September 21, 2009

Monday Manners for 9/21/09

"Manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them."
--Amy Vanderbilt

We live in North Georgia and you may have heard we are getting a substantial amount of rain right now. It's been raining for about two weeks, with another week of the wet stuff in our forecast. So I went looking for some "wet-iquette". Some do's and don'ts for umbrellas, wet shoes, raincoats, and kind things we can do to help those around us during a downpour. I found some great information. Be sure to check out the full links for the rest!

Keep It Closed and Dry Inside: It is customary to close your umbrella before entering a building. Remove any excess water by gently taping the tip of the umbrella in front of the building a couple of times. The first question upon entering should be where you may place the wet umbrella to avoid further dripping. Make use of the carrying case that came with your umbrella, or the disposable plastic bags that many office buildings and stores provide, to cover your wet umbrella while indoors.

Park Umbrellas with Care: Be mindful of where you place your umbrella. If no umbrella stand is provided, set your umbrella upright with the tip on the floor beside you. In trains, planes, and automobiles, lay it on the floor near your feet, not on an empty seat where other people may sit on it or the puddle it leaves behind. Keep your umbrella away from walkways where someone might trip over it.

BONUS: Prevent Umbrella Loss: Folks at any lost-and-found department will tell you they have hundreds of unclaimed umbrellas in storage. If you forget your umbrella somewhere, you may have a chance of someone returning it if you tape your telephone number and/or email address to the very top of the umbrella’s main strut above the handle, where it will least likely get wet and come loose.

From Michael Gibbons at BusinessWeek:
During the next day's rain storm, my wife was coming out of a different grocery store. (We grocery shop a lot.) As she was being pelted by rain, four people walked by with their umbrellas, passing her in the rain. My wife did not have an umbrella. Poor planning? Perhaps. But I have spent time on many a rainy afternoon holding my umbrella over a fellow patron who was trying to unload groceries without becoming a frog. "Chivalry," my wife said, "is extra dead." I mean, is it so hard to be aware of your fellow citizen that you can't stop for two seconds and say, "Gee, perhaps she would not want the rain pelting her as she loads bags into the minivan?"

And From The Society of Diplomacy:

Don’t hang your umbrella or wet coat right next to someone else’s coat

Do ask for guidance when entering someone’s office regarding proper placement of your wet items

Do tap excess rain off your shoes before proceeding into an office (or home*)

One more thing I learned from all the rain today. Think before you type. Without thinking I sent out a Tweet, that also posted to Facebook, about how I was glad to have all this rain, preferring it to a drought. Then it was pointed out to me that there had been loss of life today because of the flooding. Messages started coming in about damage to basements, garages, and ground floor rooms. Talk about feeling like a fool. I quickly apologized, and sincerely wish I had not said anything so insensitive. Talk about bad manners.

*I added the part about homes.


  1. Thanks for the response. It ("How Do you Know He's Learning?") is something I HAD to write.

    I find the Apple Stars blog very encouraging when it comes to my son. Rather than freak out and press reading, we just keep reading aloud with him, as we have since he was a baby.

    Lately, he has shown more interest and is slowly learning. That's cool. We'll let it happen naturally. :)

    With regard to the Monday Manners, this is a wonderful one. Here during the Monsoon Season, people easily forget these things.

    Also, I always offer to share my umbrella in the rain. Usually with a man who does not have one. LOL (The women always seem to be prepared.)

    As for the liking-the-rain Tweet... Hey, it happens. I always try to say it with a caveat of some sort: "Loving this snow, and hoping everybody stays safe."

    I try to remember to think before I type too. Or at least re-read what I'm about to share before I do. It doesn't always work for me. LOL

  2. I do the same with my son. We read for a couple of hours every weekday. He begs me to read to him. There was a time when I worried, but there is no way he won't be a reader eventually.

    Funny thing is I did read what I was about to send, but I didn't think about it from anyone else's perspective. Oh well. Learning from my mistakes every day!