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by Abigail Van Buren

Cell Phones in Cars Add to Arsenal of Distraction

DEAR ABBY: I won a gift certificate for two free dinners at a very nice restaurant. If I call another couple to join us for dinner, should I be expected to share the certificate with them -- or do I explain that my wife and I will be eating for free because of the certificate and they will pay for their own dinner? -- JOSEPH F. IN SHERMAN OAKS, CALIF.

DEAR JOSEPH F.: It would be far more diplomatic if you and your wife went alone to the restaurant and enjoyed your windfall, rather than pulling out your certificate for two freebies while your friends present cash or their credit card.