Where are You?, was Re: Heating cables.

Rodger Whitlock totototo@telus.net
Wed, 12 Oct 2005 12:55:40 PDT
On 11 Oct 05 at 15:45, John Bryan wrote:

> Winter is coming, indeed certain parts of the country have had
> snow already.

A gentle reminder, everyone: the PBS list is international in 
scope. Someone in a state of ignorance would wonder "which 
country is *the* country? Russia? Finland? Canada? China? 

When you refer to a place, esp. to one near you, be very
careful to specify it fully, so that someone in (say) Timbuktu
can look the locale up in an atlas. If you write "near the 
airport", for example, with no other clue everyone else will be 
left scratching their heads in bewilderment.

As an example: particularly on the Pacific slope of North
America, the climate varies wildly from place to place, so
those of us dwelling in this part of the ring of fire need to
take special care. The phrase "northern California" covers a
multitude of both sins and growing climates. "Coastal northern
California" is better, but I'm pretty sure the climate changes
dramatically as you proceed inland from the coast proper, so
the name of the town you live nearest would probably be the 
best bet. 

The inclusion of a geographic reference in your usual .sig 
block is an easy way of dealing with this problem most of the 
time. However, if anybody quotes you and correctly trims off 
your .sig (which some email programs do automagically), 
local geographic references are left once again hanging in the 
air and you must then edit it to include the proper reference.

PS: As for the Pacific climate varying wildly, around here* the 
saying is "if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes or 
walk five blocks away."

*here: see .sig at end of message.

or, to take my own advice,

*here: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, maritime zone 8, 
cool Mediterranean climate

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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