It seems quite ironic that everyday life seems to have gotten in the way of this months blogging topic. I have been having so much fun (alternating with being so tired I can’t move) with life that I have barely had time for this blog. But there are a few posts in particular that I wanted to cover with this months topic of “Everyday Life” and manners is one of them.
You can think of this as a follow on to my column in the June issue of Hey Doll Vintage Magazine (available to read for free HERE). I covered the “magic words” Please & Thank You there, but I wanted to cover two other basics as well.
As well as Please & Thank You, people seem to be lacking in the ability to say “sorry” and “excuse me”. If, like me, you find that you are extremely clumsy and accidentally poke someone with your umbrella (or repeatedly do it….sorry Jacinta & Veganopoulous!), tread on their toes or walk into them please, please apologise. You don’t need to get on your knees and beg forgiveness, a simple “I am sorry” will do. The same goes for “excuse me”. Please don’t just push and shove your way through. It isn’t hard to say “excuse me”. Most people will move aside for you. It is very basic and takes no real time or energy.
Now onto some basic public transport etiquette (aka Miss Fairchild ranting about stuff that annoys her) for everyday life. Now I use public transport a lot. I don’t drive and neither does my husband. If we go anywhere it is on public transport. Here are a few tips for using public transport and not offending everyone…
- Do not stand right in front of the door until people have gotten off the bus/train/tram. HINT – if we can’t get off, you can’t get on.
- Do not sit in the seats set aside for people with mobility issues (especially the folding seats on the bus for prams/wheelchairs) unless you actually have a mobility issue or there are no other seats available. If you are sitting in one of those seats and someone gets on with a wheelchair/pram get off your butt and give it to the person it belongs to (if you have teens who use the bus please let them know this – they are the worst offenders).
- Do not play your music without headphones. Even if you think that band is the world’s coolest band, no one else wants to hear it. Use headphones.
- Try to moderate your language. In Melbourne it is actually an offence to use profanity on public transport, but I have yet to see it enforced. I personally don’t care if you swear/talk about sex/talk about drug use ect. but do my kids need to hear about your threesome in graphic detail? I think not.
- Bags do not need seats. Again the worst offenders of this one seem to be teens. If the bus/train gets crowded move your bag off the seat.
- On a packed bus/train/tram please move to the seat closest to the window so people don’t have to climb over you for a seat. If you don’t want to, then prepared to be accidentally trod on (and don’t start huffing and rolling your eyes or it will be less of an accident on my part when I tread on you). I will climb over you for a seat as I can’t stand for long periods of time.
I feel better now I have gotten that off my chest. What manners/etiquette are missing from your everyday life?
Miss Fairchild xoxo