Now just a galdern minute here…


Now just a galdern minute here…

I got this comment from a pal in Canada, Eh?

Us Canadians can’t figure out the love you guys have for the $1 bill. It doesn’t buy much. We have had $1 and $2 coins for years. How? Easy our government had the balls to eliminate the notes when the coins were introduced. The transition was easy and no one is looking back. Rumour has it the $5 coin is on the way.

All I can say is that we Amercians like our folding green backs. Does it make a lot of sense? Probably not — However our government has never been one to do things with mucho intelligence. (There are 47 meanings to the last word there, as you might guess.)

For instance — they made the dollar coin the same size as the quarter. What good did that do? People didn’t take to it.  The paper manufacturing lobby said "hold on" when the removal of the dollar bill was considered. So there you are.

You Canadians have your "loonies" and "toonies" and get along swimmingly. We Americans fight every change, like things the way they were, and somehow muddle through.

You have metric, we have what’s left, you have coins, you have all the gas and oil, we buy it from you with paper dollars. You make our cars, we send you more paper dollars. Gee, maybe its cuz the bills are easier to mail than coin.

Well, coins or no, government in crisis or not, I still love it up there and get there every chance I can.

Did you know that Canada actually makes a single malt whisky? Its called Glen Breton. I’ve had worse.


I can say one thing, I don’t have the American Guts to say "balls" in this family blog. Down here we use a more euphemistic term, "strength of character", or in the Southwest, "heuvos".

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John Van Horn

2 Responses

  1. Ok, an error. Around our family, what’s a few balls? Our dog chases them everywhere.
    I meant COURAGE, which my dictonary translates as.. See below…..
    Main Entry: cour·age
    Pronunciation: ‘k&r-ij, ‘k&-rij
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Middle English corage, from Old French, from cuer heart, from Latin cor — more at HEART
    : mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
    synonyms COURAGE, METTLE, SPIRIT, RESOLUTION, TENACITY mean mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship. COURAGE implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty . METTLE suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience . SPIRIT also suggests a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one’s own or keep up one’s morale when opposed or threatened . RESOLUTION stresses firm determination to achieve one’s ends . TENACITY adds to RESOLUTION implications of stubborn persistence and unwillingness to admit defeat .
    PPS. Please note corrected email address.

  2. BTW, I am making no claim that our political system is better. Witness the impending (and, in IMHO, well deserved) doom of our Federal Government.

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