Monday, March 12, 2007

Thank you, Mr. Door!!


I consider myself a pretty nice person. True - I often talk like a sailor (not about setting the sails and shit, in case you don't understand), but that doesn't make me a bad person. What makes someone a bad person is not saying "thank you" when it's appropriate. That's right! I'm pissed! This should actually be an entry for Mr. Burnett's etiquette, but nope - I'm pullin' the strings tonight and this ones about California.

I actually don't know if it's a CA thing or what, but ever since I've moved here I've noticed that people just don't use their P's and Q's as much... Hummm... Too bad I don't really know what "P's and Q's" mean... Hummm... Haha... So anyway - I'm pissed. Haha... (WHAT? You can't take me seriously because I keep laughing? -and yes I actually laugh when I write "haha..." Fuck you!!!!!!! - you know I don't mean that right? God this blog is so emotionally draining...)

So, I've kind of noticed it before but the other day I was leave on my lunch break/music video and I held the door open for 2 ladies and wouldn't you fucking know it - neither one of those be-atches said thank you!!! So I'm usually very pleasant but I was so perturbed that I said "Your welcome!" as sweet as pie. But those bitches completely ignored me!!!! So what do I do? Well... Actually nothing... I'm not exactly going to get in a fight with 2 business women on my fucking lunch break, because not only am I a wuss, I bet they were lawyers and they have that crazy fire that burns in them... YOU know what I mean.

So, I actually was kinda proud of myself for saying "your welcome" when they didn't even say "thank you". It's like them there words where my fightin' words. Words of terror, I say!! Even if they didn't hear me, I still fell all powerful and had a good laugh because I was actually surprised I did it. Over all I am a pussy and a wussy... I like to think I'm tough and I'll offer to beat up anyone, but have it be know, that I just like SAYING it... Not DOING it...

And wouldn't you know it happened at the end of the day again!! Three people in one fucking day!!! What's the odds of that really? So, that's what I'm writing about because I'm so moved by the wonders of the human, lawyer mind... Haha... (take it easy all you lawyers... I don't want to be sued and I defiantly can't afford it).

So the next time you hold the door for someone say, "Your Welcome, from Erica AP - the savior of the holding-the-door-open-etiquette. She taught me that all is good in the world and you should learn this lesson otherwise you will go to hell."

That should catch their attention. And like greggoconnell.com says, "I'm wicked east coast - I'll hold the door for you."

Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Hahahahahahahahaha.... (yes - I just laughed at my own mad, dorky writing skills - no one can write double h's like me).

Love,

the one who really cares about you, Erica AP

50 comments:

Matt said...

Soemthing similar happened to me recently on the metro escalator. A tall man passed me on the right just as I was about to step off and bumped my bag.

I said, "Watch out."

he came back and this seemed to piss him off because he was... taller than me.

he seemed to think i should be afraid of him.... don't stop standing up for yourself....

Dave Evanns said...

It drives me nuts when people can't say a simple phrase like "thank you". The other thing that chaps my ass is when you go into a revolving door and the person in front of you doesn't push. They expect you to push for them. Lazy asses!

Erica AP said...

Matt: Tall men scare me... Haha... Not really... You should have pounded your chest with your fist and said, "Wanna go??" I'm sure he would backed down after that amount of testosterone is thrown around. :)

Erica AP said...

Dave: I try not to go in those revolving doors too much... I always think I'm going to get stuck in them or that I'll get squished because I missed the compartment you stand in... Haha... Thank you!!!

Gregg O'Connell said...

all we are is dust in the wind...

take it for what its worth..

Kansas

Gregg O'Connell said...

you love writing comments seperately so it makes it look like you have more comments than you do!
fucking cheater!!!

Paul Hughson said...

You know what I fucking hate? When I let some guy go ahead of me in traffic and I don't get a courtesy wave back. Man, it makes me want to run him off the road after that.

Oh, and Erica? Thank you for this post.

Erica AP said...

Gregg: Don't be hatin' when I linked you be-atch!! And you know I don't post individual comments on purpose... I was responding to Matt and while I was, Dave commented... I'm not like you - I don't really care how many comments I get... The only time I care is when I can rub it in your face because you are a comment whore. Done!!!! Haha...

Paul: I hate that too... They do that a lot here. Maybe I was spoiled with all the friendly country folk in Vermont, growing up. Oh and Paul, Your Welcome.

Amber said...

Boy, do I feel you! I wrote about pretty much the exact same thing awhile back. And I'm a native CA girl, so I'm not sure that's the root of the problem. People are just assholes. Plain and simple.

Queen of Dysfunction said...

Dude, you so inspired me to write a companion post to your post and whore your site.

Erica AP said...

Amber: That suck that people sucks... Maybe we can round them up and flick their ears... I bet that'll turn them around... Haha...

QofD: I'm glad I can inspire such a great mind as yours and I love when you whore me up, baby!!! :)

velvet girl said...

What are the chances of three people in one day not thanking you for holding the door? Pretty effing good because so few people have manners these days. They suck.

Sometimes I can tell who these people are going to be and I let go of the door just a touch prematurely. It's very satisfying.

-velvet

Travis said...

P's and Q's actually comes from ireland in the long long ago. When a group of bar patrons would start to get rowdy and it looked like a fight was about to break out the bar tender would yell ,"Gentlemen: Mind your PINTS and QUARTS." Meaning sit down, shut up and act nice.

It has been translated to mean mind your manners.

I'm a smart motherfucker sometimes...when I'm not watching wrestling.

Erica AP said...

Velvet: Yeah, but when you do that, they give you a dirty look, like you are supposed to hold the door open. Bastards - ALL of them!!! :)

Travis: You are very smart. Thank you for the insight and I'll make sure to hold the door open for you so that you can get to the TV quicker so that you won't miss any TNT...

Queen of Dysfunction said...

Erica, be leery of Travis. When he starts busting out with the helpful history tips it usually means he's about to hit you up for cash.

Natalie said...

I really hate it when people don't thank me for being in charge of the tv clicker. I mean, I even check the menu and everything. Ingrates.
I held a door for an older woman a couple of weeks ago. She had to walk me all the way to my car and tell me how much she appreciated because she has experienced so many biotches who haven't either done it for her or thanked her for it.
She scared the hell out of me. I think she expected me to put-out, too.
Not sure.
It just seemed so gratuitious.
I still open doors for people only now I'm a bit more discerning.
;)

Erica AP said...

Natalie: Haha... I don't know if I've ever thanked someone for controlling the remote. I don't know if I ever will. :) Wow - that's kinda cool that she was so appreciative... but when they become over appreciative that when the crazy kicks in and it's everyone for their own. :)

Erica AP said...

QofD: I had no idea that Travis was so conniving... Good thing I don't have any money to give him. :)

RILAH said...

i've noticed the same thing. but i live about 5 hours plane-ward north.

canada is a place well known, apparently for it's friendly, polite people. some of us, especially people my age, make a huge effort to be over the top polite; we're trying to improve the world/up tourism, i guess.

when i read this book, the whole time i was all up in it and going "yeah, fuckin eh". i recommend it, purely for catharsis' sake.

Erica AP said...

Rilah: That book looks good... That's nice that you Canadian folk are so nice... I grew up in Vermont about 4 hour drive from Canada so maybe that's why I get so appalled all the time. :)

Tammie Jean said...

Erica, I'm with you. Rude people totally suck.

You know what else I hate? When you pass by someone in the hallway, and you give them the courtesy smile, and they look right through you like you're not even there.

Oh, and people who don't hold the elevator when they see you coming.

Erica AP said...

Tammy: I always hold the elevator door even though I don't really like riding it with other people because they may start talking to me... Haha... When did common courtesy stop being taught??

Dan said...

Erica, THANK YOU for that post. ;)

It's not a California thing. It's a human being thing. I once found myself in Iceland with the most unfriendly piece of crap you can imagine. Just a totally unfriendly co-worker. And obese.

One day I thought I'd make the idiot's day and fetched two pints of ice cream. I knew he'd be at the rec room of the army facility. I walked up to him, handed him the ice cream with a smile on my face. He took it and ate it.

The fat fuck never said a word! Didn't say thanks. Didn't ask me if he owed me anything. Nothing. I think he just burped.

Some people just don't have a clue.

But you do, and that's why you rock! Want to go get some ice cream? :)

Jay said...

You know what I hate? I hat it when I'm holding the door for some people and every single one of them put their hand out on the door as they walk through. Like I'm one of those assholes that only pretends to hold the door open and waits until somebody isn't looking and let the fucking door go right in their face.

I mean, yeah, I mmmmmight have done that one or two or a hundred times when I was a kid. But, seriously, I'm a full grown fucking adult now. What makes anything think I have THAT immature of a sense of humor? Really!

Erica AP said...

Dan: I can't believe he didn't even say thank you!!! What an ass!! I would love to go for ice cream but I might burp too... but my burp would be not only entertaining but thoughtful because I would say, "thank you" through it. I know - I'm so ladylike. :)

Jay: Maybe those people have had some bad experiences with their faces hitting the door. Did any of them have a flat nose? I keep imagining them made out of clay and when they get hit their noses actually go flat... haha...

Steven Novak said...

I am fighting the urge to slam a door in your face. ;)

Steve~

Erica AP said...

Steve: So you are the leader of the door-smackers? Damn that sounds weird...

Jill said...

Awesome post. The other night, I was with my new guy. We hailed a cab and just as we were getting in, these two, high-maintenance, bitchy chicks tried to get in from the other side!! One of the girls actually started shoving my guy out of the cab!! It was kind of nuts but finally the cabbie told the bitchy chicks to get the F out of the cab and be on their way. Point of this long-winded story? All my lawyer ass was thinking was how we could sue these girls for assault. :) Yup, us lawyers are CRRRRRAAAZY! lol.

savannah said...

civility still exists, we just don't all live in the same city :)

savannah said...

forgot...found you via queen of dysfunction...thanks!

Erica AP said...

Jill: That's crazy!! I would be so pissed if they did that to me. Sue them to make them an example of what not to do to Jill!! Haha...

Savannah: How awesome would that be if all the nice considerate people living in one city... I'm thinking it might turn out kind of like a hippy commune?? Haha...

Queen of Dysfunction said...

Erica, have you seen these women since? I think you should body-check them next time. The lobby of your building should double as your personal hockey rink. Rink? Arena? Something like that...

Erica AP said...

QofD: I don't remember what they looked like... Maybe I should just body-check every woman in a suit, just to be sure. And I like the word "rink" better because it rhymes with sink... And link... And pink... And.........

jane said...

I live in Ca. too & have noticed something similar the past year or so. It's whenever I go to a drive-thru restaurant, they don't say "Thank you", they say "Have a nice day" And I'm like WTF? can't you say thank you AND have a nice day? What stupid management place teaches them to do this? Oh, yeah, a clerk @ Ralphs did it too & I reported her twice.
Okay, you hit a nerve with me. Bet you can't tell, can ya?

Erica AP said...

Jane: I'll have to make sure I thank you for commenting because I don't want you reporting me to the blogger management... Haha... Maybe "Have a nice Day" has the same meaning as "thank you" now? I don't know, but it is pretty weird. :)

CarmenSinCity said...

When I lived in Maryland and Florida, I dealt with really rude people a lot and I was totally used to it. Then I moved out here to Vegas and found that in a lot of cases, people are pretty nice here. I swear. I don't know why - but I'm really happy about it :)

Niceness is contagious too - I think I'm way nicer now that I moved here.

Erica AP said...

Carmen: Wow - Las Vegas is nicer than the rest of the country? I would have never guessed... Maybe it's because people win when they gamble more and why wouldn't you be happy and nice if you won some money... Haha... I just like to make up reasons even if they are lame... :)

Queen of Dysfunction said...

I have no comment. It's just been so long since I've seen your lovely blog that I thought I would come by and leave one anway...

Yeah, I'm a dork.

Erica AP said...

QofD: I don't know what I would do without your comments. Meaningful or not. And you should know that all dorks are welcomed here. :)

Natalie said...

I have a comment for the management.
Dear management,
I would like to complain about said employee EricaAP and the fact that she only posts once a damned week. Ya'll drew me in, caught me by surprise, created extra interest (at least 19.89%), and expect me to pay my bill on time.
I'm addicted to this feed.
I want more.
Thank you,
Natalie B. Doesn'thaveajobandreadswaytoomanyblogs.

Yeah, it's of Swiss/Cherokee/German descent. What of it?

Erica AP said...

Dear Natalie:

It is with utter frustration that although we see your complaint as valid, there is no way for us to fire Erica AP because she is a partner in this firm. If it weren't for that, all appropriate actions would be taken to disburse of her, and her things. She claims that working two jobs, recording an album, and starting her clothing company takes up most of her time. She is also doesn't want to get "blogger burnout" like many of her friends have gotten. It's a terrible disease and we can associate with her feelings on that. So with this said, we would like to thank you for your concern but ultimately there is nothing we can do.

Sincerely,
Management

Natalie said...

Oh.
Well.
Nevermind then.
:)

Helen said...

I know, I mean, it doesn't exactly take a long time out of people's days to say thank you or whatever, now does it?
Helen

Erica AP said...

Natalie: Man - they sure put you in your place, huh? :)

Helen: No it doesn't... A little love goes a long way. :)

Matt said...

You should start talking in the third person.

It makes for much better writing that way. :)

Claudia said...

Hi...here from Burnett's site. I think it depends on the people...I'm in a little town north of LA. People here are quite nice and polite for the most part, but we also have those that figure the sun revolves around them and act like that.

Michael C said...

As a So Cal native, I have to agree with you. When someone is rude to me now or can't say thank you, I just laugh. Everyone is so self absorbed though they have yet to figure out why I'm laughing.

Erica AP said...

Matt: You just want me too look up to you for guidance.

Claudia: That's cool... I think it might just be all the big shots down here... I would assume that LA is much worse than here. :)

Michael: That's the great thing about laughing. No one ever knows if you are laughing at yourself, at them or with them... Good times. :)

Wavemancali said...

For me it's the traffic wave. I am a Canadian living in Los Angeles and I think it is the lack of the traffic wave that is going to finally make me snap and get into the clock tower with the high powered sniper rifle.

Last week at the mall when driving around the lot looking for a spot, a woman blew through a stop sign and swooped the first open spot I had seen in 15 minutes. I didn't care about parking spot, I cared about blowing through the stop sign and I lowered the window to tell her so. She of course screamed obsenities and me and threatened to beat up my wife. I love the city.

Erica AP said...

Waveman: I know... I'm from Vermont and everyone is sooo friendly and lets everyone go while driving. LA - not so much. And mall parking lots are defiantly the worst. :)