I hope all my Canadian readers are having an awesome long weekend! (And that everyone else had an awesome normal weekend!) Ours has involved spending time with various friends on patios, roller coasters, log flumes, beaches, ocean swims, picnics in the park, a BBQ later today and – of course – over beer.
Speaking of which, I like this commercial, even though I’m not that fond of Molson (it’s not the worst beer of its type, but unfortunately its type is “strictly for those who think “cold” is a flavour”):
The ad reminds me somehow of the second time I took Mr E Man to London. On our first visit, my sister had located a Canadian pub for us (the Maple Leaf in Covent Garden) so we could watch the Calgary Flames in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. We had a blast – even my sister, who isn’t into sport in general and who was having a hard time following her first ever hockey game – and met lots of lovely Canadians, including someone who lived two blocks away from me in Vancouver. So when we found ourselves back in London a couple of years later during the World Juniors tournament, we decided to go back.
The problem was, my sister was at work that day and we didn’t really know where we were going (this was before we had smartphones). We took the tube to Covent Garden and asked a couple of random people if they knew where the Canadian pub was, with no luck, and were close to giving up and just going to a normal pub instead.
But then! Someone walked past us wearing a Canucks jersey!
We looked at each other and, without speaking, turned around and followed him.
He walked right up to the door of the Maple Leaf pub… and kept going. Apparently that wasn’t his destination, but he somehow managed to lead us there anyway. Which just goes to show that if you’re looking for a sports bar, anywhere in the world, just follow the first Canadian you find and they’ll take you right to it.
They weren’t playing the Juniors game, but we had a good time anyway.