Alex Bodnar: Goshanother way to say “god” that is acceptable for polite conversation. It is not always considered acceptable to mention religion in an interjection (0:00) it’s really difficult to watch a video like that, isn’t itAt speed, 'isn't it' is pronounced, 'IZINIT'. The middle 'T' sound is dropped.(0:03)?
José Cruz: I I I, I don’t often become lost for words, but that, the way that that video just saw those two cars crashing was scarier than just about any sort of way that Hollywood can make it in its fake way of trying to make crashes more exciting. It was super real.
Alex: Yes, Yes it was very real. Yes, it was scarier than watching a movie that’s for sure.
José: Um do you, uh admit it, do you touch (uh-huh) your phone while you drive?
Alex: Yes. I do, I do.
José: I’ll- I’ll admit it. I do too.
José: And um. I I- I swear, I I, you see something like that and itpronounced, “EHNIT“. (0:49) makes you go, “holy cowa milder way to say “holy shit” in polite conversation. (0:50)!” And it- you, you kind of promise to yourself you’ll never do that again after seeing something like that.
Alex: Yeah yeah. I think I think we all make uh excuses, you know, ”it won’t happen to me”, or, “there’s nothing going on around me”. You know uh. Uh the video that we saw there, Uh that’s, I’m familiar with those kinds ofpronounced, “KAINZA“. (1:12) roads in Canada. You know, because“because” Alex says this word very quietly. (1:15) you can drive for a long time on an open flat road and see nothing.
José: Right. Right. (you know) Right. Uh that, there’s um- there’s a road like that from, I think it’s from Toronto to Peterborough. Beautiful (uh-huh) road. (Mm-hmm) I forget the number, or the name of the road. Beautiful road, but, beautiful winding curvy road, (mm-hmm) like out of a movie, and lights, I’m sorry*, or no lights, for hours and hours. Anyway, uh just back to the distracted driving.
José: Um, what you mentioned before about how people think that it will never happen to them, there’s almost like um, a psychological name for that. It’s called the, um the “better-than-average” syndrome.
Alex: “Better-than-average” syndrome?
José: I don’t knowAt speed, 'don't know' is pronounced, 'DOHNO', or 'DUNNO'. (1:57) if that’s the exact name, but that’s the effect. (Uh-huh) Basically most people have this idea (yeah) that they are better than the average person (ah right) when it comes everything.
Alex: The other person’s an idiot, right?
José: Right, right. That’s why you get the idea that it’ll never happen to me because I’m such a careful driver.
Alex: Ah right.
José: “Oh and you know, It’s- I only do it when there’s nobody around me.” And that’s exactly what’s going through my head right now. (Mm-hmm) AndI, and I do touch my phone. But at the same time I try to guard against that and, (yeah) the way I have my phone right now is that… in Japan, the legal lawJosé didn't need to say both 'legal and 'law'. Just 'law' would have been enough. (2:32) says you are not allowed to physically touch the phone while your- while the car is moving.
José: Even if you’re driving but the car is parked, you can touch your phone.
Alex: Huh? If the car is parked you can, or can’t Alex got confused at what José was saying because of the way José pronounced it. (2:46)?
José: You can touch the phone. You are, you are allowed to touch the phone. If the car is parked, if the car is stopped, as long as the car’s not moving.
Alex: Well I, I I don’t, I don’t touch my phone when the car is moving. If I come up to a red light, then uh, I may change a setting, right, because uh, I play music off my iPod.
José: Ah, me too, me too.
Do you ever use your phone when you know you shouldn’t?
Have you ever seen one of your friends try to do something on their phone while driving? How did that make you feel?
Alex and Jose had just finished watching a youtube video (link below) just before this conversation began.
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José Domingo Cruz
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