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by trolley
Sat Oct 16, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Religion - politics - weather
Replies: 3
Views: 76

Re: Religion - politics - weather

When I turned 19, my Dad took me to the pub for my first (legal) pint. He gave a few words of advice about how to behave in a bar. Among them, were do not discuss religion or politics, be skeptical of any promises that strangers may make to you and if a fight breaks out, stay in your seat, unless yo...
by trolley
Wed Oct 13, 2021 5:43 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Spooky pond
Replies: 7
Views: 293

Re: Spooky pond

Steve, I wouldn't know what to call it. I'd never seen such a thing. This is a spring in Croatia known as the "Eye of the Earth". I'm not sure I'd say it was "spooky", but it is amazing!
by trolley
Mon Oct 11, 2021 3:49 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: A ferry
Replies: 7
Views: 368

Re: A ferry

It always did take about 90 minutes (it's about 50km). When I was a kid it seemed like such an adventure and time didn't really seem to matter. Now I just want to get to where I am going.
by trolley
Sun Oct 10, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: A ferry
Replies: 7
Views: 368

Re: A ferry

I live on Vancouver Island, so a ferry trip is a necessary part of travel, for us. As a kid, I loved to ride the ferry...now it's just a 90 minute pain in the arse.
by trolley
Fri Oct 08, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: School Teacher
Replies: 9
Views: 606

Re: School Teacher

Corporal punishment in schools has been banned since the 70s in my province but was widely used when I was a youngster. I went to a private Catholic school for about a year...I got my share! Having said that, by the time I was in ninth grade, I would not be letting anyone put their hands on me!
by trolley
Thu Oct 07, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Power outage
Replies: 8
Views: 721

Re: Power outage

Yikes, Bonnie! Two weeks? I can't imagine...
by trolley
Wed Oct 06, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Power outage
Replies: 8
Views: 721

Re: Power outage

I live in a fairly rural area. In 1996 there was a huge snow storm combined with high winds. Most of our utilities run above ground and between the snow, the wind and the downed trees large portions of the power grid were compromised. We were without electricity for almost 4 days as they tried to cl...
by trolley
Tue Oct 05, 2021 12:11 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: there weren't any?
Replies: 2
Views: 352

Re: there weren't any?

Even as contradictions, they don't sound natural. I'm not sure, but they seem to work better if it is a direct contradiction.
"There was paper in the drawer."
"There was not paper in the drawer."

"There were bullets in the gun."
"There were not bullets in the gun."
by trolley
Sun Oct 03, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Shoehorns
Replies: 9
Views: 854

Re: Shoehorns

I'd guess that folding wooden case is also designed a boot jack (boot-puller-offer). The way those tail pieces are cut, it looks like you could wedge the back of your boot in there and slip your heel out.
by trolley
Sat Oct 02, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Shoehorns
Replies: 9
Views: 854

Re: Shoehorns

I don't think I've ever used one either. Oddly enough, I do own 2 or 3 of them...for some strange reason. That one in your photo is not your typical shoehorn. It looks more like a device for the elderly or folks with mobility issues. My Dad struggles to put on his own shoes and socks. Those horns wi...
by trolley
Fri Oct 01, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: A hiding place for
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: A hiding place for

It could mean that, Steve. What it is really saying though is that if you are afraid of your enemy, that is an advantage, for him. Seems similar to FDR's "we have nothing to fear but fear itself".
by trolley
Thu Sep 30, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as good a vs as good of a
Replies: 4
Views: 569

Re: as good a vs as good of a

As good answers as I could hope to get?
by trolley
Wed Sep 29, 2021 2:39 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: as good a vs as good of a
Replies: 4
Views: 569

as good a vs as good of a

I'm not so sure how common this phrase is in other parts of the world, but I have known and used the "as good a" version my whole life. Today, I wrote it out (maybe for the first time) and seeing it, I realized what an odd construction it was. Is it even grammatically correct? "He is as hard a punch...
by trolley
Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:15 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: such
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: such

Yes, both of your examples convey that to me. It's not that you don't like rich people and it not that you dislike people who aren't charitable. You dislike people who have lots of money and don't give to charity. John is that type of person. That's why you don't like John.
by trolley
Mon Sep 27, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: such
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: such

Neither of them give me the idea that there is anything but their looks being talked about. It seems that all the doctors in these two clinics are easy on the eyes. They just happen to practice medicine...bonus!