My Canadian foil, Neil Shay, who's lovely wife Kim blogs much more frequently and pithily than he, sends me an important video explaining to us Americans the background to the deep American-Canadian friendship. I was surprised it goes way beyond syrup, Rush, and pictures of old ladies on their money.
Explaining Canada to Americans
Neil later emailed me and explained the importance of Canada's win over the U.S. in hockey:
Winning the hockey gold medal is a visceral necessity for us. It’s a mega-fail when we lose it. The stock market would have declined. Clinical depression would have spiked. So this is for the best.