26. The ultimate sense of coziness you’d experience while wearing one of these perfect-for-prairie-winter snuggies:
27. Hard-core hockey fans
28. The Edmonton – Calgary rivalry
29. Feeling triumphant when you make it to a gay bar when it’s 40 below
30. Summer days that go on forever
31. Sunshine at 10 p.m.
32. Feeling super-human as a little kid because it’s 10 p.m, sunny, and you’re not tired.
33. Queer hipster skateboarder girls in the summer
34. The sense of mystery in not knowing if a woman is the gay kind of butch, or the works in the oil industry or on a farm kind of butch.
35. The sense of accomplishment when you discover that she is, in fact, gay
36. The smell of dust on a gravel road
37. Thunderstorms. I love how clean I feel after having danced in the rain, when the air smells so fresh and the summer dust has been washed from my skin.
38. Dancing through canola fields
39. Cowboys. I know it’s a stereotype, but yes, they do exist. Every now and then I see a man in full cowboy-gear just walking around downtown going about his business. When I was a waitress, I once served an entire table full of cowboys. They tipped well.
40. The last remaining grain elevators. Between the 1890s and the 1930s, almost 6,000 grain elevators were built across the Canadian prairies. My Opa worked in one when he first came to Alberta from Holland in the 1940s. Unfortunately, grain elevators weren’t the safest places – all that wood, grain dust, and flour led to many fires and explosions. Today, hardly any grain elevators remain, but some have been turned into museums.
41. Having a whole train car or bus to yourself
42. Road trips to the mountains
43. Ridiculous giant statues. Prairie cities love celebrating their cultural objects in a big way.
44. Hay bales against the sky
45. Picking berries in the summer: saskatoon berries, raspberries, choke cherries, cranberries
46. Vision. Your line of sight goes so far in the prairies, especially when you’re in the country, or in Saskatchewan. When there’s a thunderstorm and lightning lights up the whole sky, it looks like you can see the whole world and everything is bursting with electricity, energy, light.
47. Quilted fields
49. A newspaper article in which police officers spend six hours on snowmobiles trying to herd a cow and bull who’ve gotten loose in the city. There’s really nothing more Canadian-prairie than this article.
50. Waiting at the doctor’s office and finding an adorable picture of a young K.D Lang in Alberta Views Magazine.