|18 Dec 2004 - Statement of Intent
I decided to start my first Blog with a little flash. This way of posting a DATE for example is easily understood by my compatriots in North America.
This is miltary style dating, and Europeans can understand this also. It can not be confused with standard American format or the European format.
An American would never write about something like this. Just look at how much space this explanation is taking up.
He would just do it like always and not care what anybody else thought. Since I am in Europe, I must spell everything out in detail, and I must be mindful about the feelings of others.
Many Europeans speak, read and write English (British) and two or three other languages. Most Americans could care less about the rest of the world, and speak their language only.
Europeans write the day first, then the month.
Todays date in European formait would be 18.12.2004. Americans write the month first and 12,18, 2004 would be used. Also, Americans use commas in their dating, Europeans use periods.
Military dating uses no commas or periods, and the month is abbreviated. It is to the point. This way no nationality is offended by using the wrong format.
Also there is an average of a 7-9 hour difference between America and Europe. In many cases while I am writing in one Time over here, it could be a totally different Time where you are over there.
So I will be writing in my time over here, which is also your time over there, but a different time for both of us.
Since I hope people from both worlds look at my work, it seems military dating is appropriate. This way everybody will know what time it is, and we can get started without too much confusion.
You see in Europe everything must conform to certain rules and regulations, perhaps more so than in America. There is more red tape over here.
Now in Europe there is HOPE. Europeans are being forced to be flexible. Daily, because of economic conditions and the changing political climate, new rules are made, old rules are changed and what was once IN yesterday, is now OUT today.
In the USA things are now becoming less flexible, and rules and regulations are becoming more rigid; mostly because of security concerns. I believe Americans will soon catch up with Europeans and have more red tape and be less flexible.
Also, I arrived in Europe over four years ago, but I only just discovered Blogging a few days ago. I have decided to go forward day by day, while also going back. This way nobody will be left behind as I am trying to go forward.
Lastly, I thought it over. I am American. Forget all this red tape. I am me. I will not buck the system that is already here in place. Its an American system. So screw it.
Saturday, December 18, 2004
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