Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Politeness Counts



Here in Sierra Madre, we're a generally cordial bunch of people.  You don't see a lot of grouchy signs.  (No Trespassing!!  Keep Your Dog Off of My Lawn!)  Instead, you'll mostly find polite requests, such as the one in the photo above. 

I'm guessing that most residents have experienced this cordiality at some time or another.  In fact, anyone who has spent time sitting at any four-way stop in town, as we all wave at each other to go ahead, would likely agree. (Please, you go first.  No, no. After you!!)  It may not always be the most efficient thing - traffic can back up a bit during these friendly interactions - but I'd say it's a very nice way to live.


8 comments:

  1. i prefer the polite signs to the grouchy ones! haha, you go first, no you! been there!

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  2. I am afraid that if I posted a sign like that it would go unnoticed... 75% of the people ignore the doggie stations... they will bag the poop but drop it on the ground or let their dog poop on the sidewalk- yep they will... I saw a couple of men who will have their dog poop on the sidewalk and then will kick the poop into the person's bedding or in the gutter!. Adele, that happens in so called upper middle class hoods- can u believe that?

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  3. It's easy to be grouchy but takes more effort to be polite. Glad you live in polite surroundings!

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  4. I couldn't agree more - sometimes, more efficiency isn't a better thing:) I do love that aspect of living in a small town!

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  5. Sierra Madre, of course, is a small corner of paradise...seeing a sweet sign like that - not at all surprised. Smashing! (I just hope the little animals with those foot prints can read :). Lovely shot, Adele!!!!!

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  6. Nicer than the one's I've seen.

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  7. I think we are all in agreement! It is so much nicer to take a moment, be nice, and enjoy your day. Grouchiness is a waste! :)

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