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Saturday, February 28, 2009

London vs. New York, Round 2

Topic: Trash cans / rubbish bins

OK, London, you went up in round one, and probably got all cocky, but answer me this: Where the heck are all of your rubbish bins? Man, if I blow my nose in a pub in London and the toilet stall is occupied, there's just nowhere else to put the snot-filled rag in my hand. (Don't tell me to hand it to the bartender -- that's disgusting!) And the train stations would prefer to have three or four people constantly roaming around picking up after everyone then put out a few rubbish bins.

After Round Two: London 1 New York 1

11 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:58 PM

    There are no rubbish bins at London airports. Its too easy to toss a bomb into a rubbish bin and then walk away and then let it explode with a timer.. the US needs to become this careful.

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  2. Sidney7:22 AM

    Use your shirt sleeve. It's ecologically sound, and your snot doesn't stink, does it?

    (P.S. How are the hotel recs coming?)

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  3. In the NYC subway system a snot rag is optional. On many occasions I witnessed people leaning over the tracks from the platform, applying pressure with a finger to one nostril, and blowing onto the tracks below. It was more common to obseve the track area used as a spittoon. Notwithstanding easy access to trash bins, there was no shortage of garbage on the NYC platforms and tracks.

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  4. You're staying on the couch, Sid baby.

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  5. "There are no rubbish bins at London airports. Its too easy to toss a bomb into a rubbish bin and then walk away and then let it explode with a timer."

    OK -- except, couldn't you do that with the rubbish bin the maintenance worker is walking around with? They've never asked me to see what was in the bag I was throwing away.

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  6. Post 9/11, they've also cut down on the number of trash receptables on train/subway platforms here in Tokyo, which is too bad, as there are practically zero trash receptacles on the streets.

    But as a compensation, the ubiquitous convenience stores are required to have trash/recycle bins outside, open to all comers, and each beverage vending machine has to have a recycle bin (intended/slotted to take only cans and bottles). So one never needs to carry trash too far.

    However, blowing one's nose in public! It's okay to lose one's lunch on a train platform or in a car after a night carousing. but one NEVER blows their nose in public. Dabbing it with tissues, sniffling or just letting it run (until you can find a restroom or a spot with no one about) are all more acceptable.

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  7. Sidney4:24 PM

    Would it be possible to use the couch for a day or two before the Colloquium? I don't want to suffer from jet lag, and have planned to fly in early.

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  8. Wabulon stayed for four weeks his last visit, Sidney. Just let me know what day you arrive.

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