: Happy Pre-Canada Day

Jun 30th, 2010, 07:58 AM
Thought I would get a jump on wishing everyone a happy Canada Day ............ albeit a bit early. Just got out my Canadian flag for tomorrow morning. It seems as more and more people here in St.John's are starting to fly their Canadian flags outside of their homes these days, which is good to see. We all live in a truly great country.

Paix, mes amis.

YouTube - O Canada (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwDvF0NtgdU)

Jun 30th, 2010, 09:22 AM
May be an interesting couple of days for those Canadians choosing to visit Glacier National Park via the Chief Mountain customs point.

US customs has parachuted the three stooges in, to run this customs station. You pull up and they goose step out in jack boots, bullet proof vests etc. Larry asks a string of questions while the other two rifle through your belongings.

Larry is your typical grade school bully who has finally found gainful employment with a very limited skill-set. Asked me where I came from, I named my little community which is fairly close by. "Where's that?" I name a bigger closer town and am rewarded with a blank look.

Come on guys if you are going to have these idiots ask where you are from, at least have them memorize the names of the local communities. Any ways it gets better, Larry looking at my American Passport but failing to note my Alberta plates then asks why I was there. I reply that "I live there." A few more questions and Larry finally decides that I am not a terrorist threat and waves me through, but with the typical German Gestapo efficiency the entire process took about 10 minutes. The American half of me cringes as I realize that this will be the first impression many Canadians get of my country.

Just an idle thought here; the odds of catching a real terrorist in this manner are less than a million to one. A real terrorist would have found it far easier to buy what was needed in the US than to risk taking it across the border. If a real terrorist was transporting a large bomb across the border, he would of course detonate it when Larry told him to; "Pop the trunk." and the stooges would become history.

Anyways I returned via the same route. The Canadian side had a young but well trained individual handling things all by himself. He was courteous, professional and efficient. The Canadian half of me is proud that some Americans will get their first impression of Canada from this individual.

I did notice on my return that the Americans were still doing the three stooges bit. I figure that the last of the six cars in line had about an hour to kill before it was his turn. I visualize at least 2 or 3 hour delays on Canada Day. As to the Fourth of July long weekend, better take along enough food for a couple of picnics. Oops! I forgot that you cannot take any real food into the US.beejacon

Jun 30th, 2010, 09:46 AM
Ah yes. Alcohol and Explosives Day. Always strikes me as an interesting way to celebrate: drink all day and then get out the explosives, erm, fireworks. The hospitals are bracing themselves.

Happy Canada Day!

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Jun 30th, 2010, 09:49 AM
eMacMan, that reminds me of my crossing a year back at Roosville, west of Chief Mountain on the BC side of Glacier.

I pulled up in the motor home towing our Suzuki 4 x 4, barely able to squeeze between the bright yellow steel posts that protect the guard post. My wife's sister and her husband from Winnipeg were aboard with us and we all had passports. We were greeted by two armed women guards, one standing in the doorway, and the other at a computer terminal. It was noon on a Monday.

The blond standing began firing off question after question as she handed our passports off the the gal on the computer. Who, what, where, when, why and how the hell does someone from Winnipeg cross way over here? Anyone ever been fingerprinted for any reason? That got a response from the brother in law as he was in the military.

We were then ordered through the gate and into an inspection area, escorted there by the gal who was at the computer screen, our passports firmly in hand. I opened the door and she "told" me she was coming aboard and she climbed into the rig. Everyone stayed belted in their seats except me and I perched on the end of the couch as a flurry of questions were fired at us. Why were we here? Where did we plan on going? How long would we stay?

Then she informed me she would search the rig and she marched back to the bedroom and opened every closet and drawer. She check the bathroom cabinet and then under the kitchen sink. She then pointed to two upper cupboards randomly and demanded they be opened. There are five upper cabinets and she missed the two that held my "bar stock". Then she opened the fridge, which we had emptied except for a few cold beer and some leftover milk from breakfast coffee. Next came the freezer which was empty, or so I thought, but I had forgotten a couple of fillets of BC sport caught Salmon our son had given us. She looked at it, remarked how much she liked Salmon and then exited the rig asking me to follow her.

Once outside, she did a walk around of the rig pointing out storage bins and asking me to open them. I unlocked and relocked each bin as requested until we got to a bin in which I had stored six, 6-volt lantern batteries as spares for the two lamps we carry. Those batteries were a real concern to her until I got out the two lamps and told her they consumed roughly a battery every 10 days or so and we would be gone 30 days, which seemed to satisfy her. By now we were on the drivers side and she asked me to open the rear bin. I explained it was not a bin, but simply the cover door for the generator and got a very firm, "Open it. NOW". Once she saw the gen set, I thought we were done, but then she was off to the 4 x 4.

She had me unlock every door and did a search of the little Suzuki and asked me to shake four litre sized bottles of Mott's Clamato juice I had stored there as the last time we were in the US we could not buy it there and a guy has to have a Caesar now and then. ;) I did so and with that she shoved the four passports in my hand and said, "Have a nice trip".

The whole thing took about a half hour and I still wonder what we said or did to prompt the search. Either that or they were bored to death and wanted to kill some time and demonstrate the power of armed women.

Jun 30th, 2010, 09:51 AM
I don't drink a great deal, rgray, on any day, nor do I set off fireworks as I did when my son was younger. Still, it is a good day to put out the Canadian flag and feel proud to be a Canadian. I am helping out with some literacy issues at The Society of New Canadians as my way to pay back a bit to what Canada has provided for me as an immigrant. Paix, mon ami.

Jun 30th, 2010, 09:54 AM
Sinc, you should have given her the salmon. We all know how many weapons have been smuggled into the US inside of bottles of Mott's Clamato juice ...................... or was that V8 juice???

Jun 30th, 2010, 10:52 AM
Back to the spirit of the thread, I walked outside this morning and noticed that someone on our street has stuck tiny Canadian flags every 100 feet or so all the way along both sides of our crescent. That totals about a half mile in length counting both sides of the street. I shot a quick pic of them with my iPhone, but they are tiny and kind of lost in the shot. Nevertheless, a patriotic deed by one of my neighbours, many of whom are military families.

Jun 30th, 2010, 11:10 AM
A great idea, Sinc. I am going to go now to help some new Canadian immigrants with their reading of the booklet we got to help us pass the test to become a new Canadian. My flag goes out at dawn tomorrow morning. Paix, mon ami.

Jun 30th, 2010, 04:10 PM
Been passing the story around town. Local editor may have found the answer. He theorized that the Homeland Gestapo was listening in on phone conversations and heard the Glacier Park warden mention that lots of tourists would soon be visiting the park. Naturally they assumed the warden meant terrorists and told customs to station an anti-terror squad to the crossing. US customs recognizing a golden opportunity, transferred their three dumbest trainees from Buffalo to Chief Mountain.beejacon Awfully glad I had a small car and not an RV.

FWIW I sure can see how they would cringe in fear knowing that a Winnepeger was crossing the border.:D Didn't really mean that but I still had to say it.

Anyways looks like glorious weather for a glorious day and I am glad to be back home.

Jul 1st, 2010, 05:26 AM
Well, Happy Canada Day for real now. Put my Canadian flag outside at just past dawn and went back to sleep. Now, I am up and about once again to get ready for a fine day. Paix, mes amis.

Jul 1st, 2010, 05:27 AM
Happy Canada Day!

Jul 1st, 2010, 05:28 AM
Happy Canada Day, Sinc. Paix, mon ami.

DR Hannon
Jul 1st, 2010, 10:39 AM
Happy Canada Day, my flag is out. Now I am just chomping at the bit for the festivities to begin.

Jul 1st, 2010, 10:56 AM
Happy Canada Day, Dr. H.

Jul 1st, 2010, 12:03 PM
Happy Canada Day. :)

Jul 1st, 2010, 12:18 PM
Happy Canada Day. :)

Thanks MissG. Long time no see here. Welcome back!

Jul 1st, 2010, 12:30 PM
Happy Canada Day. :)

Same to you, Ms. G. I am flying the Canadian flag today ............... and shall be flying the stars and stripes on the 4th. The joys of being a dual citizen. Paix, mon amie.

Jul 1st, 2010, 02:17 PM
Happy Canada Day! Am off to Timmie's for a Canada Day doughnut, with red maple leaf sprinkles on it. :D

Jul 3rd, 2010, 08:03 AM
When I was a kid, it was called Dominion Day by my mother, who was born in Montreal.

However, July 1st has long been an official day of mourning here in NL. On July 1, 1916, the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and virtually an entire generation of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians was practically wiped out within half an hour at the opening of the Battle of the Somme. As word of this tragedy reached St. John's several days later, one by one the curtains were being drawn closed in houses throughout the city of St.John's and the homes all over Newfoundland and Labrador, since practically every family lost a son, a brother, or a father or family member.

The intense pain of that awful day, July 1, 1916, is still felt throughout our province.

Paix, mes amis.

The Telegram - St. John's, NL: Photo Gallery | July 1, 2010, Memorial Day (http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?main=gallery&cid=3126)