Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Bye Bye San Diego, Hello Seattle

Man, I feel like Dr. Fraser Crane. Okay, maybe not. But I'm in Seattle now. Well, Bellevue actually.

My 14 days in San Diego was fantastic. The Zoo, Legoland, beaches, the nightlife, the food, the aircraft carrier all excellent. But the people were the best! I will definitely return.

Check this photo out...

That's the USS Ronald Reagan alright! I'm wearing the hat too.

Speaking of Presidents... I happen to be in DC when he drove by in his motorcade...

And getting into his helicopter...

Stopped by Daytona...

Oh, actually, that's Minitown USA in Legoland.

More impressions about the U.S.:

- Way too much political talk on the TV. In fact, the shows on the TV are the same, but I gotta say, Canadian TV offers a lot more. Believe it! Spanish soap operas kick ass though.

- "Lose weight this, lose weight that." Enough already.

- Fox news is blatantly biased. You already knew that. But wow!

- The Seattle Times is not a very thick paper compared to the Edmonton Journal.

- The I-5 is one wide highway.

- La Jolla beach is beautiful...

- Flew by Mount St. Helens and got this photo from the plane.

More photos to come.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

San Diego - Day 3

I'm here in San Diego on day 3 of 14 on software training for a couple weeks and wanted to report the following things:

- I saw Alonso Mourning from the NBA champs Miami Heat walk out of a hotel and into an SUV which our shuttle drove behind
- Americans are very friendly and helpful people
- The food is excellent and a bit cheaper than in Alberta, even with the exchange rate. Chilis ribs are just as good.
- The temperate weather here is absolutely perfect
- There are a lot of F15/18s that fly over our hotel near La Jolla. Very cool.
- Pretty good Pinot Noir from Italy for $7.99. Can't beat that.

But let's get back to my comment that Americans are very friendly and helpful people. You knew there was a point to it, didn't you?

While walking back to my hotel, I thought about the anti-Americanism going on in Canada. Sure, you might not like Bush, Rummy, or Condi, but to lump all Americans up as "bastards" or as "war mongers" is so ignorant, it's pathetic. With the leftist MSM in Canada attaching Harper to Bush on foreign policy is also equally ignorant. And don't worry about the polls showing a drop in support for Harper on the Israel issue, which was mostly from Quebec. Really, don't worry about it. When was the last time you voted on a party's foreign policy? It's domestic policy that drives an election, and the Conservatives have done a very good job at that.

So I'm going to try and bring back an "ARNOLD for GOVERNATOR" sign or some "Simon and Simon" memorabilia. Wish me luck, but I could see myself living here. Beautiful city.