=> I realized then, that he eats steak like that -- cutting => the meat with => the knife in the right => -- transferring the fork to the right, then picking up the => meat with it, => and eating it. We encountered the same thing while in Ireland. My wife, Shell, has impeccable table manners, while mine are slightly less refined. (city girl + country boy) However, we were both raised to hold the fork in the left, cut with the right, put down the knife, move the fork to the right, and eat. It's just the way we've always done it. There we were at breakfast with the other B&B lodgers, all of whom were on holiday from other parts of Ireland. Shell was the first to do the ol' switcheroo and as she continued cutting/switching/eating, I noticed that the others were staring at her in amazement. She finally looked around and uttered an innocent, "What??" Smiling warmly, one of the lodgers said, "Do you know what we call that in Ireland?" "Call what?" Shell had no idea what they were talking about. "Switching your utensils around. Do you know what we call that?" "No what?" said Shell, now intrigued. "Chicken picking." We all had a good laugh at that one. Luckily, Shell wasn't the least bit offended or embarrassed. The others went on to comment that doing that was "just too much work" and "why not just EAT?!" Makes perfect sense, right? I got to thinking shortly after that is IS too much work. And too much of a risk of dropping utensils during that complex maneuver. So, gradually (as not to alarm my wife's more refined gentile Southern family) I've switched. Alan ---------------------------------------- My Inbox is protected by SPAMfighter 5883 spam mails have been blocked so far. Download free www.spamfighter.com today!