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Old August 6 2012, 09:55 PM   #151
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That's the cultural difference speaking; here it's normal to WALK to the corner-shop or to the bus-stop... I'm guessing you didn't ever do a lot of that
Well, considering the "corner shop" was the large grocery store several miles away and that we didn't have any form of public transportation that could take us there, no, I never did that.
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Old August 6 2012, 09:58 PM   #152
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^That's what I thought

Although, I also used to use an umbrella rather than a raincoat when going to school (which was n the same suburb we lived in).
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Old August 6 2012, 09:58 PM   #153
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Such is the life of a suburbanite.
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Old August 6 2012, 10:00 PM   #154
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TIL that when you take an umbrella with you because the weatherman says it's about to pour buckets, nothing happens. But when you don't take one with you just to walk down the road and buy a gallon of milk, you get wet.
Exactly. My mother taught me many years ago to carry an umbrella -- not to stay dry in the rain, but to keep it from raining in the first place.
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Old August 6 2012, 10:01 PM   #155
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^ So if you are carrying your umbrella and you walk past someone washing a car, what happens?
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Old August 6 2012, 10:05 PM   #156
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^ So if you are carrying your umbrella and you walk past someone washing a car, what happens?
Universe-ending paradoxes occur.
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Old August 6 2012, 10:42 PM   #157
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TIL that when you take an umbrella with you because the weatherman says it's about to pour buckets, nothing happens. But when you don't take one with you just to walk down the road and buy a gallon of milk, you get wet.
Exactly. My mother taught me many years ago to carry an umbrella -- not to stay dry in the rain, but to keep it from raining in the first place.
There's an old joke/tradition - no longer observed, of course, and probably never really was - that an Englishman would never unfurl his black city brolly, regardless of the downpour.

It was popularised by a very eccentric (in many ways) Colonel by the name of Wintle who never unfurled his own brolly, except once to insert a note saying, "This umbrella was stolen from Col. A.D. Wintle".
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Old August 6 2012, 11:03 PM   #158
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It is widely known that an Englishman would carry an umbrella by holding it in the middle and having the pointy end point forward, but it's also used to carry an umbrella 'as a walking-stick' -how exactly does that work?

I tend to walk with an umbrella while 'swinging' it forward and a little upward, putting it down quite deliberately (sometimes more forceful, sometimes less so -depending) taking the two steps it takes to pass the point of ground-contact, then lifting it and making it swing forwards again in one big swoop again. I'll normally hold it (off the ground) slightly in front of me when standing still for a short while (waiting for a green light) or letting the tip rest on the ground and my hand on the handle if standing still for a longer time (waiting for a bus).

Am I being totally boorish?
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Old August 6 2012, 11:12 PM   #159
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TDane, that has to be the most detailed description of how one carries an umbrella that I've ever seen.
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Old August 6 2012, 11:14 PM   #160
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I carry an umbrella by swinging it around a la Gene Kelly, or gesturing at people in a vaguely threatening manner a la Burgess Meredith.
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Old August 6 2012, 11:17 PM   #161
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@ TZ Well, I could not find any description or video on-line... only the etiquette about how to carry an open umbrella seems to be widely described -and while that is something a lot of people should look into it just isn't what need to know as it's basically just applied common sense.

What I don't know is how much 'action' is allowed when walking with it 'as a walking-stick' ...


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Old August 6 2012, 11:25 PM   #162
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What I don't know is how much 'action' is allowed when walking with it 'as a walking-stick' ...
I'm of no help there. When I carry something "as a walking-stick", it's... a real walking-stick (so much nicer term than the more typical American cane).
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Old August 6 2012, 11:27 PM   #163
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^ And also much nicer than the huge animal tooth used by Chancellor Gorkon in ST VI.
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Old August 6 2012, 11:28 PM   #164
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^Yeah, that was more of an overgrown hiking stick he had there


@TZ Ah, but walking with a 'cane' is something Americans do very well -they've learned it from the master; Charlie Chaplin
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Old August 7 2012, 12:50 AM   #165
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@ TZ Well, I could not find any description or video on-line... only the etiquette about how to carry an open umbrella seems to be widely described -and while that is something a lot of people should look into it just isn't what need to know as it's basically just applied common sense.
It's extremely rude to bump another pedestrian's open umbrella. The French seem to have mastered the art of close-order umbrella drill.

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