“Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.” -Mark Twain
What separates man from beast? Not much. Take your average ape. He walks around with his ass hanging out. Or dogs–they crap in the neighbor’s yard. Camels spit. Pigs don’t bathe and coyotes eat cats. I’ve done all of the above, except eat cat. So I ask you again: What’s the difference? I’ll tell you: a soul, a pair of jeans, and etiquette!
Men, you have to practice good etiquette. Here are some rules:
–Dress appropriate to the occasion. Don’t wear your bib overalls to a wedding.
–Let people OFF the elevator before you try to push your way on.
–Traffic-wise: let the dude cut in front of you.
–Shake hands like a man. No dead fish, no crushing clutch, just firm and purposeful.
–Be on time. Always.
–Do you have roommates? Don’t eat their food or drink their liquor.
–Wash your hands after you use the bathroom.
AT SOMEONE’S HOME
–Chew with your mouth closed.
–Say please, thank you and excuse me.
–Don’t hog the food.
–Don’t hog the conversation.
–Don’t ogle the women.
–Play fair. Don’t cheat. Even if you can…
–Lose with dignity. I know this one personally, as I just had to take shit from a fan of a rival college football team. And congratulate the winner.
AT THE GYM
–Rack your weights.
–Wipe down the equipment. Don’t be that guy…
–Never say something on-line that you wouldn’t say to a person’s face.
–Don’t have sex with a friend’s wife, girlfriend and or ex.
–Put down the toilet seat.
–Hold open the car door for your woman.
I can’t write down every rule. You can try these: http://www.forbes.com/sites/robasghar/2014/04/22/27-etiquette-rules-for-our-times/
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