Monthly Archives: December 2009

I Come From The Land Of The Ice And Snow

Posted by on December 22, 2009

Winter sucks.

All the crap you hear about a white christmas and freshly fallen snow is totally bunk. The temperature here has been in the single digits fahrenheit (-13C), the sun sets a little after 4pm, and there is over a foot of snow. It has been below freezing now for over two weeks and it probably wont get over freezing again for another three months. All the cars create a black slush that stains anything it touches, so if you walk you have to make sure to avoid stepping or touching the slush.

..and did I also mention that it gets dark really, really early?

I was born in the wrong part of the world. I can’t stand the winter.

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Daily Travel Photo – Greenwich, England

Posted by on December 16, 2009

Prime Meridian, Greenwich, England

Prime Meridian, Greenwich, England

The red line down the middle of the sign is defined to be zero degrees longitude, aka the Prime Meridian. It was chosen because the Greenwich Observatory was the clocks calibrated to by the British Navy. When an international prime meridian was set by convention, Greenwich was chosen because it was already in wide use around the world. Greenwich is also the home of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

7 Things That Are Awesome About America

Posted by on December 15, 2009

This is the sequal to my previous post 7 Pet Peeves About America.

Being away for so long didn’t just amplify the pet peeves I had about my country, it also gave me a greater appreciation of the things which are great about America. Here are my top seven:

AMERICA! F Yeah!

AMERICA! F' Yeah!

1) The first floor is floor number ONE. I can’t tell you how dumb the numbering system in on most foreign elevators. The first floor is actually the floor above the ground floor. If the ground FLOOR is in fact a FLOOR, then it must be the first of such FLOORS in a building. If you have five apples you don’t start counting 0,1,2,3,4, you count starting with 1,2,3,4,5. Count the number of levels which people can be on. That is the number of floors in a building. If you have zero floors, then you don’t have a building. I blame the British for exporting this nonsense. People have tried justifying this to me on Twitter and the fact remains you start counting with 1, not 0.
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