(Part 1 in a series)
Now if you follow me (thank you very much!), you probably glanced at that headline and thought it was along the lines of "Let's take a scroll down Magnolia Avenue and pick up women who have no teeth". This is just me thinking like a newspaper editor. We have to attract readers somehow. (Forgive me if this has any typos as I'm trying to watch the SEC Championship Game. May the best team win!)
Anyways, at times I can get increasingly annoyed at how inconsiderate people can be these days be it men or women. Basically a lack of etiquette. I suppose it has always been like this to a certain extent. But even more so now. Or maybe social graces and good taste went out the window along with greeting a lady by kissing her on the hand. It is a bit old fashioned, but still illustrates the point. Of course, this is interpreted as being sexual today, so you would be inviting a sexual harassment lawsuit.
In the military, they are trained to say "Yes, Sir!", and "Thank you, mam!", clean, iron and hang their clothes and show up on time if not a little bit early.
To illustrate several examples of etiquette, I will use two examples I used recently. Just this past week, a woman with a toddler in her arms was getting a shopping cart. She pulled it into the store and attempted to put the child in the seat. It kept moving thus making it difficult to properly place the child there. Well, what would you do if you came across this situation? I, for one, would say don't stand there like a dunderhead. Hold the cart for her. So that is what I did.
Another example is on several occasions, a co-worker of mine (all 5'3", 105 pounds or so of her) would go on a smoke break. Obviously at this time of the year, it is colder and it was clear she wasn't enjoying it being outside. So, I offer her my coat. Of course, my coat is three sizes too big for her, but then it would be a nice blanket. She can either accept or decline.
These kind of these things would generally impress a woman more than say hooting and hollering at her. Save it for the guys when you all go to a bikini contest or something along those lines.
Now onto the social graces like things you should and shouldn't do at the dinner table.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
(Part 1 in a series)