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I danced a disco grind for John Ralston Saul
Here's a little anecdote that might appeal to the Canadians around here:
My wife and I stopped into a little local bakery last Saturday morning to get some sandwiches for lunch. This particular bakery is quite good and attracts people from all over Toronto. That morning, though, they were playing dance music with a heavy base and driving beat and it was a tad on the annoying side. You could hear the music from quite far away, and by the time you reached the little outdoor patio, which was jammed with people, the music was already loud. Inside the shop, customers had to shout to each other to be heard. When it was our turn to order our sandwiches, my wife still hadn't decided what she wanted and was humming and hawing. I turned to the man in line behind us and shouted "Why don't you go ahead an order - you've probably already decided."
"Not really," he replied "this music's so loud I can't really think."
"Doesn't it make you want to dance?" I asked, and to emphasize what I was saying (and for comic effect), I danced a little disco for him, even going so far as to grind. To help you form the picture, I'm a little portly and always look awkward dancing.
He smiled, and shouted back "No! It makes me want to leave."
Just then his wife came in and shouted at the cashier "Can't you turn this awful music down? Nobody can have a conversation outside!" Then she stormed out.
My wife later informed me that the man was John Ralston Saul - internationally renowned author, thinker, and philosopher. His wife is Adreinne Clarkson, 26th governor general of Canada and representative of Queen Elizabeth II in Canada from 1999 to 2005, broadcaster, and patron of culture and the arts. But not, I guess, all the arts.
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Re: I danced a disco grind for John Ralston Saul
Totally forgot to reply to this. I suspect that for most people this is a pretty obscure celebrity sighitng, but it gets my "that's cool!" response.
I've been about a third of the way through Reflections of a Siamese Twin: Canada at the End of the
Twentieth Century for several years now. It's interesting reading but dense and intellectual and I lose focus.
For those of you who don't know, back when Canada was still cool when Chretien was in power, Saul and his wife were kind of the liberal-intellectual hipster couple of the country. Sort of a Brangelina for the fresh gooseberries and local poetry set. We have an awesome tradition here in Canada (which I'm sure Harper is going to break) of having smoking hot MILFs in the Governor-General position. Adrienne Clarkson started the trend. And now Michaelle Jean is doing a great job of keeping it going.
The Governor-General is the symbolic representation of the Queen in Canada. She opens and closes parliament and does a lot of good PR for the country. Back before the British North America act, the Governor-General was basically the dude in charge here.
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