Common courtesy

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The oft-troubling existence of hats: sub-sub listing unnecessary
====The oft-troubling existence of hats====
# Take off your hat indoors.
#* Especially in class.#* Find a way not to be offended by those JERKS who would dare wear HATS indoors. How dare they though, right? Outrageous.#* Find somebody who genuinely doesn't understand WHY wearing a hat indoors is considered offensive, and explain it to them in a polite and, above all, well-reasoned manner. Because, seriously, I don't get it.#**It's not necessarily ''offensive,'' but it is ''courteous'' to remove hats. It's something I picked up from military customs and courtesies (and before that, teachers; and before that, parents). Two reasons: First, you can see a person's whole face/head better without a hat, and so personal interactions are more open and expressive without it. Second, leaving a hat and/or jacket on indoors gives the impression that the person is about to leave the building and, presumably, the people in the building with whom they are interacting. When I have a coat/hat on indoors and am talking to my parents, for instance, I'm liable to hear the expression, "hey, take off your coat and stay a while!"
#* Don't begrudge people who leave hats and jackets on indoors given Williamtown's near arctic climate.
#** Hey, presumably it's not subzero ''indoors.'' (Well, in most [some?] buildings.) And baseball caps do very little to keep people warm. Regardless, even the military makes exceptions to this courtesy for temperature, religion, etc.
#* How about receding hairlines? Do those warrant keeping the hat on? Or what about just a bad hairday? Nasty scar? Pimple? Scalped by natives?
#* Especially if you are at an event at Chapin Hall, Brooks Rogers, Images, the theater, etc. I can't see the play/concert/speaker/movie through your giant ushanka or that baseball hat jauntily propped so that it adds an additional five inches to your head.