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PastryGoddess

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1110 on: December 01, 2013, 08:01:12 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.
I do t think it's outrageous either. If your not a baker, there really is very limited need to buy unsalted.

Even before I became a baker, my family only purchased unsalted butter for the house. 

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« Reply #1111 on: December 01, 2013, 09:06:52 PM »
Spanish in Latin America is different from Spanish in Latin America, too--Mexican Spanish is different from Puerto Rican Spanish is different from Ecuadoran Spanish and so on (I'm told the differences between Mexican and most of the others are larger than the differences between those non-Mexican dialects).

Some of us just like unsalted butter on our bread. On the rare occasions I want salt and butter on bread, I add them separately. It's mostly what you grew up with, I think.
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« Reply #1112 on: December 01, 2013, 09:12:00 PM »
Spanish in Spain is slightly different to Spanish in Latin America, or so I have heard.

Rather like the difference between British English and American English, including all of the different dialects of each one.  We mostly understand each other, but every once in a while it's "Huh?"
I had a Columbian and a Castilian as my Spanish teachers in college. When I went into class with Gumer, I thought it was incredibly odd that the university would hire a man with a lisp as a language teacher. Then I realized he didn't lisp when speaking English.  ;D Apparently a difference in how Spanish is pronounced in Europe and in South America.

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« Reply #1113 on: December 01, 2013, 09:15:18 PM »
We do very little baking but we always buy unsalted butter.  I've never really understood why there would need to be salt in butter.  I don't know if I could taste the difference much between salted or unsalted so I just do without the salt.  If a recipe specifically called for salted butter, couldn't I just add a bit of salt?

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« Reply #1114 on: December 01, 2013, 09:29:54 PM »
Spanish in Spain is slightly different to Spanish in Latin America, or so I have heard.

Rather like the difference between British English and American English, including all of the different dialects of each one.  We mostly understand each other, but every once in a while it's "Huh?"
I had a Columbian and a Castilian as my Spanish teachers in college. When I went into class with Gumer, I thought it was incredibly odd that the university would hire a man with a lisp as a language teacher. Then I realized he didn't lisp when speaking English.  ;D Apparently a difference in how Spanish is pronounced in Europe and in South America.

The story goes that Ricardo Montalban (Khan in Star Trek, Mr. Rourke in the original Fantasy Island, and the voice of the car with seats of REAL "Corinthian leather") was born & raised in Spain, then moved to Mexico with his parents.

Where his mother made him wear his clothes from Spain (knee britches instead of what everyone else was wearing - so he came across with two issues - lisping Castillian accent and his mother dressed him "funny" - he got beaten up a few times....).  I have to wonder how much that influenced his desire to go into acting...where he'd get PAID for dressing differently from everyone else!

I figure that it's like the difference between someone from the UK or "down under" speaking compared to the way Americans speak - a "national" accent instead of the regional accent that I grew up with in Texas.
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« Reply #1115 on: December 02, 2013, 05:45:32 AM »
Spanish in Spain is slightly different to Spanish in Latin America, or so I have heard.

As PP have said there is the difference in accent and some vocabulary. There is also the fact that Spain has both Castillan (spanish as we know it) and Catalan (Catalonia was in part of Spain and of France). The friend I had in Barcelona spoke both (he had to during his schooling) and they're nothing alike.
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« Reply #1116 on: December 02, 2013, 06:22:09 AM »
It probably also influenced Montalban to have the macho image he had.  He was an excellent swordsman as well.

All the 20+ countries where Spanish is the official language have regional variations in accent and vernacular.  Nobody knows all the terms.  However, on television accents are flattening out and more actors are adopting the "Eastern Standard Spanish" sound I learned from Televisa novelas.





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« Reply #1117 on: December 02, 2013, 06:28:21 AM »
Spanish in Latin America is different from Spanish in Latin America, too--Mexican Spanish is different from Puerto Rican Spanish is different from Ecuadoran Spanish and so on (I'm told the differences between Mexican and most of the others are larger than the differences between those non-Mexican dialects).


My folks had a Mexican housecleaner for a number of years (from Mexico but I don't know if she is a resident alien or a citizen) and my father- who is fairly fluent in Spanish- tried  to have conversations with her but gave up because her Spanish was so full of Indian words and Indian/Spanish amalgamations that he said sometimes she was completely unintelligible to him.

Years ago I worked at a hotel here and one night had to try and explain that room X needed more hangers. I am terrible at Spanish and realized that in any case in school we learned Spain Spanish and even if I could remember the word hanger God only knows what it is in Peruvian andino Spanish. So I rummaged in a closet and found one. It turns out it's gancho.
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« Reply #1118 on: December 02, 2013, 06:47:39 AM »
I worked for a company that had Spanish speakers from Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, and Argentina, to name a few countires of origin.    Then an assistant HR manager from Spain was added to the mix.   There were definite dialect issues, especially when the HR person did translations.

I did  take a 6-week conversational Spanish course given by the company.  I asked the teacher (Puerto Rican lady) for words to avoid.  She said it would be impossible to tell me all of them in all the different dialects.   Her job was to teach very basic words that were common to all (body parts, asking for help, etc.).  Sadly, it didn't stick too well.
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« Reply #1119 on: December 02, 2013, 08:05:22 AM »
We do very little baking but we always buy unsalted butter.  I've never really understood why there would need to be salt in butter.  I don't know if I could taste the difference much between salted or unsalted so I just do without the salt.  If a recipe specifically called for salted butter, couldn't I just add a bit of salt?
To me salt in butter is the same reason you put salt in sweets, it enhances the flavor. I do not like the taste of unsalted butter as a spread and wouldn't think to serve it that way unless serving to someone on a salt restricted diet. To me it's like eating unsalted scrambled eggs. It just tastes flat.

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« Reply #1120 on: December 02, 2013, 08:13:07 AM »
Our recycling center is all volunteer run, and set up like a drive through.  The cardboard baler is the first stop you come to; you can bypass it if you don't have any cardboard.  Boxes have to be flattened before being tossed them into the cardboard baler. Every week there are at least 2 people grumpily standing off to the side breaking down their cardboard boxes for the baler.  If we're lucky the line can keep moving past them, if they haven't also parked the giant SUV in the middle of the driveway.  It seems odd to me that so many people don't realize the boxes have to be broken down; the bales of cardboard coming out of the baler are clearly composed of flattened boxes packed together, not random blobs of cardboard.


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« Reply #1121 on: December 02, 2013, 09:11:33 AM »
We do very little baking but we always buy unsalted butter.  I've never really understood why there would need to be salt in butter.  I don't know if I could taste the difference much between salted or unsalted so I just do without the salt.  If a recipe specifically called for salted butter, couldn't I just add a bit of salt?

I thought it was for perservation purposes--salted butter lasts longer?  This might be a silly thing that someone needs to tell me!

I always buy unsalted...
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« Reply #1122 on: December 02, 2013, 09:14:42 AM »
Back to that gasoline. The moth in question was spotted when it "fluttered toward the centre cluster of glaring electric lights." It's quite possible that the Lake Shore Club generated its own electricity from a gas-poweed generator. It's also possible that a bottle was kept for use as a solvent or cleaner. Among other things, gas was used to remove stains from cloth--the country club might have used it on table linens or upholstery.

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« Reply #1123 on: December 02, 2013, 09:55:35 AM »
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To me salt in butter is the same reason you put salt in sweets, it enhances the flavor. I do not like the taste of unsalted butter as a spread and wouldn't think to serve it that way unless serving to someone on a salt restricted diet. ...

Until a (very) few years ago I never knew such a thing as unsalted butter even existed.  I discovered it by accidentally buying some.  As we began using the first stick we were like "Eww... what's wrong with this butter?  It has no taste!  All it does is sort of dampen the rolls." 

I used up most of the rest of it in cooking and have carefully avoided buying it since.  There's really not that much salt in butter, but what's there makes a world of difference!

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« Reply #1124 on: December 02, 2013, 10:08:24 AM »
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Every semester an email goes out to all faculty, staff and students at my university.  It reads:

Please remember that the squirrels that can be seen on campus are wild animals.  Please do not try to pet, hold, or pick up the squirrels.  Please do not try to feed them by hand.  If you want to provide treats for the squirrels, please scatter food on the lawns.  Squirrels are rodents and can inflict serious bite wounds requiring medical attention.  Squirrels may also carry rabies.

Every year I keep thinking:  these are grown people.  Do we really need to tell them to leave squirrels alone? 

What crazy things (that should be common sense) have you had to tell people.

I temp'ed at a place a few years back that was right close to my house.  Every day we'd eat lunch at a picnic table outside the building.  One day, as I'm sitting there eating my lunch, a groundhog comes ambling up to the table.  I start grabbing my stuff and heading inside.  Having lived in the area, I knew all about the likelihood of rabid critters and I also know well enough that it just ain't right if a wild animal approaches a human.   So what do my co-workers do?  They start holding food out to the beast to FEED IT!!!! 

I flipped.  "What the ehell are you people doing? ? ? ?  Are you blanky-blank-blank CRAZY? ? ? ?"   I get told "But he's TAME and he's SO CUTE! ! ! !" 

Cute my hiney.... and he's a wild animal, he is NOT TAME.  I had to explain to these fools what rabies was and how likely it was that an animal that approaches a human could be rabid. 

And just last night, a friend of mine on FB posted a long rant about how the deer are destroying her trees and shrubs.  She said she couldn't understand it because she "puts food out to feed the deer so they stay away from her trees."  HUH? ? ?  You are feeding the deer and then you wonder why in ehell they're eating your landscaping down to the stumps? ? ? ? ? 

SMH.   Maybe it's because I grew up on a farm  in a very rural area (and still live on property that was part of that farm), or maybe it's because some people think the world is a giant petting zoo, but geez!!!  Wild animals are called that for a  reason, folks! ! ! !
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