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"Has Spring Sprung" or "Have the Americans lost it?"



Once again looking out the window I am greeted with the dark grey skies filled with moisture, while I listen to my people out east (anything east of Vancouver is ‘out east’) complaining of snow and the northerners complain of ice. I guess in the light of things we are fortunate here that we have the rain.

There is an old saying that spring is not here until you can have nine daisies under one foot. Yet, I heard on the news last night that Victoria is boasting over 1 BILLION flowers already this year!! So I guess I have to place the question – is spring here or not? And if the other saying – April showers brings May flowers is true…. OMG my allergies will being going every which way. How can we have MORE than a billion flowers?

Ok, enough dreary talk…. I read a very funny article in the LA Times this morning that I just have to share. A study was conducted by Vouchercloud.net, a coupons website, to determine how knowledgeable Americans are when it comes to tech terms. Here are some of the results:

  • 11% saying that they thought HTML — a language that is used to create websites — was a sexually transmitted disease.
  • 77% of respondents could not identify what SEO means. SEO stands for "Search-Engine Optimization"
  • 27% identified "gigabyte" as an insect commonly found in South America. A gigabyte is a measurement unit for the storage capacity of an electronic device.
  • 42% said they believed a "motherboard" was "the deck of a cruise ship." A motherboard is usually a circuit board that holds many of the key components of a computer.
  • 23% thought an "MP3" was a "Star Wars" robot. It is actually an audio file.
  • 18% identified "Blu-ray" as a marine animal. It is a disc format typically used to store high-definition videos.
  • 15% said they believed "software" is comfortable clothing. Software is a general term for computer programs.
  • 12% said "USB" is the acronym for a European country. In fact, USB is a type of connector.

OK, granted some of these are a bit on the “techie” side of things, but MP3 being a Star Wars robot? Come on.

Keep smiling all and remember – spring will spring and we will soon be able to put rubber to road.

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Baby Jack


Today, I shall celebrate the fact it is FINALLY going to approach 0'C, and a sunny day is predicted.


I can handle the snow.  I can usually tolerate cold, but this continuous  -20'C stuff about put me over the edge this year.  (Hats off to the CMC folks in Yellowknife/NWT - how you guys do it every year is beyond me.) 


I miss my gardens. I don't have a billion flowers, but my goal is zero lawn.  I miss my veggie gardens - nothing beats a carrot or green bean from your backyard.  And at this point, it may take until July for the 6 foot snowbank in front of my shed to melt enough to get the bikes out. :'(


But what I REALLY miss is the SUN.

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Twisted Angel


Thanks for the post Grizz.  Always fun to see what the Americans know or in this case don't know. LOL


Jacquie I sure hope it doesn't take until July,  but sadly,  looking at our backyard, you could be right. :P

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