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Kit McCallum
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25 posted 10-04-2002 07:43 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

LOL @ Chris & 15 minutes!  

And Ron?  I can honestly say that I have not learned to "think" in kilometers, and I don't think many of us from that era will. We were too immersed in "miles" when the change took place in the 70's, both from a schooling and life-experience standpoint ... so the quick math above keeps us grounded (and out of jail for speeding, lol).

Interesting point though ... on the switchover from Farenheight to Celcius ... I did a little better there. I do "think" in celcius now. It took a while, but it's much easier to feel the effects I think.  If it's 32 degrees celcius ... it's sweltering hot ... if it's 25 degrees it's perfect ... if it's zero degrees, I'm watching the roads for black ice ... if it's -10 ... I've got my mittens out for sure. That was a lot easier to make the "mental changeover" ...

Mileage though? Nope ... I'll be converting in my mind until they take my license away due to old age.

[This message has been edited by Kit McCallum (10-04-2002 07:49 PM).]

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26 posted 10-04-2002 09:21 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Miles are just confusing...and Kit - it's kilometres not kilometers rotf...

Um, are you sure 1km is 6 miles? I'm sure it's much less than that...more like...1.7k's per mile??? (approx)

Interestingly...we used to have farenheight on many of our appliances..in fact, I grew up with an antiquated farenheight oven and *I* found it hard to learn celcius thanks to that...but I have to agree with Mikey - celcius just makes more sense...(so do km's really. 1, 10, 100, 1000...).

Oh and C - you were doing 140km on the motorway (as opposed to freeway) - that's just...god. You're lucky they caught you at 122 km...heh. 140 and they'd be tempted to put you behind bars for the night rotf...

I have to say that was one thing that made an impression while in the States - all those roads. Those I 40's and I 75's and I this and that...flying from LA to Atlanta - and seeing these long, straight roads that seemed to go on and on, literally forever. There is something almost terrifying in that. Anyone in NZ can reach a beach on both sides of the country in 2 hours maximum, no matter where they are. Our roads are babies - yours are monsters...our longest are the ones that run from one end of the two main islands to the other...

I've always wanted to just choose a road in a large country (preferably America I must confess) and drive on it...making a photographic record along the way. You know your trucks are bigger too...simply because of the access to those long, straight roads. All of ours, without exception, travel through winding hilly roads - heh, remember that logging truck on the bridge C? We're lucky to be alive heh...so yes, our trucks don't have the capacity for weight and size that American ones do...

well..that was a tangent wasn't it...

Oh - another thing that's so different...beverages.

I asked for a lemonade in North Carolina and got exactly that - instead of the sprite I was expecting. Not to mention tea - which I drink hot and with sugar and milk..and you lot somehow manage to drink COLD (omg) with NO milk...(I'm assuming it's like that in Canada too??)

I pay homage to the strong of constitution

Not to mention the lack of kettles and plug sockets with switches...

K
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LOL ... meters, metres ... see how confused I am Kamla?

The conversion trick doesn't work as well under 2 digits, but if you're driving that slow or don't have that far to go ... it doesn't matter, lol.  Here's a chart with real conversion figures though, and the trick does translate pretty well. http://www.teaching-english-in-japan.net/conversion/kilometers

And tea?  Oh boy ... I'm with you K ... hot and with sugar and milk. I never drink ice tea, and I found out the hard way on my business trips, that even for breakfast, I have to request "hot" tea or I wind up with ice tea along with my scrambled eggs, lol.
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Iced tea is ok, however, generally, my tea is warm, and with milk and sugar. I can't remember what else I was going to say. Oh, drive the TransCanada. Its long. Although I suppose it might not be straight through the mountains, you would get great pictures. They let you drive faster in the prairies, so you can get out quicker, too. You can watch a dog go for 50 kilometres, in some parts of the prairies.

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29 posted 10-04-2002 10:58 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

LOL at some of the replies in this thread. Some newspaper mogul no doubt dropped 'u' from colour and all the other colourful words, because shorter words take up less space, use less letters, etc. Then came all the LOL's, ROTFL's, and now we all talk in bizarre abbreviates...I guess we are word deviates?
Ron? I grew up near THE 405, and THE 5.
And I had a really good laugh years ago when an Englishman said "I'll knock you up in the morning"  Of course it was a phone call he meant, not the fun stuff.
God, I love diversity, and rainbows!  
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quote:
Um, are you sure 1km is 6 miles?

No, Kamla. A kilometer is point six, or six/tenths of a mile.  

Not all of the freeways/highways/toll roads/motorways in the US are long and straight. Many, once you leave the plains states and the deserts, are long and winding. The best ones aren't limited access (no on- and off-ramps), and probably the most famous is Route 66 (of television fame, circa 1960). California's 101, mentioned earlier in this thread, winds along nearly 1,000 miles of coast and is probably the most beautiful drive in the country. Sadly, many of those older roads are in poor repair these days - largely because of those huge 18-wheelers you mentioned.

Iced tea? In America, iced tea is served like coffee, i.e., plain. In Canada, at least the part I visited, they serve it pre-sweetened. Not only does it taste terrible, but that first gulp is a truly massive surprise. I didn't "quite" spit it across the room, but it was close.

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31 posted 10-05-2002 12:34 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

that's what i said K - 75MPH.

that logging truck... wow. that was indeed close... driving along the road (the wrong side i still say), just minding our own business when we come to this one lane bridge. good thing the rental car had excellent brakes, 'cause that truck was NOT stopping. ROFL

i can handle the differences in tea and lemonade - but PLEASE - if i ask for bacon, do not give me a slice of ham... just not right.
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32 posted 10-05-2002 12:55 AM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

Lori actually thinks me a bit femme for all the tea I drink. And yes, it's piping hot with milk (no sugar, though).

One horrible surprise: I ordered a Cherry Coke in Calgary...

It was grenadine and water!

I felt nauseous after a few sips...

Oh, and what's with Calgary having Subway Sauce instead of oil and vinegar?

Strange country. Hope I can move there soon.
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33 posted 10-05-2002 02:57 AM       View Profile for Anvrill   Email Anvrill   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Anvrill's Home Page   View IP for Anvrill

My opinion:

Colour isn't colour without the u. It feels hollow and empty and soulless. As with all the other Brit/Canadian vs. American words. It's awkward reading American writing, and it used to dictate my spelling when I was a kid; I also used to say zee, not zed, because Sesame Street didn't acknowledge the we Canadians like keeping French in our culture.

I don't understand why there are gaps in culture like these spellings/pronunciations and the whole measuring system issue over one tiny little line. All the Americans I've met have been exactly like Canadians, only I think we Canadians know American geography better. It's so strange... And I don't see things changing down on the south end of the border, either, because they won their freedom from evil ol' Britain, and they cut out all the u's to prove it.

It's late at night right now. I've always favoured Britain to the States, since that's my heritage. If I come off as snarky, I'm not tryin' t' be!

your tongue's like poison
so swollen it fills up my mouth

rs

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34 posted 10-05-2002 03:01 AM       View Profile for Anvrill   Email Anvrill   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Anvrill's Home Page   View IP for Anvrill

And Mikhail, sub sauce exists in almost every sub shop in CANADA, not just the Subways in Calgary.

It was recalled fr a bit, replace by oil and vinegar, because of an MSG scare, but it came back about a month before you visited.

your tongue's like poison
so swollen it fills up my mouth

rs

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35 posted 10-05-2002 03:02 AM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

My heritage is Polish. Someone get me kielbasa. Spelling shmelling!
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OH! And Cherry Coke finally exists in Canada again. Passed all the FCC regs, or whatever.

your tongue's like poison
so swollen it fills up my mouth

rs

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37 posted 10-05-2002 03:03 AM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

WHAAAAAT?????????
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What to which?

your tongue's like poison
so swollen it fills up my mouth

rs

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To both! I can't believe I arrived in Calgary just in time for sauce and grenadine. :p

Oh well, it was worth it for our adventures on C-trains and in hotel rooms.

I love you. Now let's stop hijacking this thread. It didn't do anything to us!!!
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40 posted 10-05-2002 03:06 AM       View Profile for Anvrill   Email Anvrill   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Anvrill's Home Page   View IP for Anvrill

I love you too. And sub sauce is good; it's just Italian salad dressing or something. And Cherry Coke can bite my butt. I have never been a fan.

Now I'll sneak away quietly.
Shh! I'm sneaking!

your tongue's like poison
so swollen it fills up my mouth

rs

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