GENERAL

  • Never take a beer to a job interview.
  • Always identify people in your yard before shooting at them.
  • It’s considered tacky to take a cooler to church.
  • If you have to vacuum the bed, it is time to change the sheets.
  • Even if you’re certain that you are included in the will, it is still considered tacky to drive a U-Haul to the funeral home.

DINING OUT

  • When decanting wine, make sure that you tilt the paper cup, and pour slowly so as not to bruise the fruit of the vine.
  • If drinking directly from the bottle, always hold it with your fingers covering the label.

ENTERTAINING

  • A centrepiece for the table should never be anything prepared by a taxidermist.
  • Do not allow the dog to eat at the table…no matter how good his manners are.

HYGIENE

  • While ears need to be cleaned regularly. This is a job that should be done in private using one’s OWN truck keys.
  • Proper use of toiletries can forestall bathing for several days.
    However, if you live alone, deodorant is a waste of good money.
  • Dirt and grease under the fingernails is a social no-no. They tend to detract from a woman’s jewellery and alter the taste of finger foods.

DATING (Outside the Family)

  • Always offer to bait your date’s hook, especially on the first date.
  • Be aggressive. Let her know you’re interested. “I’ve been wanting to go out with you since I read that stuff on the bathroom wall two years ago.”
  • Establish with her parents what time she is expected back. Some will say 1:00 PM; others might say Monday. If the latter is the answer, it is the man’s responsibility to get her to school on time.

THEATRE

  • Crying babies should be taken to the lobby and picked up immediately after the movie has ended.
  • Refrain from talking to characters on the screen. Tests have proven they can’t hear you.

WEDDINGS

  • Livestock, usually, is a poor choice for a wedding gift.
  • Kissing the bride for more than 5 seconds can get you shot.
  • For the groom, at least, rent a tux. A leisure suit with a cummerbund and a clean bowling shirt can create a tacky appearance. Though uncomfortable, say “yes” to socks and shoes for this special occasion.

DRIVING

  • Dim your headlights for approaching vehicles, even if the gun is loaded and the deer is in sight.
  • When approaching a four-way stop, the vehicle with the largest tires always has the right of way.
  • Never tow another car using panty hose and duct tape.
  • When sending your wife down the road with a gas can, it is impolite to ask her to bring back beer, too.
  • Do not lay rubber while travelling in a funeral procession.