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Those who grew-up in Morris County, NJ are probably familiar with the AT&T training facility in Chester that truly is a sght to see. The facility actually treats the logs used in making telephone poles with the preservative compound to make them weather and pest proof.  Now, imagine a field of these poles standing upright in unseen vats so that their tops are just a few feet above ground.  I remember being told by my folks that that was where telephone poles were born, and the little ones were "just babies that would grow up to be big and strong like their parents."

It was always a neat place to drive past with your kids to tell them of the "urban legend" about where telephone poles came from.

A good friend who grew up in the area told me about the time his now grown-up son was driving by the area and matter-of-factly explained to his girlfriend about the birthplace of  telephone poles and other myths which he actually believed "because his dad told him so."

You could imagine the look on that girl's face when she realized that her boyfriend was not kidding...he meant and believed every word of it. 

And if you don't believe it..go ask the Easter Bunny!.  :)
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Dear Maureen, 

I am over 50 and I appreciate that people don’t observe the same kinds of social customs that I grew up learning. Nevertheless, I find that, even when I TRY to accommodate some of the gaffes in courtesy that I regularly encounter, I am still amazed at the lack of common sense that bad manners demonstrate. For example, the other day I was leaving the foyer of a diner and discovered that the patrons that were entering the diner were so eager to get inside that I was unable to get through the door until fully 9 people (I counted, and they were not all of one party), had brushed past me. Fortunately the 10th man approaching the door was a gentleman and held the door open for me to exit the premises. Isn’t there some understood rule that people leaving a building take priority over people entering a building?

 Joan

 Dear Joan,

The effects of interacting with rude people are cumulative—a bit like water torture, the constant drip, drip, drip of selfish behavior can wear down the most stalwart among us. Waiting an extra minute to leave a building does seem like a minor infraction, but you’ve probably also had people shouting into their cell phones while in your vicinity, cutting you off in traffic, using profanity within earshot or failing to even smile politely at you when passing you on the street. It’s the “incivility spiral” that will make you crazy over time. Yes, you are absolutely correct. People should step aside when others are leaving an elevator or leaving any public place, but, the new norm seems to be to shove oneself IN before letting someone else OUT. My only advice is to lead by example and continue to be gracious—there ARE other people like you who will appreciate your good conduct and selflessness. 

Maureen

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Editor's Note: Maureen Wild produces this monthly column for UPBEAT NEWS and welcomes your questions. Maureen is a certified etiquette and ethics trainer with credentials from The Protocol School of Washington and The Josephson Institute of Ethics. She has led seminars for many Fortune 500 companies and prominent colleges and universities. Wild has also been active in Meeting Professionals International and is a member of the National Speakers Association. Most recently she has been quoted in The New York Times Sunday business section "O," the Oprah magazine and Self Magazine. Recently, she was certified by the State of NJ to mentor small business owners. Maureen has been interviewed on matters of ethics and etiquette for national television and radio programs. You may reach her at: Maureen@highroadsolutions.com or 908-722-2077. When writing to her, please mention you read about her in UPBEAT NEWS.

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Manuscript, a play by Paul Grellong, is now being performed by the Edison Valley Playhouse (EVP) and runs until May 26th

"A twisty dark comedy about ambition and ruthlessness, with a fancifully elaborate Hitchcockian revenge plot up its sleeve is how Variety magazine describes this production under the direction of David Christopher.  The cast includes Valerie De Leon, Brad Sarboukh, and Anthony J. Cantalupo.  Set design is by Bill Martinak and the producers are Anthony J. Cantalupo and Bill Seesselberg.

The show will run Fridays and Saturdays from May 4 - 26 at 8 PM (No performance on May 19th) and Sundays at 3 PM.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors.  Sunday, May 20 is a theatre party performance with limited tickets available for $17.50.

The Playhouse is located at 2196 Oak Tree Road in Edison, NJ. Read the review in the Home News Tribune by clicking this link: HNTarticle. This program has been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts; through a grant provided by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission/Board of Chosen Freeholders.

For more information on EVP, visit their website at www.evplayhouse.com or call (908) 755-4654.

 
 

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