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Things I love about Canberrans!

By soapbox - 15 December 2010 23
    — Love the fact that you flash your car lights when a cop car is up ahead,

    — love it when you leave your parking voucher back in the machine when it still has time on it,

    — love it when you let me go ahead of you in the ’15 items of less’ aisle when I only have a loaf of bread,

    — love it when you open the door of the cafe when I am ladden with multiple lattes and

    — love it when you say hello when you pass me around the lake

    — hate it when you won’t stop to help me or even slow down when I am trying to stop two lost dogs from crossing a main road at 10pm at night -shame on you white Toyota ute!

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23 Responses to
Things I love about Canberrans!
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Snarky 10:53 am
15 Dec 10
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People of all races and religions in countries all over the world have offered me the same courtesies (and curses) at various times – just goes to show that no matter where you are, as a species we really are all one of a kind, eh?

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sepi 11:14 am
15 Dec 10
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It used to be uniquely Canberran to say Thank You to the bus driver as you hopped off. Does anyone still do that anymore?

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EvanJames 11:16 am
15 Dec 10
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I left a parking thing with 30 minutes on it in the machine at MacKay Gdns yesterday (dentist went fast).

I did that last week too, and then got boxed in by soem chap who left his car behind mine while he went to the ticket machine… and got the one I’d left in there. How’s that for Karma gone wrong?

People flashing to warn of those white vans is always appreciated, I must say.

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pandaman 11:49 am
15 Dec 10
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Which road was this? I only ask because I happened to be driving a white toyota ute on a main road in canberra at 10PM last night and (briefly as I cruised past at 60km/h) saw some idiot standing on the side of the road wearing dark clothing in a very poorly lit area. Didn’t see any dogs though. Didn’t feel any “speedbumps” either.

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rosscoact 11:53 am
15 Dec 10
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sepi said :

It used to be uniquely Canberran to say Thank You to the bus driver as you hopped off. Does anyone still do that anymore?

not unique, everyone ised to do it in my home town in central queensland, but yes, still do it whenever I’m forced by cruel circumstance to travel by bus

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schmeah 12:17 pm
15 Dec 10
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Who doesn’t say ‘thank you’ to the bus driver? Unless the driver is being a real grump!

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johnboy 12:20 pm
15 Dec 10
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I know I always say thank you to the driver.

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MissPeaches 1:25 pm
15 Dec 10
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I love Canberra for lots of reasons including the ones you state. And yes, when I travel by bus most people tend to say thanks to the driver.

I also greatly appreciate it when a fellow passenger gives up a seat for me, I’m obviously with chid currently.

Other reasons why I love Canberra:
– When fellow motorists see someone with a flat tyre on the side of the road and stop to help
– Seeing business people take a homeless/down on their luck individual to subway/oporto etc and buying them a meal
– The Big Issue vendors who try to strike up conversation with you and its not even to angle a sale, just being friendly.

There are so many things to love about this place, it’s just hard to remember them off the top of your head.

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dsblue55 1:30 pm
15 Dec 10
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dsblue55 said :

rosscoact (Rioter) 11:53, 15 Dec 10

sepi said :

It used to be uniquely Canberran to say Thank You to the bus driver as you hopped off. Does anyone still do that anymore?

not unique, everyone ised to do it in my home town in central queensland, but yes, still do it whenever I’m forced by cruel circumstance to travel by bus.

Agreed, I came from Wollongong and have always done this.

I’d be interested to see a survey that shows who does and who doesn’t noting which cities/towns they are from.

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Leinna 1:38 pm
15 Dec 10
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Wait… who catches a bus?

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Grail 1:55 pm
15 Dec 10
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Leinna said :

Wait… who catches a bus?

Those of us who prefer to let someone else do the driving :)

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georgesgenitals 1:55 pm
15 Dec 10
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I’ve been on buses in several different parts of the world, and people almost always thank the driver. Why wouldn’t you?

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Amanda Hugankis 2:04 pm
15 Dec 10
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I say thankyou to the bus driver – they have to put up with screaming babies and dirtbag teen kiddies giving them jip.

I love;
-the birds, especially my hilarious magpie friends, parrots of all varieties, and blue wrens and their harem of girlfriends
– the trees turning in autumn
– the Brindabellas cradling one side of our city
– the generally quiet roads at night
– fog and cold in winter
– our green spaces
– the bunnies of Duntroon
– fresh apples from Pialligo
– the multicultural festival

My list of hates seem to be centred around the road, carparks and malls. I don’t think there is anymore to say other than – KEEP TO THE LEFT AND DON’T HOLD FAMILY REUNIONS IN THE WALKWAYS.

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davecdp 2:08 pm
15 Dec 10
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A few more good things than i can think of:

People walking past your house knock on your door if you left your car lights on

People apologise when you walk around a blind corner of a building and have to move aside

Short people always ask me to reach items off the high shelves at the supermarket

One time 2 people pulled over to help when my motorbike ran out of fuel while i was waiting for a friend

We seem to get all excited if someone asks for some directions

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clp 2:19 pm
15 Dec 10
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Used to thank the bus driver in Sydney as well but its more noticeable here as (a) you exit from the door near the driver and not the middle door (still can’t work that one out) and (b) there is hardly anyone on the bus so they can hear you.

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