I’ve been in Sweden six months, half a year. Almost September now, a good time to review. I have made minor progress, have a doctor,
and a dentist, (more about health care later).
Driving is still a challenge. I’m okay, but not really comfortable. I
can find my way home from downtown, go the mall and supermarket. The
roundabouts still feel like concrete roulette wheels, with my car
playing the part of a ball. But I am patient, willing to wait, or even
miss a chance or two to enter. I’m feeling more confident and have even
inquired about taking the driver’s test. See photo below.
books: You and I in Traffic, Road Signs & Road Markers, Road Sign
Summery (Test), Guide on the Road (Practice Assignments), Home
Assignments, Engines Test, and last but not least, Study Nerd (300
pages). The mind boggles, but my Stateside license is good for a year. I
Doing The Math:
Even the time is different here. They’re using military time, like
airports. It makes sense, but still . . . so different. Movie starts at
19:30. Damn. What’s 19:30? Subtract twelve. Not hard to figure out, but
not reflexive. Have to do the damn subtraction. I want it to be simply
7:30. You don’t need to tell me if it’s dark or daybreak. I’m an analog man in a digital world.
The Metric system is another change. Not bad to work with, but still
unfamiliar. I still have to covert kilometers to miles in order to get a
feel for distance. I keep forgetting if a meter is more or less than a
I know twenty degrees Celsius is above freezing, but that’s about it. I almost
remember the formula for conversion. Is it 5/9 × C + 32, or 9/5 × C =
32? I used to teach this to my high school students . . . years ago.
When you don’t use it, you lose it. Easier to go outside than do the
math. It’s nice today, sun shining, 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Best summer
in many years they say. Global warming?