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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6975 on: February 28, 2013, 05:56:55 AM »
How small are the pools where people don't expect to share lanes? The largest pool at the place I go to has maybe ten lanes and I'm trying to imagine the riot that would ensue if people were told that they had to wait for their turn. There's another pool there that's used for swimming laps but it has even less lanes and the place has something like a thousand visitors a day (though not everyone swims laps, of course). Fortunately the large pool is 50 m long and the lanes are wide enough that passing isn't a problem. I go there every week and I haven't seen any problems.

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This one was in Paris, so big capital (well the city does have a good 15 or so pools). A bit on the small side, 2 lanes for lap swimmers and 2 were open for the kids. There was at least 6 to 8 swimmers per lane at all time (I left because it got too crowded with 11 people in a 25m lane), and it was 4pm ( a slow time-slot then, I've been there at 11am/1pm and it's even more crowded.).
When I'm in a near suburb there's always 10 to 12 people per lane ( 4 lanes for lap swimmers, plus 2 'open' for the others)

There was no way you could spend more than 5 minutes and not realise that you share lane (or you would have done the smart thing like another poster said and ask someone). I think the weirdest thing is that he never looked afraid, or anxious, apprehensive of the water.  Didn't seem to gather up courage.. He just looked like someone who would sit on a bench in a parc because he's 10 minutes early.
Maybe it's just that for me, going to the trouble of going to the pool, putting on a suit and all is boggling. (me, lazy? noooo..)
But who knows, I don't read minds and cannot say what he was thinking, just an odd occurence in my day I guess.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6976 on: February 28, 2013, 09:35:29 AM »
turtleIScream wrote:

"How do other people pronounce SUV (as in, Sport Utility Vehicle)? Do you spell out the letters, or say soo-vee? Is there a "right" way to say it?"

Since it's an acronym the "correct" way to pronounce it is to spell it out, like IRS or DMV.  That said, I've been known to call mine a "suv" (rhyming with "love") and my wife will occasionally say it with a long oo sound (cousin rhyme with "soothe").  Those are mostly just in-jokes, though, so S-U-V is what most people will expect.

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Diane AKA Traska

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« Reply #6977 on: February 28, 2013, 10:27:20 AM »
"That dad-blasted thing that's blocking my sight on the highway".

Or Ess-You-Vee.  Either's good.
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« Reply #6978 on: February 28, 2013, 01:26:06 PM »
How do fast food drive-thrus know who ordered what, and how much they owe, especially if there are two lanes? (surely, this is a stupid question).



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« Reply #6979 on: February 28, 2013, 02:36:53 PM »
guihong wrote:

"How do fast food drive-thrus know who ordered what, and how much they owe, especially if there are two lanes? (surely, this is a stupid question)."

Cameras, mostly, although even with two drive through lanes they still know how the cars are going to end up approaching the windows.  And practice, of course.  In the end, they also rely on the customers checking and complaining if they get the wrong order.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6980 on: February 28, 2013, 05:16:32 PM »
How do fast food drive-thrus know who ordered what, and how much they owe, especially if there are two lanes? (surely, this is a stupid question).

Ours just asks "You got the two cheeseburgers and the [drink]?"
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6981 on: February 28, 2013, 05:30:10 PM »
I keep seeing these curling irons that have no clip on them to anchor and twirl your hair.  They are just the rod.  I don't use a curling iron, but I'm perplexed as to how to actually use this type curling iron.  How do you anchor the hair to keep it from coming off the rod???

You just hold it. A curling iron should only be used for a few seconds, no real need to anchor the hair.

Holding the ends of the hair out also prevent you from frying the ends against the barrel too, something I am always doing with my clamping iron.

Though it's not fool-proof, as this video illustrates.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OqKKGHdDus

I saw that just the other day. You hve to wonder how hot she had it and how damaged we hair already was.

Oh my...that is just horrible.  Was her hair still wet or the temp to high?  What the heck caused that??????????
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6982 on: February 28, 2013, 07:18:39 PM »
I was once picking up my kid at her friend's house.  Friend's dad was outside when I told kid to get in the car. "That's not a car," he said, "that's a truck!" A little odd since it was a Chevy Tahoe.

"Nope," I said, "it's a car.  Our other vehicle is a truck, so if I told her to get into the truck, she'd be in the wrong one."

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« Reply #6983 on: February 28, 2013, 10:52:41 PM »
I was once picking up my kid at her friend's house.  Friend's dad was outside when I told kid to get in the car. "That's not a car," he said, "that's a truck!" A little odd since it was a Chevy Tahoe.

"Nope," I said, "it's a car.  Our other vehicle is a truck, so if I told her to get into the truck, she'd be in the wrong one."

The images of a Chevy Tahoe sure look like a truck to me.  Or maybe a station wagon jacked up (bigger wheels).
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« Reply #6984 on: March 01, 2013, 12:04:54 PM »
Optimoose Prime, since the U.S. government's rules for the Tahoe (and a large number of other SUVs) label it a truck for safety and tax regulations, it's a stretch to say it's not a truck.  The reason I always describe such vehicles as SUVs is to avoid this sort of confusion.

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« Reply #6985 on: March 01, 2013, 12:27:31 PM »
I have a good rule of thumb:

If, during a car accident, the vehicle can wind up ON THE HOOD of a minivan*, then it's a truck.

* This can happen.  Ask me how I know.  Go on. ::Flexes once-broken pinky::
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« Reply #6986 on: March 04, 2013, 04:18:12 AM »
I was once picking up my kid at her friend's house.  Friend's dad was outside when I told kid to get in the car. "That's not a car," he said, "that's a truck!" A little odd since it was a Chevy Tahoe.

"Nope," I said, "it's a car.  Our other vehicle is a truck, so if I told her to get into the truck, she'd be in the wrong one."

The images of a Chevy Tahoe sure look like a truck to me.  Or maybe a station wagon jacked up (bigger wheels).
Regardless of how you consider the car, since the word car is an overarching word, even if the car is without a doubt a truck, you are still correct in calling it a car.
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« Reply #6987 on: March 04, 2013, 05:52:09 AM »
I was once picking up my kid at her friend's house.  Friend's dad was outside when I told kid to get in the car. "That's not a car," he said, "that's a truck!" A little odd since it was a Chevy Tahoe.

"Nope," I said, "it's a car.  Our other vehicle is a truck, so if I told her to get into the truck, she'd be in the wrong one."

The images of a Chevy Tahoe sure look like a truck to me.  Or maybe a station wagon jacked up (bigger wheels).
Regardless of how you consider the car, since the word car is an overarching word, even if the car is without a doubt a truck, you are still correct in calling it a car.

Small threadjack, but it always, well, bugs me when people say that spiders aren't bugs.  Yes, they are!  They're not insects, but "bug" covers arachnids too!

Okay, threadjack over. :)
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6988 on: March 05, 2013, 01:10:33 PM »
I was once picking up my kid at her friend's house.  Friend's dad was outside when I told kid to get in the car. "That's not a car," he said, "that's a truck!" A little odd since it was a Chevy Tahoe.

"Nope," I said, "it's a car.  Our other vehicle is a truck, so if I told her to get into the truck, she'd be in the wrong one."

The images of a Chevy Tahoe sure look like a truck to me.  Or maybe a station wagon jacked up (bigger wheels).
Regardless of how you consider the car, since the word car is an overarching word, even if the car is without a doubt a truck, you are still correct in calling it a car.

I would say both a car and a truck are vehicles: one is used to transport people (cars) and one is used to haul stuff (trucks).  If there was no difference between cars and (light) trucks (vs semis which are also called trucks) then there wouldn't be a difference in plate fees, insurance fees and road tax fees or any other fees and laws associated with vehicles. Nor would the manufacturers have lines of cars, SUVs, trucks and vans.. they would just all be called "cars". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet#Vehicle_models and for "what is an SUV?" http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_an_SUV_a_truck

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6989 on: March 05, 2013, 01:31:10 PM »
Optimoose Prime, since the U.S. government's rules for the Tahoe (and a large number of other SUVs) label it a truck for safety and tax regulations, it's a stretch to say it's not a truck.  The reason I always describe such vehicles as SUVs is to avoid this sort of confusion.

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This must vary by state not "U.S. government rules" because I have a Ford F150 that is by most definitions a "truck" but it is legally registered as, and taxed as, a passenger vehicle ("suburban") not as a "truck" and as such it is legally allowed on parkways, which in my state at least, are highways that specifically outlaw trucks and any commercial vehicles. I know of no one in my state who's SUV was legally considered a "truck" it is purely a social term for the vehicles.