Date: Wed, 4 Oct 1995 22:49:42 -0400 From: Crissie Trigger Subject: Re: metric or ... >That's what the _World Book_ gives. Both my dual system wrench sets say >'metric and SAE' with no indication of what SAE means. However, I remember >when I was into fixing bikes, the response to 'gimme a wrench' was >always "standard or metric?" Both my wife and a neighbor confirm >'standard' but have never heard the other terms mentioned. >Fritz Juengling > > > SAE is Society of American Engineers and measures in inches and parts of an inch. Use those wrenches on Chevys (or is it Chevies? What say people?) Being a name brand person I always drank Coke or Pepsi, never pop. I was a former drugstore cowboy who hung out at a soda fountain, where I drank chocolate cokes and ice cream sodas. When I lived in Newark, I hung out at the candy store and drank egg creams. A candy store had a soda fountain and sold candy and magazines and comic books. The also had pin ball machines.An egg cream can only be made in New York or New Jersey, and although it consists of merely chocolate syrup, milk (or half and half or sometimes a bit of whip cream), and seltzer, there is a secret way of combining it all, having to do with putting the seltzer nozzle on a fast power spray which agilely having it hit the back, then the front of the spoon, while stirring. I have a friend from Boston who always said pop or tonic when referring to sodas, and would get all over me if I referred to music without words as a song. He insisted those should be called a tune. I have never willingly drunk Coke since the New Coke fiasco. I switched to Pepsi. I have never eaten green, string or any pods successfully (I'm allergic to them), but we do have a local varmint in south Florida they call pole beans, but somebody else would have to tell you what they are. I have a long held theory that NO ONE can pronounce the name of the place they are from. It is the ultimate shibboleth. I spent my first eight years 1944-1952 in Newark, NJ (pronuonced Newrk or Noork). When I moved to Miami, I found the real natives pronounce it My-Ammuh, and based on some historical reading I've been doing lately appears to originate from an extinct Indian tribe. Also consider New Yawk, New Joisy, Chicahgo, and New Awlins (pronounced by real natives as N'Olins.) You can tell real natives of New Orleans because the don't say hello, they say "Where y'at?" Or the more familiar and profane "Where y'at mother?" They eat Po' boy sandwiches, red beans and rice and beignets instead of donuts. The blackened redfish recipe popularized by chef Paul Proudhomme (K Paul) caused the redfish to become an endanged species, but blackened fish is still popular in yuppie restaurants where the customers don't realize it's just a euphemism for "burned." The backwoods bayou Cajuns I knew simply had gotten too drunk on too many bers,let the skillet get red hot, and threw in the fish as an afterthought. The tabasco sauce was necessary because their tastbuds were also burnt. By the way, a legitimate study found that people who ate raw oysters (as all the Cajuns do) with beer and tabasco sauce, never get sick from them. They eat mudbugs there too (crawfish). Seth Sklarey Wittgenstein School of the Unwritten Word Coconut Grove, FL