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Rudeness | Rudeness

katherine-gregor's picture
Jan.20.2013
  In a café, after a West End matinée.  My friend has just introduced me to an acquaintance of hers, then left us alone to go and order tea.  “So what did you think of the show?” he asks. I reply, “Well, I enjoyed the number with –” “Where are you from?” I am interrupted mid-sentence...
mary-lochridge's picture
May.14.2012
I got confirmation recently that I am invisible. Again. It's the middle-aged-woman syndrome. We are the Unseen, blended into the cityscape. I was waiting to be waited on at a tiny and crowded alteration shop. The place always makes me think this is what a sweatshop must look like. Behind the...
beth-mann's picture
Sep.12.2011
    So you have a cell phone? Okay, well good for you. I do too! Fancy, isn't it? But remember, there are some rules to remember when using that spiffy telecommunication device of yours in public: 1. You're not special because you have a cell phone. Small children and homeless people...
candie-white's picture
Jul.22.2011
You know you are still relatively sane when despite the rage and frustration that is boiling inside you can still ‘filter’ and logically, reasonably rationalize a way to deal – as opposed to driving to the local gun shop.  Yes, that is where I was the other day after reading comments posted on the...
lisa-threadgill's picture
Sep.18.2009
Is it just me, or does it seem like people have gotten really rude in the last few years?  Have civility and manners become outmoded fashion?  Does expecting people to behave themselves with at least a modicum of respect for others make me a relic?  Ok, I know that there have always been badly...
lisa-solod's picture
Sep.14.2009
Once upon a time, a little Pollyanna-ish I know, I actually believed that most people were decent, most people were inherently good, and most people when given the chance were kind.  I also believed in a) manners b) civility and c) generally good behavior in public and private.   Not that I assumed...
marilyn-kallet's picture
Aug.31.2009
    "Makeup can only do so much," Marco at Bendel's said,     when I went for my wedding consultation.   He would "try."     To bulk up the fairy tale aura, he glued my turquoise-and-candlelight lids     with spidery lashes, and presto! piled on a braided hair piece,     a kind...
jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
Aug.27.2009
  I'm joining the entire Red Room community in writing a short blog post on this week's topic: "Bad Manners." We'll choose at least one of these blogs to be featured on Red Room's homepage next week, and we'll choose three blog writers to receive free books from Red Room Authors....
carol-i-hoenig's picture
Aug.27.2009
  I recall a time, yes, just one time, when I didn't say thank you for the door that was being held opened for me. The reason it is so clear in my memory is because the person holding the door sneered a sarcastic "Thank You" at me as I raced through. Most of us, at one time or another,...
mary-wilkinson's picture
Aug.27.2009
I spent my childhood writing thank you letters for boxes of chocolates received on birthdays and gifts on my first holy communion. My parents always insisted I say thank you for practically everything I ever received. Nothing was to be taken for granted. And in turn, I never felt that I practised...