Thursday, February 19, 2009

Hygiene belongs in the bathroom

How come so few people know this? Hygiene -- that's your primping, cleaning, washing, etc. -- belongs in your bathroom --your bathroom -- and rarely anywhere else.

Why? Because there's bacteria and germs associated with your hair, makeup, nail clippings and eyelashes flying everywhere.

Ladies and Gentlemen -- do not brush or comb your hair on public transport, at a restaurant, or in someone else's car. Or home. Do it at home -- and then leave it. Or sneak into the bathroom. But not out in the open.

Ladies and Gentlemen -- do not clip your nails -- fingernails or toenails -- anywhere but your own home bathroom. No, not even in the gym locker room. (Someone did this the other day in my gym locker room...yecch.) Fingernails are gross. Keep them in your bathroom garbage can. This is never okay at the office.

Ladies -- do not apply makeup in public, and especially not on public transportation. It's unseemly, and gross to those around you. At the sink in a restroom is fine; but not at dinner, with friends, on the train, etc.

And never ever floss in front of other people.

Keep your hygiene at your house. Those around you thank you.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Break Up in Person

There's a terribly entertaining entry in honor of Valentine's Day on Gaper's Block. Read about horrible break ups, and weep or laugh, depending on your sensibility.

I share this with you because some of them are so amazingly rude. I don't care if you're a member of Generation Y, X, or a Boomer -- the only decent way to dump someone is in person. If you're long-distance, okay, you get a pass and are allowed to do it live over the phone.

But you gotta remember, when you have to have a difficult conversation, the only right way to do it is in-person. Dumping someone via text or via your roommate is, well, cruel, and also very rude. Disrespectful.

Remember -- there's a human being on the receiving end of the message. Let's not be a nation of cowards, people.

Need to do some dumping this valentine's day? Do it face to face, or at least call the other person. And, no, you can not do it on voicemail.