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RE: Why do (or did) the British drive on the left.

To: "'Eric Erickson'" <>,
Subject: RE: Why do (or did) the British drive on the left.
From: "Frank P. Marrone" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2005 20:32:53 -0800
A few things about the US to keep in mind.  We always talk about tenths of
gallons when referring to fuel and never quarts or pints. We always talk
about decimal fractions of miles or simple divisions such as 1/4 or 1/2 mile
and never feet let alone yards or rods or chains (yikes!) when we are
talking about distances traveled in car.  And finally you have to remember
the red neck mentality, there ain't no way your agonna get the folks in the
heartland to start talking about how many kee-lometers it is to Aunt Ems' or
that the Dodge gets such and such kee-lometers per liter.

Besides, the math required for the conversions to help ease such a switch is
beyond most of us anyway.  

Cloverdale, CA
1986 Camaro plus and MGB GT up on blocks that I'm afixn' on.

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Sent: Monday, January 24, 2005 8:16 PM
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Subject: Re: Why do (or did) the British drive on the left.

On 25/01/2005, at 1:52 PM, Frank P. Marrone wrote:
> I think things will continue to progress to metric here in the states, 
>  I
> rarely hear objections to it like when it was a political issue in the 
> late
> 70's.  Some thing I don't expect to see change from English units in 
> my life
> time however, like gallons as a measure of fuel at the pump.  Oh sure, 
> you
> can put liters up there too but we are just too used to talking in 
> $/gal and
> MPG for that to change.

Well, I was a child of two dramatic eras of change.


I wish I was a few years younger and none of this would have been an 
issue!!  Of course, I haven't even touched on the pronounciation of 
"kilometers" :-)

But then again I would not wish the complicated miles, chains, yards, 
feet, inches (pounds, ounces etc.) calculations on anyone :-)  The 
change has gotta hurt a generation or two... but the long term gain is 
well worth it!


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