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Old June 29th, 2006, 04:29 PM
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As some of you guys will know I'm just back off ship and will share with you my number one gripe.....STUPID People. I will not cast stones at any particular race, but lets say the accent was not mine.

In no particular order here are my top five overheard

Postcards: "Do they have a postal system in Europe and do they have stamps"

Pompeii: "Is this original"

Pompeii 2.. Husband explaining it to Wife: "A load of molten steel came out that mountain and caused this"

Athens Coliseum: "No way the Greeks could have built this"

Venice: "It’s not as clean or looks as new as the one in Vegas"

God love them........
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If I had heard those statements I too would have thought "How Stupid". I don't think people from just any one place have it over any other for the ability to be Stupid!
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In the immortal words of Forest Gump " Stupid is what stupid does".
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And in the words of Homer Simpson

"Lord help me. I'm just not that bright."
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David:

Yep: They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, accents and sexes and unfortunately just about everyone, at some point in their life, has been or will be one.

The trick is not to be one on a regular basis.

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All in good fun, thanks guys.

But can I say 2,500 people on that cruise and if memory serves me right, I met Americans, Canadians, English , Welsh, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Japanese cruisers .......and not one person (apart from one) stood out from the crowd, it was a happy ship.

What did amaze me was the reaction too one simple thing I did.
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Hi Dina.....

I stood for what seemed like an age holding open one of the heavy wooden external doors for the people behind me (those doors are heavy).

It so happened it was a group of elderly Americans following my DW and I. One they seemed amazed I had done it and two it gave them days later an opening to talk to me. "Thats that Scots guy who held the door,, How you doin"

What's that all about? To me it was just manners
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David,

I too am amazed that good manners are becoming a thing of the past. Holding doors, letting women or someone else go first, giving up your seat on the bus to a woman, child, or someone who really needs it are all becoming old hat.

It is becoming a "Me first" world.

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You can see it on the road all the time.
People running red lights because THEY don't want to wait.
People cutting lines because why should THEY wait their turn?

You see it in stores, in the work place ... manners are fast disappearing.
I always hope a small kindness will encourage the recipient to do the same for someone else.
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Hi Dina.....

I stood for what seemed like an age holding open one of the heavy wooden external doors for the people behind me (those doors are heavy).

It so happened it was a group of elderly Americans following my DW and I. One they seemed amazed I had done it and two it gave them days later an opening to talk to me. "Thats that Scots guy who held the door,, How you doin"

What's that all about? To me it was just manners
I always turn and say Thank you when someone holds the door for me. The polite arts just seem to be fading away these days. I'll hold the door open for people as well. They give me this look. Hey.. Your hands are full come on through. Its nice to know there's other people out there who do the same thing.
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Don't you hate it when you hold a door open for people and they walk through it with a sense of entitlement and never say thank-you?
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Yep, done that a lot. Usually when they don't say Thanks, I'll say
" thank you " to them.

However, there can be a down side to being polite--- years ago they used to have door prizes at functions, gatherings, etc. Once we walked up to the door at about the same time as another couple. I pulled the door back and said go ahead. They did--- and didn't even say thanks--- they got the winning ticket for a polaroid camera outfit and I got zero. But, I think I was the winner overall.
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Yep, done that a lot. Usually when they don't say Thanks, I'll say
" thank you " to them.

However, there can be a down side to being polite--- years ago they used to have door prizes at functions, gatherings, etc. Once we walked up to the door at about the same time as another couple. I pulled the door back and said go ahead. They did--- and didn't even say thanks--- they got the winning ticket for a polaroid camera outfit and I got zero. But, I think I was the winner overall.
Wow ... sounds like a scene in a sitcom!

But you are right, you were the winner overall.
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For all my big mouth, certain BASIC things are important tom me in how we deal or act with each other.

If we lose those values, then what the hell are we trying to teach the rest of the world in the conflicts we find ourselves in regarding values and acceptability.
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As a gentleman, I always hold the door, open car door, pull and push the chair, do the trash and clean the dishwasher for my DF!!

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then, there are the people who come in late at a movie or concert and walk in front of you (and on your feet) to get to their seats, go back and forth multiple times for popcorn and bathroom breaks, and never once say "excuse me". And, it's not just young people but people of all ages.
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Hey,
I missed this thread. Good for you David B. It feels nice to have the door opened. It seems so rude to let it go in someones face.

I was with a co-worker/freind in his 70"s and he even opened my car door whenever I would get out or into the car. Or he would stay standing until I would sit down. It took me about 30 seconds to figure out he was standing until I sat. Wow! Now that kind of treatment makes one feel like a lady.
He said his generation does that but he felt that younger American men in their 50's tend to not do those things anymore.
One time, I was walking into a store and two young foreign men stopped to let me go in first. We American ladies love it. Don't be fooled!

David,
I hope you put some pictures or write a little something about your cruise. I am curious about the Med. cruises.

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i always hold the door for people, i also stop to help people change their tires. when i was a younger kid (10-13 years old i forget exactly) we were traveling to the jersey shore with my younger brother and two other 7 or 8 year olds and two dogs when we got a flat tire. two 20 something guys pulled over changed the tire (before my dad could get there) my mom tried to tip them but they said no and looked at me and told me that when I am older and I see his mom on the road broke down I should stop and help her. That is what I call pass it down!
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Wow, that is a good story Eric. You should send it to Readers Digest.

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As a gentleman, I always hold the door, open car door, pull and push the chair, do the trash and clean the dishwasher for my DF!!

No Foolin'...
That is sweet of you-but it IS a dying coutesy. I know when I was pregnant 22 years ago I was so surprised that total strangers would open the door for me-men and women both. I never did get used to it but I did always thank them.

It also taught me something. If I see a young pregnant woman struggling or a young mom with a couple of toddlers I always hold the door to help them. I remembere how much I appreciated that. It never hurts to be nice! and most do THANK me I am glad to say-so many are still decent people!

Now I have also done this for little old ladies- and only maybe 25% of time do they thank me-most look at me suspicously!!!!
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i always hold the door for people, i also stop to help people change their tires. when i was a younger kid (10-13 years old i forget exactly) we were traveling to the jersey shore with my younger brother and two other 7 or 8 year olds and two dogs when we got a flat tire. two 20 something guys pulled over changed the tire (before my dad could get there) my mom tried to tip them but they said no and looked at me and told me that when I am older and I see his mom on the road broke down I should stop and help her. That is what I call pass it down!
Hubby used to help changing tires for lone helpless women until around here a scam was going around. A man would stop to help and then the woman's accomplicaes would jump out and rob the poor guy and sometimes carjack him too.


Now hubby will call the police and tell them there is a stranded driver and where they are. It is a shame you have to be suspious of everyone now-a- days.
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How many of you are old enough to remember when hitchhoking was an acceptable means of transportation...and everybody would pick you up...
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You know thats a really good point.

I drive 50 miles twice a day back and forward from work, home to Edinburgh = 100 miles per day.

I drive the most scenic route from my home to Edinburgh, and because of that you get all sorts on the road "hitchin" during peak vacation

Will I do it no, will I take the risk of inviting a "nutter" into my car..NO

What caused that? Was it too many American "road movies". I dont know.

I cant say that here in Scotland that there has been any incidents from picking up strangers...but something has made me think twice.

Is it how we as individuals see society and others around us....thats sad.
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Guess I am one of a dying breed.

I was taught to respect my elders, help anyone in need that I could, be polite and courteous to EVERYONE, not be a bigot, not be judgemental, open doors for people, especially ladies etc.

That was the era and climate in which I was raised growing up. These things have "stuck" with me, and I guess I will do them from now on. Sometimes I get a strange look from the "younger" generation when I hold a door open, let them go (in) first etc. I have two boys (men now) and I taught them to live by these same principles, and they do.

Also, when I was growing up, we never locked our doors (small town) unless we were going a distance away. Today, I lock the doors everytime we leave the house. There are enough "break-ins" around here even with the doors locked.

Yes, I do remember the hitchhiker days. We sould pick up ANYONE that was hitching. Today, I would not pick anyone up unless I knew them. There have been a number of incidents here in Texas of bad things happening to people that have picked up hitchers.

memofmeg, I am like your DH now, and all of these things mentioned are a dying courtesy. I don't know if it is not as much parental control as when I (we) were growing up. I know that my grandkids aren't learning many of these courtesies since their parents divorce. Their mother is "in love with her job", at odds with us, and the kids are taken home by my son and they go inside and lock the doors until their mother gets home from work......

mehawk, I also help my DW "do the chores"..Seems only fair, we are both in this thing together. The husbands of a few of our younger friends never help our with any housework, and when they get home from work have (let) their wives get them a drink, put their shoes away etc.

Glad my parents raised me like they did !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, didn't realize I had rambled on so.

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I worked on Wall Street just weeks after 9/11. I saw all sorts of stuff on the subway ride down; fights, arguements, fake nuns begging for money, etc. The one thing that did peeve me was some men never getting up for a pregant woman. I have given up my seat for a pregant woman or a woman with a child many times.

As for the door holding? Well, all is not dead yet. The men on Wall Street (bless their souls, they were brought up right!) always held open doors for me.

When I held a door open for someone & they didn't say, "Thank you", I use to yell (very loud mine you) "YOU'RE WELCOME!". Makes people feel an inch high. :evil:
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When I was pregnant with my now almost 16 yo, I rode MARTA (Atlanta subway) to and from work each day.

I was one of those ENORMOUS pregnant women and in my 8th month, businessmen in nice suits and ties would sit with their morning papers while I stood the 20 minutes to downtown.

You want to know who consistently got up and gave me their seats while the middle class businessmen sat ignoring me? The young black men that got on at the housing project stops.

Just goes to show you that money doesn't always equal respect or manners...

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