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hike/bike trails, passing on the left. proper etiquette?

i go bike riding from time to time for exercise, almost always on hike/bike trails. generally, if i'm passing someone, i don't say anything, if it looks like they're clearly to the right, and if there is room to pass on the left. if they're in the left a bit or look like they're wobbling or not paying attention, i'll give a strong "to your left!" [more inside]
posted by camdan on Mar 31, 2012 - 62 answers

How to tell colleagues that they're bad multitaskers?

How do I broach to colleagues that I can tell they're (poorly) multitasking? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Mar 27, 2012 - 12 answers

Housesitting Compensation

Etiquette Experts: What is customary compensation for a housesitter? [more inside]
posted by chundo on Mar 13, 2012 - 40 answers

How can I politely get people to stop using a nickname?

My name is Michael. A very small number of people call me Mike, which I don't regard as my name, but I don't really think it's a big deal. The only time it really bugs me is when they introduce me to other people as Mike or send group e-mails addressed to Mike, because then others think my name is Mike. What is the most polite way to request that someone use my actual name? Do you think this is a petty request? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Mar 12, 2012 - 58 answers

No more burping due to no carbs?!?

Burping and no-carb diet. Specifically, can a LACK of burping be due to the no-carb diet? Has this been anyone's experience? [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot on Mar 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Developing the non-pushy ask

How do I, very much an asker, make it easy and comfortable for an askee if they want to say "no"? or do I need to just not ask? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Mar 10, 2012 - 29 answers

konichi wa?

Japanesefilter: I will be working with Japanese business clients in Europe and would like to learn a few phrases and their etiquette! [more inside]
posted by bruinbruin on Mar 3, 2012 - 5 answers

script for dealing with rude comments about weight?

I need a verbal and behavioral script to work from. I've experienced some recent weight gain. A relative will soon be visiting our home. Based on past experiences, I expect that he will comment on, judge, and offer advice about my weight. Please help me out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2012 - 55 answers

I don't want to be a lap swimming jerk

I'm keen to add lap swimming to my fitness routine, but I haven't done it before and don't know the etiquette. Help me not commit any lap swimming faux pas. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Feb 20, 2012 - 27 answers

What is the order of naked, suiting up, showering for a pool visit?

What is the correct order of operations when it comes to getting into the pool (in terms of showering and putting on your suit)? [more inside]
posted by sperose on Feb 16, 2012 - 21 answers

"Sooo... can we have sex now?"

Second hookup/date tips for a girl who likes to pick up guys? (How to encourage said guys to make a move the second time around). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2012 - 18 answers

Is this a wedding or a fundraiser?

When I asked my brother if there was something in particular he would like for his upcoming wedding, he told me not to give him anything unless it was cash. I have a few issues with this request. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2012 - 79 answers

Wake or funeral?

Do you go to the wake or the funeral? [more inside]
posted by Sissinghurst on Feb 13, 2012 - 38 answers

Issue of payment for professional services when the professional is doing it as a favor to my family member. Advice?

Issue of payment for professional services when the professional is doing it as a favor to my family member. Advice? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Feb 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Etiquette regarding followups after an interview? Found an awesome job, but don't want to seem pushy.

I found a job that I would really like to get, but the company is being slow in making a decision. [more inside]
posted by digitaldraco on Feb 1, 2012 - 10 answers

How to Handle a Restaurant Bill SNAFU

A few weeks ago I had a frustrating interaction with a waiter regarding a gift card. I am still bothered by what happened and would like some advice about it. [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Jan 21, 2012 - 33 answers

Bringing a baby to a wake?

Is it appropriate to bring my 3-month old to a wake? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut on Jan 19, 2012 - 26 answers

Whats the proper way to let a guy know he won't be getting any?

I'm a girl. You're a guy. We're making out, but we won't be doing anything past that tonight. How do I let you know that so you don't feel like I'm leading you on? Or do I let you know at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2012 - 25 answers

What Would Metafilter Do?

I think that a new(ish) friend of mine might be involved with a pseudo-cult. Should I express my concern or just bite my tongue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Wedding etiquette regarding invites and rsvp

My partner was not invited to my friend's wedding yet my ex-husband and his new girlfriend are. Bride and Groom to be were both invited and attended ex and my wedding previously. I live with my partner and its a serious relationship. My ex-husbands gf is now pregnant. I find this all upsetting. How should I respond? [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea on Jan 13, 2012 - 67 answers

Dear accountant, let me make you look better!

What's the proper etiquette when offering to barter for my design services? [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench on Jan 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Doyyy I wish I could do that herp derp derp

How do I talk to people whose work I admire without coming across as starstruck, opportunistic, tactless, or otherwise obnoxious? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me be a good bridesmaid from afar.

Help me be a good bridesmaid--from afar, on a low budget, with close to no vacation time, for a bride who I hadn't spoken with in two years. [more inside]
posted by soundproof on Jan 10, 2012 - 7 answers

urinal bathroom etiquette

I work in an office with one bathroom on the floor. In the bathroom, there are 3 urinals, side-by-side, with short dividers between them. Given that when I use the bathroom, there is about a 50% chance that at least one other person will already be using a urinal as well, which urinal generally gets the least amount of use? My goal is to always use the urinal that has the least amount of use, mostly for OCD-type reasons. [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw on Jan 6, 2012 - 45 answers

Potentially inappropriate religious blessings

Do you find it inappropriate for someone who is not of your religion to offer blessings from your religion? [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Jan 1, 2012 - 34 answers

it's raining men

Invitations for a (co-ed) baby shower. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Dec 31, 2011 - 19 answers

Am I a total snob for being embarrassed by my friend's table habit?

Am I a total snob for being embarrassed by my friend's table habit? If so, how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 - 58 answers

Hey you kids, get off my walkway!

Which pedestrians move aside while passing? When pedestrians walking at approximately equal strolling speeds in opposite directions are on a collision course, assuming each has a clear path to move aside, who yields? Help me not be THAT PERSON at the mall. [more inside]
posted by theplotchickens on Dec 29, 2011 - 40 answers

Hey, I don't really want to hug her, either.

Unwilling toddlers and forced social interactions with adults: is it OK to instruct your child to (for instance) hug Great-Aunt Maisie, when she'd prefer not to? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Dec 29, 2011 - 46 answers

cash as a gift in the US

Help me understand why cash is not considered an acceptable gift option in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by needled on Dec 24, 2011 - 37 answers

Money for the gun show

How much do you tip a personal trainer you see once a week. [more inside]
posted by Unred on Dec 17, 2011 - 8 answers

What to do when you get christmas cards, but don't send any.

I get Christmas cards. But I don't send any. How should I acknowledge receipt of them? [more inside]
posted by bluelava on Dec 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Respecting elders who are acting Unrespectable (Bar Etiquette)

An older gentleman who comes to our local often enjoys singling me out for loud and overbearing criticism, even when he isn't part of the ongoing conversation. I need a good turn-off phrase to de-fuse his little bombs. [more inside]
posted by halfbuckaroo on Dec 14, 2011 - 24 answers

What kind of gift should I get for my assistant?

Xmas gift for an assistant? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Dec 8, 2011 - 29 answers

Too sad to be good convo partner?

Ok, so I've been having this problem lately (and I think it's related to my recent depression) where I meet new people and kind of expect that I'll never develop any friendship with them, but then it actually does happen, and I realize in horror that when they bring up previous conversations we've had, I act completely clueless because I didn't bother to remember it in the first place, and they say something like, "Remember we were talking about how my mom lives literally right next door to you?" (seriously, that happened today) and I remember suddenly, but clearly have already made it obvious that I didn't remember it in the first place... That's been happening a lot lately, and I want to know how to recall what I talked about with people more. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2011 - 8 answers

I don't want to see your etchings.

Help me graciously decline an invitation to a guy's apartment in advance of our date. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2011 - 39 answers

How can I comfortably discuss my disabled sister?

How can I tactfully tell a large group of people about my disabled sister? [more inside]
posted by Flamingo on Nov 21, 2011 - 36 answers

Thank You Emails?

I want to send some post-interview thank you emails, but I don't have the email addresses of the people I interviewed with. Should I email the recruiting contact asking for the email addresses, or just leave it alone? [more inside]
posted by naju on Nov 21, 2011 - 21 answers

Clapping between movements

Re the decline of applause at symphony concerts: are there any classical/symphonic works that are still regularly applauded between movements, whether by convention or by spontaneous upwelling of feeling?
posted by flechsig on Nov 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Regret, turned down job offer, Will the hiring manager consider me for future openings?

Regret of declining a job offer, I want to know how the Hiring Manager perceived me? Will I be considered for future opportunity? [more inside]
posted by msconfuse on Nov 11, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I address communication problems with my mechanic?

My mechanic said my car would be done four days ago. It's still not done. How can I, or should I, address this? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Nov 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Karaoke Etiquette

Etiquettefilter: During karaoke, what's appropriate when a song contains, e.g., a racial slur? Should you sing the lyrics as written? Substitute some other term? Not sing anything? Does the answer change depending on context - i.e., out with friends in private room, friends in public room, etc.? Specific instances discussed inside. [more inside]
posted by slide on Nov 6, 2011 - 31 answers

Wedding invitation etiquette

Wedding invitation protocol question for the non-Martha Stewart demographic. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Nov 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Throwing teabags in the sink? WTF?

Why do people throw teabags in the sink instead of throwing them in the garbage can? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Oct 16, 2011 - 40 answers

Teach me how to treat every professional with the respect and conduct they want.

I know how to treat a waiter/waitress or a barista properly -- how do I do the same for my tech support guy, doctor, mechanic, tailor, or professor? [more inside]
posted by liminalrampaste on Oct 10, 2011 - 23 answers

To tip or not to tip

Corporate housing etiquette for morans... [more inside]
posted by shino-boy on Oct 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Help me to be more socially adept in business

How can I become more socially adept in business settings? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Oct 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Don't want to wait any longer

What is appropriate etiquette for criticising a doctor's secretarial staff? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 12, 2011 - 13 answers

Etsy Etiquette?

Etsy etiquette for neg/neutral/positive feedback?etsy etiquette? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Should I feel bad about flirting while my kid is with me?

What is the etiquette for flirting when I'm with my daughter? [more inside]
posted by Capt.DooDooFace on Sep 4, 2011 - 20 answers

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