Manners Reminder

by Tamar Caspi under Date Night,Single Life

I have heard SO MANY awful stories about dates with bad manners that I was compelled to write yet another post about manners — not only on a first date, but for the first few months of a new relationship.

  • Boogers — If you feel that a nose nugget is loose and tickling you, then excuse yourself to go to the restroom to dig it out. Sounds funny I know, but there is no reason that you should pick your nose in front of your date.
  • Farts — Sometimes you can’t hold it. I get it. We are all human. If you’re successful at passing gas quietly then you can probably ignore a stench the first time or pretend that one stinky one is from the passing waiter, but you only get one. Once you know your flatulence is foul then excuse yourself to the restroom to see if you can avoid another nose-wrinkling scenario.
  • Belching — Sometimes a burp escapes before you can stop it. Just excuse yourself and move on or say something along the lines of “compliments to the chef,” but don’t worry about it again. If you feel a burp coming then try and stifle it. Keeping some antacids on hand is always a good idea, especially if dinner is taking place at a restaurant that serves food which include garlic, onion, or other belch-inducing ingredients.

Those are just the top few social miscues that keep coming up (pardon the pun) lately. It’s a good idea to practice preparation and avoidance before and during a date by checking yourself (and your bodily functions) before leaving the house, and by not eating or drinking anything that could create a reaction.

Using the Loo

by Tamar Caspi under Relationships

Once a relationship gets to that comfortable stage where you’re spending the night at each other’s house multiple times during the week and leaving a toothbrush and not worrying about how you look 24/7, there will be that time when one of you uses the bathroom without closing the door. The man will probably do it first because standing to pee isn’t such a big deal. A woman will, more often than not, think it’s cute that the guy feels so comfortable around her. Yet she will continue to close the door, click on the fan and turn on the water when popping a squat. Eventually, e-v-e-n-t-u-a-l-l-y, a woman will be in mid-sentence and will continue talking as she is using the loo without closing the door. Congratulations! You are now truly in a serious adult relationship. It’s not a pretty thing to talk about, but it’s what really happens behind closed doors. You don’t really think your boyfriend believes you don’t pass gas do you? Because you fart in your sleep. Get embarrassed and then get over it. You also forget to brush your teeth sometimes and you forget to put on deodorant sometimes. If you’re going to marry this person they are going to smell your stank, regardless of where it originates. Sure, you can (and probably should) try and postpone this introduction as long as possible, but be warned, it will happen one day.