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skating on roads in SK

Despite the fact this post isn’t specific to my Chicago observations through my Canuck peepers, I thought perhaps you would get a little chuckle or grin from these chilly photos.  (All photos courtesy of the Facebook page of, “Meanwhile In Canada”).

Allow me to begin by introducing you to the fine Western Canadian sport of road skating.  What’s that, you say? Why, it doesn’t matter what the weather; where there is a Tim Hortons to reach, there is a path:

I must say I have seen many, many roads in this skating condition.  Tim Hortons is the building with the yellow, oval shaped sign looming in the distance.  Rather a beacon for this Saskatchewan skater, wouldn’t you agree?  I’m sure this gentlemen would have skated coffee-cup circles down the road if it meant getting his “Timmies”.  This picture was taken in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan, one of Canada’s Prairie provinces.

Up next for your amusement is a magnificent representation of my Canadian heritage:

hockey rinks New Brunswick

I quite agree with the caption of this picture; there can never be too many hockey rinks indeed! Take a look at this incredible sight!  This picture is from the Province of New Brunswick.  It appears there are more rinks than you can shake a hockey stick at.  And believe me, shake the hockey sticks they do!

And now, just to poke a little bit of fun at the expense of my American friends and relatives (including my husband!) the following pictures are indicative of the way Canadians not only view how Americans do not like cold weather, but also how crazy Canadians tend to behave in cold weather:

50 degrees in the North and South

And one more for good measure:

Tubing picture North and South

In Canada, whether it is a rubber tube, a plastic carpet, a sled, or just you and some imaginary equipment, have snow — will slide!  ‘Tubing’, as it is often called, might be a bit more of a solid venture in the land of the North, as opposed to the South where tubing might entail a river ride while consuming a libation or twelve.

What’s that you say? You thought the term, “Crazy Canucks” was only an alliteration to bring a sense of jocularity to the polite, friendly, and unassuming citizens of the Great White North?  Ah, this is indeed the perfect modus operandi of the typical Canadian.  “Excuse me, can you please get out of the way so I may hurl myself  down a snow covered hill in order to retrieve my skates! Why, I need to glide down Main Street, grab a Timmies, and head for the hockey rink, if you don’t mind, of course!”  Yes, the crazy, fun-loving Canuck is rather a chameleon-type creature.

Polite, yet crazy enough to consume a frozen concoction of ice shavings and soda (a.k.a the “Slurpee” on the 7-11 circuit) in the middle of the coldest, bone-chilling weather not fit for man nor beast.  Don’t believe me?  In the winter, Winnipeg, Manitoba (or “Winterpeg” to those who know better) is one of the coldest inhabited cities on the planet.  It also happens to be the “Slurpee Capital of the World” for the 14th year in a row.

Winnipeg_Loves_Slurpees_by_loviathar

Crazy? Maybe. However, if you ever need a drink, hot or cold, and you find yourself in the middle of a raging snow-storm; call us.  We know how to skate, sled, or slide.  We’ll find you.  Politeness guaranteed.

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20 thoughts on “The Friday File – a bit of Can/Amera funny finds

  1. rex says:

    Michiganders, too…we’ll come find you, Get you out of the ditch
    , and get you home, visibility not required

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      It’s true, isn’t it! Michiganders are sooooo Canadianish! *grin* I love it! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. Lol my Dad used to give us tubes from old tractor tyres to take to the beach here. It was a rare sight 3 girls rolling this huge round inflatable object down the road, but it was great fun!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      That sounds absolutely wonderful! I bet it was great fun! I can see it now!!! 🙂

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  3. And there is a Timmies up the road a bit from where I live 🙂 I wonder if anyone calls them that here? Cute post.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Now I am very curious if they do call it Timmies! *LOL* Thanks! 🙂

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  4. Makes me think of the snack of choice for Russians in the winter – icecream. Or else vodka, which should be drunk neat, straight from the freezer!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* It is simliar, isn’t it, Veronica! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  5. Poetsmith says:

    Interesting to learn about the different cultures. Especially the Canadians enjoying their Slurpee even in winter!! We definitely would enjoy that nice cold drink here in the tropics. As for ice skating, it would be sailing here! Kind regards. Iris 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, Iris! It is rather interesting to note the differences between Canada and the US, especially when one is married to the other like I am! *grin* Well my dear, if a Canadian were nearby, he or she would be more than happy to deliver that drink to you; perhaps whilst sailing, and the only ice around would be in one’s cold drink! Cher xo

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  6. Sandi says:

    Lol. Crazy canuk and so proud! We used to drag water from the pond to ice the hill and then use a car hood to hurtle ourselves down ! Great gun and no helmet! Lol

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Yeay! I love it! Now THAT is what I call a true Canuck! And you had a blast!!! Cher xo

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  7. sunshinebright says:

    I love your “tubing” contrast between Canada and Florida, Cher! Also, I don’t know what “timmies” are. Please clarify for us Southerners. Thanks. Carol

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi my dear Carol! I apologize about my inability to clarify, “Timmies”. Tim Hortons is the most popular coffee and donut shop in all of Canada. Tim Horton was actually a hockey player and started this (what is now an iconic) restaurant chain. He has passed but Tim Hortons continues to be a part of our culture. “Timmies” refers to having a coffee from Tim Hortons. I have a post called, “FYI: Canucks do not call it, “Canadian Bacon” that was posted on January 25th, 2014. It has a little bit of Tim Hortons referenced, and a couple of pics as well! We don’t have Tim Hortons here and I miss it terribly! Hugs, Cher xo

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      1. sunshinebright says:

        Thanks so much for that “little story” about Tim Hortons. Now, “Timmies” won’t be a mystery here in South Florida! You’re a doll.

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Well my dear Carol, I do apologize again for not explaining “Timmies”! I should have done so. It’s the best coffee (to me and millions of Canadians, that is)! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  8. Don says:

    Those images of contrast were so good. Just had to laugh. Loved the one of tubing.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Awh, thank you, Don! I do find it amusing to compare and contrast Canada and the US. Now if we could just get Tim Hortons coffee here in Chicago, why, I’d be a super-happy person! Cher xo

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  9. Delightful to read! I live just 2 hours north of you in Wisconsin…if you are still in the Windy City! I was there last Friday as I had to take my youngest to O’Hara and bid her farewell! I was overwhelmed…hadn’t been there for awhile.
    I think Chicago must get as cold as Saskatchewan…no?
    Thank you for your recent visit to my blog! Nice to meet you! I always love Canadians!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Well thank you so much! And thank you for following The Chicago Files! Ah yes, it must have been tough for sure. It is such a large city. Thankfully, it doesn’t get as cold here in Chicago as it does on the Canadian Prairies (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta). I am the only one that does NOT complain about the winters here! I know better! *LOL* Cher xo

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