About Me

Hi, my name is Randy Hill and I am just one of thousands of people around the world, tired and frustrated with the lack of consideration that is displayed by a growing "demographic" that I call, "the great unwashed and ill-mannered." People who can't seem to get outside their little world long enough to see the stress that they create on the rest of the population.

I've created this blog and online store as an outlet for this pent-up frustration...and also to have a little devious fun while I'm at it!

Have fun and keep it down while you're in here. Thanks.

[When Randy isn't whining about noisy and rude people, he dreams up designs in his studio at Hill Design Studios. A native Texan, Randy resides in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with his wife Dawn and four cats]

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Etiquette in History

Smartphoniacs: Addicts of the Information Age

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Here are five tell-tale traits of Smartphoniacs: Do they take their smart phones with them when they get up from the table to go to the restroom — and do they take an awful lot of trips there? Do you receive messages from them while you know they are driving (increasingly being banned in state […]

Etiquette Avenue App Helps You Mind Your Manners

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Some folks need all the help they can get when it comes to good manners. From AppStore: Etiquette Avenue is the address for the “operating rules” for today‚Äôs workplace and your business-related social events. On Etiquette Avenue, you will acquire the skills that you need in a competitive world. Whether it is correct introductions, how […]

George Washington’s Top Ten Rules of Civility

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Sometime before he was 16 years of age, George Washington wrote “Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation: a Book of Etiquette. He wrote 110 of them…here’s the top 10: 1st Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present. 2d When in […]

Rules of Etiquette and Home Culture, 1886

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Do not play with the table utensils or crumble the bread. Do not put your elbows on the table, or sit too far back, or lounge Do not talk loud or boisterously Be cheerful in conduct or conversation Never, if possible, cough or sneeze at the table. Never tilt back your chair while at the […]

Forgotten Manners Friday

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Welcome to Forgotten Manners Friday, when I dig up some quaint rules of etiquette and manners from long ago… This week: Table Manners Do not play with the table utensils or crumble the bread. Do not put your elbows on the table, or sit too far back, or lounge Do not talk loud or boisterously […]

Honkette Courtesy Horn

Monday, June 4th, 2007

From the U.S. Patent office, an invention to take a little of the sting out of car honking.   Honkette courtesy horn Document Type and Number: United States Patent 20040036580   Abstract: This variable decibel level horn seeks to solve the particular problem caused by and associated with the use of the current vehicle horn. […]

Bathroom stall screens and daycares: Making filmgoing fun again

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Firstshowing.net’s Barry Wurst has a dream for the ideal movie theater. From bathroom stall screens (so you don’t miss any of the movie) to special seating sections for “yammering morons,” Barry shares his “perfect movie theater experience.” [read more]