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January 11, 2007

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San Diego is possibly my favorite place on earth. That said, I lived in Orange County for a year and the 70-and-sunny weather all the way through Christmas drove me absolutely nuts. I prefer some semblance of season.

It's supposed to rain here all the time. Well, we are in our secnd snowstorm, shortly after a month of record-breaking rainfall and hurricane force winds. Fifteen houses in my neighborhood were damaged by fallen trees. I drove out to my mom and dad's house yesterday and got trapped here by snow.
The snow really isn't any worse than what I grew up with in Iowa, but people in Western Washington do not know how to handle it. I'm afraid to drive home because I am afraid of the other drivers.
This is the first time I can remember taht Washingon had interesting weather. I'm feeling nostolgic for the good old gentle drizzle.

I'm afraid to drive home because I am afraid of the other drivers.

I feel your pain. Amazingly, in Colorado most drivers don't know how to drive safely on snow and ice. From what I've seen, far too many people seem to believe that ownership of an SUV ensures that your car will miraculously cling to the road, a notion that ought to be disabused by the number of stranded trucks one sees here whenever we get a bad storm.

Washington D.C. drivers are the worst, an inch of snow and it takes hours to get home. Hell, even rain makes traffic awful.

It got up to a daily high of 32 degrees (that is freezing for our European readers) by the time I left.

Um, hey? Canada uses the metric system.

Actually, I think everyone else uses the metric system. You guys are the last bastion of oddball measurement. Well, you, Liberia, and Myanmar.

Happy New Year! Glad you got to enjoy the company of family-- that's what makes the holidays for me.

That said, it was 65F in Winchester when I visited my brother for New Years. Even though as a Californian my ideas about "cold winter" are unusual, that was not New Year's weather to me.

I think everyone else uses the metric system.

And...?

Actually, I think everyone else uses the metric system.

Trust me, I'm painfully aware of this. Try working with moments of inertia in pound-ft^2 and torques in inch-ounces. Or, worse yet, explaining such things to your kid.

REAL countries give their temperature in Kelvins, though. A couple of days ago, it was a balmy 300K, here.

Try working with moments of inertia in pound-ft^2 and torques in inch-ounces.

I remember one deeply silly discussion I taught where, illustrating some basic calculus techniques, I decided to do all the calculation in American units. The experiment backfired horribly when I said something like "the apple has a mass of ten slugs" and we all began to giggle uncontrollably and make gardening jokes.

Yes, I recall working in slugs. Which brings up the notion that moments of inertia should properly be expressed, when one is using "standard" units, in slug-ft^2. Because pounds are units of force, and the pound-mass is an abomination.

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