Thursday, August 1, 2013

Etiquette in the age of plastic surgery

I am the first to admit that I am not exactly Miss Manners. I’ve been know to put my foot in my mouth a time or two. For example, while being let into the president’s office, I asked the older owner of the company if he wanted to play “secretary and president” and that I’d even let him be president this time. His burning red face told me that I had gone too far. Ok, ok, I often go too far, but I’m no slurping, slobbering, belching, farting, booger-eater either. Even so, I recently found myself in a situation not sure what to do or say.

If you don’t know what it’s about and it’s not about love or money or soiling the air, then it must have something to do with plastic surgery.

I ran into someone that I hadn’t seen in awhile. She always looks great and I mean great. She’s a couple of years older than I am and due to regular exercise, proper diet and some plastic surgery, she looks killer. Since the last time I saw her, she had some work done on her face. It’s an obvious change as I am sure it was intended to be. I am also sure that she is quite proud of her new look.

Here’s the deal. Should I have complimented her on her new look? If she had drastically changed her hair or style of dress I am sure I would have complimented her with an added comment of “your hair” or “your new style” or something. Is it in bad taste to say, “Oh my god, your new lips are awesome”?

What do you think?

Foot in Mouth czyli Awkward Moments….

I really got the Foot in Mouth Award at the first lesson with a new student. He introduced himself and I asked him to tell me something about himself.

He said, “My name is Adam. I’m from a small town. I’m 26….”

I interrupted, “ttthhhirty-six.” You know, because numbers are hard and this dude is way older than 26, I mean look at his stomach aka the manager’s stomach.

“Twenty-six,” repeats Adam.

Persistent teacher Chris in a ‘say-it-don’t-spray-it moment, “Tttthhhhirty-six.”

Adam, a bit frustrated switches to Polish, “Dwadzieścia sześć jest twenty-six, nie?”

“Oh, yes, yes, so sorry. I must have misheard you.” Red face.

Here are some more of my Awkward Moments. Enjoy!


sixteen.jones said...

"Foot in Mouth czyli Awkward Moments…."- Polskie słówko niechcącyczy celowo? ;)

Wpadłam na Twojego bloga przez bloga "dwa koty" przypadkowo kilka dni temu i nie mogę się oderwać! Przeczytałam na razie dwa pierwsze dwa lata ale gdybym mogła robić to cały dzień, na pewno już bym skończyła :) Uwielbiam Twój styl pisania i poczucie humoru, dystans i obiektywizm. Co do wpis- wg mnie śmiało można komplementować ale ja nie jestem dobrym doradcą- zwą mnie królową foux pas :D

(Przepraszam za polski ale nie czuję się dość pewnie z pisaniem po angielsku:D)

Lois B said...

He probably smokes, everyone knows that ages you prematurely.

Chris said...

sixteen.jones - Welcome to Kielbasa Stories and thank you for your compliments. It's an honor to receive such kind words about my blog. Comments in Polish are welcome and warmly received.

Lois B- Now that I reflect on the situation, I think it was his title, position and expensive car that lead me to believe he was older as well as his general misiowate state. Also I had met his girlfriend and I knew that she was more or less my age then, so he was at least 10 years younger than she was. Bravo to her ;)

Edi said...

Oh... I could write a book about my "awkward moments" when I first came to the U.S. barely speaking I told a friend to "shave his bird" (meaning beard) to look younger;) and his priceless reaction: "I already have... you want to see?" :).
Love your stories.
I would have probably commented on new lips/face...not to say that one should...I'm the first one to admit that sometimes it's better to shut up...:). Cheers!