September 19, 2007 Edition

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Common courtesies of public places

Linda Lou Moore
Guest Writer

Whether you are on your way to a sporting event, the movies, a rock concert, a museum, the theater, ballet or symphony there are common courtesies that can make your life easier and easier for others.

You have just arrived at an unfamiliar stadium for a sporting event or at a theater for a play. You need to find your seat.

Do you:
(A) Wander aimlessly?
(B) Ask an usher for assistance?
(C) Sit in the best seat that you can find and hope no one makes you move?

If you answered B, you have mastered the first "do" of common courtesies of public places.

Sporting events
Be considerate of others. Remember when attending a sporting event you are seated with people ranging from the casual fan to the "fanatic" supporter. Here are some quick tips to ensure that your behavior brings out the best in people, not the worst.
Playing sports

Going to the movies can be fun and entertaining. However, how often have you heard someone complain about inconsiderate behavior by others?

Rock concerts
Rock concert etiquette (an oxymoron, you wonder) also has do's and don'ts.


"Look but don't touch" is the theme in most traditional art galleries and museums.

Theater, ballet and symphony

Attending a live performance of the theater, ballet or symphony is an exciting event. Following these do's and don'ts will help make the occasion a memorable one.

Linda Lou Moore is trained and certified by the Protocol School of Washington. She offers customized individual and group etiquette programs for children, teens and adults. She may be reached at P.O. Box 145 in Paragould, 72450 or at

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