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Old 06-10-2007, 08:45 AM   #81
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Even in San Diego, though, it's pretty cold for casual swimming. You have to be pretty dedicated to get out there. Now, once you get down into southern Mexico, it's pretty nice
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This all reminds me of another common misconception about New England... namely that it's bitter cold and snows like hell for 3/4 of the year.

...wait, that's not a misconception. Never mind.

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Hm, Malibu is quite a bit North from San Diego actually, innit?

Jelena, let's get our bikinis ready, we'll show 'em!
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Sam, if you put on a bikini, I promise I will too.
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I'm in California, and most people are surprised when I tell them that I get snow here in the winter (a couple of years ago, in fact, we had nearly a foot of snow at one point).
That's almost as surprised as people get when I tell them I live in an area of Canada where it only snows about a couple of days every year (and rains pretty much the rest of the winter). Apparently, we're all supposed to be living in igloos and such.

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Sam, if you put on a bikini, I promise I will too.
I'd be careful with making such a promise, half-joking or not. Especially since I'm certain you're definitely not the kind of person who breaks them.


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Is anybody here from Luxembourg? Or works there or something? I'd like to know if the second entry in the "Star Wars" series is really called something like "Dat Imerpium bollert redour" in Luxembourg or if that's just a mystical joke.
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One misconception about Texas is that our state is the only one legally allowed to fly the state flag at the same height as the American flag. That's not true, though I would imagine we actually do it more than anyone else. I see Texas flags as much or more than American flags these days, and they are always flying right alongside the stars and stripes.

Which brings me to another thing people don't understand about Texans. Why are they so damn patriotic about their STATE when they should be more patriotic about their country? Well, it's brainwashing. Ha ha. I mean, I suffer the same problem, being born and raised here. How many high schools in other states devote a year of history to the history of their state? There isn't even "California History", but there is a year of "Texas History" here. We sang songs about Texas in school, there are a gazillion catch phrases about Texas I've seen all my life, "Don't Mess With Texas" being one example. There are countless bumper stickers around saying stuff like, "I Wasn't Born in Texas, But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" and "There are 2 Kinds of People: Those Who are Texan, and Those Who Wish They Were." And the ummm...always charming..."I'm From Texas, What Country Are You From?"

So anyway, from very early in our lives we are brainwashed to love Texas. But the flag thing is B.S. Any state can do it.
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Is anybody here from Luxembourg? Or works there or something? I'd like to know if the second entry in the "Star Wars" series is really called something like "Dat Imerpium bollert redour" in Luxembourg or if that's just a mystical joke.
On that note, is "Titanic" really slang for "let's have sex" in Arabic?
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On that note, is "Titanic" really slang for "let's have sex" in Arabic?
There are two ways I can answer that: The weird/stereotype Texan way the pro-war American way, and not at all. But the former promises more fun.

No, the Arabic slang for "Let's have sex!" is, "Die, American!", followed by the sound of footsteps and then a large, wet explosion.




Neither of those statements were politically correct. Sorry. And I , of course, refer only to more extreme sects of Islam.
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One misconception about Texas is that our state is the only one legally allowed to fly the state flag at the same height as the American flag. That's not true, though I would imagine we actually do it more than anyone else. I see Texas flags as much or more than American flags these days, and they are always flying right alongside the stars and stripes.

Which brings me to another thing people don't understand about Texans. Why are they so damn patriotic about their STATE when they should be more patriotic about their country? Well, it's brainwashing. Ha ha. I mean, I suffer the same problem, being born and raised here. How many high schools in other states devote a year of history to the history of their state? There isn't even "California History", but there is a year of "Texas History" here. We sang songs about Texas in school, there are a gazillion catch phrases about Texas I've seen all my life, "Don't Mess With Texas" being one example. There are countless bumper stickers around saying stuff like, "I Wasn't Born in Texas, But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" and "There are 2 Kinds of People: Those Who are Texan, and Those Who Wish They Were." And the ummm...always charming..."I'm From Texas, What Country Are You From?"

So anyway, from very early in our lives we are brainwashed to love Texas. But the flag thing is B.S. Any state can do it.
And also, we know how to cook chilli and brisket!
And their is nothing wrong with state pride!

PS. I will be there in less than a week! Woohoo back home!
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Yeah, swimming in the Pacific up here without a wetsuit is generally a bad idea. It's cold!
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There goes a huge misconception for me then.
I thought the Pacific was all warm and nice.
I thought just the opposite about the Atlantic, until I lived near it. I expected cold grey water with big waves, but around Tybee Island Georgia the Atlantic is bathwater warm, chocolate milk-colored (until you get out from the beach a ways), and as waveless as a mill pond unless there's a storm coming in.
I was even able to go in swimming one year on my Mom's birthday (March 20th) because the water temp was 80 degrees that day. Of course the air temperature was only in the mid 60s, so I almost froze my hoo-hoo off once I got out of the water, but still...
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There are two ways I can answer that: The weird/stereotype Texan way the pro-war American way, and not at all. But the former promises more fun.

No, the Arabic slang for "Let's have sex!" is, "Die, American!", followed by the sound of footsteps and then a large, wet explosion.




Neither of those statements were politically correct. Sorry. And I , of course, refer only to more extreme sects of Islam.
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Speaking of bikinis and beaches, do European men wear speedos or shorts to the beach? The stereotype I've heard in the states is that they wear speedos, which we think is odd because we wear shorts.
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Speaking of bikinis and beaches, do European men wear speedos or shorts to the beach? The stereotype I've heard in the states is that they wear speedos, which we think is odd because we wear shorts.
I'd say that shorts are a lot more common around here anyway.
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Speaking of bikinis and beaches, do European men wear speedos or shorts to the beach? The stereotype I've heard in the states is that they wear speedos, which we think is odd because we wear shorts.

That really depends on the person. I know my father always wore Speedos, but I think my sister's boyfriend wears shorts.




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I sooooo don't have the legs for speedos.

edit: Why the f. do you lot call these thingamabobs speedos? Because you can..? Oh never mind.
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Speedo is a brand. It's similar to how Americans refer to tissues as "Kleenex."
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The only other name for them that I knew of was "banana hammocks".
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Another misconception about the South is that most men wear cowboy boots, Stetson hats, dusters and tight Wrangler jeans. Oh yeah, and wear big belt buckles and have Copenhagen snuff rings in their back pocket. Some of that is true but it is mostly on farms.
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Umm.. what is speedos?
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