National pride in Canada is a slightly different creature than in the United States. At least from what I can tell from television. And let me explain why I think this is so.
Firstly, we have an identity crisis. We have spent most of our national existence explaining to people that we are not American and we are not British and we are not French. Then the Quebecers are busy explaining how they are/are not Anglophones. The Newfies are saying something, but we haven't quite been able to figure out what it was (maybe if they wrote it down...). Comments could be made to generalize about the other provincial attitudes. Aboriginal people are not really into being Canadian, and are still quite irritated about the bum deal they got when (back when we were French and British) the whole power structure of the country was completely destroyed. So we have spent a lot of time defining what we are not.
What is our reaction to that? Well, we make sure we define things as Canadian. Obviously, there is hockey. Then, in a round-about way, we worship the hockey player that was Tim Horton (now the coffee and doughnut man). We have the Canadian content laws that rule our airways. What is comes down to, in my mind, is that we are kind of stuck in this adolescence of our nation asking who are we?
But I am a fierce patriot. I love the CBC, public health care, and rollin' up the rim. So please understand that some of my viewpoints are coloured by national pride.
For example, I am in love with Canadian music. Rock and folk, mainly. Be it the Canadian content laws that ensure that radio stations play a high percentage of Canadian tunes, or simply an affinity for the stuff, I love Canadian musicians. Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Alanis Morrisette, Jann Arden, Great Big Sea, even Nickleback at times. I needed you all aware of this, because I imagine that I will start quoting some of my favourite songs here. So know that, even if you don't care for Alanis or you think that Sarah's music is too saccharine, I know them better than you do. Trust me, I do. And I think they are deserving of my affection.
In that tone of educating the masses on all things Canadian, I want to direct you to the Rick Mercer website. Do you have the "Hand in my pocket" commercial where you live? For Capital One credit cards? Where the bankers are shown with their hands in the pockets of Workaday Joes as they go about their business? Well, our one and only Rick Mercer did a spoof on this that is just hilarious. Click on the clip entitled "Knee in my Package" and prepare to be entertained.
Mercer is indescribable in non-Canadian terms...he is a satirist, for whom nothing is sacred. And there is nothing that we Canadians enjoy more than a good, satirical laugh at ourselves and our neighbours.
In more topical news, I have begun using our recent eBay acquisition - the OPK strips. It is a little fun to pee in the cup and dip the strip and watch it turn colours. For any other dippers out there, it was recently recommended to me to use Dixie cups for pee collection. Then you just throw them away. The pee collection was always problematic and this solution was a wonderful epiphany for me. So I had to share.