Tuesday, December 07, 2004

The way we live now

How to say "I'm a stupid American" in any language:

"ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Planning a European vacation and don’t want to talk American politics with an inquisitive foreigner? A New Mexico T-shirt company suggests going Canadian.

For $24.95, T-shirtKing.com offers the 'Go Canadian' package, full of just the kind of things an American traveler can use to keep a vacation free of U.S. politics.

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 to Speak Canadian, Eh?' — on answering questions about Canada.

It is the brainchild of employees at the Mountainair, N.M.-based company known for comical 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 emerged while Broadbent and several co-workers were chatting about a possible product to fill the gap between the end of their political slogan contest and another contest they plan for January.

One of Broadbent’s colleagues had heard of someone 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 that just kind of evolved.”'

First, we want to suck up all their prescription drugs, then we want their flu vaccine, then a bunch of us file papers to live there, now this. If I'm a government official in Ottawa right now, I'm calling Ariel Sharon to ask him for blueprints for that wall he's building...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I traveled Europe during the Reagan years with a Canadian flag on my backpack -- though more to minimize the chances of getting all blowed up than to avoid political discussions. I remember being bothered by all the gendermes with machine guns all over Paris and other cities, and being glad that we didn't see that at home. C'est la vie...

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