Though I don't often put gloves in mine. Let's see, I have--ice scraper, screwdriver, flashlight, some maps. From my youth I seem to recall people getting the bottle opener out of it. First aid kit maybe.
I still carry a map in my car, all be it, an old, torn and missing pages map. But it is there for good intentions. I have a GPS but never use it! It annoys me and takes just a long to start up and find my location, than actually following road signs. So I don't use it.
I think I'm lucky in having some sort of photographic memory. I will look at the way on google maps and (eventually) find my where to where I am going
When I think about it, I don't use maps much until I get lost, so the maps I have are mostly from the previous century. Haven't felt that a GPS was necessary enough to shell out the bucks for. I usually drive in familiar places and if I don't know where I'm going get on Yahoo first.
On Sunday we went to church fasting, then came home and ate a big 'dinner'. In the evening 'supper' consisted of something like an omelet. But, yes, 'dinner' meant 'big meal of the day', and was in the evening every day except Sunday.
This was in North Carolina and Virginia, 1940's and 50's.
I grew up calling it "the front room" at one grandma's house, and "the living room" at the other's. And don't even get us started on the lunch, dinner, and supper thing.*rolls eyes* "The den" was always Dad's hide-out away from the living room and kitchen, but was sometimes shared with us.
I'm beginning to feel alone calling it the "front room" here in Indy. I must train myself to call it the living room. But this is kind of like saying "ice box" or "refrigerator" , although, of course, there is historical precedence and accuracy to say ice box. We still call it that, though, even though that term was no longer accurate even when I was born, almost 62 years ago.
Maps, atlas, and state gazeteer for every vehicle! =)
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Dad's sister gave me the Christmas gift GPS unit so I could teach my Mom to use it in case of emergency on trips with Dad. We tried it out on a longer day-trip, but it will never completely replace our paper maps. The GPS searches take too long, and are not always accurate, so I'll stick with Google Maps pre-trip when possible. Plus, we can be pretty impulsive travelers, so being able to see the big picture to compare routes is essential.
Since we built the family room, we're not in the living room as often...
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but the piano is in there (which I play at playing) and there is a TV in there, which, when the grandkids are here is great for anyone who doesn't want to watch what others are watching.
When we have someone in the house who is not family or friends, they are met in the living room (front room to the front door) and stay in there so we don't have to hurriedly tidy the family room. It's really where we relax and live, cause it's bigger and much less formal.
I actually really like being able to visit with people while I'm cooking rather than being isolated. It's especially nice when we have company. They can visit with me while I'm cooking without having to feel underfoot. Also, I love the flow of light in the rooms that are the kitchen/dining area, and that would be completely shut down if there were a wall in between.
Also, unless I'm cooking cabbage or sardines, I enjoy it when the house smells like the food I'm cooking. I find it welcoming and comforting.
I think we are kind of lazy! If we were going to call it anything, it would be the living room (that's what we called it growing up in Western WA). But since we spend most of our time in either the kitchen/dining space or the main living space, we refer to it mostly as "this room" or "the other room." Sometimes, it's "the main room" or just "downstairs," if we are upstairs.