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As I say elsewhere -- I'm not a fan of driving. I do it to get somewhere, not to enjoy. But I have a friend who drives across the country, plotting her books as she goes. Loves a long trip. Nothing so strange as folk.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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That seems like a good system. May I say I envy you the trip to Tibet. How fascinating.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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I don't know whereas I would switch sides of the road just for the fun of it. But if you ever find yourself relocating and you have to drive wrong-sided, as it were -- Have no fear. You'll get used to it. I complain a lot but it's not as intimidating as it looks.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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Oh. That is so funny. I do the windscreen-wipers-instead-of-the-turn-signal ALL THE TIME. And I don't have any excuse except that my mind refuses to remember where they've put all the dozens of gadgets in this car. Then there was the time the GPS window rose up from the dashboard like Leviathan from the sea. (I didn't even know the car had one. I certainly don't use it.) Took me WEEKS to figure out how to roll it down again. I actually had to read the manual.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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There are many countries where the best course is just to drive very fast right down the center of the road, slipping left and right as a break in the traffic occurs. Or at least, that's the only way I can account for the actual traffic patterns.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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Right. It is so complex out there I may just take up walking.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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Possibly they wanted to align driving with the rest of Europe so Swedes driving elsewhere would feel more comfortable. There's an old joke about a country changing sides of the road. There was some resistance to this, so they compromised. they decided even-numbered license plates would drive on the left and odd-numbered license plates on the right.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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Probably the USVI are making a complex political and social statement by driving on the left. They've been waiting So Long for the US to Figure It Out. Jeesh.
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Oh yes. It's not driving on the right or the left-hand side that's bothersome. It's not liters or drams or ells or furlongs per fortnight. It's having to cope with a system that isn't automatic and normal to us. Even if it's an improvement, it's an annoying improvement.
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I'm always puzzled by folks who actively enjoy driving. I hate it, and don't do it well. I get just a glimpse of the attraction now and then when I'm on a pleasant, empty road and have no time pressure. Sometimes I want to just put my foot on the gas and keep going ...
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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Single-malt tour and you get to do the driving. There seems something innately unfair about this. Perhaps find a commercial company that does a bus tour ..?
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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It's very hard -- or, at least it was very hard for me -- to drive on the 'wrong side'. I'd make a left turn and merrily drive on in the incorrect lane. I'd do this All The Time. I never actually hit anybody, but that was by the workings of providence. When I have to convert something I google it and find one of the many helpful conversion boxes created and maintained by the benevolent. Same with Roman Numerals. And the Revolutionary Calendar in France.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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You are not the only one who has made that slight mistake. I *cough* fixed it in the posting.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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Yes. (jo ponders.) There's something ... cold and logical about the metric system. It lacks dash. It lacks flavor. it lacks that random human touch that makes us divide by twelve or sixteen and get the wrong amount or length. Funny how folks don't reform the clock, y'know.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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The world would be a poorer place if everything were neat and logical, wouldn't it? I'll have to think about how folks must have felt when the metric system first came in. Might be a useful little bit in a book.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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I know the metric system from all those years in science, not to mention years outside the US. But Some of it just doesn't 'feel' right to me. Especially the temperature units. When it's 30 degrees out I want to reach for my mukluks, not a sundress. And there's this: liters and kilos aren't so bad, (jo concedes). And I suppose I could get used to kilometers. But millimeters and grams fill me with existential despair. How big are they? Can't they just be inches and ounces? Why not?
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I will admit to a sad deficiency in my education. I can't drive a stick shift. I stand in awe of those who manage to do so. Switching from one driving side to the other and using a stick shift would leave me gibbering in the corner, not driving anywhere at all.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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That has always been my problem, driving on the 'wrong' side of the road. My reflexes -- which are busy saving my life, generally -- are out of whack. They're apt to kill me. Glad you made it off that mountain. Yes.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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I think the US went to the right-hand-side just to be contrary. No. Really. I think Revolutionary War and War of 1812 and they were just determined to do it differently from the Brits. Now I have no idea why Canada went with the US on this instead of Britain.
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American tourists in London are in great danger. They look left for on-coming traffic, step off the curb, and get plowed down by the cars coming from their right. And yes. It's especially hazaroud getting off a bus.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2015 on Driving ... Left or Right at Word Wenches
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*g* Now I'm imagining you standing by the car, feeling silly, walking around to the 'driver's side'. I hated driving on the 'wrong side' of the road. Never really got used to it. I used to have nightmares where I'd be driving along and see a car coming at me. I have to say I'm kinda skeptical about these explanations of why folks drive on the left, (or the right, for that matter.) Pre-Napoleon, Europe seems to have been a patchwork of choices. Left or right varied from one province to another and one city to another. There doesn't seem to have been a particular preference. So maybe, pure chance ...? Interesting to speculate, though.
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When I had a British car (a Peugeot built in France but designed for the British market, even though it had a kilometer -- rather than miles -- everything,) and lived in France, I found having the wheel being on the wrong side was a continual small frustration. The biggest problem -- those parking garaged where you have to collect a ticket or pay a ticket ... and you have to scramble over the PRNDSL and the passenger seat to do this.
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In the Eighteenth Century they got around to making laws for the ordering of traffic. England, in 1756, a law for traffic to keep to the left on London Bridge and, in 1773, a general recommendation that all horse traffic should keep to the left. Russia, 1752, an edict for traffic to keep to the right in Russian cities. France, 1792, traffic required traffic to keep to the right. Continue reading
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I have so much clean up to do. I have to buckle down get everything cleared away so I can put new stuff in.
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I love planting things for the birds. I'm toying with going out and putting in sunflower seeds along the edge of the green space below my place, just to see if it'll survive long enough to put some seeds out. Your beautyberries look very pretty. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callicarpa
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