Member Rara Avis
Thoughts...hmmmmmmmmmmm..(I'm not meant to be here sssssshhhhhhhhhhhh..I'm meant to be going to school but I feel sick so, sorry school..)
A Treatise On Manners by K
Take care to always cross the Road delicately and make sure you look left and right (left first for some Nations, right for Others) - this is Courteous to the Drivers of Car-riages.
Oh, sorry, getting my threads mixed up AGAIN duh.
Honestly, I think it's dependent on situation in terms of the customer is always right...here's a situation from the annals of my pedanticness...
Me - at McDonald's (generally yuck, but sometimes yanno - you just have to have it). Ask for fresh everything like I always do. Specifically say 'I don't mind the wait' as I always do. What do I get? NON-FRESH chicken nuggets, tough as old leather boots. So, I went up and politely (seriously - I was polite) asked the manager to inform the pie/filet girl that it isn't hard to load six new nuggets in a fry basket and set it gently in the frying vat and then remove it after 4 minutes.
Sigh. The world is just too much sometimes. Mope, whine.
I believe I was in the right. So there. Now, on the other hand...take my current part time job. Market Research. I get to ring people up and politely (or I get fired) ask them to take part in a survey. All they have to do is say no right? Oh nooooooooo...I've been sworn at, hung up on and accused of trying to sell something despite the clear introduction that involves words like 'survey', 'research', 'voluntary'...
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...and when they swear at me, I'm not even allowed to ring them back and give them a piece of my mind (because we all know how antagonistic I am right? )
As regards men and women and chivalry. I don't often wave my favour about or wear a pointy hat or do needlework in nice towers. If a guy WANTS to open the door, fine, unless I beat him to it. Having the car door opened for me in the rain is always good, mainly because it's pragmatic. When I was in NC staying with Jamie - he always opened the doors for me, which was really nice, and weird because many NZ guys just don't have that whole gentleman thing programmed in like they seem to have in the South. This doesn't make them seem any less mannered though..just, different.
Hm. Swearing in front of kids - bad bad. (not jailing bad though )
What else - giving up seats on the bus for elderly people. I fume when I see younger people ignoring the elderly person who needs a seat, swaying fraily about, hanging onto the side poles...fortunately, that doesn't happen often.
Right, there are some thoughts Sven. I swear to faithfully record any others that find their way into my little womanly mind.
[This message has been edited by Severn (04-10-2002 07:57 PM).]