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Old 02-24-2008, 05:06 AM   #21
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We eat at more Asian restaurants local and abroad ( mostly cheap ones, I might add, as well as upscale) and I have never seen anyone rub chopsticks together after breaking them apart--
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:23 AM   #22
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Welcome to DC, Chad!!! Blade Runner is casting your mind back a bit! Or is that one of your favourites?
I just happened to watch the movie the other night and noticed the chopstick rubbing and was wondering about it. I haven't seen anyone else do it.

I really enjoy Blade Runner although it is a flawed movie.

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Old 02-25-2008, 05:42 AM   #23
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Haven't seen Blade Runner for eons! Think I was a teenager and I 'drifted' a few times in it so lost the plot. Haven't been able to concentrate on it since. Will have to give it another whirl one day and hunt down the chopstick rubbing scene!!
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:30 AM   #24
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I've seen the movie about ten times over the years, starting with at the theater when I was in H.S. I really like the look of the movie.

You can't miss the chopstick scene, it is the first scene with Harrison Ford and well worth the price of renting. :)

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Old 02-25-2008, 11:40 AM   #25
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What an amazing turn this thread has taken, LOL. I have seen the movie several times as well. But maybe I should re-watch it and see if he was actually 'making' a statement by doing that...
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:52 AM   #26
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Kitchenelf is correct that rubbing chopsticks together is not proper etiquette in any type of establishment. But I see it all the time. I tell friends that if they happen to get a very splintery one, and they feel compelled to rub, do so discreetly under the table, and careful not to start a fire.
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Old 02-25-2008, 11:54 AM   #27
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And to think that I thought it was done because that's what Harrison Ford did at the noodle counter in the beginning of Blade Runner

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P.S. This is my first post, long time lurker, first time poster :)
welcome to DC, Chad.
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Old 02-25-2008, 06:44 PM   #28
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What an amazing turn this thread has taken, LOL. I have seen the movie several times as well. But maybe I should re-watch it and see if he was actually 'making' a statement by doing that...
It's hard to say. He tried to get 4 dumplings and some noodles and the guy would only sell him 2. He sat down and broke apart his chopsticks and started rubbing them together. I don't know if it was to get rid of splinters or to thumb his nose at the proprietor.

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Old 02-25-2008, 07:05 PM   #29
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Could be ignorance, or maybe it's behavior based on old info the person has. Like waving an instant Polaroid photo in the air (unnecessary and actually bad for the photo) and like shaking a can of spray paint for 15 minutes while walking around the store (unnecessary and REALLY annoying).

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Old 02-25-2008, 07:50 PM   #30
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ah, after a bit of research I understand.
It is rude in JAPAN.

Gotcha.
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