Saturday, April 3, 2010

seriously miss manners

This is what I've learned so far in Texas. People suck at driving in every state, and no one has manners in the south. The driving the I can handle, because I'm used to the way Minnesotans drive (which is comatose by the way). Although (side note), everyone told me Texans drive fast and crazy, this is so not the case. If an ounce of precipitation is forecast for the next three days everyone must slow down for fear of driving off the road. (Yes, this happens when there are no clouds in the sky and the sun is shining.) Also, going the speed limit is not going fast. It is in fact the posted speed limit. If it was too fast, the Department of Public Safety, (or whatever it's called here) would probably lower the limit. (Side note over) It's the manners thing that is getting to me.

How hard is it to say a simple "please" or "thank you"? Not that hard, in fact I've been doing it since I was a child, so if I could do it then, you as an adult can probably do it. Also, why do you feel the need to interrupt me when I'm speaking to someone? Wait your damn turn. I don't understand how people don't understand that politeness will go a long ways, especially in my book. I will generally like you about ten times more if you're kind and polite to me. You see me getting snotty? Maybe think back to whether you've used your manners. Chances are probably not.

I've gotten used to it at work by now. I don't expect it from everyone anymore, but the people I do expect it from better keep it up! The part I'm not getting, it's out in restaurants/bars/retail stores (basically service industry). Waiters/waitresses/staff members are not using general manners. They're acting polite and all, but I'm there spending my money, so they have a job and get paid, and no one can thank me for that? It's not like it's hard! Two words, two syllables, it seems pretty easy. I guess some people just don't get it.

I really didn't mean for this post to become a rant, also, I did not intend to come across so crabby in this post because I haven't blogged in forever (and I feel bad because some people totally have it worse than me), but I blame it on being tired. (Also, why so many parenthesis in this post?) Anyways, now I must go learn to drive and forget my manners. This is what I must to to fit in here apparently. This is what I've learned so far in Texas.