As a person who grew up under the American Standard Measurement system, I have a SUPER hard time with the metric system. I can cook in Centigrade, I can drive in Kilometers per hour and I can tell you how hot or cold it is in both F AND C! But that is just about the extent of my abilities.
I cannot understand that the wind is blowing "10 meters per second" because where I come from we measure wind in MILES PER HOUR.
Where I come from we measure newborn babies by pounds and ounces; for example Jess weighed 10lbs and 5oz when she was born and I can visualize what that looks like. Tell me that your friend just had a baby that weighs 3500 grams, I have this picture of a GIANT newborn... because grams just don't make sense to me!
And the other day I was buying a baby gift and all the clothes were sizes such as 52 and 84 and I was thinking "WTH?!".... Because ... where I come from (are you seeing a pattern here...) we have baby clothes by months. 0-3 months, 3-6 months, etc... Makes sense to me!
If I could figure out the connection between kilograms and pounds, I know I would like Kilos better because the number is SMALLER! But again, it just does not make sense.
For 38 years, I used ONE SYSTEM, except for those 6 weeks in the FOURTH GRADE when we learned about metrics, so to switch over now is NOT SIMPLE.
And honestly I have no idea why America does not use the Metric system.... since just about the entire world does! I love that we are unique and "American", but this is one time we do a disservice to our people! So because my world is such a mixed up glob of American Standard Measurement and Metrics, I have created a new way of measurement. Forget inches and centimeters... Just look and your next receipt from Wal-mart and use its length to determine how much money you spent. See my most recent one from April's trip to the US... It is about 2 Converses long.. which is right about $500... Simple, don't you think?
Ok of course, this idea is nuts. We cannot measure expenses by the length of the receipt... but when you think about it, wasn't the idea of determining an entire system based on the length of a king's foot just as silly, knowing that his predecessor might be much smaller or much bigger.... But hey, that idea stuck years ago, so maybe mine will too!
But regardless of the acceptance (or lack) of my creativity, I want to vote that the US begins the switch over to the metrics..... It's never too late and that way any future American girls who marry Danish boys will be READY to start their new lives in Denmark!