Dear Miss Manners: I work in a hearth station amongst folks that, 99 percent of the time, couldn’t care much less about any shape of etiquette. Due to the general public’s appreciation of our offerings and plenty of birthdays and social occasions, the station is a dumping floor for cake. We get at least a week. I know that for some motive, each person on this planet cuts cake running from the outdoor in the direction of the internal or center. Where is the rule that states, “Thou shalt begin to eat cake from the out of doors facet and steadily whittle closer to the interior”?
Every time we obtain a brand new cake, I always attempt to be the primary character to take a sample. I in no way reduce out squares or pie shapes; I always carve out a rectangular form and constantly within the MIDDLE of the cake, for that reason leaving the outer perimeter intact. Whenever I do this, my co-workers always seem perturbed and act as though the cake is ruined. Without fail, those whining hypocrites will land up completely consuming the cake.
What’s wrong with them, or what do I lack right here?! Mind you, I’m not speakme approximately a thousand-greenback multitiered wedding cake. On the opposite, I’m speaking approximately a $15 cheapo from the local grocery save, or something self-made from a person who dropped it off and will no longer be sharing it with us.
With all of that stated, what difference does it make where the bite of the cake came from?
I can not think about any other meals dish wherein an object is predicted to reduce out in a certain manner. What makes a cake so unique? I’m retiring in a year and would like to set this struggle to rest before I cross.
How on earth do you narrow a bit from the middle whilst keeping the relaxation intact? And why would you need to?
Is it absolutely worth the attempt this ought to take — no longer to mention the resulting frosting to your sleeves — to show a weirdly specific and irksome factor in your co-people? Or much more likely, to play a hoax on Miss Manners?
Your co-workers are in all likelihood difficult your technique due to the fact it is leaving them with a very well touched and mangled cake in your wake. In hopes of your nicely taking part in your retirement, but, Miss Manners shows that you reduce a huge piece of cake for yourself, massive sufficient so one can create something laugh shapes you want in it in a while. Then, please, depart the rest of it alone.
Dear Miss Manners: I wonder if it’s far considered polite to go away a twig can of air freshener within the guest bathroom to be used at the visitor’s discretion. If so, where should they be positioned?
I’ve attempted setting it on the floor near the bathroom. However, guests don’t appear to take the hint. So what does Miss Manners endorse?
That you get better-smelling guests, leaving air freshener in an attractive field in simple sight is all that you may reasonably do. But, if the consequences are not in your pride, Miss Manners shows which you discreetly comply with up after your visitors have left.