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Road Trip: Canada

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 1:35 am    Post subject: Road Trip: Canada Reply with quote

I've always had a ridiculous ptolerance for long drives, and this past weekend, I put it to the test again, driving from Provo, Utah, to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The trip would be about 38 hours of driving, round trip.

It was totally the best driving ever, too, because I was going through Idaho and Montana for a lot of it, so the speed limit was an awesome 75mph (meaning you can get away with about 84 and not get pulled over), plus the roads were friggin' straight, plus there was no traffic. Even looking on both directions of interstate, and looking both in front of me and behind, I'd see no other cars. It was pretty great. They lower the speed limit once you get into Canada though, which I found gay. On the upside, they use Kilometers, so the signs say "100" and make you subconsiously think you're still cookin'.

That said, I defintitely made the metric system my bitch.

Signs would be all like, showing this forboding number like "Regina: 204," and the American brain is like, "damn, that's a lot." But then, half an hour later, another sign would be like, "Welcome to Regina." Kilometers are small, and I rocked their world.

Montatchewan? Saskana?

There is no difference between Montana and Saskatchewan. They are both backwoods (or as they say in SK, "backwater"), primarily redneck sections of their respective countries. Country music was played at every single gas station I went to, in both places. Even at the high-tech station I stopped at that had a big screen TV in a living room and wireless internet connection, someone with a fiddle was signing about farming or something.

Even the geography is the same. Wide open vistas, when it rains it means friggin business, etc. I think both are very pretty places, though. I enjoyed the scenery a lot. It's easy to crack jokes and stuff, but I really did like the views.

"Eh" Count

Janelle once denied that people said "eh" much in Canada. But between her parents, and only casually keeping tabs, I counted 8 eh's between the two of them. It wasn't overly much, but I totally see where the sterotype came from.

Bright Eyes

I saw the Bright Eyes show Friday night in Saskatoon. It was pretty good, and I liked all the songs, but they played a lot of them that sounded kinda the same. Like, they picked a lot of the ones that sound borderline country music, which I suspect was because of the culture in Saskatchewan. They only played 1 song that was also played at the Salt Lake City show in November. They must get sick of doing a lot of the same ones, which I can understand, but they certainly could have played "Center of the World," which I didn't hear at either show. That made Heath sad. Heck, even "Bowl of Oranges" would have fit with their country scheme, and I think the crowd would have taken to it a little better than the other tunes. You could tell there were mostly only passive Bright Eyes fans at this show at the end of Laura Laurent, during the singalong, like, one group of people and myself knew what to do. The three other people in the group I was with just kinda hung out staring, as did 95% of the crowd. That was also a little disappointing.

Hockey Night in Canada

Gmae 3 of the Oilers and Hurricanes was on the TV, and everyone in the house was into it. Watching a game in Canada was a strangely cool experience.

Maple

I had to eat some Canadian candy while up there. So I bought the token box of Smarties (why the hell don't we have these in the US? They're awesome) and a bar of Cadbury's Maple Caramilk. Both were delicious. Nell recommended the latter, otherwise I'd have never thought to look for it. Thanks~

Unanswered Questions

What the hell does a Saskatoon berry taste like?

I Love Your Mom

Janelle's mom thought I was totally the shiz. This comes as a surprise, because I thought both of her parents would be all grumbly and disapproving. Total opposite, they treated me like one of the family. It was rather great. The mom packe dme a lunch as I left and the dad filled my tank with gas before I left, which had to cost a lot, but I didn't look. It's easy to estimate though, and he probably dropped $40-45 in my tank. The hospitality was amazing.

Chasing up Tail

Only a girl could make me attack this drive, and I have no regrets. Cool
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LiQuid!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have Smarties here. The wafer kind that are sold in bags full of smaller rolls. I used to get them a lot at Halloween but my mom would always steal them from me.



What are the Smarties you're talking about? A GIS for "smarties" nets what looks like M&M's

I also love road trips. After high school one of my best friends moved to Phoenix and myself and two more of our friends loaded up a mini van and drove him there. A year later he flew back and we drove my tiny Ford Escort GT down there, without stopping for sleep. A year later we both moved back. So I've made the drive four times (including both ways). It's not a very exciting drive (we went south to St. Louis, which seems like a f---in rad city, and then west on I-40 through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mex) scenery-wise, but with enough tunes and cigarettes we've always managed to make it fun.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LiQuid! wrote:
We have Smarties here.
What are the Smarties you're talking about? A GIS for "smarties" nets what looks like M&M's

The chocolate kind from Nestle:


Most anyone will agree, while M&M's are okay, they can't touch Smarties.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:47 am    Post subject: Re: Road Trip: Canada Reply with quote

NR wrote:
It was totally the best driving ever, too, because I was going through Idaho and Montana for a lot of it, so the speed limit was an awesome 75mph


2 Things:

1.)Come to Butte, MT next time you're here. It was most likely out of your way, BUT you would have gotten free food and drink out of it.

2.)Get a police scanner. No one in Montana honestly goes 75 (or even 84) unless the Highway Patrol are around. When the Highway Patrol busts you, tell them you thought the speed limit was still "Reasonable and Prudent" and that the posted signs were just "from days gone by" and you can get off with a warning. I've seen it done.

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Janelle once denied that people said "eh" much in Canada. But between her parents, and only casually keeping tabs, I counted 8 eh's between the two of them. It wasn't overly much, but I totally see where the sterotype came from.


Canadians definately say it; my mother's boyfriend says it more than my sweetheart in Canada. However, don't ever give Heather crap about Canadian rising; as a linguistics major, she'll kick your ass. T_T

Anyways, congrats on the road trip!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Butte was totally right on the way (I-90 played a big role in the trip), but I had no idea it would be until the actual trip began, so I had no way to find your place. If I should drive this route again, count on it though ^_^
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you liked canada. I'm such a urban person tho, I live in Canada but never visited any of those rural places, T.O.'s the place for me (that means toronto for those that don't know).

..and yes smarties are sick.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:03 am    Post subject: Re: Road Trip: Canada Reply with quote

Sethimothy wrote:

Canadians definately say it; my mother's boyfriend says it more than my sweetheart in Canada. However, don't ever give Heather crap about Canadian rising; as a linguistics major, she'll kick your ass. T_T

Anyways, congrats on the road trip!


lol maybe in rural areas....you dont find anyone in toronto saying it. (RARELY) But that's because toronto is very diversified and multicultural.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Q wrote:
Glad you liked canada. I'm such a urban person tho, I live in Canada but never visited any of those rural places, T.O.'s the place for me (that means toronto for those that don't know).


How do you know that if you've never been anywhere else?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

because I'm naturally a city person. I don't prefer rural countries that's why.

I've been other places in the states though, I'm just talking about canada.

I've been camping and things like that so I've done the whole rural thing. Not fun for me.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Q wrote:
because I'm naturally a city person. I don't prefer rural countries that's why.

I've been other places in the states though, I'm just talking about canada.

I've been camping and things like that so I've done the whole rural thing. Not fun for me.


Yeah, i'm sure all rural people would be glad to know that you believe the definition of such is living out of tents.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Q wrote:
Man, I wanna be like you so badly! Please, oh great one....show me...show me how???


Well at least the kid recongized Liquid's superiority and is willing to strive for something greater than Q-ness.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2006 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stop ruining my road trip thread.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well like I said earlier on, I'm going on a road trip this weekend with some friends so if you care to talk about it we can chat. Going east...don't think you would know the area. Somewhere up in belleville Canada. Should be fun.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update: Added some numerical stats in the Q&A column. May as well document them here -
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* Miles driven, round trip: 2737
* Hours in the car: 39
* $2 Canadian coins brought home: 3
* Times I expressed dismay about Canadian gas prices: 3
* Times I expressed general dismay: 8
* Times I threw up: 2
* Speeding ticktes: 1
* Times I chuckled boyishly at the pronounciation of "Regina:" 2
* Douchebags I got mad at for making me miss the encore at the Bright Eyes concert: 2
* Times I said, "Come on, Alberta," because some Alberta driver was messing up traffic: 3
* Times I was all like "whoa:" 20
* Edmonton Oiler victories I enjoyed viewing from a Canadian living room: 1
* Dinosaur skeletons I saw within a university museum: 2
* Miles driven in the wrong direction because I missed a turn in Montana: 33
* Friends I played co-op Children of Mana with: 1
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Q wrote:
Well like I said earlier on, I'm going on a road trip this weekend with some friends so if you care to talk about it we can chat. Going east...don't think you would know the area. Somewhere up in belleville Canada. Should be fun.


well my trip was a complete flop.

Because of people being totally disorganized it didn't happen. Maybe we'll try again another weekend.
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