Friday Fives – miss manners edition

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How closely do you think good manners are related to income and social status?

It would take a sociologist to answer that properly.  However, since I was forced to take a Sociology class in college, I will say it is not related.  To quote the great Sociological mind of his time, HJ Simpson “See Bart, Elephants are just like people.  Some of them are jerks!”

Can the idea of good manners inhibit people’s natural sense of fun and inhibition?

I would argue the opposite.  Being kind and treating people with respect and equality means you will have made a connection.  You will feel more relaxed… as will they.  Its like being a safety natural disaster nut. Emergencies are the one thing I don’t worry about… because I know I am prepared.

Do people have more manners now or in earlier times?

Having not been around in times before me, I would wager people have not changed significantly in the last 100 years or more.

Do you say “hi” to people even if they are strangers? Why? Why not?

Yes and no.  To a random person passing me on the street?  No.  But to any kind of person who is serving me in any capacity (a plumber, a cashier, a waitress) I immediately greet them as a friend and build rapport.  It easy to do and you should ALWAYS do this thing:  when you encounter someone wearing a nametag, catch that name.  QUICK.  Now, as you roll up next in line at the grocery store, the clerk will say a forced pleasantry.  When you reply “Shirley, I’ll tell ya how I am… this weather is chapping my ass!  I think they are trying to kill us!  Well, maybe not you, Shirley… but they are out for me!”

You just made their day better, and made a human connection.  Now it isn’t so much a transaction as a conversation.  And it takes no longer. I know I have ranted about this before. But hey, at least we got through a single week where I didn’t rave about my bench scraper.

Do you listen to other’s people conversations on the street?

I don’t go out of my way to.  However… I certainly don’t go out of my way to not hear them.  “If it wasn’t for my horse, I wouldn’t have spent that year in college.”

*** this may be about the third time I have had content ready ahead of time. This was not supposed to go up until 11:30 pm Colorado time… as always. But, the stupid new WordPress editing interface hates me. and babies. and the smile on a child’s face.

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