Arms & Manners.

With deservedly little fanfare and even less facility with written English, we return to the digital fray with two quick notes.

No. 1:

A photographic phenomenon hardly less detestable than the “selfy” is the “skinny arm,” an affectation of young women who, through wishful thinking, have come to believe that photographs taken of them with arms cocked and angled toward the viewer make said arms look thin. This is not the case. Arms typically look fat because they are, not because of poor posing. No imaginative posturing will correct this. A treadmill might.

No. 2:

There is nothing more indicative of low origin than discourtesy. Your editorial staff recently flew to Boston, by way of Chicago. Going and returning, the administrative and mechanical failings of several airlines made sailing less than smooth. Nothing much could be done about this on the ground level, but the rudeness and complete absence of tact with which airline terminal workers foisted on travelers 15-hour delays hardly improved things. Irate customers became more so. Responding to exasperation, workers complained loudly to customers of their own tedious hours manning ticket booths and check-in desks overnight, leaving little question as to how those particular workers got stuck working an overnight airline ticket booth in the first place.


2 Responses to Arms & Manners.

  1. Avery says:

    In the dominant culture that has displaced the WASPs, complaining is a virtue. I’m painfully familiar with this from dinner table conversations at my liberal arts college.

    • Andrew Eastman says:

      Avery – unfortunately, true. There once was a virtue called the stiff upper lip. If not dead, it’s now at least on a number of IV drips and a ventilator. With regard to rampant complaints over imagined slights at liberal arts schools, an old saying suggests itself: “a teenager is a person who cries like a baby when not treated like an adult.” Recent student demonstrators at Dartmouth College are an example.

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