As a Gentleman Would Say: Responses to Lifes Important (and Sometimes Awkward) Situations

As a Gentleman Would Say: Responses to Life's Important (and Sometimes Awkward)
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Like maybe they'd been on the truck too long? This one's kind of important for me.

I do appreciate it. At least that's what John Bridges said in his small, messy office here the other day. And he should know. Bridges is the director of cultural affairs for Mayor Bill Purcell, requiring him to manage the relationship, sometimes thorny, between the local music and arts communities and City Hall. Unsure what to say when a relative tells you he or she is gay?

A co-worker has a death in the family? Bridges offers all the answers, alongside the unacceptable replies. You can agree or not. And sometimes they sound a little Hallmark. Bridges said. And I've always been fascinated by people's interactions with one another and the rituals of life. It has been a while since men thought seriously of such rituals.

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Lord Chesterfield wrote a famous series of letters of advice to his son. George Washington wrote ''The Rules of Civility. Bridges was consulted as a sort of Mr. A gentleman is not as priggish as you might think, maybe because his background is not exactly Ashley Wilkes territory. Bridges, 50, grew up on a farm near a rural crossroads called Slapout, Ala. His father sold cars. There was a sense of sort of behaving yourself.

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Mother used to say, 'Manners are little morals. Bridges, a precocious lad from the sound of it, read etiquette bibles. A scholarship to Vanderbilt took him to Nashville. Bridges is less intimidating in person than in print.

He drives a Saturn. A gentleman, it seems, keeps a lot of junk on the passenger side. Perhaps leaving a shirt on the floor is some courtly gesture of the New South? To this event, Mr.

Bridges wore slightly faded jeans, red bowling shoes, a royal-blue-striped button-down over a white undershirt ''A gentleman always wears an undershirt'' and a blue blazer that was a little long. While his boss spoke, Mr.

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Bridges shifted back and forth on his red bowling shoes with restless energy. After his speech, the mayor attested to Mr. Bridges' savoir-faire, his gift for saying and doing the correct thing. Purcell said. Bridges was not modest on this score either. The person's grieving! Offer to send your housekeeper over. Just think of something yourself and do it.