NYC trip in Cats jacket

Just got back from NYC and wore my Ticat jacket throughout the trip. I couldn't believe the number of people who made positive comments at JFK and Manhattan who knew who the Ticats were. There was even a guy collecting for the homeless in Times Square who knew of the Cats and all about the surrounding area St Catherines, Stoney Creek ect...
Ya I gave hime a couple of buck for his knowledge and effort.

That's cool, nice to see some Americans like the CFL.
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NYC is unique. I, too, am amazed at how many NYers know about Hamiolton and area as compared with other Americans

Years ago I was wearing my TC coat and I was buying booze at a liquor store near Pittsburgh. The kid at the cash said, "Hey! Hamilton Tiger-Cats! My dad played for them." Thought that was pretyy cool. Western PA produces lots of football players.

A few months ago I was at a family function near Pittsburgh, and when a woman found out that I was from Hamilton she asked if I had ever heard of her uncle. Joe Zuger. You bet I have!

About 4 years ago another older in-law asked if I had ever heard of Ron Lancaster. He played agaionst him in high school and was recounting how great he was back then. Pretty cool talking tabbies in the U.S.

That's nothing - I wore my New England Patriots hat in Sudbury and I got quite a few compliments and quite a few guys up there new all about the NFL!!! Even saw a couple of other guys wearing Pats gear - talk about a small world.
I didn't ask them which part of New England they were form and what they were doing in Sudbury!!

Gee, aren't you just the funniest person in the world.... :roll:

I thought there conversation was quite interesting jaybird24, I don't think you have to be such a sarcastic ass :thdn:

I actually did chuckle at that one!! It was clever, true and had that 'rain-on-the-parade' timing that gets a reaction. Nicely done, I say.

On a related note, my dad told me that a couple years ago he was going through the El Paso- Juarez Mexico border crossing. The guy took his ID, looked at him and said "Thank you, sir...Oskee Wee Wee". I thought that was pretty funny.

I don't think he can be anything but that.

What some people fail to realize is that it IS quite strange for Americans to know about places outside of their own little area so it is a bit of a shock when they know about Canada and most especially about the Ticats.

I work for a company that deals with Americans all the time and when I used to book travel for them it was amazing how much they DIDN'T know about their own country let alone any other. Some of the things I heard were crazy. I had one lady say that the traveller needed to go from NY to one of the "M" states. So I named them and she said "oh just pick one and I'm sure it will be fine." Someone else didn't know there was more than one airport in Michigan and yet another wanted to book a flight into Toronto for her boss and when the flights were sold out she said to book him the flight that arrived into Montreal at 9am and he would drive to his 10:30am meeting in Toronto...

When I was in Ireland 4 years ago, I was often wearing my "Canada" baseball-type cap and TiCats T-shirt and had many comments of recognition from the Irish.

Noticed on a path at the Giant's Causeway and then at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (both in N Ireland), where a family from Ottawa struck up a conversation.

The Rope Bridge is not for the faint-of-heart (virtual tour)...

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(chasm is deeper than it looks in the virtual tour... photo of side view)...

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Most surprising was at the end of a tour of the Waterford crystal plant.

During his demo of crystal artistry, the master-grinder/artist noticed the T-shirt and talked of just coming back from Hamilton a few weeks previous (he has cousins living on the Mountain).

Small world...

I thought this clip was kind of relevent to some of the posts on this thread.
Good laugh either way.

I ran into this as far back as the early 80s, We were in the White Mountains on vacation and I was wearing a shirt that had the leaping tiger yellow helmet and Hamilton Tiger-Cats across it .On a train ride at a tourist attraction another passenger kept glancing at my shirt.I could almost read his mind who the hell are the Hamilton Tiger -Cats?I was about to tell him but the ride came to and end. Unlike today there wasn't as much TV exposure, this was even before TSN.
Hey jaybird24 I wore a Colts t- shirt in downtown Calais Me.There every bar has a Patriots banner of some kind and they hate the Colts in New England.This was the summer after the Colts had won the superbowl and had beat the Pats along the way. Got a lot of dirty looks but I lived to tell this story. :lol:

Boreham Girl wrote: What some people fail to realize is that it IS quite strange for Americans to know about places outside of their own little area so it is a bit of a shock when they know about Canada and most especially about the Ticats.

To illustrate what she is saying, last week I called to cancel one of the hotel rooms I had booked in Calgary for the Grey Cup. The number I had to call was based in the U. S. When I told her I wanted to cancel a room, she decided to try to get me a better rate. When she checked her computer, she said, "Wow, there must be something going on in Calgary that week." When I told her it was Grey Cup weekend, she said "Is that a big horse race?"

LOL I'm not surprised in the least, Dusty.

No not true, you think that you are from Canada you are important and people shoud take notice. Just rememeber that closest nation to Americans in the south is Mexico. There are about 30 million living in the US and probably another 20 million illegals. The US has two close neighbours and we have one.
Many Americans just don't hear about Canada so don't take it personally and don't worry about it. It doesn't bother me.
But many Americans do know about Canada so don't judge all by one or two that you met.

I bet YOU can't name the Mexican provinces or could you name the Mexican president!!

Psssst they don't know anything about Mexico either.

I don't take it personally. I actually find it quite amusing. I have worked at the same job for 9 years and for 7 of those years I talked to Americans 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I'm not judging based on one or two incidents. It's actually quite the point of amusement to those in the travel industry.

The following are actual encounters related by travel agents (and you wonder why U.S. citizens generally score less than the rest of the world on geography exams)...

A client called in inquiring about a package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, "Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii?"

I got a call from a woman who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information when she interrupted me with "I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts." Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, "Cape Cod is in Massachusetts; Capetown is in Africa." Her response: click.

A secretary called in looking for hotel in Los Angeles. She gave me various names off a list, none of which I could find. I finally had her fax me the list. To my surprise, it was a list of hotels in New Orleans, Louisiana. She thought the LA stood for Los Angeles, and that New Orleans was a suburb of L.A. Worst of all, when I called her back, she was not even embarrassed.

A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state. He replied, "Don't lie to me. I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state."

I got a call from a man who asked, "Is it possible to see England from Canada?" I said, "No." He said, "But they look so close on the map."

Another man called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas. When I pulled up the reservation, I noticed he had a 1-hour lay-over in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, "I heard Dallas was a big airport, and I need a car to drive between the gates to save time."

A nice lady just called. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:20am and got into Chicago at 8:33am. I tried to explain that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but she could not understand the concept of time zones. Finally I told her the plane went very fast, and she bought that!

A woman called and asked, "Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know who's luggage belongs to who?" I said, "No, why do you ask?" She replied, "Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said FAT, and I'm overweight, is there any connection?" After putting her on hold for a minute while I "looked into it" (I was actually laughing) I came back and explained the city code for Fresno is FAT, and that the airline was just putting a destination tag on her luggage.

I just got off the phone with a man who asked, "How do I know which plane to get on?" I asked him what exactly he meant, which he replied, "I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these dang planes have numbers on them."

A businessman called and had a question about the documents he needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded him he needed a visa. "Oh no I don't, I've been to China many times and never had to have one of those." I double checked, and sure enough, his stay required a visa. When I told him this he said, "Look, I've been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express card."

Those are funny BG but I'm willing to be we can find quite a few clueless Canadians as well.

ALL the time lol. :lol:

I agree, when I see these comments by some people on here I feel ashamed to be Canadian. This is not what being Canadian is all about. Judging all people by a few???? If these comments were directed to any other nationality we would call it racism.

I wouldn't call it shame. I do feel the worst US bashers are the most clueless about the US though