Member Rara Avis
Kit, that's a cool trick, based on the fact that 1 kilometer equals .6 miles. Much easier than what I've always done. I multiply the kilometers by .5, which is obviously easy, and then by .1, which isn't much harder. Add those two results together for the miles. So, 80K equals 40 plus 8 miles, and 84K equals 42 plus 8.4 miles.
I'm curious, Kit, if you've ever learned to "think" in kilometers?
Chris, one of the more subtle differences between Southern California and the rest of the world is the measurement of distance. Miles are almost useless in California, because twenty miles on the Ventura (LA congestion) is quite different than twenty miles on the 15 (mostly dessert). I didn't realize it until I returned to Michigan, but I was very much in the habit of describing distance in terms of time. I lived twenty minutes from Disneyland and about forty minutes from LAX. (Another subtle difference? In California, we prelude our freeway designations with unnecessary articles. I got stuck on the 405? The first time I did that in Michigan I went through a week of ribbing where everyone at the University was calling me "The Ron." I got their point.)
I keep waiting for Serenity or someone else in the US South to jump in here, because you really don't have to leave America to get confused over word usage. I remember the first time I went into a small store in Louisiana, made a few purchases, and the clerk asked me if I'd like a poke. She was cute, too, but I somehow managed to avoid making a fool out of myself. Ever hear that very old phrase about buying a pig in a poke? Turns out a poke is a paper bag for carrying home your purchases, and not a flirtatious prelude to that fabled southern hospitality.