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Old 07-11-05, 03:18 PM
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Being the Patriot that I am, I have to admit, there is one flag I think is one of the prettiest flags on the planet (next to USA of course), and that is the Canadian Maple Leaf. I married a Canadian Gal, and she really is Red, White, and Blue through and through now, but we always go home to see the family in Calgary, and do some serious vacationing while there. I have heard the road biking up there is pretty good in the summer.
Since some of you were concerned about me sporting my new USA jersey at the STP, I have to admit, I have been kind of saving it to sport myself when I go to Canada. I'm hoping it'll help get me some free beer. (I love Alberta).

Besides, I gotta show those Cannucks what real posing is all about.
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Old 07-11-05, 03:54 PM
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I hope your vacation is within the USA. In your face "patriotism" is not always appreciated in other countries.
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I'll buy you a six pack of Moosehead if you wear anything Pro-Bush in Canada.

Although my brother, who lives in Eastern Wash., says that Canadians on your side of the globe are significantly less US-phobic.
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Yeah, the Albertans are kinda like the 51st state. There are alot of Texans up there. Alberta is Canadas oil country. Calgary has lots of cowboy boots, country music, and beer. My kinda town.
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ahh. My brother lives in Calgary - he married a lass from there, and then she imported him...
My wife and I were there in September last year, and I gotta say it's not a bad place for cycling - some wonderful scenery not too far from the city.
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Originally Posted by Patriot
Being the Patriot that I am, I have to admit, there is one flag I think is one of the prettiest flags on the planet (next to USA of course), and that is the Canadian Maple Leaf. I married a Canadian Gal, and she really is Red, White, and Blue through and through now, but we always go home to see the family in Calgary, and do some serious vacationing while there. I have heard the road biking up there is pretty good in the summer.
Since some of you were concerned about me sporting my new USA jersey at the STP, I have to admit, I have been kind of saving it to sport myself when I go to Canada. I'm hoping it'll help get me some free beer. (I love Alberta).

Besides, I gotta show those Cannucks what real posing is all about.
First off - Canucks - not Cannucks.

There is great riding an hour west of Calgary in the Kannanaskis, Banff or even Invermere areas. Serious Rocky mountain terrain.

If, however, you intend to ride in and around Calgary or Banff. Leave the jersey at home. The US has not treated Canada well in recent years, especially in the southern Alberta area. You would be wise to leave it home.
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Sorry for the mis-type.

That's interesting. I have been to Calgary twice a year or more, for the last ten years. I have many friends and family up there. I also spend all my time out on the town there. Virtually everyone I have met in Calgary loves the U.S. and vice-versa. Somehow, I sense a bit of discontent in someones heart. Tis' a shame.
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Hey, I married a Canuck, too. Ontario, though...not Alberta. Have fun in Canada and eat some Alberta beef while you're there to support their cattle industry - that's been a sore spot between Canada and the US lately.
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Originally Posted by Patriot
Sorry for the mis-type.

That's interesting. I have been to Calgary twice a year or more, for the last ten years. I have many friends and family up there. I also spend all my time out on the town there. Virtually everyone I have met in Calgary loves the U.S. and vice-versa. Somehow, I sense a bit of discontent in someones heart. Tis' a shame.
As long as you are friendly and meet people face-to-face as equals, almost anyone in the world will be friendly to you. It's the cowboy in-your-face Bush-is-god stuff that will get you in trouble. Leave the politics out, at least until you buy the guy a drink.
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You know what's funny? I never talk politics to other people unless they bring it up. Seems like everytime I have been up there, I get more cowboy in-your-face from them, than most people down here. Cracks me up. The same goes with any politics, no matter what your views are. I've been overseas a bit, especially Asia. Trust me, I know better.
Canadian beef? Mad Cow? BAH!!! Give me some grain fed steaks anytime. Fire up the grill. Been there, done that. YUM!!!
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I lived in Canada for 12 years (Montreal and Toronto) and I became a citizen. So I am Canadian as well as American. I was born and brought up in Israel, which according to my neighbor makes ma an IsroCanAmerican.
And tomorrow morning at 6:00 my flight to Tel Aviv is departing. Ill be there for 3 weeks. I have packed my pedals/shoes/bibs/jersey (Castelli red/white/blue)/helmet, and I hope to get a few rides while I'm there.. And I will get to watch the Tour de France live on eurosport!!!
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<< That's interesting. I have been to Calgary twice a year or more, for the last ten years. I have many friends and family up there. I also spend all my time out on the town there >>

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hmm....

Like I said, hate and discontent. Pity.
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Originally Posted by Patriot
hmm....

Like I said, hate and discontent. Pity.
No Hate, No discontent (what a moronic statement) just disappointment
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Disappointment in what?
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...hmmmm. Maybe wear a no. 44 Canucks jersey instead? Seems if you are asking an internet forum about it, you have some expectation that your USA jersey might evoke a reaction from the locals. This might be the "disappointment" that toomany alludes to.
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Originally Posted by puddin' legs
...hmmmm. Maybe wear a no. 44 Canucks jersey instead? Seems if you are asking an internet forum about it, you have some expectation that your USA jersey might evoke a reaction from the locals. This might be the "disappointment" that toomany alludes to.
Or perhaps a Calgary Flames jersey of some sort? #12, maybe?
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