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Old 15.02.2012, 11:28
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Were you driving a Conestoga?
Says Slammer with a innocent whistle and a skyward look.

no, this was in a proper car with four wheels, not one of them fancy motor-sicles you putt 'round in.

( plus consider US Highway 41.. traffic lights every three feet, and this after driving non-stop some 20+ hrs. down from Boston. )


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Old 15.02.2012, 11:37
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I don't mind the requests to house/ entertain/ ferry about folks whose connection to me is a bit of a granfalloon - even if their geographical understanding is typically American. No, it's the calls from family that send shivers down my spine, especially now that the younger generation have begun to spread their wings.

1AM, phone rings:

"Aunt Meloncollie? I'm in Berlin, and... well it's a long story but I met these really cool guys, and... well, there was this mix-up and I'm... um... at the police station... and... um... well, since you're in Europe... and please don't tell my dad..."

You're not going to end that story there are you?
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Old 15.02.2012, 11:51
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The Navy Seals were invited for lunch but showed up early in Abbottabad. No helicopter valet parking. Guess they made the most of their trip anyway.
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Old 15.02.2012, 11:54
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you mean this:




This is great! She is going to be embarrassed about her 15 minutes of fame for the rest of her life. HA!
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Old 15.02.2012, 14:27
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I've got some good ones:

1. My American friends from Wisconsin, coming to Italy and expecting to see Michael Corleone and Toni Soprano "cousins" everywhere, then being sorely disappointed they could not find them in my small town in Northern Italy. The same friends, sending me a care package in Switzerland, which I miraculously got 6 months later, having gone through the postal service of Swaziland (yes, they actually sent it to Swaziland!). It sounds like a joke but it's not They finally made it to Zurich at some point, and were disappointed because there were no medieval castles in the city! But I love them still, best hunting adventures ever with them in the "prairie" in the middle of nowhere in WI.

2. My former Italian schoolmate whom I hadn't seen in a few years, going on vacation to New York, and telling me since I was in the US, we could easily meet up. Ehm...I was living in Northern California at the time - sure, pop on a plane for 6 hours and I'll come pick you up at San Francisco airport, no problem - his enthusiasm froze instantly.

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Old 15.02.2012, 14:32
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The Navy Seals were invited for lunch but showed up early in Abbottabad. No helicopter valet parking. Guess they made the most of their trip anyway.
Assassin !did you have a nice vacation ?nice have you back
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Old 15.02.2012, 14:34
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no, this was in a proper horse and buggy with four wheels

( with only one stop to give a blow job )
Hey, whatever floats your boat.
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Not begin "Fellow American" I wanted to ask my son a question , so I lifted the phone and dialed his # ,9am ,after the 8th ring 2th dry His voice came on "He dad it is 6am". He lives in San Diego California ,I Ottawa Ontario
I do find that the timezone thing is the hardest to teach the folks back home...

Just think of it as 6 hours worth of water between us...
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Old 15.02.2012, 14:39
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I do find that the timezone thing is the hardest to teach the folks back home...

Just think of it as 6 hours worth of water between us...
have you ever had the family phone at 3:00am?.. one of my sis'in'laws was famous for that... "ooh, I thought it was 3:00in the afternoon"
(6 hour minus instead of plus )
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I do find that the timezone thing is the hardest to teach the folks back home...

Just think of it as 6 hours worth of water between us...
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have you ever had the family phone at 3:00am?.. one of my sis'in'laws was famous for that... "ooh, I thought it was 3:00in the afternoon"
(6 hour minus instead of plus )
Youngest one with R.C.N in Victoria BC "Hi dad we having supper so I drought I i give you a quick call" me "Thanks Brendan can I go back to sleep now'
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Old 15.02.2012, 14:59
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It does make things rather easier for drunk-dialing exs back home
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Old 15.02.2012, 15:13
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Re: Fellow Americans, feel my pain.

Just thinking about Canada /Austrelia.My wife has a sis in Adelain " hi sis how is your weekend ""good I am just on my way to work "
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Old 15.02.2012, 15:17
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that is too funny. I also really enjoy the related, "I'll be passing through Zurich train station/ airport on Tuesday around 2:30 - why don't we meet up?"
Or the text message.... "hey I just landed at the airport in your town and have a 1 hour lay over, why don't you come out and meet me for a beer?"

Um. No.
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Old 15.02.2012, 15:23
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have you ever had the family phone at 3:00am?.. one of my sis'in'laws was famous for that... "ooh, I thought it was 3:00in the afternoon"
(6 hour minus instead of plus )
I have a Montreal number VOIP since 8 years now and the occasional middle of the night wrong number phone call is always a pleasure to receive.

I like to scare them off with a possible large phone call bill by telling them:

- Sorry sir, you are calling in (enter the country). It is the middle of the night here.
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Old 15.02.2012, 15:24
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have you ever had the family phone at 3:00am?.. one of my sis'in'laws was famous for that... "ooh, I thought it was 3:00in the afternoon"
(6 hour minus instead of plus )
I got the 3am phone call in San Fran from my ex-gf in Australia a few years ago. She was clueless about time zones, too, despite living in a country with 3 of them. Of course, everyone knows bad news doesn't wait until morning so it's the kind of thing to get your heart racing.
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Old 15.02.2012, 15:55
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Re: Fellow Americans, feel my pain.

Meeting up is one thing, but what about people asking to you to bring stuff back, not realising you're trying to make the trip with just hand luggage and now have to take a long a suitcase full of crap they think is better in Europe:
  • Toblerone anyone? Don't people realise even Giant sells this?
  • Some obscure brand of mustard you then have to spend hours looking for at the store
  • Something a friend of your friend bought and wants you to take along. Probably large, heavy, and mostly glass or something fragile. Also, you need to meet up with this person, who has a hectic schedule, and doesn't live anywhere near you (but you do share a continent)
  • Alcohol. If I'm bringing a bottle of alcohol to the states, it's only for me.
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Old 15.02.2012, 16:38
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US Highway 41..
down from Boston.
May as well have been!


US 41?

That must have been before the interstate? My dad tells stories about driving US highways when he was a youngin as well.

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I have a Montreal number VOIP since 8 years now and the occasional middle of the night wrong number phone call is always a pleasure to receive.

I like to scare them off with a possible large phone call bill by telling them:

- Sorry sir, you are calling in (enter the country). It is the middle of the night here.
this is popular in our house, too, especially the telemarketers who don't even realize that Switzerland is not a city in the US somewhere.
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Old 15.02.2012, 16:42
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That must have been before the interstate? My dad tells stories about driving US highways when he was a youngin as well.
damn kids these days... no respect.. I tell ya... no respect at all !!

do you know southern Fla?

rt 95 MOST of the way...
route 75 -- after Jacksonville ... and that was a new highway I think after Tampa in 1982 ( you do the math !! )
then US 41

kids, dang kids... mumble mumble... ifin I only had my buggy whip!
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the Allman Brothers were born in the back of a Greyhound bus on Hwy 41.

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