…because manners matter

oh friends it is sad that we have not talked in so long. 

but.

i’m here with great news. 

be ready for a post a week. since my return from world travels and my return to an american college campus, i have seen humans both winning and losing the human race and i’m here to tell you all about it.

so, get ready. 

this time next week, you’ll have some brand, spankin’ new material to read. here’s a hint of what’s coming:

  • crosswalk etiquette
  • how to walk on a sidewalk
  • garbage cans
  • rules of “thank you”
  • tips for the gym
  • doors – when should i hold it open?
  • cell phone manners
  • and many, many more fun topics.

so get ready! talk to you again soon! (PROMISE!)

yahoo!

check out this article.

way to go, yahoo.  here’s a little checklist for those of you who want to know how you’re doing when it comes to teaching manners to your kids.

i know lots of 9-year-olds who have great manners.

checking in.

hello faithful friends.

to blame the lack of blogging on being too busy would not be fair.  while my sister and i have been busy – we neglected the blog and that is unfair to you, not to mention very, very impolite.  if anyone is still reading, let me apologize for the silence.  we’re sorry.

there’s a lot going on for us but we promise to not let the blog be forgotten.  after all, people still need tips on being human and if we’re going to make it big here at h2bah then we must keep the posts coming.

i’d like to make a vlog for you…that’s in the works.  see, tips on being good drivers are just too complicated for writing.  these tips require dialogue and visual aids.  just wait for it – the premiere “how to be a human” vlog will not disappoint.

so, there are no excuses for our absences, as most good humans take responsibility when they’re wrong, and we promise to not be so absent.  we love you and shall remain connected.

happy summer.  don’t let the sunshine distract you from being polite.  because manners matter, it’s just how to be a human.

exam week etiquette.

i know, i know, your brain is full of chemistry, religion, and spanish verbs. but that does not mean that you may empty your brain of manners and the knowledge of how to be a human.

here are a few things to keep in mind during this stressful time of exams:

  • tables in the library are tables, not forts. yes friends, the other day there were girls who were laying underneath the table studying. what’s wrong with this? first of all, that’s not the purpose of the table. secondly, they were loud and doing more imaginative play in said fort than actual studying causing a distraction. and finally, when they left, they did not clean up from their fun game. the chairs were still on their sides and stacked in odd positions. please, just sit your butt down and study properly.
  • i understand that i am currently sitting in the “community” study section, but still, there are noise levels that are just straight up wrong for any section of the library. and you my friends, yes you, two tables over, i can hear your every word. sooooo, yeah. you’re too loud.
  • oranges or other smelly foods are not good snacks in small spaces – aka the library. they make everyone wish they had fresh produce.
  • having a phone on vibrate is not quiet. every time you get a text, i know about it. and it throws off the mojo of my studying. so please, pretty please, either put your phone on real silent, or don’t let it buzz on the hard wood tables. you’re making me, and everyone else CRAZY.
now, don’t be alarmed. not everyone loses manners during exam week. let me share a little upper. i made the long, obnoxious walk back to my dorm because i forgot my power cord for my computer. when i walked into my dorm, a dad was there. i didn’t know him, but he asked me how my exams were going, if i was having productive studying and then said, “just stay strong! you’re so close! you’re gonna make it!” and i smiled. what a great human.
oh and dear girl having a deep conversation with your boyf in the stairwell – thanks for the entertainment tonight. : )
so friends, whether you are in school or not, let’s be kind to those of us who are working our little tails off. it’s just how to be a human.
and now, let the studying continue.

one better.

check this out, friends.

i love angie smith.  she is definitely a human, knows what to do.  she’s not a know-it-all.  she’s totally real.

you must read her post, then come back to h2bah and finish reading my post…go, go now and read…

okay.

how great is this concept, do one better.  i love it.  isn’t that what being a human is all about?  what task can i do better at?  sure, i can hold the door for the person behind me – what would it look like to do one better?  yes, i’ll say please and thank you to my barista – let me do one better and ask them about their day.  winning.

so friends – let’s excel here and do one better.  it’s just how to be a human.

humans do exist!

imagine me doing a happy dance right now as i have interacted with a quality human.

you all know i’m a janitor. if not, now you do. typically, when i am working i just get pity stares, or disgusted looks. pity stares because, well, who wants to be emptying surprise boxes at 7am and disgusted looks because i actually AM emptying surprise boxes at 7am.

but, friends, guess what?

thursday morning.

second floor.

arena restroom.

a perky red head walks in. she uses the restroom and comes to wash her hands (side note, i should’ve known she was quality as she did wash her hands – good personal hygiene counts as good manners, you know) and she says “good morning! how are you?” i swear, my jaw hit the floor.

what? someone acknowledged me as a human being even while i was wearing blue latex free gloves and a tshirt that proclaims to the world my misfortune of having a job as a janitor? wow.

she asked me if i had weekend plans, when i got off of work…we had a lovely little chat. she then wished me a good day, and i wished her one back (again, that’s polite) and we both continued on our way. gosh, i think i smiled for the last 30 minutes of work!

and oh, you think it can’t get better? it can.

i’ve seen her 2 more times since than every time, she says good morning and gives me a smile. love.

so red head, work out clothes girl with the lime green headband – thank you for being a human! when i make it to ellen degeneres thanks to this blog, i’ll be sure to give you a shout out!

see friends, nothing extravagant, just how to be a human. : )

friends. it has been a long time since i have sat down to share. i’m sorry. it is not polite to ignore you, my faithful blog readers. even if it’s only 3 people. : )

it rained today. and around campus there were GIGUNDO puddles. i’m talking mini ponds. it was gross. lucky for me, i have galoshes. they are bright yellow. with white polka dots. and so. stinkin. cute. but that’s not the point.

the point is this: not everybody has galoshes. and even if people wear galoshes, not everyone likes splashing in puddles. so to the girl walking in front of me on the path – STOP SPLASHING IN EVERY DANG PUDDLE!

i’ll be the first to admit it – i love puddle jumping. but it is not appropriate to puddle jump and splash when you are surrounded by other people who are not participating in said splashing. you see, when little miss jumpy jumped, my pants got wet. and i had to stop abruptly so i would not run into little miss jumpy. my friends, this should not be.

so let’s recap.

puddle jumping is fun. on. your. own. people don’t like wet, cold pants on a yucky day. so keep your puddle jumping to your self. it’s just how to be a human.

ps. a new installment of the janitorial series in the works. *wink*

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