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Old June 25th, 2012, 02:39 PM   #14441
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Old June 25th, 2012, 03:17 PM   #14442
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I never drive with two hands. How the hell can I drive with two hands, when I got my phone in one hand, a hamburger in the other, a newspaper on my lap and a bottle of coke between my legs...
A common amateur mistake. The newspaper must be held with your elbows against the wheel; the lap is reserved for the ***** sitting there
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Old June 25th, 2012, 03:47 PM   #14443
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I do that all the time....
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I was told by French police one should not eat while driving
See, I read a book a few years ago (The Fat Fallacy).... One of these you-can-eat-like-the-French-do-and-not-gain-weight books, by an American who'd spent a couple of years in Lyon, eaten what he wanted, never gone to a gym, lost weight, had his cholesterol go off the good end of the charts, yadda yadda. Part of his thing is taking your time eating (so the I'm-full signal reaches your brain on time).... He claims, and I quote, "there are no cup-holders in French cars." The French always sit down to eat and spend two hours on every meal, supposedly. Which would be nice, but one doesn't always have the time.

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Old June 25th, 2012, 03:49 PM   #14444
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Old June 25th, 2012, 03:53 PM   #14445
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See, I read a book a few years ago (The Fat Fallacy).... One of these you-can-eat-like-the-French-do-and-not-gain-weight books, by an American who'd spent a couple of years in Lyon, ate what he wanted, never went to a gym, lost weight, had his cholesterol go off the good end of the charts, yadda yadda. Part of his thing is taking your time eating (so the I'm-full signal reaches your brain on time).... He claims, and I quote, "there are no cup-holders in French cars." The French always sit down to eat and spend two hours on every meal, supposedly. Which would be nice, but one doesn't always have the time.
Hmmm. I love French road snacks, and I eat them behind the wheel, like any Frenchmen. I got told off by a UK copper once for eating a blueberry muffin behind the wheel. And he started this using both hands at he wheel bullshit on me... But as far as I am aware, there is no law against only using one hand. And if there was, I wouldn't obey anyway...
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Old June 25th, 2012, 03:53 PM   #14446
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Don't you take a break in order to rest? . I guess you have a rest from driving while eating or visiting a bathroom at the rest area??....
I keep seeing people talking about resting and then buying gas (or vice versa), and - as a native speaker [ahem] - I keep imagining them actually taking a nap (a brief sleep) in the back seat or something. For relaxing without sleeping - not just stopping to go to the bathroom but then sitting down, even for five minutes, and doing nothing - I'd say "take a break," but "rest" would work too. Stopping just to buy food or use the bathroom, then getting right back on the road, is not resting.
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Old June 25th, 2012, 03:53 PM   #14447
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See, I read a book a few years ago (The Fat Fallacy).... One of these you-can-eat-like-the-French-do-and-not-gain-weight books, by an American who'd spent a couple of years in Lyon, ate what he wanted, never went to a gym, lost weight, had his cholesterol go off the good end of the charts, yadda yadda. Part of his thing is taking your time eating (so the I'm-full signal reaches your brain on time).... He claims, and I quote, "there are no cup-holders in French cars." The French always sit down to eat and spend two hours on every meal, supposedly. Which would be nice, but one doesn't always have the time.
That's true. The body needs some time to acknowledge satiety, that's why they always say "stop eating when you're still not full", because satiety neural impulse comes some time after. Eating properly (sat at a table, slowly, ecc) helps to make this neural impluse come at the right time.
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Old June 25th, 2012, 03:55 PM   #14448
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Part of his thing is taking your time eating (so the I'm-full signal reaches your brain on time).... He claims, and I quote, "there are no cup-holders in French cars." The French always sit down to eat and spend two hours on every meal, supposedly. Which would be nice, but one doesn't always have the time.
Thta's true and it's good they are doing it like this.
We had an Indian guy who works and lives in USA for a while now in Timisoara, actually he was the head of our groups in Conti worldwide, and he was amazed by how the French really take a break at lunch, eat slow, drink a glass of wine. For him, with the American mentality, this was time loss, he usually got something to eat from the cafeteria and ate it at his desk in less then 10 minutes,

Can't say much better about Germans here. Most eat in a hurry, and also eat a lot, portions are big, for me almost to big. And I remember a colleague from Romania who was in Regensburg and a German guy told him that the break is only 45 minutes, he should not spend more, and he was shocked, like "dude let me eat my meal as fast as I want, and relax".
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Right. But I take it the idea that a Frenchman would never dream of eating at the wheel is bullshit.

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Old June 25th, 2012, 03:58 PM   #14450
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Thta's true and it's good they are doing it like this.
We had an Indian guy who works and lives in USA for a while now in Timisoara, actually he was the head of our groups in Conti worldwide, and he was amazed by how the French really take a break at lunch, eat slow, drink a glass of wine. For him, with the American mentality, this was time loss, he usually got something to eat from the cafeteria and ate it at his desk in less then 10 minutes,

Can't say much better about Germans here. Most eat in a hurry, and also eat a lot, portions are big, for me almost to big. And I remember a colleague from Romania who was in Regensburg and a German guy told him that the break is only 45 minutes, he should not spend more, and he was shocked, like "dude let me eat my meal as fast as I want, and relax".
I take my time when I'm at home or at work. My mother's often remarked I'm a slow eater.
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Old June 25th, 2012, 03:58 PM   #14451
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Right. But I take it the idea that a Frenchman would never dream of eating at the wheel is bullshit.
Probably. But I suspect that the fraction of Frenchmen (or Italians, FWIW) that eat while driving is way lower than that of Americans or Englishmen.
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Old June 25th, 2012, 03:59 PM   #14452
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Old June 25th, 2012, 04:00 PM   #14453
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For me it's not so comfortable to eat or drink while driving. But I do take small snacks. My "copilot" helps me, if it's a banana, or some chips. And also opens the bottle of water/soda and gives it to me.
If I want to eat properly, I stop, and eat a sandwich or whatever and also make quick break.

I'm a slow eater too, and don't care about what others think.
If they don't want to wait for me they can go.

I hated my previous team leader at lunch.
He ate very fast. And he always talked only about the shit work at lunch.
I was always like "let me enjoy my meal and relax from that shit at least in my break".

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Old June 25th, 2012, 04:01 PM   #14454
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No tech. It's magic.

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Old June 25th, 2012, 04:51 PM   #14455
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I never drive with two hands. How the hell can I drive with two hands, when I got my phone in one hand, a hamburger in the other, a newspaper on my lap and a bottle of coke between my legs...
And laptop for watching movies on the go? It should be included, many truckers do that.
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I keep seeing people talking about resting and then buying gas (or vice versa), and - as a native speaker [ahem] - I keep imagining them actually taking a nap (a brief sleep) in the back seat or something. For relaxing without sleeping - not just stopping to go to the bathroom but then sitting down, even for five minutes, and doing nothing - I'd say "take a break," but "rest" would work too. Stopping just to buy food or use the bathroom, then getting right back on the road, is not resting.
Its funny that restroom is euphemism for the room where you take a "rest"... but actually do we take a "rest" there?
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Do you take a bath in the bathroom?
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If the bathroom has a bathtub, why not?
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Do you take a bath in the bathroom?
I take my baths in the bathroom. I guess american would say in the bath. When I have to... I wouldnt use the restroom nor the bathroom but just simply the toilet though some american could think that I am not that polite. Anyway, the original in French is already euphemism of its own. Using the word bathroom for that place is to me not quite that pleasent because I dont like having these two accesories in the same room.

Anyway, the resting feeling comes to me from the fact that when you are driving for hours then buying a sandwich in my eyes is actually having a rest.

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I take my baths in the bathroom. I guess american would say in the bath. When I have to... I wouldnt use the restroom nor the bathroom but just simply the toilet though some american could think that I am not that polite. Anyway, the original in French is already euphemism of its own. Using the word bathroom for that place is to me not quite that pleasent because I dont like having these two accesories in the same room.

Anyway, the resting feeling comes to me from the fact that when you are driving for hours then buying a sandwitch in my eyes is actually having a rest.
I wouldn't. To me, it's a bathroom, whether it's the room in your house that has a toilet and a bathtub or the room at a highway rest area (or in a restaurant or whatever) that has one or more toilets. (The toilet is the actual, um, bit of furniture. Using the word "toilet" or "toilets" for the room seems British to me.) To "go to the bathroom" is to, um, use the toilet. Wherever it is. The large basin-type-thing-with-a-drain that you take baths in is a bathtub. "Restroom" seems like an unnecessary euphemism that I never actually use.

In Canada, such rooms are called "washrooms."
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