Monday, January 14, 2008

Apparently, I'm Canadian

We're back, and boy was the hockey game an experience! Apparently, I'm Canadian and didn't even know it.

Now, anyone who knows me personally knows that I am not nearly nice enough to be Canadian. However, because I was at a Sharks game rooting for the Maple Leafs, I guess the "dumb American" stereotype kicked in--if you aren't cheering for a US team, you must be a foreigner.

Let me paint the picture. There we sit, minding our our business. We are not being obnoxious about the fact that we are cheering for the other team. We aren't jumping out of our seats. The two middle-aged women in front of us are wearing matching Sharks jerseys, have matching blonde highlights on their matching pseudo-mullets haircuts. OlderMullet is throwing looks back at us, but that is to be expected.

Apparently the rule at the "Shark Tank" is that you cannot lean forward in your seats. The nazi-usher kept coming to our row to yell at other people, and this being our first time we did not understand what the issue was.

Finally, YoungerMullet turned to me and explained the way that the stadium was built meant that if you leaned forward in your seats that the person behind you would not be able to see. I said, "Oh! Huh, okay!" And I turned to Hubbie to say that at least that made sense and now we knew what the issue was.

Except that YoungerMullet continued on to mutter under her breath I don't know how they build them in Canada (snort) but here... as she turned around.

Seriously? WTF? I looked at Hubbie with this incredulous face. I probably even said What the hell? And then God, that was really rude.

Interestingly enough, they were nicer to us after that. I don't know if she heard my comment about her being rude. I had lots of comebacks for her, but shit! All I wanted to do was enjoy the game with Hubbie.

So, if you ever go to the Shark Tank and sit in section 107, watch out for these two. If they give you them the same attitude, be braver than I was. Take a picture and tell them you wanted to show your friends in Canada what American lesbians look like and see what they say.


Momma said...

(chuckle) That's too funny!

I love hockey, by the way. We live in the DC area, so we are Capitals fans (though my hubby likes the Red Wings, too, since that was his team when he was growing up).

I find that hockey fans are either totally obnoxious (from watching all those fights) or are terrific :-)

Last time we made it to a game, though, the two guys in front of us were talking business the WHOLE time - LOUDLY! I did tell them they were rude. It's not uncommon for these sales/marketing folks around here to take a client out, call it entertainment, and expense it. But geez - save the biz talk for AFTER!

Peace - D

Not Afraid to Use It said...

We're soon to be living in the D.C. area, so maybe we'll hit a game with you guys!

I DEF have the potential to be a horribly obnoxious sports fan. But since we were in the minority, I didn't want to get my ass kicked that far from home.

It is totally bad form to talk shop during a game. Hell, they won't even let you back to your seat during play. Why in the world would anyone want to listen to the business deal going down, kwim?

Heather said...

Yeah, I'm not even a hockey follower, so I can't even be mistaken for Canadian. Maybe if I stand on a street corner and start bitching about the fact that Quebec needs to be a separate country. Would that give me street cred?

Andrea said...

ROFLMAO! I'm so glad I wasn't taking a drink when I got to the last line!

As I was reading your description, I thought, Are they lesbians? and was hoping you would answer that question. That last line was good enough for me. :)

Not Afraid to Use It said...

I think they were. When I pointed it out to Hubbie, he was like Oh...Ohhhhhhhhh! LOL Then again, this is the man who did not realize that the guys in Savage Garden were gay.

In my opinion I think these chicks might still be in the closet and doing the whole "friend" thing, but that's just me.

strange scottish girl said...

haha just reading your blog for the first time, too funny!

Sue said...

I'm guessing in Canada, because, you know, they actually have ice that doesn't need to be contained in a ginormous refrigerated box, they know how to build ice arenas. Why? Because...well, hockey fans lean forward. When players are digging the puck out of the corner, they lean. When a big hit goes down in neutral ice, they lean. And when their team's "enforcer" is putting the smack down on some unfortunate member of the opposing team, they lean. I mean, come on.

Oh, and that last line...fucking perfect! *high fives*

I wandered over from your review over at Ask and Ye Shall Receive.

Chris in Oxford said...

Great post! I'm a non-Canadian who would cheer for the Leafs over a Sunbelt team any day!

Thanks for your visit and comments.

All the best,


ValleyGirl said...

Haha, you're too funny!

Man, I can't figure out where this reputation for being super nice comes from. As an actual Canuck, I can honestly say we have the exact same experiences at arenas around our nation as well. Maybe we're just polite to foreigners. Certainly not to our own. And FOR SURE not in venues like movie theaters, arenas, and stadiums where refraining from obnoxious behaviour and generally staying in one's seat are optimal for the enjoyment of others.