Musings about life through the eyes of an old helicopter pilot.
I heard somewhere that you can tell an American from a Canadian by saying "thank you" and counting the syllables in the response. Apparently a lot of Americans respond with "yup."
No, thank you!
Greybeard, This is a westerners response to "No Problem". We still tip our hats, stand for ladies, help the community when we can or are needed. We always say "You are most welcome". Maybe it's a geographical thing????North Dakota News This text is from a county emergency manager out in theWestern part of North Dakota state after the recent snow storm.WEATHER BULLETINUp here in the Northern Plains we just recovered from a Historic event --- may I even say a "Weather Event" of "Biblical Proportions" --- with a historic blizzard of up to 44" inches of snow and winds to 90 MPH that broke trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10s of thousands.FYI:* George Bush did not come....* FEMA did nothing....* No one howled for the government...* No one blamed the government* No one even uttered an expletive on TV...* Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton did not visit* Our Mayor's did not blame Bush or anyone else* Our Governor did not blame Bush or anyone else either* CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, or NBC did not visit - or report on this category 5 snow storm* Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards.....* No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House....* No one looted....* Nobody - I mean Nobody demanded the government do something* Nobody expected the government to do anything either* No Larry King, No Bill O'Rielly, No Oprah, No Chris Mathews and No Geraldo Rivera* No Shaun Penn, No Barbara Striesand, No Hollywood types to be foundAnd* Nope, we just melted the snow for water* Sent out caravans of SUV's to pluck people out of snow engulfed cars* The truck drivers pulled people out of snow banks and didn't ask for a penny* Local restaurants made food and the police and fire departments delivered it to the snow bound families* Families took in the stranded people - total strangers* We Fired up wood stoves* Broke out coal oil lanterns or coleman lanterns* We put on an extra layers of clothes because up here it is "Work or Die"* We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by a welfare program that trades votes for 'sittin at home' checks.* Even though a Category "5" blizzard of this scale has never fallen this early...we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves."In my many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of about 48 degrees North Latitude, 90% most of the world's social problems evaporate."
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