Pet Intellectual Peeves

This is where all of the games are discussed.

Moderators: alietr, econgator, dhkendall, trainman

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby Miss Mellie » Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:08 am

alietr wrote:You want difficult? I used to have a job that involved finding addresses in Malta. The only thing is that, in many cases, they don't number the houses, they name them. So I'd be wandering up and down the street (fortunately they tend to be small streets) looking for "Cottage by the Sea" or "St. Mary's" on Birzebugga St. or somesuch. One can only imagine what their emergency responders do.

The same thing happens in the Caribbean. One night, I watched a house across the bay burn to the ground while the fire trucks criss-crossed up and down the hillside. No one was injured (the house was empty - it turned out the fire was a failed attempt at insurance fraud) but it was pretty horrifying to watch.
User avatar
Miss Mellie
Jeopardy! Champion
 
Posts: 154
Joined: Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:24 pm
Location: Chicago

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby alietr » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:21 am

We go to an island off the coast of Maine each year, and because of 911, they have had to assign names to all of the "roads" (usually no more than a long sandy driveway with one, sometimes more, houses along it). Most of the time the road is named after the people living on it.
User avatar
alietr
Site Admin
 
Posts: 2901
Joined: Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:20 pm
Location: Bethesda, MD

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby the_phil » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:50 am

alietr wrote:...Most of the time the road is named after the people living on it.
I think that's the standard for new street names. A coworker of mine built a house on his land, which was set back ~300 yards from the existing road with a paved driveway. Apparently the U.S. post office wants to name those types of "streets". Since it was essentially his driveway, they basically let him pick whatever street name he wanted. He chose to go the standard boring name-it-after-himself route; I guess his aim was lasting posterity?

Personally, I'd go for something that I'd always get a kick out of when telling people my address. Something like "Doyouknowthe Way" or "Memory Lane".
Last edited by the_phil on Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:38 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
the_phil
60% or Bust
 
Posts: 197
Joined: Tue May 15, 2012 5:08 pm
Location: Raleigh, NC

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby bomtr » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:49 am

I was postmaster of a town that had a road called 'Pull and Be Damned Road.' Think that's my favorite.
bomtr
Just a Man Like Any Other
 
Posts: 496
Joined: Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:45 pm

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby Paucle » Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:05 pm

Baud Lover Boulevard to acknowledge my online addiction?
as a Yankee fan, ARod Road ?
Lena Lane, for my niece?
Retest Street in homage to what I'll probably be doing every other January until I die?
Yell Alley, if I were in a different kind of wordplay mood.
User avatar
Paucle
Trekardy! Writer
 
Posts: 3225
Joined: Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:36 pm
Location: near Albany NY

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby dhkendall » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:15 pm

alietr wrote:We go to an island off the coast of Maine each year, and because of 911, they have had to assign names to all of the "roads" (usually no more than a long sandy driveway with one, sometimes more, houses along it). Most of the time the road is named after the people living on it.


Because of the need for emergency services to get to the road, or because of the step up in security after the attacks on New York and Washington in 2001?

(Serious question, your post is a little vague, and it could conceivably be either ... )
"Jeopardy! is two parts luck and one part luck" - Me

"The way to win on Jeopardy is to be a rabidly curious, information-omnivorous person your entire life." - Ken Jennings
User avatar
dhkendall
Moderator, Archivist, and Servant to the J! Community
 
Posts: 4811
Joined: Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:49 am
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby alietr » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:21 pm

For normal fire and ambulance service to be able to find an address. I don't think small islands off the coast of Maine are high on Al Qaeda's list.
User avatar
alietr
Site Admin
 
Posts: 2901
Joined: Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:20 pm
Location: Bethesda, MD

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby gloriaclemente » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:27 pm

bomtr, where are you from? I know that road (assuming there is only one!)
User avatar
gloriaclemente
Jeopardy! Champion
 
Posts: 123
Joined: Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:09 pm
Location: Seattle

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby bomtr » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:32 pm

There could be only one of those, I think. I'm in Bellingham, gloria-Kathy. No longer PM of La Conner, though.
bomtr
Just a Man Like Any Other
 
Posts: 496
Joined: Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:45 pm

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby gloriaclemente » Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:22 pm

My mom lives in Ferndale, my husband grew up on Whidbey, and we plan to retire in Anacortes! Small world... Do you know how the road got its name?
User avatar
gloriaclemente
Jeopardy! Champion
 
Posts: 123
Joined: Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:09 pm
Location: Seattle

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby trainman » Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:45 pm

dhkendall wrote:I came across one for (I'll make up an address) 24-70 Smithfield Rd. (This should mean, to anyone with a brain, 70 Smithfield Rd., Apartment 24.)


Watch out if you ever need to find an address in the borough of Queens.
User avatar
trainman
Moderator Extraordinaire
 
Posts: 557
Joined: Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:27 pm

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby davey » Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:27 pm

trainman wrote:
dhkendall wrote:I came across one for (I'll make up an address) 24-70 Smithfield Rd. (This should mean, to anyone with a brain, 70 Smithfield Rd., Apartment 24.)


Watch out if you ever need to find an address in the borough of Queens.


Yes! In Queens 24-70 Smithfield Road would mean house no. 70 east of 24th St. The apt. no. comes after, usually on a new line. I've lived other places, but I've never seen an apartment number listed before the address...
davey
Watches Jeopardy! Way Too Much
 
Posts: 1244
Joined: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:55 pm

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby soxfan99 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:40 pm

In Boston there's the fun idiosyncrasy that multiple streets in different parts of the city will share a name. If you want to go to Washington St (the downtown street that connects the Boston Common with City Hall Plaza), be careful not to end up instead on Washington St (a street running through one of the most dangerous sections of town in the Dorchester neighborhood), or on Washington St (a tree-lined boulevard in Jamaica Plain). At one point, Washington St in JP and in Dorchester are only 1 mile away from each other. Get on the wrong one, and good luck finding the cross street you're looking for. Just one more reason to not attempt to drive in Boston.
soxfan99
Loyal Jeopardista
 
Posts: 181
Joined: Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:16 am

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby alietr » Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:37 pm

Piffle. In Arlington, VA, every street is named Glebe. And every street in Atlanta is named Peachtree.
User avatar
alietr
Site Admin
 
Posts: 2901
Joined: Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:20 pm
Location: Bethesda, MD

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby Rex Kramer » Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:54 pm

alietr wrote:Piffle. In Arlington, VA, every street is named Glebe.


The best parts are that West Glebe is east of South Glebe and North Glebe, and South Glebe is north of East Glebe and West Glebe.

Rex
User avatar
Rex Kramer
Jeopardy! TOCer
 
Posts: 1145
Joined: Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:08 am

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby dhkendall » Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:46 pm

alietr wrote:For normal fire and ambulance service to be able to find an address. I don't think small islands off the coast of Maine are high on Al Qaeda's list.


Hey, paranoia doesn't care about things like feasibility. :)

Out in cottage country here (eastern Manitoba and "northwest Ontario" (Ontario west of Thunder Bay)) I've noticed that the roads are called something like "Fire Road 17" for 911 purposes.
"Jeopardy! is two parts luck and one part luck" - Me

"The way to win on Jeopardy is to be a rabidly curious, information-omnivorous person your entire life." - Ken Jennings
User avatar
dhkendall
Moderator, Archivist, and Servant to the J! Community
 
Posts: 4811
Joined: Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:49 am
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby Vanya » Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:15 pm

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition Al Qaeda in Maine!
User avatar
Vanya
The support is non-zero
 
Posts: 2340
Joined: Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:10 am

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby Woof » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:19 pm

Rex Kramer wrote:
alietr wrote:Piffle. In Arlington, VA, every street is named Glebe.


The best parts are that West Glebe is east of South Glebe and North Glebe, and South Glebe is north of East Glebe and West Glebe.


That sounds remarkably like the geography of my Alma Mater, which at the time of my attendance had four dorms:North, East, West and Marks Hall (colloquially known as South, of course). Alas, they were arranged in a square such that South was west of North and north of West. East was also south of North. :roll:
User avatar
Woof
Swimming in the Jeopardy! Pool
 
Posts: 1704
Joined: Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:53 pm

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby Paucle » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:53 pm

And among pond scum, everybody is named Mookie.
User avatar
Paucle
Trekardy! Writer
 
Posts: 3225
Joined: Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:36 pm
Location: near Albany NY

Re: Pet Intellectual Peeves

Postby econgator » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:08 pm

Paucle wrote:And among pond scum, everybody is named Mookie.


It is if you live in Boston!
User avatar
econgator
Let's Go Mets!
 
Posts: 4231
Joined: Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:32 am

PreviousNext

Return to Game Discussions

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], BobF, eboettch, Google [Bot], RandyG, Robert K S, Tigershark, Yahoo [Bot] and 18 guests