May 24, 2013
The rush, stress, and practicalities of modern life have cost us more than we know. Many of the polite acts of chivalry have been abandoned. I know that a strong, modern woman is fully capable of opening their own restaurant door, but I feel it is my duty as a gentleman to graciously hold it for her. Perhaps she will reward me with a soft smile?
As recently as WWII, it was common among polite society for a gentleman to kiss the back of a lady’s hand when introduced. This fell into disrepute for several reasons. It is way too easy to trade nasty germs when lips meet hands, it requires an extra second or two from a busy day, and too many boorish men used it as an excuse to slobber over pretty ladies.
A knight and fine gentleman in the SCA taught me there is a polite and politically-correct manner with which to bring back this reminder of bygone manners. I would share this technique, now.
Step One: The gentleman takes her proffered hand and turns it slightly so that the back is facing up.
Step Two: He places his thumb over her fingers and bows slightly from the waist.
Step Three: Keeping his eyes on hers (not her breasts), he then lets his lips touch just his thumb.
Step Four: Don’t hold it over long. Just take a second or two at the most.
This simple technique provides the proper intent without drooling and smearing germs on her hand.
Keeping your eyes on hers, serves to hold her attention and let her know that you appreciate her as a person.
As the gentleman straightens up and releases her hand, the lady, in turn, should reward his chivalric display with a smile and a small curtsey.
I have used this technique at SCA events as well as at various conventions. The only down side is that the gentleman might get a jealous glower from the lady’s companion.
Gentlemen, give it a try the next time you find yourself among polite society. If nothing else, it will start a discussion.
May 15, 2013
After looking at a handful of trailers, I’m looking forward to some new TV shows, later this year.
This is a new way of looking at the classic Washington Irving tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. It’s about an 18th Century soldier Crane who somehow winds up in the 21st Century under the watch of a small town police officer. Here’s the official trailer.
This is a cop show where a seriously ‘broken’ human cop is partnered with a ‘non-standard’ android. It does show some promise, if it doesn’t fall down the RoboCop path. Here’s the official trailer.
Given that FOX’s track record with fantasy and sci-fi shows over the years, I am worried about both of these.
Another new show I’ve high hopes for is a comedy.
Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar have been cast as father and daughter in Crazy Ones.
This is a new sitcom being devloped for CBS.
The best part is that it will be produced by David E. Kelley! This is the same fellow that brought us Ally McBeal and Boston Legal. There doesn’t appear to be a trailer yet.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Joss Whedon is going to produce an Avengers spinoff that resurrects agent Coulson who was apparently killed in the Avengers movie. Here’s the full trailer.
Well? What do y’all think? Looking forward to anything new and exciting this fall?