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On a completely unrelated note, I've always wondered why Americans put the name of a state after a city name, like Bullhead City, AZ.
Also, almost always the abbreviation so non-Americans have no idea what you're talking about.
I've checked AZ to be Arizona and I was right
I think I've only seen Americans and Canadians do this (and I don't know Canadian states).
Is it something you do by default because a lot of states have the same city names?
I could only find one Bullhead City.
Berlin Township in Delaware County
Berlin Township in Erie County
Berlin Heights, a village in Erie County
Berlin Township in Holmes County
Berlin Township in Knox County
Berlin Township in Mahoning County
Berlin Center, an unincorporated community in Mahoning County
I know most states and some abbreviations.
I guessed AZ was Arizona, but when I'd read AR I'd probably also think Arizona instead of Arkansas.
There's enough TX news and FL man on the internet to know those too and NY is a dead giveaway.
Some like OH and UT are easy because the abbreviation is already half of the state name.
But HI, ID, ME, MI, MN, MD? To name but a few
I'd like to visit WY sometime, must be the most beautiful state of the US
So far I've only been in Houston, TX, but I've never left the airport since it was only a tranfser to Costa Rica.
It wasn't a particular nice visit either since I burned my mouth on some Starbucks beverage (that was also my first Starbucks visit ever)
Our states are the same size as European countries, with the US as a whole about the size of Europe (including European Russia); but because of our settlement patterns we can't use "oh that sounds like a French name" to filter down to a relatively small geographical subset. Adding the state gives a rough location for the 99.9...% of locations we've never heard of before and thus have no idea where are. Because it's the convention we do it for the last 0.0...1% who're well known enough not to need it too.
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I don't know the reason for it, but I've always done so. In a place as big as the US, there are often many cities with the same name - there's actually a Bullhead in South Dakota, which is across a river from McLaughlin, as we are across a river from Laughlin, NV. Go figure...
In the UK the curries you get, Indian, are so sweet they are pretty inedible really
Well that really does depend on what you order and where you get it from. I have had plenty of very good, hot and spicy, non-sweet curries... but then sometimes I just fancy a nice sweet and creamy masala or korma too, so it's all good
One of my neighbor's been inviting me over for dinner on a fairly regular basis since he learned I could help him out with just about any problem he's having with his computer and related gadgets. His wife's from Indonesia, and she's got a real talent for meals that are, from this Canadian's perspective, rather exotic, and all excellent. I've had her curry a number of times, and I can honestly say I've never had anything comparable in local restaurants, including those owned and run by foreigners. The most amazing thing is that, according to her husband, when she first arrived in Canada she couldn't boil an egg (his words).
I don't mind at all how often he calls me over to help him out with something, as he understands my preferred form of payment is dinner.
He's also quite the audiophile, and has spent a small fortune on top of the line audio gear, so movies at his place are also quite an experience. He's got no reason to ever go to a movie theater, although I've been trying to convince him to get a projector...