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  • I missed the funeral- (semi-rant)

    When exactly did courtesy and common manner die? Where should I send flowers?

    I'm trying to back out of a parking space at the grocery store this evening. It's fairly busy, so I wait, car in reverse and both back-up lights lit. Finally, the last car is coming down the row........and it stops right behind me. I wait, figuring he just noticed and planned to back up and take my space. No. He puts it into park, gets out and starts to walk over to talk to a friend.

    I get out and politely say "Excuse me, I'm trying to back out of the space". My new teen-age friend replies "Just wait a few minutes".

    WRONG ANSWER!

    So I wander over to where he's talking and just stand, listening to his conversation. He looks at me with one of those "this is private" looks and I said, "sorry, I'm just bored. Some jackass parked his car behind me and I can't leave, so I figured I'd hang out with you until he moves it".

    Car moved.

    Now, this isn't the first thing in the past couple of weeks with an inconsiderate driver. I'm leaving the drug store parking lot and another of my new teen friends in life is stopped in the row, talking. After sitting for a minute, on of the dudes leaning in his window waves me around....... obviously he's never driven a car. There is NO WAY my Olds was fitting through that space without running up on a 4 inch curb.

    Sigh, once again, time to educate. Walk over to the driver and act excited and happy. When he looks up I tell him about how cool this store is......they actually have parking spaces you can use for free!!!! (slip into official voice) Now why don't you give one a try.

    Car moves. Niteshift goes home.

    And while I'm on the soapboax...........

    When I was being raised, men did not wear hats indoors. My mother would have snatched me baldheaded. Only women wore hats indoors. It was impolite for men to do it.

    When I was in the Army, we didn't wear hats indoors (spare me the "under arms" exception).

    Now, wear them everywhere.......including at the table!!! Again, my mother would have beat me within an inch of my life if I'd showed up at the dinner table with a hat or without a shirt.

    Oh well, I'll get off the box now.......

  • #2
    Don't feel bad. You aren't alone. I ran into the same trouble last week. A teenager stops his car as he is turning into his driveway, infront of me. Completely blocking the road, his friend gets out and the sit there and talk. I kindly , yell out the window that they are blocking the road. They, in turn, told me I was #1 in their book, though using the wrong finger. I was not about to wait, so I decided to flip on my emergency light in my POV, amazingly they moved like greased lightning . I guess, some things never fail.

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    • #3
      I am with you all on this kindness and politness has flown out the window to be replaced by a ME ME ME world. Everyone is out for themselves and if it helps someone else then soo be it but they are here for themselves and themselves only. This is a you look at me wrong I will sue you atitude too. When else was everyone worried about what their neighbor, boss, co-worker, friend or just some person walking down the street will think if they made a comment or a told a joke that did not seem to fit in this politically correct world. Heck you can not go to a public function without hearing those same speechs in two other languages besides english (most common spanish and sign) I guess this is all for the good of society?

      Klar
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      • #4
        Hearing a speech in sign language?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Niteshift:
          Hearing a speech in sign language?
          Brought to you by the same people that put instructions in Braille on drive-thru ATM machines.
          A closed mouth gathers no foot. --Unknown

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          • #6
            I was the same way about wearing hats indoors. I'd snatch David's hat off if he didn't move fast enough for me. Then, I got humbled. After his brain surgery, he was very self-conscience about the large scar left on his head.He always had a baseball cap on wherever he went. I didn't have the heart to ask him to take it off because I knew he felt better with it on.
            But, most people didn't feel that way and would say something to him or to me about it. We always explained why he wore his hat until one day, at a restaurnt, a friend of mine snatched it off his head and told him he was rude. I took the cap back and put it back on his head. She knew why he wore it and she caused him pain from the surgical site when she pulled it off his head. I was one unhappy mother and we just left.
            So, sometimes when someone is wearing a hat indoors, there might be a reason

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            • #7
              I am slowly learning the sign language so in a way I am both hearing the words in english and watching them in sign therefore I am getting the whole speech in under both sight and sound. I just view it as hearing in a way as sign is a way for deaf people to hear. I do wonder about that braille at drive-thrus but after that post of the blind guy on a moped I think there might be a good reason to have that braille on a atm LOL

              Klar
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              • #8
                Heck you can not go to a public function without hearing those same speechs in two other languages besides english (most common spanish and sign) I guess this is all for the good of society?

                Ok, Before i rant about his comment. (breathe)!!

                Just a little note. I see no problem with the sign-language at all. You can choose to learn english but you can Not choose to hear. ( From a Mom of a deaf child)

                Niteshift, I know what you mean. Chivalry, Manners, and Morals are next to nonexistance. Like a person who obviously sees you waiting for a parking spot and makes sure to race into it ahead of you.


                [ 11-30-2001: Message edited by: ftrphxcop ]
                "To each his own"

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                • #9
                  Nite drives an Olds.

                  huh-huh huh-huh...
                  People have more fun than anybody.

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                  • #10
                    I think it might just be a coastal thing. My wife an drecently visited Canton TX and about fell over. We were not flipped off on the road once. Were not tailgated. Were not cut off. And, when we went to the Wal-Mart. three rowdy teenage types were running and goofing off headed toward the door and "cut us off" just before the doors. Just as the hairs on the back of my neck were going to rile up, they realized what they had done, one grabbed the door in front of my wife, pulled it open, tipped brim of his hat (they were cowboys) said "Maam" as the other two chimmed in with apologies and "pardon us"es. It was that way all over down there. I don't think I had to get more than two doors for her the entire trip as there was always some young man there to grab it.

                    It was nice because that's how I was raised. Made me realize how slack I am with my own sons. I've gotten on them a little more now too.

                    As for the Olds. It better be a 442 or every mental image I have of Nite is out the window.

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                    • #11
                      Yes, an Olds. No, not a 442.

                      I've got a beater Olds Ciera that I use for stuff like driving to work (think Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse and you know why), running errands etc. Over 100K on it. 4 dr. Total family guy kind of car.

                      Anyway......now that we're done knocking one of my cars

                      Granted, "rednecks" (I can use that word) tend to have better manners, but for all the "we say sir and ma'am" talk, they still leave their hats on inside, even at the table in some cases.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Niteshift:
                        I've got a beater Olds Ciera that I use for stuff like driving to work (think Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse and you know why)
                        OK, the roadhouse reference was an exceptable comeback. (taking the nerdy glasses and pocket protector back off of my mental image)

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                        • #13
                          i never wear my hat when I'm eating, it's just wrong. We can wear baseball caps for our uniform, and I still take it off. I don't always remember to take it off in a building though.

                          I had a run in with the friendly local teenage racers last night. I parked my patrol car in a parking stall at the 7-11, and went inside to evacuate liquid. I chit chat with the clerk for a few, and go back to my car. There are about 10 of these euro ricer cars, one of them blocking my patrol car. I ask him to move it, get attitude, give attitude, he moves it, and I catch him racing 20 minutes later. What a way to end a shift! Where has all the respect gone in our world??

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                          • #14
                            *feeling much better that my image is secure with DR*

                            We went through a spurt where several of the traffic and interdiction people in particular had POV's vandalized (scratches, tires punctured, lugs nuts taken).

                            Anyway.........here's another one. Tell a kid he needs to clear out of the parking lot (sotre manager complained). His answer "Yeah, in a couple of minutes boss." WTF!!! Sport, you have as long as it takes me to walk over and get my ticket book!

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                            • #15
                              I think it might just be a coastal thing. My wife an drecently visited Canton TX and about fell over. We were not flipped off on the road once. Were not tailgated. Were not cut off. And, when we went to the Wal-Mart. three rowdy teenage types were running and goofing off headed toward the door and "cut us off" just before the doors.

                              How weird! My husband and i were in PA. And thought the same thing when people were actually nice to us. Not once did we even get hit on for some money from the local derelicts( gee i hope i spelled that right.) I always hear people from the east coast say we on the west side are nice and locals are hateful. But i feel its the other way around.

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                              [ 11-30-2001: Message edited by: ftrphxcop ]
                              "To each his own"

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