Saturday, September 13, 2008

Canada so Far

backstage at our third and final canadian show, i thought i'd take a minute to reflect on my experience here. first of all, the canadian border guards treated me like a terrorism suspect. it took an hour and a half to get through, and would have taken much longer had ed harris not swooped in and cut through hours of dense red tape with a drop of his stamp. we were too thankful at that moment to opine about the ridiculousness of the preceeding ninety minutes. we were in british columbia.

vancouver had a slight eastern bloc feel to it. unoriginal and utilitarian architecture abounds, but the geography was amazing. i thought we were gonna roll up to this 'north american amsterdam' and blow into some weed cafe and suck down a carrot-sized joint each. but as it turns out, all of these cafes have been shut down. now all you can do is bring your own weed to the cafe. but my question to that is who wants to bring their weed to a weed cafe to blaze? i could think of a million places i'd rather smoke a fattie. the whole allure to the vancouver or amsterdam weed cafe is that you order your jernt like a latte. oh well.

long drives on the canadian highways were great for an american like me if for no other reason than the views on both sides are totally void of billboards. after a couple of days, we were surprised if we saw even one. the us could use a lot less of them. they cheapen the geography. i'm glad canada keeps it in check.

vancouver to calgary was arguably the most beautiful drive i've ever done. i want to live somewhere along that mountain road, though my kiwi friend here begs to differ. apparently new zealand is where it's at....

one of these days

4 comments:

Martha said...

Vancouver to Calgary is definitely beautiful. The late summer to early fall would make it a pleasant place to be, but I'm not so sure you'd like getting snowed in in the middle of the winter. Way too much snow shovelling for my tastes! And also, I definitely agree: the lack of billboards is one of the better parts of our roads.

Emily said...

Terrible news about the cafes there...several years ago their weed was rated higher than Dutch Amsterdam by HTM. =( I never yet made it there. Terrible news.

I saw yall in Portland/Seattle and in Seattle I told you my name and 4 minutes later you forgot it. That was also terrible news. I will strive to be more memorable in Pennsylvania, as long as you wear that crochet Waldo tie thing so I can remember which one you are...

Meghan said...

Well that settles it, Vancouver is no longer on my top 5 places I must visit list. That is like going to Amsterdam and having to bring along your own prostitute to stick in a display case. Am I right?

Anonymous said...

Awww Mikey, I'm so glad you enjoyed that drive...I asked Taylor Hanson how he enjoyed that drive and he barely registered he was there at all! I kayak that part of the earth on a regular basis and, since you enjoyed it, let's call this an open invitation to come with me anytime...there is nothing like a long weekend on an emerald lake in a small craft and good company. I will soon be living on "that stretch of highway". Thanks for the chat (about safety glasses :)) and some amazing shows in Alberta and the Walk Bus tour. LOVE YOU GUYS! (Sorry about the "drunk girl" spectacle in Birmingham, but hey, at least I'm on the "right"/correct or LEFT side of the political spectrum - wish I could vote down there). Ciao babes!