Apparently today is National Common Courtesy Day, which given the state of our society, is in my opinion much like celebrating masochism. Let me illustrate by sharing my very heartwarming common courtesy experience from this morning:
Driving into work I had noticed a waiting car in an entrance ramp. As was my habit, I gave a small wave of acknowledgement and slowed down to let the driver merge smoothly into the flow of traffic. In passing, the driver lifted his hand as well to say thanks...or so I thought until the fingers curled into the one fingered salute.
Perhaps, Honore De Balzac was right when he said that "Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness," but ever the optimist, I shall hope that common courtesy is something more and will someday be fashionable again. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go hug my teddy bear until I feel better.