Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Mr. Manners

So, I was talking with my wife the other day (that's right, my wife - sorry ladies) and we got to talking about how rude some people can be... Our discussion actually started on children's increasing disrespect for their parents - for God's sake, they gave you life and you're pissed because they ask you to do something?! Where the hell does that attitude come from?! Your parents don't owe you anything - you owe them everything! Don't get me wrong, there is a point at which parent's requests should be pushed back or denied, but when it is something small and innocuous, why would you bitch about it?

But back to the original topic - when I was at school in an undisclosed foreign land (England is still foreign when you're living in the US!), we were taught several things about how to be polite, most memorably towards women. We, of course, meaning the boys in the class... strange that there was never anything about women being nice to men... Anyway, we were taught things like:

  1. If you're walking behind a woman on her own, cross the street so you don't make her nervous

  2. Never walk too close to a woman you don't know, you'll make her uncomfortable

  3. Always make plenty of noise as you walk so you don't surprise a woman when she realizes you've been following her for the last 3 miles

  4. Never look prettier than the woman you're with - it creeps them and others out

Apparently they don't teach those things in school anymore...

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