Monday, June 21, 2010

Stopover at Orange County: It's Not All Orange Trees

Mos has been ragging me to update my blog to let you all know that I am alive. Sigh. Right. Sorry guys. I've been neglecting my email and all that too. Just in case you've been wondering what's happening.

So uh, I think previously I mentioned being sent off to the States for work stuff.

So yeah. I am in the States now. The peculiarly named Orange County in particular. Sitting in a hotel room with a new computer (old one died on me again) and sneaking some blogging time between work and exploring a land vastly different from what I am used to.

I wish I could say that the reason I haven't been blogging much is that I haven't had the time. Truth is, I haven't had the mental energy. Those of you who have ever had the experience of having to live in a foreign country for a little while might understand how it feels. There's a kind of mental exhaustion. While I hold the philosophy of not posting anything unless I have something to say... but then this is a travel themed blog, and I am traveling, so I don't really have an excuse not to blog do I?

Anyway almost every weekend so far has been spent being brought all over to "see the sights", it's physically exhausting sometimes too (but interesting). I do feel more used to good ol' california now. Happy to report my comic blogging brain has finally awakened from sleep mode now, so expect to hear more of my rambling thoughts incoming shortly.

ps: This is going to sound incredibly whiny coming from me, but anyone have any idea why the american 5 cent nickel is such a larger coin than the 10 cent dime? I ALWAYS stumble over this while handling change, no matter how many times I have this problem.


  1. I blame the British.

    Seriously, I'm American, we have stupid money, and *their* change confused the hell out of me. The biggest coin is the 2-pence piece. What do you even *need* a two-pence-piece for? And why do the 20p coins have clipped edges when nothing else does? And, and, and....

    All the other former British colonies got cricket. We get stupid money.

    Probably better that way, really.

  2. @kat: That may be one of the funniest comments I've had on my blog for a while. But I know what you mean about british money. Imagine what it was like before they decimalised it!

  3. Initially, American coins were actually worth what was printed on them. Like a copper penny was actually one cent's worth of copper in weight. So a nickel was 5 cents worth of nickel, and a dime was 10 cents worth of silver. Dollars also used to be made out of actual silver, and a quarter dollar was a quarter the weight of a dollar. In those days you could buy a house for a few hundred dollars too (and novels were typically a dime). Nowadays coins not even made of copper, nickel, or silver any more, dollars are made out of paper, and paper is worth just a little more than a man's word. 9_9 But the coin sizes remain the same due to tradition, I suppose.

  4. @ Sly Eagle: Well, that made considerably more sense! That also does explain why they call a nickel a... well... nickel. It's an interesting illustration of why things change and systems that were once logical no longer make sense- and yet we continue to use them

  5. It isn't the nickel that is the oddball, but the dime. Think about it. The penny is smaller than the nickel which is smaller than the quarter, but the dime is smaller than all of the other coins.