Ukrainian Rules

Here are some of the rules I learned from Sergey:

  1. Don’t cross over two lanes of traffic in one move: the police will give you a ticket.
  2. When you’re meeting someone, and when you’re saying good-bye, shake hands. Never shake hands across a doorway: you need to be in the same room.
  3. When visiting family for the first time, bring gifts.
  4. Vodka with vodka, beer with beer. Don’t mix them up in one meal.
  5. Always have bread with a meal.
  6. It’s okay to have borscht for breakfast.

I’m particularly fond of rules #2 and #5. I’m not sure how to follow rule #1 when turning right out of the PetroCan at University and Belvedere and heading toward the Farmers’ Market.


Dave's picture
Dave on January 10, 2012 - 14:12 Permalink

#6 is a life-changer for me.

#1 Maybe leave the parking lot via Belvedere and turn left?

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Kevin MacPhail on January 16, 2012 - 00:06 Permalink

A couple of things I learned from a Ukrainian friend of mine:

Never leave an empty wine bottle on the table, set it on the floor instead.
Never call borscht soup.



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Paul on January 17, 2012 - 15:57 Permalink

Perhaps try a different service station. Petro-Can has poor quality gasoline anyway.

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Peter Rukavina on January 17, 2012 - 21:29 Permalink

From IRAC: “In our province, most oil products are produced by the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick.”

From the Nova Scotia Government: “The Imperial Oil refinery supplies virtually 100% of the gasoline consumed in Nova Scotia. Though several major oil companies sell gasoline under their own brands (e.g., Shell, PetroCanada, Irving, Wilson and Ultramar), it is all produced at the Imperial refinery. This is made possible through product exchange agreements between the refiners. For example, Imperial provides Irving and Ultramar with product in Nova Scotia in exchange for equivalent quantities in New Brunswick and Quebec, respectively. Any differences in quantities exchanged are settled through purchases and sales using an agreed reference price.”

Don’t both of these suggest that it’s all the same gasoline in the end, and that there’s no such thing as “poor quality gasoline,” at least as regards one Island gas station vs. another.

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DerekMac on January 20, 2012 - 15:09 Permalink

As far as I know, all PEI gas comes from those big Irving tanks at the corner of Grafton and the Bypass. The only difference between the brands is a packet of additives that is added to each company’s gas delivery truck tanks when they fill up, and is mixed around by road motion. The additive packets contain proprietary magic ingredients such as gas line deicers (only in the winter), corrosion inhibitors, anitknock agents, and detergents.