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American Geography and Canadian Airlines

A new-found friend from Faith Baptist Church of Monroe Georgia, the greatest small-town church ever, sent me the link at the bottom of this post. It’s a promo and a good deed done by WestJet Airlines.

The video was shot at Toronto airport and at Hamilton airport. Now, many of the folks at Faith Baptist to whom I tell of my hare-brained scheme to re-claim Canadian residency, may have heard of Toronto – in part thanks to its infamous Mayor, Rob Ford – but have certainly never heard of Hamilton or the Ti-Cats and their inability to win a Coupe Grey.

My fellow Americans, I’m afraid, though they are among the friendliest – well, save New Yorkers and Chicagoans – and most generous people in the world are sadly lacking in their geography skills. I love Americans and I am proud to be one. It is with a certain chagrin that I make light of this, however, here is the world to an American…

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Even worse, here is the world to a Texan…

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I read a blog written by a lady in Calgary. She recently lamented Americans’ woeful lack of knowledge of Canada. While that fact certainly cannot be disputed, I’d like to offer up an explanation, a defense on behalf of the half of me that is a proud Yankee Doodle Dandee.

My cousin in South Africa recently pointed out that when America sneezes, the world catches a cold. The United States of America is a very large influence globally. Everyone, everywhere knows a great deal about the United States. This is true especially in Canada as 90% of Canadian exports are to the US; and without those exports, the country would struggle mightily. So it is important that the world know the US, but not as important that the US know the world.

It’s a little bit like being a Leo. To us Leos, there are but two signs in the Zodiac: Leo, and all-the-rest. When you are the best, it’s not important to know the characteristics of the other signs.

Additionally, while Canadians feel slighted because Americans can’t name their capital or Prime Minister, Americans are equal-opportunity slighters; they have no idea what ANY country’s capital is, or the Prime Minister’s name of ANY country, save England: The Queen.

Here in the US, every climate and every adventure is available without a passport. From frozen tundra to tropical paradise, mountain climbing to scuba diving, Douglas Fir forests to Death Valley. It’s not necessary for an American to leave his own country in order to experience the world.

And WestJet, whose video is below, provides extensive service from Canada to… where?!?!?!…surely not the geographically-challenged US of A?? WestJet offers the most Canadian flights to Las Vegas and Orlando, from eleven Canadian cities to Orlando and twelve to Las Vegas. Since 2008, WestJet is the largest international carrier, by volume of passengers, flying into Las Vegas. And my momma and her friend Myrna’s carrier of choice to the cruise ships departing from Ft. Lauderdale.

Here is their cute Christmas Video Surprise…

Now, here’s a geography challenge for Canadians:

The 49th parallel is traditionally referred to as the boundary between Canada and the USA. However, how many provincial capitals are actually north of the 49th? I think you’ll be surprised.

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  1. Rebecca  December 18, 2013

    That is pretty awesome! Go WestJet!

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  2. elayne  January 14, 2014

    wonderful as usual..

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