Tag: Back in my day (page 2 of 2)

Shoe Sizes

Canadian shoe sizes have changed.

All my adult life, I’ve taken a size 11. Size 11 in oxfords by a top Canadian maker (nolonger in business); size 11 in military oxfords (issued to me for use with a Pipe Band); size 11 in sports shoes (cleats for various sports; runners, walkers, trainers, etc); size 11 for work boots.

Recently, over a somewhat poorly remembered time period, because shoes last and I’m not chasing fashion anymore, things have changed. A size 11 seems OK until it’s been walked in for a while then it’s a bit too small.

I finally noticed that what is advertised in big print as an 11 is an “11 US”; a 10 ½ UK and 45 European. I went on line to check this out and found that the listing for Canadian size is now the same as the US.

Incidently size 11 UK which used to be the convention we followed. Who decided that our shoe sizes were to shrink to the US sizing and that produce advertising etc. should use this smaller size?

When we are celebrating the War of 1812 (where our winning part was to stay out of the United States) why are we cow-towing by giving up our shoe sizes and adopting the US? It isn’t the Free Trade agreement as Mexico uses an entirely different sizing system.

When a change is made, lets make the full change. Somewhere there has to be a shoe sizing convention that is based on the SI system of measurement. If we are to make a change:

1. Don’t ape the US
2. Don’t adopt a convention that has same numbers for something we learned as a different size
3. Make a real change. Find a sizing convention that is rational, means something other than an arbitrary number and is hopefully based on actual length (hopefully in SI units).

The Plaidneck

Why do we hear about the start of school adnauseam?

It’s now September. All the media are harping on the return to school.

Summer’s over, vacation is over, the fun ends, time to get back to work.

I was in the “transportation” business. The organization I worked for did not take Summer off. We built, repaired, restored and maintained. This work started pretty well as soon as the frost was out of the ground and will continue until pavement temperature is too low for asphalt to stick.

I will admit to being a CBC listener, but I’ve never had Burkenstocks, rarely eat granola and am not a leftist leaning pinko. However, CBC radio (I get TV over the air; their TV signal doesn’t reach here), CTV news and local press have been going on and on about getting back to school and getting back to real work.

Is it because the chattering class has really done nothing but go to school (or worked in an environment that apes school).

Think about it. Journalism is now taught in school. There is little evidence of the up through the ranks reporter. Those days are over. The prospective journalist now attends elementary, secondary school and either college or university. They all operate on the Fall, Winter, Spring model. Tasks are listen, do assignments and take the summer off. Work becomes listen, do assignments (write, produce, report) and when summer comes take vacation or cover people vacationing.

If the work of those of us keeping things going gets any publicity, it’s for the inconvenience presented to vacationing traffic.

Professional Engineers have a ceremony that taps into a poem by Rudyard Kipling. The Poem is “the Sons of Martha” (see ). I’ve always liked the first and last verses.

There is more to life than school. It’s OK to report it, but please, some balance. There are lots other things/events going on.

The Plaidneck


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