The only other country I'd rather have as a neighbor is maybe Switzerland because of the blondes that talk like the Swedish Chef. Other than that, the 'States make an awesome neighbor. I get through the border faster than a McDonalds Drive-Thru and the guy you talk to is more pleasant than the McDonalds guy. Like Chuck Berry sez, hamburgers sizzle on an open grille night and day. You can choogle up to one of those Sam's Club places and buy a vat of shampoo for a buck ninety nine. As for being brash, consider this: you go over there and there is an American flag everywhere. Small ones on windshields, Ginormous ones on flagpoles. Tattooed to their citizens, on the back of jackets, you name it. So over the top it's comical. On the flipside, in Canada, on bloody well Canada day (July 1st), your hard pressed to find one anywhere. At least they are proud. I am ashamed of the lack of patriotism over here. We got all proud of our nationality (for about ten minutes) over a G.D. beer commercial. As for their sanctimoniousness (blew the spelling, sorry, and I think it's the wrong choice of word), yeah they have that Limbaugh guy and O'Rilley, and what's-her-name there, Anne Coulter, but for each of those people, you have a Jon Stewart David Letterman Conan O'Brien Steven Colbert gleefully pointing out nightly what a stooge their president is. (And with a 29% approval rating, the citizenry lets the world know what they think of their prez.)
Every time I see the shuttle take off I am envious to the nines of the 'States. I've been there when that damn thing took off and thought Damn lookit that. And they have built success on the back of failure. They put not one, but dig it, twelve men on the moon. And if you are one of those kooks that think it was a conspiracy, well, with your head that far up your arse you have your own set of problems. Their military is guided by their government and there is no doubt that perhaps the latest war is at the best, questionable, but the men and women that comprise that military force obey and serve their country. Our Canadian military (get this, it's 100% truth) hasn't the manpower, resources, or funds available to mobilize itself from St. John's New Brunswick to Vancouver. For those of you challenged geographically, that's one side of our country to the other. We rely on you for protection. No, really.
I'm diving in Ohio next weekend. It takes me an hour and a half to get there. I'll pay the twelve bucks to get into the quarry, and Mike behind the counter will smile when he see's me and say "Hi Ken", and grin when I give him a box of Smarties (like M&M's, only Canadian). He'll shake my hand. My friend Mike. And I'll make my way down to the pit where I'll hook up with some pals from Michigan. And Illinois. And Ontario. They'll be happy to see me. And I'll be happy to see them. My friends. No one likes Americans? I think Ahmabigdickwad has anal/cranial inversion syndrome.