Miss Manners: The overly cheery neighbors interfere with my exercise bubble

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I take long walks around my apartment complex every morning. So do many others.

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Everyone seems to feel obligated to greet each other with “good morning” as they pass, which happens with such great frequency that I am distracted from my pacing and my thoughts.

Most of these people are complete strangers to me, and I want to keep it that way lest I get trapped in many conversations when I am trying to exercise.

GENTLE READER: Even if Miss Manners were inclined to help you — presumably by stamping out all attempts at casual politeness — would you still not be distracted by the need to growl at each passerby?

A simple nod without breaking your stride will, instead, satisfy the dictates of basic politeness, and seems to run a low risk of creating deep or lasting friendships.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: We invited my child’s classmate to join us for a week at a rental place at the beach.

He is a huge eater, as large, growing, football-playing middle-school boys tend to be. I find myself left with some residual resentment because his mom didn’t send him with any spending money, let alone send along some cookies or otherwise offer to contribute something to the cost of the trip.

When I dropped him off, neither she nor he said “thank you.” They got in their car and drove away, never mentioning the trip again.

I’m feeling reluctant to include him in the future, though I feel bad for this unkindness.

GENTLE READER: Not issuing a future invitation is not an unkindness — nor is assuming, as they did, that the host will provide for the guest. Though Miss Manners agrees that failing to say “thank you” is a justifiable reason not to extend more invitations.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My wife and I were at an informal outdoor party for a child’s birthday. Right when we arrived, the hosts offered cold bottles of good beer.

If I’m drinking good beer, I like to let it breathe in a glass or even a plastic cup. I accepted a beer from the host, and then — thinking …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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