Happy Canada Day!
July 1, 2002 1:51 AM   Subscribe

A hinterland what's what (or who's who?) from Frasermoo.
posted by pracowity at 2:56 AM on July 1, 2002

Mmmm...how shall I celebrate?
posted by MiguelCardoso at 4:08 AM on July 1, 2002

Come to think of it, I'll have me a bottle of that dry, fiery 100% prairie rye Alberta Premium, before they stop making. My father said that's what all Canadian whiskies tasted like once - before they became the cloyingly sweet and flowery eaux de cologne they are today.

And, my good deed, I'll recommend that all my fellow MetaFilter members use the amazing e-mail service offered by Fastmail. No adverts, no delays, no spam. It does say it's "for Canadians" but when it's as good and cheap(i.e. free)as this, surely we're all prepared to be Canadians in our own little way. ;)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 4:16 AM on July 1, 2002

For years, I would drink nothing but Royal Reserve rye, which was pretty much the cheapest on the market, and guaranteed to put hair on your chest.

One of the big selling points was a sticker on the back of the bottle with a maple leaf and the phrase "A Proud Canadian" which, once you'd drained the contents (and not before, dammit!), you could affix to the bumper of your pickup truck, or put on your hard hat before you went off for your shift at the mill.

Good times, good times.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:49 AM on July 1, 2002

oh stavros, I too learned that the hard way. I still bear the scars. I don't recommend Royal Reserve unless you want hair on your chest.
posted by goneill at 5:18 AM on July 1, 2002

It must be a holiday, because I am sick. Not to sick to enjoy a nice Rye and Ginger after work, though, to celebrate.
posted by kristin at 5:22 AM on July 1, 2002

Ah, sadness, I am not a rye guy, though Crown Royal was once a weakness. To celebrate the day I will be happy to raise a chilled bottle of Molson Canadian to my wonderful and beautiful country. The Rant, if you want to read it on your own from time to time.
posted by ashbury at 6:04 AM on July 1, 2002

Click here and sing along.
posted by revbrian at 6:09 AM on July 1, 2002

A complete archive of Hinterlands Who's Who clips? Thank you *so much*, pracowity! That music -- and the Coronation Street theme -- always bring me back to a dim, smoky living room where my mother is keeping up with her shows (back when you didn't get keel-hauled for smoking in front of kids). Fellow nostalgia junkies please note: the links to the streaming versions are broken, but you can download the mpegs.
posted by maudlin at 6:52 AM on July 1, 2002

Happy birthday to Canada! Happy birthday to me! A whole country celebrating my birthday, I'm so honored.
posted by Bag Man at 7:18 AM on July 1, 2002

Happy Birthday Bag Man, glad to see you are regular!
posted by Frasermoo at 7:34 AM on July 1, 2002

The best Canada Day I've ever had wasn't even spent in Canada, it was spent at the Maple Leaf Pub, where Frasermoo is going to be. Enjoy it! But be wary of the $165 charge for a two-four of Molson Canadian! It's cheaper to just get cheap booze from the offie around the corner.

Make sure you visit Canada House for free cake too.
posted by krunk at 7:35 AM on July 1, 2002

Happy Birthday Bag Man, glad to see you are regular!

Thanks, LOL. There is nothing like self-adulation on MIFI. Too bad I'm not Canadian. However, many years ago I was in Canada on my birthday. It was the only year I got to watch a fireworks show on my birthday.

Happy birthday again Canada.
posted by Bag Man at 7:43 AM on July 1, 2002

Krunk - That's great! I am now well looking forward to my night. I have booked tomorrow off work and have some good British friends joining me. Thanks for the heads up, hopefully we are anglicised enough not to get too skanked on any booze pricing.
posted by Frasermoo at 8:18 AM on July 1, 2002

I had no idea I was so important!

I mean, Canada is a nice place, and I really do intend to visit some day, but they've already set up a national holiday in celebration of my birthday!

Thanks! You don't have to send a present, but please do take some time this afternoon for a pint, you wonderful northern neighbors!
posted by dwivian at 9:09 AM on July 1, 2002

Oh, and by the way, I would like to take this opportunity to announce my eligibility to run for the Office of President of The United States.

Campaign contributions can be made by sending Guinness to my home. In fact, that would probably contribute more to the safety and well-being of this country than any other gesture you could accomplish.

Oh, and Bag-Man! We can go halves on the beer, when I see how much shows up. Happy day to you!
posted by dwivian at 9:11 AM on July 1, 2002

I'm just hoping the fireworks go off as planned on the Hill... last year, the weather was miserable - wind, rain, cold, cold, cold. They had to cancel everything, which was a complete letdown for my first Canada Day in Ottawa.

Right now it's a balmy 30 degrees, little wind to speak of, and they're saying it might thunderstorm. Meh.

Y'all can check out what's going on with the Parliament Hill cam, if you want.
posted by danwalker at 10:29 AM on July 1, 2002

I just took a look, danwalker. Looks like the Hill has cleared out already. I guess PEI is the big benefactor this year. Anyone going to the party there?

I'm heading out to the North Vancouver festivities - we're also hoping it won't rain tonight and ruin the fireworks. Leave it to Vancouver....even in July you always have the rain.
posted by Salmonberry at 11:22 AM on July 1, 2002

Check out Google.
posted by ( .)(. ) at 11:48 AM on July 1, 2002

I'm about to depart for Vegas to see the World Pastry Cup, terrorist threats be damned.

Vegas. Pastry. Could I be any happier? I think not.
posted by ebarker at 11:56 AM on July 1, 2002

Salmonberry, I live in Charlottetown, PEI and apparently the party down at the waterfront is big. I haven't been there yet, I've been spending my weekend enjoying the fruits of BC's #1 industry. I'm going to head down there once I combine a sufficient amount of Bacardi and Vanilla Coke.
posted by will at 12:30 PM on July 1, 2002

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