Hello, Ottawa

This idea from Roberta X gets thumbs up from me:

I’ll be excoriated for this, but the inhabitants of U.S. and Canada ought to celebrate July 2 and 3, the days between Canada Day and Independence Day, as “Co-dependence Days,” in which we consider all that we love and loathe about our neighbor. We share the longest border in the world without armies watching one another over it, about 2/3 of a common language and all manner of customs, habits and entertainments — and we share them about the same way fraternal twins between the ages of seven and twelve share the back seat of [a] car over the course of a day-long excursion.

Forced proximity does that to people.

And no, we probably won’t be doing this with the Mexicans, whose Independence Day doesn’t come until the 16th of September.


  1. McGehee »

    4 July 2014 · 5:50 pm

    “Mo-o-o-om! Cannie’s trying to give me Celine Dion again!”

  2. fillyjonk »

    4 July 2014 · 7:50 pm

    I would be more on board with this if it permitted a free flow of Kinder Eggs and Coffee Crisp across the border, even for those few days.

  3. Smarty Pants »

    4 July 2014 · 8:23 pm

    Shows you know diddly about codependence!

  4. Roberta X »

    4 July 2014 · 10:15 pm


  5. Charles Pergiel »

    6 July 2014 · 2:24 pm

    September 3rd? What about Sinko de Mayo?

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