01 January 2009

What ever became of manners?

It's been an irritating beginning to the New Year this morning already.

If the telephone rings one more time and the disembodied voice fails to offer any greeting whatsoever - whether "Hello," "Hi," "Good morning," etc. - before launching right into the question, "Uh, yeah, what time is Mass this morning," they will receive a brief lesson in manners from yours truly.

Is it really so hard to respond to the greeting, "Good morning; St. Anthony's," with a greeing in kind?

Perhaps I'm too sensitive to these things. Perhaps I want too strongly for decency, courtesy and respect to return to American society. Perhaps it's time for me to find a cave where I won't be bothered with lunacy.

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