April 27, 2005

*Ask Jen: The French Kiss Edition

Shank writes: "Now that France has a really awesome bridge, have they redeemed themselves from centuries of loserdom?"

Umm, no. Simply because I think most people don't know anything about the bridge. And by "people" I mean "Americans". Plus the French women are all skinny while eating chocolate and croissants and I'm bitter.

Shank also writes: "Sex - how much is too much?"

When it begins to interfere with your presidential duties.

Posted by Jennifer at April 27, 2005 08:00 AM


They eat rich dark chocolate in small amounts, not a mars bar and a packet of M&Ms, and one good croissant, not five McMuffins.
That's the secret.

Posted by: Monjo at April 27, 2005 10:24 AM

The French, and pretty much all of Europe, engage, moment to moment, in more physical activity than Americans.

Climbing stairs is a daily routine since the first floor is one floor up and elevators (lifts) are not common in the ancient buildings. Here in the US, the first floor is the European ground floor.

Walking, rather than driving, in France is the norm. Bicycles are not a childrens toy, but often the primary transport.

There is little need for stationary bicycles, treadmills, and stair climbing exercise equipment, in France; the activity of daily living is the 'Bally's Fitness Center'.

We have created the fitness equipment to substitute for real life and still we get fat. Thirty to sixty minutes on all of our machines cannot substitute for the real thing.

Posted by: Indigo Red at April 28, 2005 06:24 PM