Thursday, March 20, 2008

What I've learned

I've lived here in the Mid-Ohio Valley for about six years now. Here is what I've learned:
  • the difference between flash flooding, backwater flooding, and river flooding
  • the river height which makes it impossible for me to get home via my favorite bridge
  • that "Ohio State University" has a "The" in front of it, but
  • TOSU is not an acceptable abbreviation for the school. Only OSU is.
  • OU does not mean Oklahoma University.
  • Just being from a decent area doesn't mean you'll turn out to be a decent person. Just pay the money, Rich!!
  • Ohio has a moral objection to using salt on the roads.
  • the joy of driving a stick shift, especially on ice. Seriously. I'll take a stick over an automatic in bad weather any day.
  • every turn in the road on I-77 between Marietta, OH and Charleston, WV.
All in all, I've learned a lot!


Michelle K said...

every turn in the road on I-77 between Marietta, OH and Charleston, WV.

If it makes you feel better, for awhile my brother was commuting from Morgantown to Parkersburg.

That meant driving Route 50 every day.

And you're right on about standard transmissions. The transmission is the reason I don't want to buy a hybrid.

MountainLaurel said...

Ouch! I like the drive on 50, especially some of the place names and houses, but I imagine it would get tiresome on a daily basis.

J. Keeling said...

Regarding Rich,

You may enjoy reading this April Fools column in Monday's Gazette.

MountainLaurel said...

Thanks, J! That deserves a link here. Hope you stop by often!

justjudith said...

great observations. love the blog, last time i checked -- which was a long time ago, admittedly -- you didn't have much on! nice.

MountainLaurel said...

Thanks, Judith! I blog in fits and spurts. Lately I haven't had much but I hope to get back in the groove once I settled in my new place.