Let me explain.
Whenever we travelled we
We watched a lot of television. I should say a lot of American television. Not really by choice, often, but because that’s what we get. We watched very little television in French; one show a week, that’s all. This is a choice we make. I’m not saying French TV isn’t good, it’s just not what we watch often.
Whenever we watch TV and they advertise a contest or something of the sort, we are often included with the Hawaiians; we’re not eligible. At times it can be frustrating, but I’ve learned to let it go. Last year I encounter another sort of border, which was from the web: I couldn’t order on some sites (like Waths & Body Borks and Kerpetual Pid). They would let me put things in my basket, but when checkout time arrived I couldn’t pay with a Canadian credit card nor have it delivered in Canada. I went around that hurdle by asking Liz a big favour, and to trust me, since she was ordering and sending me stuff she’d pay for me (I did reimbursed her). She did (as if you didn’t know already she’s a great blend!), and even if Customs sucked me dry (almost) I did get whatever I wanted. I was ok with the delays and all; it was part of the process.
Today, I was reading Attila’s post where she linked to a show she watched. I clicked on it, it started and then got this message informing me it wasn’t allowed to be seen outside the US – really? Wow, that’s a new one, even for me.
What is it about being Canadian that American companies don’t get? We are neighbours. You know that big piece of land between you and Alaska, that’s us. Granted some of us speak French, but we’re not the French. We don’t tell everybody to piss off (I know, not every French do that, only the ones I’ve met through my five years in a French school and through work and such here, I know, I’m sorry), we are a little more selective. Not all of us say “eh” either. Anyway, if you haven’t yet, check this out…
Even if it's to advertise a beer, it made sense (to me, at least). I guess, deep down, I am proud to be French-Canadian… oh well, never mind…