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There is a Time and a Place

There is a time and a place to use etiquette or life skills.  That time and place is always.  Sure you can relax in your house, but when others are around, it is simply polite to be courteous to others.  So that means if everyone but one person in the group cares about manners…Respect that!  Use your manners, please.


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Repetition for Children

When learning good table manners for children, I believe in repetition.  We as parents need to reinforce good table manners which are not learned the first time taught.  Continue to explain why a fork, spoon and knife is used in the correct manner to your children.  Why good posture is important?  What is good table conversation?

It is extremely difficult, but the reward is worth it.

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How do you eat Lobster?

If you or your children are going out with an important person, I would suggest to order something less messy.  The restaurant also may offer a lazyman’s lobster which means, “shell off.”  Order this dish using a knife and fork to eat it.

When you are with friends and family, order anything you would like.  Sometimes you just don’t want to worry about being messy.  It’s called being off and taking it easy.

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Lesson Learned

I was placed in a very awkward situation with this extremely aggressive women who I am paying a tremendous amount of money to rent her house for my vacation.  I arrive at this beautiful house.  I pay in full for the rental and the first night there I realize that the local train blows its horn right outside the house I am renting… 8 times consecutively every hour on the hour since I have arrived.  These trains even blow the horns at 9:00pm, 11:00pm, 3:00am, 5:00am, 7:00am and so on and so on.  This is not disclosed by the advertisement which was placed by the owner, but the waterfall behind the house was placed in the advertisement for this house.

PROTOCOL:  When a person pays for a rental house, all must be disclosed including the negatives of the house.  At that point, a person will decide wether or not that is acceptable to them to rent the house.  The owner of the house is not obligated to give schedules or town happenings.

When a disagreement occurs with the rental, it is out of simple kindness and courtesy that the owner of the house try to accommodate the renters. We are a guest in your town, a paying guest in your house.  Etiquette and Protocol is to make a visitor in your town feel welcome!  So this women should have reached inside and pulled out as much compassion she could find and not place judgement on the renter(guest).

NOTE:  Never bring up personal attacks on the way someone looks, what they are wearing or a personal attack on what someone does for a living.

And to the woman who owns the house:  I am an Etiquette Consultant not a psychologist or counselor.

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