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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
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Oct 18, 2004

These days, millions of Americans spend hours in their cars every day driving to and from work, taking care of business, etc. I just read an article by Dave Barry that discusses how people spend their time in these situations.
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"Our traffic problems are getting worse, according to a recent study by the Institute of Discovering Things That Make You Go "Duh."

How bad is our traffic mess? Consider these alarming facts:

FACT: In the past year alone, commuters whose car radios were tuned to "classic rock" spent an average of 347 hours – more than two weeks – just listening to the song "Takin' Care of Business," by Bachman Turner Overdrive. The statistics are even more chilling for "Black Magic Woman."

FACT: Gridlock is so bad that as many as 15 percent of women drivers now pass the time by picking their noses. (The figure for men remains steady at 100 percent.)"


[Edited at 2004-10-18 21:14]


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Derek Gill Franßen  Identity Verified
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What CAR problems? Oct 18, 2004

Kim Metzger wrote:
These days, millions of Americans spend hours in their cars every day driving to and from work, taking care of business, etc.


It's a good thing that I don't have to worry about those things while I'm riding my BIKE to work and back (it's easier now that I live in Europe) - I only have to worry about all those 'crazy' car drivers picking their noses instead of paying attention to the road (and to the bicyclists using it too).


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Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
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What CARS and BIKES? Oct 18, 2004

Derek Gill wrote:
Kim Metzger wrote:
These days, millions of Americans spend hours in their cars every day driving to and from work, taking care of business, etc.

It's a good thing that I don't have to worry about those things while I'm riding my BIKE to work and back (it's easier now that I live in Europe)


How strange... And I just sit home, and when I go out, I mostly WALK. Of course, the fact does not mean that I fall out of the general 100% statistics for all men's favourite amusement of digging treasures from their noses...


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Terry Gilman  Identity Verified
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Tati's "Traffic" Oct 18, 2004

Kim, you (and Dave Barry) might like this film about an entourage that takes an unusual recreational vehicle to an international exhibition in Amsterdam, ca. 1970.

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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
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How do translators spend their time at the computer? Oct 19, 2004

Terry Gilman wrote:

Kim, you (and Dave Barry) might like this film about an entourage that takes an unusual recreational vehicle to an international exhibition in Amsterdam, ca. 1970.


I missed that one, Terry, but I'll see if I can locate a copy. I'm a big fan of French movies. And I admire Derek and Kirill for shunning the automobile altogether.

I wonder if a study has been done on how translators spend their time at the computer?

[Edited at 2004-10-19 19:40]


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Derek Gill Franßen  Identity Verified
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Right here... Oct 19, 2004

Kim Metzger wrote:
I wonder if a study has been done on how translators spend their time at the computer?


I know how I spend my time at the computer - answering KudoZ questions (since I found this site).


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