One the evening of day 1 while Mike and I were returning from a quick run to a convenience store, we approached the doorway of the Hilton. I grabbed the door and opened it. Mike, still talking to me took an eager step forward and noticed some non-SXSW elderly attempting to come out of the door. Mike then, stopped suddenly and a gentleman coming off of the sidewalk behind him had to stop suddenly causing him to visibly grimace in exasperation.
Said I: “Yeah, it’s called being mannerly.”
So, let me state this.
- When you approach a door, open it, if someone is directly behind you, let them go through the door ( if she is a cute female, you will see the reason this attitude was generated )
- When you step through a door or someone holds one open for you, pay note, is someone on the inside coming out? If so, let them come out. If the way is free, please enter.
- If someone holds the door open for you, it’ appropriate to thank them
I’m sorry your parents didn’t teach you these things, or you lived in a place that de-sensitized you from how to be a civil ( derived from civis meaning citizen, meaning a person of the city, there’s a reason manners and dense living go hand-in-hand ), but ‘round here in Texas, we’ve not let that be eradicated.
Update: And yet again. As we entered the packed session on wireframing, as we entered and tried to find a way not to step onto feet, some dude with his laptop bag and his portly frame basically barreled his way through the narrow door. As he walk passed, a certain individual typing this was heard to mutter “Nice manners!”.
Embarrassing. It’s a pity they don’t know that they should be embarrassed by their impropriety (see: Boll’s The Clown)