[conspire] Housekeeping, again

K Sandoval indigo.kai at gmail.com
Fri Feb 29 14:47:46 PST 2008

A TIP from MS. Kai


II acknowledge the following:
As expectations regarding good manners differ from person to person
and vary according to each situation, no treatise on the rules of
etiquette nor any list of faux pas CAN EVER be complete. As the
perception of behaviors and actions vary, intercultural competence is
essential. However, a lack of knowledge about the customs and
expectations of people can make even the best intentioned person seem
rude, foolish, or worse.

That being said, I would like to make a suggestion to all the people
who have used the "Ignorance of the Law" explanation, stating they
just didn't know better or simply were not aware of the impact of
their behavior on their environment.

Here is my little contribution to help educate the masses.

Dear GEEKS, when going anywhere and visiting as a "GUEST" in someone
else's space please take a moment, pause and reflect on the following
and I can pretty much assure YOU CAN avoid these types of "faux pas"
in the future.

1) Your main goal should be to have as minimum negative impact on your
surrounding environment AKA "Leave No Trace" that you were ever
(aka, don't leave dirty dishes, trash, spills.)

Take actions to leave your environment as you found it or better.
(aka if you see litter/garbage pick it up and put it in it's place, if
you see a mess offer to help clean up)

1) Be Considerate of Other Visitors: go through out your visit with
minimal impact on your environment so that other users can enjoy that
environment too.

2) Dispose of Waste Properly, when in doubt ASK!
Does your host have a compost bin?
Does your host recycle?
Does your host have a dishwasher, or is it ok to wash used
dishes/silverware by hand?

Some people INSIST that their dishes go in a dishwasher, others have a
special sponge or scrubbie their prefer to be used.

3) Leave What You Find as you found it: Leave No Trace directs people
to minimize site alterations/impact. If you move
furniture/chairs/tables or paper/pens/pencils/extension cords so you
can use them, please put them away when you are done so the next
person can find them/use them.

4) Minimize Use and Impact on your surroundings so others may also
enjoy their visit.  If you use something (dishes/silverware/bowls),
wash it and put it back where you found it so the next person can find
it/use it.

Your Host will appreciate it, and you will be invited back again and again.

Know you know...

p.s.  the term "GEEKS" was intended to be in an endearing manner, and
no GREEKS were harmed in the writing of this email.

- Kai


Ms.Kai Sandoval


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