I Am Canadian!!!

“I Am Canadian” was the slogan of Molson Canadian beer from 1994 to 2005. As part of their campaign, Molson released Joe’s “I Am Canadian” TV rant in March 2000. I had long forgotten about this great clip until I came upon it in YouTube the other day. “Joe”, by the way, is actor Jeff Douglas who, because of the clip’s success, was mobbed everywhere he went for years. After all these years, the rant still makes me smile and feel proud of our beautiful and free country. It goes something like this:

Hey,
I’m not a lumberjack, or a fur trader….
I don’t live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a dogsled….
and I don’t know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada,
although I’m certain they’re really really nice.

I have a Prime Minister, not a president.
I speak English and French, not American.
And I pronounce it ‘about’, not ‘a boot’.

I can proudly sew my country’s flag on my backpack.
I believe in peace keeping, not policing,
Diversity, not assimilation,
and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal.
A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch,
and it is pronounced ‘zed’ not ‘zee’, ‘zed’ !!!!

Canada is the second largest landmass!
The first nation of hockey!
and the best part of North America!

My name is Joe!!
AND I AM CANADIAN!!!
Thank you.

Here’s the video:

E-cigarettes/Vaping

OK, whoever came up with these things really has a lot to answer for.

Vaping is one of those things that really bugs me for some reason and I’m not sure exactly why. It could be the fad-ish nature of it where everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon, but I think the main reason I find it so irritating is the pretentiousness of the whole thing. People who vape, particularly the 20-something crowd, think they look the epitome of absolute cool. My question to these people puffing on their e-cigs would have to be: Do you know how ridiculous you look?

"Vaping is 95% less likely to kill you, but 98% more likely to make you look like a complete tosser!"

Walking behind someone who is puffing away on their device, I frequently become enveloped in a mushroom cloud of exhaled smelly garbage. The second-hand stench of the expired substance is enough to turn your stomach. If I had a choice between that sickly sweet, toxic smelling stuff and a cloud of cigarette smoke, I’d definitely opt for the latter. Better yet, how about being totally healthy and not smoking anything?

Even more annoying is the media’s efforts to sway the masses over to the joys of vaping. Here’s three of my favourites, the first one being especially ridiculous:

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Seriously????!!!

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If there’s any justice in the world vaping will hopefully prove to be a fad which runs its course. We can hope…

Leaf Blowers

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During my walk today I had to fend off more than one idiot with a leaf blower. I suddenly realized how intensely I LOATHE these bloody things!!!

I fail to see the point of them, quite frankly. Outside of producing excessive noise pollution what is the point of a leaf blower? All it does is relocate a mess from one place to another, polluting the air and environment along the way. The leaves eventually have to be picked up by… someone.

Growing up, I used a really cool device called a rake. With me as operator, it gathered the leafs into a pile and then I used an accompanying invention called a bag to gather up the leaves and remove them entirely from the site… what a concept.

Grrrrrrr……