<this isn’t learning related…just need to vent>
Isn’t it ironic that my US passport renewal, which was supposed to arrive 16-18 weeks ago, arrived “priority mail” yesterday? How appropriate that the Passport Backlog Reduction Act was also signed yesterday which facilitates the hiring of Foreign Service retirees to assist in the processing of passport and visa applications. Yesterday. Just in time! That fine piece of government efficiency is my number 10 reason for considering a move to Canada.
#9>> Canadians are more about making peace then war.
#8>> Canadians have a better education system. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation and standardized testing in the USA is a step backwards.
#7>> I am accustomed to four consecutive months of summer followed by eight consecutive months of “not summer.” (I’m a short 3-4 hour drive from the border depending on what vehicle I’m driving)
#6>> My children already know how to play hockey and lacrosse.
#5>> As I was recently reminded (I don’t like to think about it) by the movie Sicko, that I pay more for my health insurance than I do for the mortgage on my four-bedroom home. And *bonus* I might not get the coverage I need when sick. The Canadian health care system is much better than the privatized health care system in the US. And, the price is right.
#4>> There are a lot of cool people in Canada illustrated by my blogroll (don’t make me name names!).
#3>> National Hockey League (NHL) teams are not named after Disney characters. Quack. Quack.
#2>> The beer is better.
#1>> I know the first two words to the Canadian National Anthem (as illustrated in the title to this post).
I do love the US. I love my country, but hey…gimme a break already.
<end of rant>