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Further Observations

- Back in my office back in Germany, we kept pages with one-sided printouts which we didn't need any more - this way, we'd have plenty of papers which we could use for notes and scribblings.

When I asked my co-worker here if there was something similar in this department, he said that "that's not the American way" - all such papers are thrown away. He pointed me to a stack with fresh paper instead.

-Besides getting my university ID (or "Buck ID" - apparently it's named after the university sports team), I also bought access to the recreational facilities for the rest of the quarter - which was cheaper than buying them on a monthly basis. It still cost me $113, but I really need to go swimming again - and quite frequently at that.

- Speaking of sports, the OSU Stadium is bloody enormous - certainly much larger than the soccer stadium in Aachen Since I've never actually been within a soccer stadium, the only monumental architecture I am familiar with and which is comparable in sight is at the Zeppelinfeld in Nuremberg. Perhaps not the most fortunate comparison, but the only one I know from personal experience.

- When you are withdrawing cash from ATMs, why can you enter amounts of money down to the second decimal points when at the same time the machine is telling you that you can only withdraw cash in amounts of 20 dollars?

- Minor detail for reading floor plans: In Germany, "first floor" means "the first floor above the ground floor". In the USA, the "first floor" is the "ground floor".

- Is it just me, or did the city planners run out of ideas for street names when planning the inner city? 5th Avenue, 4th Street... and then adding "W"/"E" or "N"/"S" abbreviations to it. Not very imaginative, in my opinion...

- In Germany, bus stops are usually named after specific landmarks within a city (and there are plenty), or failing that streets that the bus route is passing through or crossing. Here, bus stops are almost always named after street crossings - i.e., "Neil by Dodrige" and so forth. I'm guessing that's because the streets are so impossibly long around here - if you'd name the stops only after a single street, it would get confusing.

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poh
Apr. 8th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
- Is it just me, or did the city planners run out of ideas for street names when planning the inner city? 5th Avenue, 4th Street... and then adding "W"/"E" or "N"/"S" abbreviations to it. Not very imaginative, in my opinion...

That's because the cities grew insanely fast in a period of about 200 years.
crothian
Apr. 8th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
The Horseshoe, OSU Stadium, is one of the biggest in the country.

ATMs can give out different kinds of bills if the Bank wants to. I've seen ATMs that did use 5 and 10s for instance but nothing smaller then that or bigger then 20s. I have no idea why one needs to enter the cents since none of them ever give out change like that.
pauldrye
Apr. 9th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
Canadian ATMs sometimes give out $50s, but they're profoundly unpopular because they're hard to spend.
zoatebix
Apr. 9th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
'Not the American way'!? That's bull! We reused printouts all the time at UVA!
danbuter1
Apr. 9th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
I agree. Even if we don't use the back of printed sheets, we at least make sure they go in a recycling bin. I personally always have a couple "bad" printed sheets by my phone at work for notes.
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kay_brooke
Apr. 9th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
In regards to your first observation, that's complete bull. I think that guy's having you on. Every place I've worked uses the back of those kinds of papers to scribble notes on. In the lab I'm in now we have a box to put one-sided papers in, and everyone just takes out a piece when they need scratch paper. When the box is full it gets taken to recycling.

"Not the American way" my ass. One thing to keep in mind: there really isn't such a thing as "the American way." The US is a big country with lots of different regions, containing people from lots of different cultures and traditions. Everywhere you go things are going to be a little different. I wouldn't take seriously anyone who makes any kind of sweeping generalization about the entire nation.
chrisography
Apr. 9th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
re: Street names

Some cities actually have a "grid system" for their streets, all east/west running streets are even #s, all north/south streets are odd #'s, and then you go out from the center point, ie North 1st street means you are one street north of the city center, south 5th street is 5 streets south, 10 East street, etc
former_pirate
Apr. 9th, 2008 10:39 am (UTC)
"Minor detail for reading floor plans: In Germany, "first floor" means "the first floor above the ground floor". In the USA, the "first floor" is the "ground floor"."

Here in Hong Kong, thanks to conflicting cultural influences, this is way messed up -- first floor, ground floor, "podium 1"... there seems to be infinite variation.
When giving directions to flats and offices, people usually get around this by just saying which button to press in the lift.
d20hound
Apr. 9th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
(just want to say I'm enjoying the comparison posts a lot)
daysofourknives
Apr. 10th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
As am I.
matttt
Apr. 10th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
As far as I can tell, a lot of your 'In Germany's could just as easily be 'In Europe's! For instance, it's the same here in the UK about the ground floor and first floor, and I at least use one-sided printouts as scrap. Of course, our office printers are set by default to print on both sides of the paper. ;-)
(Anonymous)
Apr. 14th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
"When I asked my co-worker here if there was something similar in this department, he said that "that's not the American way" - all such papers are thrown away. He pointed me to a stack with fresh paper instead."

Hmm. We used them at the office I used to work at, cut them up into quarters and had a pile of them to use as scraps. We recycled those kinds of paper most of the time, though.

"When you are withdrawing cash from ATMs, why can you enter amounts of money down to the second decimal points when at the same time the machine is telling you that you can only withdraw cash in amounts of 20 dollars?"

You probably use a different ATM than I do.
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