Things to do before you die: obnoxiously and arrogantly drive an American Flag-painted RV through Canada. Check.
This weekend marked the debut of the jingoistic Missoula Ultimate Frisbee fighting squad called Spangled, aka Mental Toss Flycoons. Spangled represented the United States of America as they traveled to Canada for a tournament of great proportion, competing against 41 Canadian teams in a battle of pride.
Draped in American attire, Spangled went 5 and 1 for the weekend, losing only to Psycho Plastique, a team from Edmonton, in the USA vs. Canada final.
Six team members loaded into an RV early Friday morning to embark upon the adventure, bridling at an average speed of 48 miles per hour, fear of Canadian Border Patrol, and doubt in the reliability of our RV, clinging only to our faith in America.
After six solid hours, the RV finally made it to the border, where it was greeted with neighborly enthusiasm.
Waving roadside Canadians did nothing to break the mood. At gas stations, Canadians were not afraid to share how they felt about our fair country. “Screw Bush,” for instance.
Did this hurt our feelings? Did we question where we came from? No, instead we harnessed the energy of our forefathers. We did only what we knew was right: parking the RV in the middle of everyone, and playing favorites like Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful, loud.
No, we didn’t walk away with the first-place trophy. We walked away with the silver, a warm feeling in our hearts, and goose bumps on our arms, knowing we’d done America proud.