Little Miss Manners' Downtown Etiquette
Monday, November 21, 200514 Comments
Amidst all of the lectures on regression of the mean, titration curves and Pavlovian conditioning, it has recently been brought to my attention that for many, your studies in etiquette have been neglected or forgotten. Therefore, I, Little Miss Manners, have volunteered to offer helpful tips in the ways of social graces as related to downtown life, after all, no one likes to make a social faux pas now, do we?
I will begin today's highlights on the journey downtown itself. If taking advantage of your student bus pass, be courteous to fellow bus riders, abstain from singing loudly in their ear or playing with their hair. Always say please and thank you to the bus driver, they are doing you a service after all. In a taxi cab, remember your please and thank you manners again, and always pay the full amount charged. A tip is debatable, but as Little Miss Manners, I highly recommend it.
There may be a few of you out there who won the lottery, and are therefore able to pay for gas in your own car. In that case, remember to only park in designated street parking, or in the city's parking lots, which are free on Saturdays and Sundays. Street parking is prohibited between 2 am and 6 am on most city streets.
Once downtown, there are some social niceties that simply must be observed: wait patiently in any lines, don't shout obscenities, always use designated facilities (urinating in alleys is so passé!), refrain from attacking any police officers and please use garbage cans provided (take-out containers are not for decoration of the sidewalks). If a special someone has caught your eye, please start a conversation with them and be polite, don't embarrass me by just grabbing their posterior, I'm sure you have better social skills than that!
When attempting to cross the street, and this one seems to be tough to remember, stand at an intersection and watch for that person symbol, then cross, and when there's an orange hand, that means to stay put! We all must work together to make sure no one gets hurt due to disobeying the rules of the road.
A last part of my outline for today is to remind you that downtown exists when the sun is out. I know it may be hard to believe, but St. George's Square is there before dark, with all kinds of neat shops and café's and things to do. I hope my refresher on manners has been helpful, good luck with downtown life.
Very Truly Yours,
Little Miss Manners