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Cell phone use should be courteous

Scene to be Seen column
By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
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By Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves Buttons and bows … A new store called Amazing Gracie came to downtown, in addition to Santa Claus, last Saturday. Amazing Gracie is located at 668 Fifth St. between Lincoln City Barber and The Green Goat. Store hours will be from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and by appointment. Owner and Lincoln resident Christa Nunez will feature children’s clothing in sizes infants to 7. Christa carefully handcrafts each item from a wide array of fabrics including many vintage prints. One delighted grandmother was spotted buying a dress and placing an order for a third birthday. Amazing Gracie is named after Christa’s youngest child, Avery Grace, who is now 5. Stop by and welcome Christa to downtown. Real gems ... On Saturday, eighth-grade students of Glen Edwards Middle School are presenting “Parents Day Out.” Parents who need time to shop or enjoy other activities may reserve time for their children between noon and 5 p.m. Cost is $5 per hour per child. Lincoln Youth Center, 391 H St., is the location for this event. A licensed and certified professional childcare provider will be on-site. Additionally, gift-wrapping services will be available for a small donation. Proceeds from this event will benefit the eighth-grade’s trip to Washington, D.C. To make reservations for each child or for more information, call Marlo Swett at 719-5427 or e-mail marloswett@yahoo.com. Pint sized ... Dave Bonillo of G Street’s Cornerstone Associates Insurance reports that Lincoln Rotary Club is sponsoring a blood drive Friday, Dec. 16 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hall, 541 5th St. Each donor will receive a coupon for Baskin-Robbins ice cream. For more information about the blood drive, call 453-3042. Just in from Jeeves ... When Jeeves hears the doorbell ring, he usually runs to the door and barks. The sound of this bell is like a red flag to a bull. Happily, Jeeves does not respond to telephone rings. Otherwise, Jeeves would be running and barking all the time, thanks to cell phones. Telephones used to be stationed in homes and offices and discussions took place, more or less, in private. Now, private telephone discussions seem to be a thing of the past. When someone answers a cell phone in a public place, Jeeves wonders what he should do. What is etiquette for this type of situation? If he sticks around, it might seem like he’s eavesdropping. So he moves away. But in a crowd, when several cell phones ring at once, Jeeves can be thrown into a tizzy. He doesn’t know where to turn. Some people use their cell phones silently. They send text messages rather than speak. In these situations, Jeeves doesn’t have to worry about etiquette. However, friends told him about their two grandsons who sent text messages to each other rather than speak during a recent family dinner. It’s not that these boys don’t get along; they do. Sending text messages was more appealing to them than engaging in conversation, even while seated at the same table. Jeeves doesn’t know etiquette for this type of situation, either. He also wonders how people decide which ring tone to use. Jeeves discovered that there is a wide variety of ring tones, including beeps and bells. For a ring tone, Jeeves would pick the conventional telephone ring. That’s what he’s used to hearing. He also wonders how people decide which ring tune to use. Jeeves discovered that just about every song ever recorded has been converted into a ring tune. For a ring tune, Jeeves doesn’t know what he would pick. Because he’s patriotic, he might select our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” Because he loves classical music, he might select Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.” Because he likes rock ’n’ roll, he might select Elvis Presley’s “Return to Sender.” Because he enjoys movies, he might select the theme from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” “Moon River.” Because he watches television, he might select the theme from Friends, “I’ll Be There for You.” Selecting a ring tune would be easy compared to determining cell phone etiquette. Jeeves wondered if etiquette expert Emily Post offers advice. On her website (emilypost.com), he found a list of the “Top 10 Cell Phone Manners.” 1. Be the master of your phone, not a slave to it 2. Speak softly 3. Be courteous to those you are with; turn off your phone if it will be interrupting a conversation or activity 4. Watch your language, especially when others can overhear you 5. Avoid talking about personal problems in a public place 6. If it must be on and it could bother others, use the silent ring mode and move away to talk 7. Don’t make calls in a library, theater, church or from your table in a restaurant 8. Don’t text during class or a meeting at your job 9. Private info can be forwarded so don’t text it 10. Never drive and phone at the same time. Her rules should be easy to follow. Just the same, Jeeves will avoid cell phones. However, he likes the idea of having a ring tune. And Jeeves has made his pick - Patti Page’s “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?” If you have upcoming events that you wish to appear in Scene to be Seen, please call Kathy Dorsey at 645-0660 or e-mail JustInFromJeeves@gmail.com. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.