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post #11 of 20 Old 11-09-2018, 08:32 AM
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Isn't it the school's responsibility to teach geography, not the "highways department" ?
I think you're being funny, and it is kind of true, but are we supposed to know how close we are to whatever parallel near us by education? It's actually pretty cool that our DOT (in my case MDOT) has put up these signs...maybe it will inspire some kids to study their geography a little more.

By the way, I think SISU* describes you pretty well, as you clear a long unpaved driveway with a snowblower.

*A uniquely Finnish quality; the word used to typify the Finnish spirit; a concept that is at the heart of how all Finns view themselves; a certain feature or value considered by Finns to be typically Finnish - endurance, resilience, tenacity, determination, perseverance. (For those who may not know what SISU can mean).

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but are we supposed to know how close we are to whatever parallel near us by education?

No I think it's great that there are signs telling drivers which parallel they are near to. The bit I found funny was that they felt they needed to explain that the "45th parallel" was halfway between the equator and the north pole. I was thinking it was the school's job to cover the bit about there being 360° in a circle, 90° in a quarter, and that 45 was going to be halfway between 0° (north pole) and 90° (equator). I was trying to be funny and it wasn't such a serious comment



PS Impressed with your knowledge of Sisu I only have 50% Finnish blood, so I couldn't have more than half a portion. Modesty is also a trait that is valued in this culture
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I grew up in a Hungarian household...with that distant connection.

I now live about 30 minutes north of Kaleva (In the United States a small community founded in 1900 by Finnish immigrants is named Kaleva, Michigan; many of the street names are taken from the Kalevala.).

My father had a deep appreciation of the Finns, and what they went through, especially around WW2. He did pass some of that on to me.

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I grew up in a Hungarian household...with that distant connection.

A big difference is in the grammar. Hungarian has something like 25 case endings, Finnish struggles along with just 16





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My father had a deep appreciation of the Finns, and what they went through, especially around WW2.

Some of the longer term effects are still visible in some families.





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I think it's now clear why I chose the Yamaha
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Some of the longer term effects are still visible in some families.

A big difference is in the grammar. Hungarian has something like 25 case endings, Finnish struggles along with just 16
Sad. So very sad. My family were able to escape most of the nightmare. My father emigrated to the US in 1939 and then enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1941. Being a linguist he got recruited into the OSS (I think in late '42) and took part in the breakup of Berlin in 1945. I had heard some very sad stories over the years.

I also witnessed much elation and happiness from immigrants who were able to flee the craziness, particularly Hungarians after the '56 uprising. I have much to be thankful for.



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I think it's now clear why I chose the Yamaha
Ha! Lófaszt! ...Just kidding (In that Hungarian kind of way ). When it came time to buy my first snow blower, I went to the nearest Yamaha dealer and was told they are no longer available in the US (1991). They started to carry Honda's and that was the start of my Honda journey.

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I do too!

...but are you in Connecticut or New Hampshire?
I live in Ct, for now.

I spend a lots of time in Nh, vacations, snowmobiling, etc. I go past that sign frequently, took the picture myself. Its " North of the notches", in the local lingo

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Cool.

My wife's family is from Rochester, then some in Portsmouth and Concord, then some more in Dover, York Beach and Kennebunkport, Maine.

Love it out your way...except the toll roads.

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I spend a lots of time in Nh, vacations, snowmobiling, etc. I go past that sign frequently, took the picture myself. Its " North of the notches", in the local lingo

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I know where that nowhere is!
Im from Waverly NY (Tioga county) and went to college at SUNY New Paltz (Ulster county)
I drove through Delaware county all the time! Nice area..
Im a big fan of the Southern Tier "middle of nowhere" way of life..
I'll probably move back eventually..(Im now up in Rochester NY, not too far away..)


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I moved here from New York City close to 10 years ago. The day after the old lady and I split, I called a guy who I knew was interested in buying my business and sold it to him over the phone. (Seriously.) Then I got on Craigslist and looked for a place. I wanted to be gone before my ex changed her mind.

The hardest thing to get used to was not being able to buy Chinese food at 3:00 a.m. But hey, you take the bad with the good.

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