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The demise of "Thank You" (a rant)

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Dyno, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. Dyno

    Dyno Well-Known Member

    I considered all three of those options and I decided on the last.  :)  
  2. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    And the correct response to "Thank You" is, "You're Welcome".

    Not, "No problem". I hate that with a passion. It's like nails on a chalkboard.
  3. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    I tend to prefer, "My pleasure." A bit more personal, and it makes it sound like you actually wanted to help them.
  4. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    This is going to come as a surprise to some people, but the other day, I was complimented on my gentlemanly nature. My wife and I were going out for a ride and we said hello to our neighbor, who was sitting outside. I went around to open the door for my wife, at which point our neighbor says "Oh my goodness, how gallant!" and went into this rant about how nobody ever opens a door for her. I felt bad for her, especially since this has been ingrained in me for as long as I can remember. You open the car door for a woman. If my father ever saw me open the door myself and then lean over to open the door for my wife, he'd slap me upside the head.

    I will be the first to admit I am AWFUL about thank you cards. I'm a procrastinator by nature, so you can imagine how long those things pile up. My mom was rabid about reminding my sister and I to write cards immediately after receiving gifts as kids, but it only stuck with my sister. When I got married, it took me months to write thank you cards. The whole time, my mom, like Ray Barone's mom, harrangued me about how I had to write the thank yous because so-and-so was asking if I got the gift.

    My sister, the goddamn overachiever that she is, wrote them as soon as she returned from her honeymoon. Apparently, Ballscribe is the same way.  :mad:  :D

    If I see you in person or talk to you on the phone, I'll thank you profusely for the gift. I'm just awful about writing it out. Oh the irony.

    As for people not saying thank you for common everyday courtesies, I hate that. Had it happen today. Was walking out of a building, held the door open twice for an older woman behind me and didn't get any acknowledgment. Told her to see me next tuesday (after I got in the car, of course).  :D
  5. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Yes, and you're just going to have to deal with it. ;D

    Saying please and thank-you was drilled into my head as a kid, and we've done the same to our child. We often hear, from other parents, how courteous mini-micro is. Well, it's not brain surgery, it's called parenting.
  6. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    BYNeut, I had the car-door thing drilled into my head too. It's not even a chivalry thing -- it's just *that's what you do*, whether it's your S.O., or your mother, or someone else's mother, or a friend, or a chick just along for the ride. *That's what you do*. Open her door, then go around see if she passes the Door Test and open your own. :D

    I guess the same applies to please and thank you, too. *That's what you do*. No need to make a scene out of it, just say it and that's it.

    But thank you cards ... eh, we'll see. Ain't hitched yet, so I don't know about that one. Now, I write them when I really, really want to go overboard with the thank you to somebody. But anybody else, I thank them the next time I talk to them or see them.
  7. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    I think holding the door ONLY for women... is more latent chauvinism than chivalry.
  8. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    This from the psycho who probably hasn't seen a vagina in person since birth.
  9. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

  10. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    I did mean holding the door open... my mistake.
  11. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    My new tact:

    When a drive-thru moron doesn't say thank you, I make a point of asking for more napkins. Oh, and pepper. Oh, and straws. Oh, and salt. Can I get some more dipping sauce? This doesn't taste like diet! The more I bother them, the better I feel.

    Man, I'm an ass.
  12. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Dyno, thanks for starting this thread.

    And I hold the door for anyone, but if I ever tried to open the car door for my girlfriend, she'd punch me in the nuts.
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