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March 22, 2013

STAWAR: A rude new world

A few weeks ago, my wife Diane and I visited Spring Mill State Park and went into the lodge’s main lounge. We sat down in some comfortable chairs near the fireplace. 

We intended to read for a while, however directly across from us was a gentlemen (and I use the term loosely) watching video on some sort of tablet device. Oblivious to the rest of the guests sitting there, he breached everyone’s quiet enjoyment by having the volume turned up and laughing raucously at what apparently was the most hilarious program in the world.

Fast forward about a week later and we were in the lounge area at Clifty Falls State Park Lodge. We really like state parks. 

Some group had just finished holding a birthday party right in the middle of their lounge. The place was a mess, with pizza boxes and leftover cake scattered about. It looked like a premeditated event, not just an impromptu affair. I couldn’t understand why they didn’t have their party in some private room rather than commandeering the lounge.

After a few of these experiences, you can become sensitized and begin noticing instances of rudeness all around you. For example, there’s a restaurant in Jeffersonville that’s on our circuit for lunch. Diane say she often sees people holding business meetings there — even conducting job interviews — without ordering anything. 

Many people use their Wi-Fi and may or may not buy drinks. Sometimes a group will be gathered around a table, but only one person orders anything. This sort of thing happens all the time, even during the busy lunch hour. Someone also told us that he saw a man buy a drink, sit down at a table and then take his lunch out of a bag to eat, like the place was a public lunchroom.

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