it's around when I'm in Canada. or Steamwhistle. but i'm a lager gal so Creemore wins if it's about. but Russ is right about cheap options. in the Southern US you can get Rolling Rock really cheap but it's not prevelant where they are & is probably pricier. If my choice is Bud or Molson, I'm taking Molson every single time.

 

flannel tom
#230 posted by
flannel tom
on May 28, 2012

This beer talk is making me thirsty - I'm totally going for a pint when I leave this god awful day behind.... another hour should do it here.... so much work and not enough shit to be given...

JonDixon
#231 posted by
JonDixon
on May 28, 2012

@FT your give  fuck is broken too?  Mine's been in the shop for a while now...I'm not sure Grant's ever worked...

flannel tom
#232 posted by
flannel tom
on May 28, 2012

@JD - so true... I've been waiting for repairs but I guess the fuck fixer is all out of fuck as well...

Dave Shumka
#233 posted by
Dave Shumka
on May 28, 2012

Namaste, bitches.

flannel tom
#234 posted by
flannel tom
on May 28, 2012

bye Dave! Had a right good time chillin' with ya.

Chopz87
#235 posted by
Chopz87
on May 28, 2012

Fresh!

CDNz1
#236 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

Bloggy broken. No sound? Chrome AND FF? I'll go marinade some chicken.

CDNz1
#237 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

I reloaded WIN 3.1 on my Acer and the stream connected.

*This is NOT a tech tip.

flagpole music
#238 posted by
flagpole music
on May 28, 2012

marinate, Russ.  it might be soaking in a marinade but it's marinating. 

**p.s. what are we marinating in? i'm getting some fish tomorrow & deciding which fresh herb i wish to broil it with.

CDNz1
#239 posted by
CDNz1
on May 28, 2012

The T & D are too close.

Tonight it's Crown Sauce-injected chicken breasts.

We should send you some our dill field.

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