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 Post subject: Re: Getting to know you...
PostPosted: March 13th, 2018, 5:40 pm 
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Our big aluminum stepladder (four steps plus platform at the top) is 172 centimeters (about 5’8”) when opened and easily fits into our indoor storage room (the ladder is about 183 cm or 6’ when closed). The platform is at 108 cm or 3’6.5”, so you’re standing on top of the head of an above-average Hobbit. That should be more than enough for anything in post-WW II western housing. :huh:

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 Post subject: Re: Getting to know you...
PostPosted: March 13th, 2018, 7:17 pm 
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Gandolorin wrote:
Our big aluminum stepladder (four steps plus platform at the top) is 172 centimeters (about 5’8”) when opened and easily fits into our indoor storage room (the ladder is about 183 cm or 6’ when closed). The platform is at 108 cm or 3’6.5”, so you’re standing on top of the head of an above-average Hobbit. That should be more than enough for anything in post-WW II western housing. :huh:
Not everyone has your wisdom. When I moved into the place, I had to redo the kitchen because it only had four cupboards in it. The lack of storage space was ridiculous. As it is, the closets are so small I have to store my things in both of them, in order to have enough space for my meagre amount of clothing.

My mother joked that he must not have had a wife or mother to guide him.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting to know you...
PostPosted: March 16th, 2018, 12:47 pm 
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What wisdom? To a degree, we have been lucky to have had such a storage “room” (the ones in our first two apartments were more like cupboards). But then, some storage forms (cupboards to veritable walk-in closets) are, in my experience in the US with an apartment and a house, the norm, as they are not in Germany. The two-door walk-in closet that my parents had in our house was nearly as large as each of the two small - children’s - bedrooms (dating from the 1960s) that we have now. So when one changes dwellings here, cupboards and shelves are probably a much larger proportion of the furniture to be moved, and never mind kitchens with the large appliances. These are only part of what is expected to be found in an apartment in the small-to-tiny one-room apartments, in which I lived three times here (the earliest one, with a tiny kitchen and bathroom, was smaller than the living room in all three of our common apartments).

But then, what my parents and I lived in from 1966 to early 1975 may not resemble an average US dwelling, however something of the sort may be defined. I’m just guessing here. But I could imagine that the far higher willingness of US citizens to move elsewhere may have something to do with this. Possibly also that some other furniture that one would in Germany rarely (unless very old but not antique) leave behind, is considered in the US to have reached its very short limits of wear and tear, as planned by the manufacturers.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting to know you...
PostPosted: March 19th, 2018, 9:14 pm 
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On another topic, for which one and all shall be grateful, I don't like "sauces" very much. I find there is a tendency to drown food in them, rather than using them to subtly enhance flavours.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting to know you...
PostPosted: March 20th, 2018, 7:37 am 
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On another topic, for which one and all shall be grateful, I don't like "sauces" very much. I find there is a tendency to drown food in them, rather than using them to subtly enhance flavours.


Yes! A light hand with the sauces! It's why I have to get my Subway sandwich with 'no sauce'. I get the look every time when I say it. No, I don't want you to squirt waves of sauce on my sandwich. I tried asking for 'light sauce' but they have the nozzle of the sauce bottle cut so big that even one pass of a sauce squeezing innundates the sandwich. Less sauce is best! Ding sauce myself works.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting to know you...
PostPosted: March 21st, 2018, 5:18 pm 
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I know what you mean. I always ask for my salad dressing on the side so I can use the exact amount I like.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting to know you...
PostPosted: March 22nd, 2018, 3:27 pm 
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Reminds me of an incident roughly back in the Triassic period (aka 1966), when my parents and I were still living in the hotel pending our move to the apartment: I told some guy in a diner that I did not want ice in my Coke. I think the first guy I said it to almost dropped the glass (is this “memory” realistic? Did they still have glasses then instead of today’s cardboard cups?).

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I'm getting really cross about the price of gas locally. Right now we're paying $1.40 per litre ($5.30 per US Gallon, or $6.30 per Imperial gallon), most of which is tax. What are gas prices where you are?

*Reminder to self: Fill up the car next week before the price goes up again on April 1st.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting to know you...
PostPosted: March 26th, 2018, 2:01 am 
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I'm trying to save up for a trip to NYC next year. There's going to be a Tolkien exhibit and I'll be wanting to do a meet up a few members of the TheOneRing.net that are planning to go. Nothing is entirely set yet.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting to know you...
PostPosted: March 26th, 2018, 5:57 am 
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Evil.Shieldmaiden wrote:
I'm getting really cross about the price of gas locally. Right now we're paying $1.40 per litre ($5.30 per US Gallon, or $6.30 per Imperial gallon), most of which is tax. What are gas prices where you are?

*Reminder to self: Fill up the car next week before the price goes up again on April 1st.


That is about par with here. Teh price cycles around anywhere from $1.45 to $1.25 every few weeks.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting to know you...
PostPosted: March 27th, 2018, 12:35 am 
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I've had this knot in my back all day that I just can't seem to loosen.

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 Post subject: Re: Getting to know you...
PostPosted: April 21st, 2018, 7:18 am 
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So fuel prices took a spike to around $1.50 a litre after a news report went out that fuel prices were going up.

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PostPosted: April 21st, 2018, 7:16 pm 
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Hanasian wrote:
So fuel prices took a spike to around $1.50 a litre after a news report went out that fuel prices were going up.
We're paying $1.47 right now, but it's supposed to go up again. :disgust:

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PostPosted: April 24th, 2018, 1:15 pm 
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I think I paid in the high 1.30s in Euros when I filled ‘er up last week. Too lazy to convert that into Yankee, Canuck, Strayan or Kiwi Dollars (and never mind some originally Charlemagne-derived currency on an obscure island west of the Netherlands and stuff).

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Thinking about dinner. Fish and chips appeal for some unfathomable reason.

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