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BarensMom

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1080 on: November 30, 2013, 09:34:02 AM »
The reason why the house insurance was such an issue was because of rate raises after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 that about leveled parts of San Francisco.  The person I talked to apparently thought that there were only two cities in California - San Francisco and Los Angeles.  That a large percentage of California was nowhere near either of these places didn't occur to them.

Tell me about it - our homeowner's rates were raised significantly after 1989.  Of course, the fact that the hills around our house have a bad habit of slipping and sliding might have something to do with it.

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« Reply #1081 on: November 30, 2013, 02:25:06 PM »
I just remembered one. I was hanging out with my best friend back then and her aunt. We were about 13. So we were at her aunts house and her aunt had to give the dog medicine. She did the ol' hide the pill in some tasty food trick. She hid it in sliced bologna. Well, it was those slices with the red plastic on the outside.

She didn't take the plastic off. At least not the first one. 13 year olf me piped up with "You know you have to take that red stuff of right? Its plastic."

No, she hadn't known. And her kids and herself had probably been eating it as well :O

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« Reply #1082 on: November 30, 2013, 05:35:24 PM »
Yes, there really is a Sheriff of Nottingham.
Well, there *was*. The closest thing now would be the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire. And it's a ceremonial title, these guys are not law enforcement officers.

When I was a kid I was hanging out in a park in I think Baltimore while my dad did some work thing at the local University. I ended up chatting to a kid about my age (12) who, on finding out I was British, asked if I lived in a castle. Also if we had TV over there.

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« Reply #1083 on: November 30, 2013, 06:32:42 PM »
I've just checked as I live in Lincoln, about 40 miles away, and we have a sheriff as well as the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire. Nottingham is the same.
http://www.nottinghampost.com/New-Lord-Mayor-Sheriff-Nottingham-announced/story-18677655-detail/story.html

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« Reply #1084 on: November 30, 2013, 08:18:57 PM »
I live in North Central Alberta. It is recommended that one plug in one's vehicle block heater only if the temperatures are going below -15C. I have to bite my tongue to keep from telling the (somewhere in the condo complex) neighbor with two vehicles that he does not have to plug his cars in as soon as, and as long as, there is snow on the ground.

Don't get me started on remote car starters and greenhouse gases!!

I take it you've never gone to bed with it -5 and woken up to -45? Welcome to Whitehorse!  >:D
It's actually pretty common though, we lived in North East BC for several years and a drop of 20 degrees overnight was pretty normal. We plugged our vehicles in from November to March. (Of course, most of that time it actually was -20 or colder, but it did warm up occasionally!) I'm actually surprised that it doesn't happen in North Alberta as well?

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« Reply #1085 on: November 30, 2013, 10:53:51 PM »
Today I had to tell someone who is literally old enough to be my mother (because her youngest daughter is my age!) that real butter is sold in both salted and unsalted versions.


I don't think that this is that outrageous.  In some communities it can be hard to find unsalted butter.

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« Reply #1086 on: November 30, 2013, 11:31:51 PM »
Today I had to tell someone who is literally old enough to be my mother (because her youngest daughter is my age!) that real butter is sold in both salted and unsalted versions.


I don't think that this is that outrageous.  In some communities it can be hard to find unsalted butter.

She's lived in two big cities in the same region of the US for most of her life.  She's lived in our city for about 8-9 years.  It's definitely not hard to find here!

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« Reply #1087 on: December 01, 2013, 03:13:11 AM »
I worded that awkwardly, Mergatroyd - we plug in when the Environment Canada website is predicting such lows - and when our arthritic joints talk to us, since E.C. isn't clairvoyant. If I'm suspecting a drop, I'll plug in, but not turn the breaker supplying power to the outdoor plug-in on until 1-2 hours before I have to drive the car.

Don't you love the days when you drive to work in balmy 2C, but drive home in -20 and snow with howling winds? Or those mornings after a freezing rain + heavy snowfall when you have to brush & scrape the car windows?
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« Reply #1088 on: December 01, 2013, 10:55:42 AM »
Today I had to tell someone who is literally old enough to be my mother (because her youngest daughter is my age!) that real butter is sold in both salted and unsalted versions.


I don't think that this is that outrageous.  In some communities it can be hard to find unsalted butter.

She's lived in two big cities in the same region of the US for most of her life.  She's lived in our city for about 8-9 years.  It's definitely not hard to find here!

It's right next to the salted butter in all the grocery stores where I live.  ???

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« Reply #1089 on: December 01, 2013, 10:58:22 AM »
Your post reminded me of the argument I had with my late MIL. She thought that we lived in the (then) 19th century...because it was 198-something! She refused to believe that it was the 20th century.

I have problems with this still. I have to mentally think "Okay, 1990s were 20th century, so 15th century is...not 1600s, that's wrong. 1400s. Yes? Is that right? Yes. Okay then."

Every time. And half the time I still get it wrong.

It's easy to remember if you think of it this way: 1900s = 20th century, 1800s = 19th c., etc. The number goes up by 1 for the 'century.'

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« Reply #1090 on: December 01, 2013, 11:00:14 AM »
Yes, there really is a Sheriff of Nottingham.
Well, there *was*. The closest thing now would be the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire. And it's a ceremonial title, these guys are not law enforcement officers.

When I was a kid I was hanging out in a park in I think Baltimore while my dad did some work thing at the local University. I ended up chatting to a kid about my age (12) who, on finding out I was British, asked if I lived in a castle. Also if we had TV over there.

Ugh. That reminds me of when we had an exchange student from Finland visit my jr. high social studies class. The kids asked questions like, Do you have electricity and Do you have running water:o

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« Reply #1091 on: December 01, 2013, 11:14:58 AM »
I worded that awkwardly, Mergatroyd - we plug in when the Environment Canada website is predicting such lows - and when our arthritic joints talk to us, since E.C. isn't clairvoyant. If I'm suspecting a drop, I'll plug in, but not turn the breaker supplying power to the outdoor plug-in on until 1-2 hours before I have to drive the car.

Don't you love the days when you drive to work in balmy 2C, but drive home in -20 and snow with howling winds? Or those mornings after a freezing rain + heavy snowfall when you have to brush & scrape the car windows?

I think I'm scarred for life about having to shovel a six foot wide frozen solid windrow at -40 while six months pregnant just to get my car back in the driveway actually. I was so thankful when the city invested in industrial snowblowers that followed the Grader and Plow trucks around.

I bet we could compare notes about having to enter the vehicles on the side that's out of the wind because the lock and latch are frozen solid as well. Good times!  ::)

Actually, the one cold snap I remember best, the mercury didn't rise at all. The temp dropped so fast the diesel hose froze and when we tried to fill up the truck it snapped right in two. Good thing we hadn't turned the pump on yet.



My contribution to the thread involves myself, sadly. I returned a movie to one of those red box things for my MIL. I had to ask for help as I could NOT figure it out. Of course it turned out to be really simple, if you used the touch screen. *headthunk* How many times have
I told the kids to read the directions? Fail!

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« Reply #1092 on: December 01, 2013, 11:53:19 AM »
Yes, there really is a Sheriff of Nottingham.
Well, there *was*. The closest thing now would be the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire. And it's a ceremonial title, these guys are not law enforcement officers.

When I was a kid I was hanging out in a park in I think Baltimore while my dad did some work thing at the local University. I ended up chatting to a kid about my age (12) who, on finding out I was British, asked if I lived in a castle. Also if we had TV over there.

Ugh. That reminds me of when we had an exchange student from Finland visit my jr. high social studies class. The kids asked questions like, Do you have electricity and Do you have running water:o
Better than the questions you get as a historical re-enactor. The little kids are OK, and the high-schoolers have some couth, but junior highs? Be prepared for anything. They're particularly interested in personal hygiene. The most amazing was the assembly where the girls inquired about very personal hygiene matters. Fortunately, I can handle questions like that.  ::)

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« Reply #1093 on: December 01, 2013, 12:40:09 PM »
Standing in line for the movies last night and we overheard a man telling his wife about an post he'd seen on an IT help forum.
The person wanted to know why the animated .gif they had printed off wasn't moving.  :o

I turned around with my jaw dropped and said "I didn't' t mean to overhear but....did you tell them because this is not Harry Potter and our pictures don't move?"

I then recounted a conversation I had the day before. My friend was telling about a classmate who had just returned from her *second* school trip to Europe - including stops in France and Spain.
The student did not realize that the language spoken in France was...French. She was equally surprised to learn that the language spoke in Spain was Spanish.

I looked at the pre-teens in that family and pleaded "Please, stay in school- and learn things!"
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« Reply #1094 on: December 01, 2013, 02:39:57 PM »
A Spanish friend of my sister's taught in the US for a few years. She said that an astonishingly (and depressingly) high number of her students would not believe that she was from Europe and that Spanish was her native language. They believed that anyone who spoke Spanish as a first language was from South America, and refused to believe otherwise. She said that about half of them would be sure that Spain was in South America, and the other half would accept that Spain was a country in Europe but not the people there spoke Spanish as their native language.  These were High  School students.

Mind you, a colleague of mine tried to persuade me not to to travel to the USA by myself on the basis that I would inevitably be shot the second I arrived. I was not able to convince her that visiting New York (even alone) was unlikely to kill me.