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Aug 22, 2006

Mill Bay, eh?

Cana085_1 Greetings from Mill Bay, British Columbia.  Pic from my first afternoon here.  Seriously, this is what it looks like.

On Saturday the folks and I joined our hosts for a progressive garage sale tour of lower Vancouver Island which looks a lot like this pic.

I bought a bunch of pencils and a messenger bag which I later repaired with a new zipper.  On Sunday I picked blackberries and made jam.  Shipped some of the most expensive jam ever back to the US ($18.50 Canadian per box.).

Mill Bay is small but with sassy teenagers who have nothing better to do on a Friday night.  One asked me what the US has that Canada doesn't (that's desirable, anyway).  I got to "some places with temperate weather" and got stuck.

Later, I added:

1.  Ethnic diversity that adds to the richness and fun (if not only for the eating and the music).

2.  Opportunity and obligation of the world's sole superpower.

...then I got stuck again.

What you got?  I promised to send a list to the girl if I ever got to ten items.

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Comments

Bueller? Bueller? Anybody? Bueller?

Posted by: Phil | Aug 23, 2006 8:15:30 PM

elaborating on your climate thoughts: deserts, saguaro, Painted Desert, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Great Salt Lake, mangrove swamps, live oaks, cypress, the Everglades, the Outer Banks, bayous...

also:
Vegas, baby
Key West
(what's left of) New Orleans
New York F-ing City!
Savannah

also:
barbecue

Posted by: georg | Aug 23, 2006 9:55:04 PM

ha ha I was going to say barbecue!

Posted by: Sarah | Aug 24, 2006 8:58:47 PM

Do y'all mean Eastern NC, Western NC, Tennessee, Texas, or some other kind of barbecue? Or all of the above? Or maybe even Hawaiian? (Which means, perhaps, that we also have to consider the poi?) They have barbecue here. I'm not sure what kind, though.

Posted by: Phil | Aug 25, 2006 6:20:29 PM

Any and all of the above are quintessentially American. I'm sure they have barbecue in Canada and they may even have good barbecue. But they have elephants in Asheboro and that don't make it Africa...

Posted by: georg | Aug 26, 2006 12:00:20 AM

A actual constitutional Bill of Rights, for over 200 years, though we certainly haven't been using it much lately.

(Yeah, yeah, okay, the Canadians finally got a statement of rights into their constitution... in 1982.)

Posted by: Barry Campbell | Aug 26, 2006 3:32:51 PM

Listener up there! what have you to confide to me?
Look in my face while I snuff the sidle of evening,
(Talk honestly, no one else hears you, and I stay only a minute longer.)
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

from Walt Whitman's Song of Myself

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Aug 27, 2006 9:28:16 PM