The Etiquette Of Personal Space

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By John Hubbuch

I suppose I should write something about the Village elections, but there are too many candidates for District 200 and too few for the Village and District 97, and VMA will win Village President. So I'm not sure it makes much difference. If you like it here in Oak Park , you stay; if you don't, you move.         

Besides, I have more important things to discuss this morning. I believe we need a reminder that we must respect each other's personal space. Unlike ants and bees we homo sapiens do not swarm. We prefer a little space.     

So when there are 12 treadmills at your local health cclub only two of which are  being used it is not mannerly for the 3rd exerciser to take a machine right next to the two in use. Go away. Also, when exercising try to avoid invading the aural space of others by making noises more suitable for the farm or zoo.                       

The same respect for personal space applies to movie theater seating. When attending an early bird movie, which has only  single digit numbers of patrons ,it is not cool to sit next to or in front of those patrons who have previously arrived. You will creep them out and force them to move. Choose from the hundreds of other  seats  available.

Finally, when using a public urinal or bathroom stall remember to fill in unused spaces so as to preserve a space between you and another where possible. Think :even,even/odd odd. I can't believe I need to remind all that there is no talking  when urinating or defecating unless you're a complete boor. Look straight ahead please. 

I appreciate that some readers will find these reminders as trivial even wrong, but trust me there are people who really really value their personal space. And some of them may be armed now that the Village handgun prohibition has been ruled unconstitutional.

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Chet from Oak Park  

Posted: March 27th, 2013 3:35 PM

This is one of the most ridiculous articles I have ever seen. Lean month John? Yes I should have wrote about the upcoming election. Better yet, you should have taken some time off. Be careful labeling others boorish, especially when you are a bore.

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