Category Archives: Public Places Etiquette

Pitching a fit on an airplane

Pitching a fit on an airplane

When we board an airplane, most of us try to find an empty row, choosing either the aisle or window seat. But, when you are at the end of the line, your seat selection diminishes. You know that feeling as you slowly step onto the plane, your neck stretches...
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Michelle Obama’s Facial Expressions

Michelle Obama's Facial Expressions; can we please cut her some slack! 

Okay, picture it; you're at your cousin's wedding, you've never liked the guy she's about to marry, but, because you are a supportive cousin, (and couldn't talk her out of it...kidding) you showed up anyway. But, when you hear your cousin's future husband say...
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Melania Trump’s Gift to Michelle Obama

Melania Trump's Gift to Michelle Obama

Let's set aside whose inauguration it was, and take a moment to discuss the kind and thoughtful gesture of Melania Trump. I refer to the gift box she handed to Michelle Obama as they greeted one another. Q: Awkward or smooth? A: Awkward. In those few moments, you could see...
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Tips on how to survive Inauguration Day

Tips on how to survive Inauguration Day -- no matter what side you're on.

Admittedly, this election season has been more tumultuous, than any other in recent history.  Sadly, it continues to be. Families have severed relationships with one another, long-time friendships have fallen apart, and some workplaces have requested that employees who voted for...
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Reserve the right to refuse anyone who…

Reserve the right to refuse anyone who...

You've undoubtedly seen signs on establishments that read: "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone." And the second most common, "No shirt, no shoes, no service." Can a place of business really refuse anyone who...?  According to Ms. Jane Haskins, Esq. who writes for Legal Zoom: more

11 airplane etiquette rules; if only we could

11 airplane etiquette rules; if only we could

If only we could... Flight Attendant Announcement: "In the seat-back pocket you'll find a laminated sheet titled, Airplane Etiquette. If you do not follow these rules, we will add your name to the "all-the-airlines-in-the-world database."  After four infractions, your fare will be doubled for all future flights." What...
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Post-Election Aftershock

Post-Election Aftershock

I did not watch the election day play-by-play; what for?  For me, it would like watching someone tediously describing someone crossing the street. "Wait for it...there, she lifted her left foot about four-inches off the pavement, slowly placing her heel in front of her right foot..." Aghhh! Besides, except for my vote, I...
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Voting Day Etiquette

Voting Day Etiquette

Ahh, voting day is almost here. (November 8, in case you haven't heard.) That means your phone will cease to ring; no more political campaign calls. Your mail box will be reduced to only coupons from Bed, Bath & Beyond; no more proposition leaflets. I wonder if the monotonous spewing of hateful...
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10 ways you are being a self-centered airplane seatmate

10 ways you are being a self-centered airplane seatmate.

Don't assume because you've paid for first-class tickets, you'll be sitting next to someone with first-class social skills. Unfortunately, airlines don't make you sign an agreement: I (insert traveler), promise to be considerate and courteous, or else, at the discretion of the...
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How to Handle an Interrupter

How to handle an interrupter.

Unless it's an emergency, it's rude to interrupt a conversation. Then why do people do it all the time?  Here are few reasons:
  • It's just a quick question.
  • Their time is valuable.
  • They have no manners or common sense.
  • They are used to getting their way.
  • They don't care.
  • ...
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