I like Calgary. I enjoyed my visit in February, and I’ve grown increasingly comfortable with the fact that I’ll likely end up living there this fall. But…I mean, would it kill a Calgarian to say something negative about their city? Seriously: it doesn’t happen, ever. Next time you’re with a Calgarian, try and suggest that there’s something about their hometown that isn’t absolutely 100% perfect. They’ll rip you to shreds; I’m convinced there isn’t a more humourless place in the entire world based purely on their utter inability to take criticism. Bri Monster (a proud Calgarian) claims it’s a simple defense mechanism. Which is fair, I suppose; on the other hand, I defy you to find a Torontonian who wouldn’t leap at the opportunity to say many, many negative things about Toronto. We criticize our city because we love it; I’m assuming Calgarians don’t because they’re insecure, or just desperate to set themselves apart from Eastern Canada. I guess I’ll find out sooner or later. In the meantime, Calgarians, consider this your call-to-arms: in the comment section, say something bad about your hometown. For every negative thing you say, I’ll offer something positive in return–and no, it won’t be a cop-out answer like, “I like cows”.
By the way, did anyone catch the Home Run Derby tonight? I’m not positive about this, but I think Joe Morgan had a tiny stroke every time he said the name “Vladimir Guerrero”. Sports broadcasting don’t get much more biased than this, folks; then again, if someone set up a blog designed specifically to criticize every single word that came out of my mouth, I’d probably be bitter as well.