“My upbringing in Canada made me the person I am. I will always be proud to be a Canadian.” – Jim Carrey
A few weeks ago I asked for help in finding a new show to Netflix.. I was suggested by a few people to try out “Friday Nights Lights”. I was somewhat skeptical as we all know I hate sports. Lets just say, I have been MIA, as I started it last Saturday (4 days ago), and I am currently on episode 9 of season 3!! I am absolutely in LOVE with it. However, it has led me to a bunch of questions regarding the US. Yes, I understand it is a show, which is an exaggeration, however a lot of my questions are due to the fact that it is such a different way of life than here in Canada…
1) What is a college interview? What is the point of a college interview? I cannot for the life of me wrap my head around this one. Here, you go online to the “application centre” check off the schools you want to apply to, pay your fee, submit your grade 12 (and maybe grade 11) transcript and then you wait. Within a few weeks you will receive a letter in the mail saying “hey, you’re in, pay these fees by this date, see you in september”. What is this interview for and why do you need one?
2) What is the deal with HIGH SCHOOL football? I don’t understand how intense it is. I get that I am watching a show which is based around high school football. BUT the town literally SHUTS DOWN friday nights for a HIGH SCHOOL football game. Our games would be in the afternoon, and (only speaking for the high school I went to) unless you were a parent of or dating a football player you didn’t really go. Maybe if your gym class watched for the period.. I just don’t understand what is so special about it. I don’t get it.
3) The HIGH SCHOOL football coach is a full time job? Ours was the guidance counsellor who volunteered his time after school.
4) “Let’s eat some barbeque”… Okay what? To me, a barbeque is a cooking device which cooks your meat over a grill powered by propane and fire. You do not eat a barbeque. You eat barbecued meat. Do you said “Let’s eat some skillet fry”? I don’t get it.
5) You have to purchase TICKETS to go and watch a HIGH SCHOOL football game? Why? It is hosted at the school which you fund through your taxes. Why do you need to buy a ticket to attend your childs game?
6) The radio station discusses every detail about the game, like they are on TSN. Again, I don’t understand it. Do they forget its a high school game? I mean, on our radio they will announce the final score, but not brainstorm possible ideas which the coach might use.
So, to you American citizens, please explain this to me. I cannot comprehend it. Why???