Re: Baseball Juice Boys
posted at 8/6/2013 12:08 PM EDT
Davey, red, I haven't had many of the great craft beers I've heard about in the States, but before the craft beer era, I remember a friend in the infantry doing joint exercises with an American unit near Dundurn telling me that the Americans would trade just about anything for Exports and Old Stock because they thought they were half-way to heroin compared to Winstons and Pabst.
Comparing best to best, worst to worst, we did give them Bieber, Jepsen, Dion, Bryan Adams, and Alan Thicke (without whom...). I'm pretty sure we added "don't feed them after midnight!" though. In exchange, we get Little Wayne, Selena Gomez, and, incomprehensibly, the New Middle Aged Has-Beens On the Block.
Neil, meet Bruce. Oscar, meet Miles. Steve Tyler, meet Geddy. We do okay up here. I don't know if Canada can match the breadth and depth of American music, though. I mean, the conversation might go Janice/Joni; Prine...Ian and Sylvia? Muddy Waters...Hawksley Workman? I tend to prefer American novelists, too.
My sense of Americans and the US is that there are a he77 of a lot of Americans I would sit with - around a fire in the bush, on a boat, in a club with oxblood wingback chairs and a pro-cigar policy - and talk about just about anything for hours. I'd learn a lot. I'd enjoy it. I'd say a lot. It would be a he77 of a good time. Great place. Complicated history. There are also a lot of Americans who believed Chuck Norris and that judge in Texas who though Obama was going to use his second term to bring in a UN Army and cede control of the US. Makes me wonder about your political divisions, the state of your public education system, your debt. Rulings from the courts in rural Quebec and northern Alberta give me the same pause. In other words, "nationalism" isn't a very interesting idea any more.
Except during the Olympics. Then you can all enjoy your silver and the delightful accoustic version of O' Canada.
Are you not entertained?!?!