Rules for Everyone: Be Polite (and a bit crazy)

Rules for Everyone: Be Polite (and a bit crazy)

Why is it there seems to be different rules for different people? Every toddler is taught from the time he or she can talk to say “please” and “thank you.” We’re taught as we grow up to respect our elders; do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and so on.

Today it seems that there are days when the rules apply to everyone else except for the person blocking the line. We were on our way to the Upper Chesapeake for a day of boating and needed to get gas in the boat. That involves choosing a gas station where you can easily maneuver the SUV and trailer. It’s really no big deal until you get behind someone who clearly is paying no attention to everyone else in a busy place. It’s not easy to back up a vehicle and boat on a trailer in a crowded parking area.

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We arrived at the Wawa Food Market and gas station just off I-295 in Swedesboro, NJ. We chose a pump on the right to easily put fuel in the boat. There was one car in front of us. I jumped out to go inside the store for a moment. When I returned, Our vehicle hadn’t been moved and the car in front was still there – without a driver. My husband said he noticed the driver was missing as I went into the store. The gas station attendant told me the driver had been gone even before we pulled up and that this happens all the time: people pull their cars to the pump; ask for gas and run into the store. The attendant said people usually get back just as their gas purchase is finished.

We waited for another minute or two. Then I decided, “Why am I sitting here waiting for this inconsiderate person? I’m going to do something.” I went into the store and in the booming voice I know I have politely exclaimed: “Whoever has the blue Ford Escape at the gas pump; will you PLEASE move your car?” At a glance, it seemed there were at least 40 pairs of eyes on me thinking: “WHO is this CRAZY lady?” (I yelled “thank you” as I bolted out the door.)

I got  back into our vehicle and about 30 seconds behind me, Ford Escape man approached with his coffee and bag of whatever. He acknowledged us with a “gees, I’m sorry” look and a wave and was gone in a few seconds.

So the next time you are pulling into a line of cars at the pump, remember: you WILL take longer than you think; you WILL inconvenience other people and YES, they do mind. Thank you – have a nice day.

News Should Still Be News

News Should Still Be News

When the TV show “Entertainment Tonight” premiered in 1981, a new word was born: infotainment. The combination word implied that you – the audience – were being informed and there was entertainment involved. “Entertainment Tonight” was born out of the desire

Entertainment Tonight, 1981. (photo: logos.wikia.com)

Entertainment Tonight, 1981. (photo: logos.wikia.com)

for people to catch up on the celebrity gossip they had been reading in publications including  Star, The National Enquirer and People or Us magazines.  Continue reading

Spelling Counts-and Facts Count, Too

Another mass shooting led to wall-to-wall news coverage. The Washington D.C. navy yard shooter sent newsrooms scrambling to zero in on who killed 12 people and why. As these stories break, never let the facts get in the way.

NBC and CBS both blundered big time. The organizations misidentified a Virginia man as the suspect because that man’s ID was found near the shooter. The rush to get the story first is overshadowed by the requirement that the news organizations should get it right. While the wrong ID was retracted, the damage was done. The man is not only still trying to refute the erroneous news report, but is grieving, since he lost a friend in the shooting rampage. Continue reading