My favourite (non-political) blogger Dooce recently visited Vancouver, loved it, and then made an “aboot” joke on her blog, and all heck broke loose in her comments section. My favourite comment:
“i LOVE the accent. every time a show comes on hgtv that has a bunch of canadians on it i totally want one of my own. they’re so cute! i love them!!!”
This made me laugh because (a) my spouse has taught me to take a joke, even those involving Canadian accents, and (b) sometimes when I watch one of those home design shows on HGTV it feels just like any other U.S. show until I see something in the background that looks very familiar but completely out of context and confusing — and suddenly I realize that an image of those indestructible made-to-withstand-the-next-ice-age plastic bags from the LCBO is being beamed into my living room and I do a double take at the sight of Ontario’s government liquor monopoly invading my market-loving American television screen. Somehow the home design channel has become a Can-Con mecca.
(This just in: it appears the LCBO bag is about to become a collector’s item.)