Waze is a Smart Phone app that utilizes the location and direction and driving velocity of its users to assist all other users in picking the best route from point A to B. But this is not a Pulp extolling the virtues of Waze. Just go get it, 'nough said.
No, an A320 did not land on Eglington Ave this morning. The drive was fairly non eventful. But Waze did direct me to an alternate route actually heading south for a bit before resuming a general North-East heading using the highway. I am generally unaware what it was navigating me around although to satisfy my own curiosity I did check the arrival boards at the air, and none said gate: Eglington Ave.
This got me thinking this morning.. Canada is a Metric measure country, as is just about every country on the planet other than Burma, Liberia and the Good Ol' USA. But we didn't finish the job. In 1970 when I was in grade school, then PM Pierre Trudeau passed legislation to convert us to Metric. 10 years later, when US pres Ronny 'Ray Gunz' Reagan reaffirmed that the US would stay Imperial, then PM Brian 'Irish Eyes' Mulroney halted the Canadian effort. Actually that is not quite right, since it was already a law to convert to Metric, Reagan simply cut all funding to the process as did Mulroney. So technically the US and Canada are still in the process of converting, there is simply no progress.
As I mentioned, I was in grade school when Canada changed from Imperial to Metric and I must say it was with huge relief. With Metric one must only remember a few things.. for all practical purposes micro (1/1,000,000), milli, centi, deci, 1, deka, hecto, kilo, mega (1,000,000) and then a few base measure systems that are interrelated using water, meter, litre, gram and one heat scale based on water state changes. Simple. Whereas with the Imperial in order to successfully drive a car one must consider how many Sheep Heads of fuel are consumed per Furlong of travel and what time of year you need to convert from Sheep Heads to Rusty Gates squared.
Folks, you are one of a very select set of people on this planet that know this number and how it's calculated :)