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« on: April 29, 2010, 02:59:06 PM »

I recently saw a video of South Western Pennsylvanian peculiarities, and one of them was that we measure distance in hours. For example, instead of saying "it's about 100 miles away," we'll instead say "it's about a 2 hour drive". Don't yuns guys in other parts of the country do that to?
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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2010, 03:03:20 PM »

LOL!

I was just talking to a friend of mine down here, a born-and-bred Marylander, who asked me how far Columbus, OH was from Baltimore.  I did some quick math in head and said, "Oh, about six and a half hours, give or take a half-hour".

"I mean how many miles," he replied.

"Hmm...I guess about 400 or so, going by the time it would take," I reasoned.

He didn't believe me, pulled out his Blackberry and googled it.  

According to GoogleMaps, following I-70... 409 miles.

He looked at me and shook his head, saying, "You're weird, but you're a useful weird."

What's the name of this video, btw?
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2010, 03:07:16 PM »

That's pretty common in Southern Missouri, too.  Sometimes it's mentally easier to count down the hours of driving through miles of meth-addled trailers and broken down cars rather than watching the miles add up.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010, 03:11:21 PM »

I usually give it in both.

Example:

"How far away is the college from your house?"

"About 16 miles, so about 20 minutes."

I usually like to give both, because depending on the route a person is taking (highway verses back-roads), it could be vary in time.
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2010, 03:14:50 PM »

He looked at me and shook his head, saying, "You're weird, but you're a useful weird."

What's the name of this video, btw?

Lol Smiley Here's the vid.
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2010, 03:15:28 PM »

I hear it both in hours or miles.  I don't mind either.  Usually the only time miles sort of matter is if you are trying to figure out how much poorer you'll be after driving there and using expensive gasoline.
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2010, 03:16:31 PM »

That's pretty common in Southern Missouri, too.  Sometimes it's mentally easier to count down the hours of driving through miles of meth-addled trailers and broken down cars rather than watching the miles add up.

I usually give it in both.

Example:

"How far away is the college from your house?"

"About 16 miles, so about 20 minutes."

I usually like to give both, because depending on the route a person is taking (highway verses back-roads), it could be vary in time.

I hear it both in hours or miles.  I don't mind either.  Usually the only time miles sort of matter is if you are trying to figure out how much poorer you'll be after driving there and using expensive gasoline.

Glad to know that we're not peculiar then on the point Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2010, 03:19:35 PM »

Try kilometres.
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2010, 03:21:25 PM »

Try kilometres.

That's what those silly runners use when they talk about how far they run, right? Like they can't say 3.1 miles, they have to say 5k?  Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2010, 03:36:39 PM »

I recently saw a video of South Western Pennsylvanian peculiarities, and one of them was that we measure distance in hours. For example, instead of saying "it's about 100 miles away," we'll instead say "it's about a 2 hour drive". Don't yuns guys in other parts of the country do that to?

We Michiganders measure distance in time. I've rarely heard anyone tell me how many miles away something is. Somebody asks for directions here: "Sir, do you know how far it is to Lansing?" and the reply (at least from where I live) "Oh its about 90 minutes away." "But how many miles?" "I told you already! About 90 minutes!" If someone tells me to go so many miles, I have to ask how many minutes it takes.
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« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2010, 03:37:47 PM »

Haha, I thought everyone else used time too.. Wow!

Too much time in the Valley, I suppose...?
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« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2010, 03:49:36 PM »

That's pretty common in Southern Missouri, too. 

 It's not just common, it's the Gospel; 'less you're one of them there out-of-state foreigners.  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2010, 04:29:48 PM »

I recently saw a video of South Western Pennsylvanian peculiarities, and one of them was that we measure distance in hours. For example, instead of saying "it's about 100 miles away," we'll instead say "it's about a 2 hour drive". Don't yuns guys in other parts of the country do that to?

Sure. Out west in Montana and other states we measure distance by time all the time.  Times are also variable depending on if it's a Montanan or visitor driving, weather conditions (longer in snow) and if the route is on the plains or through mountains.

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« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2010, 02:32:02 AM »

My phone is a gps as well. I don't need to ask people how far away places are come to think about it
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« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2010, 01:35:17 PM »

We give the distance in hours and "with heavy traffic" hours. So from Seattle to Portland is "3.5-5 hours, depending upon traffic."
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