[lit-ideas] Going Canadian

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 15:04:01 EST

_Click  here: CNN.com - Company lets U.S. travelers 'Go Canadian' - Dec 7, 
2004_ (http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/americas/12/07/canada.tshirts.ap/index.ht
Well, it's not just a few people on this list...
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) -- An American  T-shirt company has a solution 
for their fellow citizens who want to vacation in  Europe without having to 
answer questions about U.S. politics -- pose as  Canadians. 
For $24.95, T-shirtKing.com offers the "Go Canadian" package, full of just  
the kind of things an American traveler needs to leave their country and its  
politics behind. 
There's a Canadian flag T-shirt, a Canadian flag lapel pin and a Canadian  
patch for luggage or a backpack. There's also a quick reference guide -- "How 
 Speak Canadian, Eh?" -- on answering questions about Canada. 
It's the brainchild of employees at the Mountainair, New Mexico-based company 
 known for novelty T-shirts it sells worldwide on the Internet. 
"It's not meant as a slight against the United States or Canada," explained  
T-shirtKing.com President Bill Broadbent. "It was meant as something 
Republicans  could give their Democrat friends to say 'C'est la vie.' ... But 
maybe not 
c'est  la vie because that's a French word." 
The "Go Canadian" idea sprouted after one of Broadbent's colleagues heard of  
someone being harassed about U.S. politics during a recent overseas trip. 
Some people might not mind, but others "just want to be on vacation,"  
Broadbent said. "So we were joking that they could just go as Canadians, and  
just kind of evolved." 
The package went up on T-shirtKing.com's Web site November 12 and the company 
 had sold a couple hundred in the first two weeks or so. Many of the 
out-of-state  buyers were in Michigan, Illinois, and the Seattle area, 
Broadbent said. 
When lifelong Democrat Dani Delaney saw the package, she was immediately  
sold. After the general election, she said, "if I could move to Canada, I  
"I admire their liberal, progressive stand on things," said the 57-year-old,  
part-time writing instructor at the University of New Mexico. "And I thought, 
 'Well, that's a good way to peacefully protest.'" 
Sylvia Dawson's boyfriend has been joking that she needed to find him a  
Canadian flag for an upcoming trip to Spain. That's after his daughter, who is  
studying there, warned that he might be questioned about politics when he comes 
to visit. 
So she bought a package. 
"I said, 'What are you going to do if someone asks you about the prime  
minister of Canada?' And he said, 'I'll study up,"' Dawson said. 
Such questions are the reason for the package's quick reference guide, which  
offers tips in case an American in disguise gets quizzed on Canada. 
When it comes to sports, the guide suggests: "This is easy to remember. There 
 is only one real sport in Canada and it is called hockey. Regardless of any  
trivia question, the answer is 'Wayne Gretzky."' 
If a Canadian says he had to "deke out of a meeting," it means he avoided the 
 meeting. If someone is headed to "Hogtown," that's Canadian for Toronto. A 
trip  to "Cowtown" means the person is going to Calgary. 
And in all cases, the guide advises: "If your vacation is to be stress free,  
leave those heavy politics behind and travel with a light heart and quick 
wit,  Canadian style."
Julie Krueger

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