pressuregradient asked: You're an American native who now calls Canada home. What aspects of Canadian culture or daily life have you embraced since arriving? Which ones still baffle you?
Interesting question. A little background: I grew up in Maine, then I moved to Canada to attend university in Montreal, and now I work in Toronto. I’ve spent very different parts of my life in different countries. It’s hard to say whether differences in my daily life are due to it just being a different time in my life vs in a different place. I also grew up in what I would now consider a very rural place, though it is the urban centre for a very large geographic area.
So things I have embraced? Well, I have socialized healthcare, which is about as un-American as it gets. I buy milk in bags, and I’m not sure why exactly US dollar bills exist. I’m pretty sure that maple syrup is an acceptable condiment for everything.
Things that baffle me? I’m also still really hazy on history and civics aspects of Canada. I know the basics, but I’m not really sure what’s in the Canadian Constitution, for example. Luckily, the Harper Government seems to always be pushing the limits and keeping the Supreme Court busy educating me. I still feel more comfortable understanding US politics and government. I realize this isn’t really a daily life sort of thing, but it’s all I can come up with that can’t be controlled for other factors.
dsbigham asked: Ooo... Last four songs you listened to on purpose?
This is hard, because during the (work)day I’m generally listening to CBC Radio 3, so I’m usually not choosing music to listen to, it’s sort of chosen for me. That said, I think these are the last four:
Born Ruffians - Oh Cecilia, which I guess our gaybor was singing the other day. Perhaps he is worth getting to know and not just spy on.
Radio Radio - SuHold, which may very well be the last song to name drop the Blackberry Bold, so for that alone I think it’s worth a listen.
Fitness Club Fiasco - Goldmine, which we always think is Coldplay.
Honorable mention to
Jaguar Knight - Prom Hair, because I was really excited to hear it come on the (internet) radio today.