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    Default Is holding a drink everywhere you go an American thing?

    I'm beginning to wonder because every damn pic I see one of these celebs has a friggin' drink in their hand. Now I live in a city where coffee is something of a religion and you can walk down any busy street withtout seeing anyone clutching a coffee, pop, whatever, unless they're in a restaurant or coffee place or scuttling back to the office.

    I noticed that Americans tend to eat a lot more on the street than Canadians, but this drink thing has me perplexed. It's old-fashioned I know, but as a child I was taught it was bad manners to eat on the street, and especially bad manners to eat, drink and walk at the same time. Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Is holding a drink everywhere you go an American thing?

    i do it, most of my friends do it. it might be a newer generation thing. we just stop in the coffee shop and head back out.

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    Default Re: Is holding a drink everywhere you go an American thing?

    But I don't see young people doing it that much in Vancouver so....

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    Default Re: Is holding a drink everywhere you go an American thing?

    it might be a toronto thing as well *shrug*

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    Yeah, all the younger (25 and under) people I know do it all the time. I don't see older people doing it. I don't know, I never really thought about it. I see people with bottled water a lot, too, not just coffee or soda.

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    Default Re: Is holding a drink everywhere you go an American thing?

    I presume it's illegal to carry open booze down the street there. It isn't in Japan, and it might not be here.

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    Default Re: Is holding a drink everywhere you go an American thing?

    we're talking coffee and liquids, not booze ourmanin lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by pacific breeze
    It's old-fashioned I know, but as a child I was taught it was bad manners to eat on the street, and especially bad manners to eat, drink and walk at the same time. Any ideas?
    I was also taught that way. When I was growing up, it was almost a taboo (largely cultural for me though). The only place that you could eat/drink and walk at the same time were like at festivals/carnivals where there are street venders.
    Most ppl here in downtown Van sit and sip on their drinks, they hang out and chill with their friends at cafes, maybe cuz there isn't anywhere else to go for fun or in a hurry.

    I presume it's illegal to carry open booze down the street there. It isn't in Japan, and it might not be here.
    It is legal to drink in public in Japan but most ppl sit down I think (e.g. in the train, park benches, Hanami/O-hanami under the cherry trees etc) unless they are really drunk and keep on drinking while walking

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    I see people with bottled water occasionally. I guess I just find it more relaxing to sit down and drink my beverages. But maybe I can't walk and drink at the same time!

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    Default Re: Is holding a drink everywhere you go an American thing?

    For some unknown reason, my teeny-tiny 50-something mother can't? won't? go anywhere without a quart size to go cup full of horrible instant diet tea.

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    I saw people on some televised funeral recently (can't remember who, but it was in a cathedral), and women were carrying bottled water. So tacky. Can't people go an hour or two without swigging some beverage?

    I was also taught that it was vulgar to eat, drink, or smoke while walking on the street. It's ok to sit and do it.

    This is a stupid pet peeve, but I HATE to see people sip out of those stupid holes on the coffee cup lids. They contort their lips around them and make stupid sucking faces and sounds like they're at someone's nipple. I'm always shocked when someone does this in a professional meeting. It's really disgusting. I'd rather see people pick their noses and eat the boogers. Really.

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    Are you sure there isn't vodka in that tea?

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    Default Re: Is holding a drink everywhere you go an American thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by pacific breeze
    Are you sure there isn't vodka in that tea?
    Ya know, I think you're joking, but you may be on to something there... It would explain a LOT.

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    I AM joking, but ya never know....

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    I can see thinking that someone walking down the street eating a big mac would be gross, but I've never heard of it being taboo to be seen drinking from a fountain cup or water bottle while you're out and about.

    I take a bottle of water with me most everywhere. I hate going somewhere and running out. I don't know if I'm thirstier than most, or just keep myself hydrated more. I always have a bottle at my desk.

    I also have good skin, so I'll keep it up.

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