Manners, Miss Manners, Cell phone use, Noise, Rudeness and Civil Behavior in so-called civilized America.
To add a bit of wit and humor to your message of "Do not block driveway," have your signs translated into several foreign languages. At the very least, it will give the rude driveway-blockers a little something new to think about. Do not block driveway
Check out the no noise organization's web site and their
"The Quiet Zone" newsletter: No Noise Organization
Cell phone use and abuse in restaurants, in libraries and
while driving cars, trucks and SUVs. Please check out the "cell manners"
web site of Ms. Carol Page, at Miss
Cell Phone Manners Unfortunately, as is usually the case, those that
need this information the most are the least likely to want to read it.
Several great stories about cell phone users' stupidity
from the News - Tales from the Cell Wars subpage of the Miss Cell Phone
Manners web site:Several great stories about
cell phone users' stupidity
Some of the train commuters on the Connecticut North Metro
rail line have spoken out in favor of "quiet cars" where they
won't be forced to listen to the weak-ego shouting showoffs on their cell
phones. Cell phone abuse
on the railroad
Newly discovered Species of American Drivers Observed on Freeways and Local Streets. Or, What ever happened to the lost art of turn-signalling? New Species of Drivers 1 November 1998
If you have the gall to actually try to drive an automobile in Berkeley or the Rockridge district of Oakland, California, you will be subject to unending rudeness and abusive behavior by bicyclists and pedestrians. Bicyclists here routinely ride through stop signs and red lights. I guess that their self-righteousness about actually pedaling a two-wheeled machine has granted them the life-long license to be rude.
I understand that many folks are in a big hurry to get
to where they are going, but at some point one should realize that there
are other people on the planet that also need to get to where they are going.
Thank heavens for Judith Martin's brilliant column, Miss
Manners, which is now syndicated in newspapers across our country. Perhaps
her columns and books could be the basis for a junior high school or high
school class on manners and civil behavior. Miss
Manners at the Washington Post (this link may be a little sluggish).
On the other side of this coin, we have the serious problem
of reckless, speeding car drivers. May be it is the endless flashing glitzy
car ads on television, which invariably feature drivers speeding on amazingly
open roads. I would like to see the U. S. Congress enact legislation that
would require 75% of automobile television ads to show drivers slowing down
and coming to a complete stop at stop signs and smilingly waving pedestrians
to safely cross the street.
Also, it would probably be useful to require that driver education classes be taught in all American high schools and that passing a driver education class be one of the requirements for high school graduation. Please check the essay, "Teenagers behind the wheel" by Dr. Moshe Ipp Teenagers behind the wheel and the essay, "An Ongoing Epidemic in Arizona" by Robert H. Brown and Jay M. Smith An Ongoing Epidemic in Arizona.
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