Alright, guys, if you know me at all, you know I'm just so, so proud to be from Montreal.
I love my city, and I also know that not everything's perfect here. We've got our little quirks and imperfections, just like any other place, but on the whole, the good outweighs the bad.
Plus, the less fun parts of Montreal kind of unite us anyway, so in a roundabout way they're kind of a good thing.
For a long time, I was happy with just accepting the bad with the good, and kind of laughing with fellow Montrealers about all the things that make Montreal so unique.
But lately, a lot of things have just come together to make Montreal known on a worldwide scale for... well, for kind of dropping the ball, if I'm being honest.
Let's first take our "official" Christmas tree as an example.
I don't like it. I'll be honest with you guys, it looks like a furry pillar.
I feel like they just picked a tree so it could beat out Rockafeller Center's, slapped some Canadian Tire logos on it, and called it a day.
Which, no. A Christmas tree is supposed to be joyful and magical, not some weird way to promote a business and compete with another city.
The worst part? Not only do other Montrealers seem to agree that our Christmas tree is just not nice, but it's putting us on the map on an international level.
Buzzfeed, Mashable, Today... the list of websites picking up on this is actually a little impressive.
As if that wasn't enough, we're now also known for that pretty funny pile-up involving cars, two buses, and a cop car.
At least it was funny, until the whole world started talking about it. Accidents happen, sure, and we seem to have at least a semi-legit reason why that steep hill wasn't salted, but come on. We're Montreal. We're better than this.
Oh, and I'm not even going to get started on all the construction/traffic.
It was hilarious a few years ago (does anyone else remember the "Who made this city!?" viral video? That was my favourite video on the internet forever), but now it's just frustrating.
You can't go anywhere without hitting a construction zone, or seeing a pile-on in the distance.
And it's frustrating that other people know our national flag as a construction cone, TBH.
I guess all of this, plus the BSL/pit bull banning that's been recently enacted (which, honestly, is a horror all on its own IMO), is making us known for all the wrong reasons.
Montreal is an amazing place; I love it. The city is beautiful, we host tons of incredibly fun events all the time, there are amazing places to eat and drink at, Montrealers are a great group of people... the list goes on.
And, honestly, I get that most people who do really know about our city know about all the cool things, too.
But I just wish the good was being put at the forefront right now; because everyone else is laughing at the things we used to laugh at together, and when the whole world is laughing at your inside jokes, they stop being funny.