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Gracious Guests, Hosts with the Most

Learn some holiday 'high-time' etiquette, like how and when to partake, what behavior is appropriate, and various tips for gifts and offerings.

Emily Post meets pot

Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of American etiquette expert Emily Post, brings more than manners to marijuana.

Hiking etiquette deals with litter, lake baths and poop

I was lying on a boulder at the base of a waterfall a few weeks ago when my mind started wandering to the subject of trail etiquette. While I was relaxing, my hiking buddy was fording his way up a river in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest trying to find a family that had made off with his hiking boots.

Miss Manners: Hearing aid adjustment needs no explanation

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I have started wearing a hearing aid, which has raised some new etiquette challenges. I use an app on my phone to control the way the hearing aid processes sound – for example, adjusting for loud environments or traffic noises. Talking to others almost always involves changing the settings on my phone. With friends, I usually tell them what I’m doing, but what about in a meeting, when there are, say, eight people in the room?

Miss Manners: Just order your favorite wine

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am not a very big fan of most wines, but I do enjoy port. When I go out to eat, is it appropriate to order a dessert wine like port or sherry during the main course? Also, if it is all right to drink port with dinner, how do I politely explain to the waiter that I know what I am ordering? I’ve had two waiters tell me that I should select something else for dinner, even though I was quite certain of what I wanted.

Miss Manners: Declining alcohol need not be explained

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When my husband and I spent the day with his sister and her family, as well as with extended family from out of town, my brother-in-law made sure there was a bottle of one of my favorite wines, which I thought was a nice gesture. I confess that during the six hours we were there, I drank the whole bottle.

Miss Manners: Restaurant servers don’t make correct change

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I’ve noticed a trend when paying with cash at restaurants. It used to be that if my meal cost $16.32 and I paid with a $20 bill, I would receive $3.68 back from the server. Last week when I paid a $16.32 bill with a $20 bill, I was given only $3 in change by my server, leaving me 68 cents short. My friend told me that servers are now doing this to save time in processing cash payments, and so they don’t have to carry around a lot of change in their apron pockets.

Fishing etiquette video 3: At the Boat Ramp

FISHING -- Idaho Fish and Game has produced well-done series of four videos on angler etiquette. On Monday and Tuesday, I posted Parts 1 and 2. Here's Part 3, The Boat Ramp, which explains common do’s and don’ts and highlighting that getting a boat in...

Fishing etiquette video 2: Boat Wakes

FISHING -- Idaho Fish and Game has produced well-done videos on angler etiquette. Yesterday I posted Part 1. Here's Part 2, Boat Wakes, which explains long-time practices among local anglers for both boat drivers and shore anglers. The bottom line: All boaters need to be...

Fishing etiquette 1: Fishing with others

FISHING -- With salmon and steelhead fishing catching the attention of more and more participants, Idaho Fish and Game officials have prepared videos on angling etiquette that highlight ways to avoid some of the issues that spawn irritation and complaints. As Joe DuPont, Clearwater region...

Hi. What’s your Wi-Fi password?

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When arriving as a guest, how long is considered polite before you ask the hosts for their Wi-Fi password? This is a burning question right now on social media. How would you answer this question? Read Miss Manners reply below.

Miss Manners: Bringing food is ungracious to dinner host

DEAR MISS MANNERS: For the last two years, my husband and I have hosted Thanksgiving at our home (about 16 people total). Every year he asks that no one bring anything, and he always loses out. Everyone wants to bring something, and I don’t mind if they do. He likes having everyone over, just like I do, but he wants to know why we can’t just host the dinner and provide all the food.