POLITE STANDING IN LINE DAY
WOULD THIS WORK IN CHI-TOWN?
The 11th day of every month in Beijing, China is "Polite Standing in Line Day."
Hey, props to Communist China for trying to tighten it up a bit before the world shows up for the Olympics, but seriously. I don't know where to start laughing about this story.
Apparently one of many cultural differences between the Chinese and expected visitors to the Olympics is that over there pushing, shoving, and skipping in line is no big deal. In an effort to remind the people of Beijing that such behavior won't fly during The Games, the government has declared one day a month to be "Polite Standing in Line Day." It's so people can practice being nice.
Let's start with this... not only that the Country feels it has to practice being nice, but it appears people are actually doing it! One day a month, the don't push each other around while waiting for the bus. Then on the 12th... back to the battle.
We've talked of late about Chicago's bid to become the site of the 2016 Olympic Games. How do you figure "Polite Standing in Line Day" would go over down there?
Can you imagine Mayor Daley rolling out some big news conference and announcing, "Hey to all yous guys... once a month you be nice on the 'L' platform."
Good luck with that. First of all... if even Chicagoans agree to be nice during the games, you sure wouldn't catch anyone agreeing to nice-ness practice. I'm not even taking a shot just at Chi-Town... I'm not sure that would fly anywhere in America.
I keep having this vision of a Saturday Night Live skit with the old "Super Fans." Remember the guys that sat around in a sports bar talking about "Da Bearssss."
"Do you tink Ditka was polite to visitors when he was coach of... Da Bearsss?"
"I'd say not. He wouldn't have gone virtually undefeated in '85 if he'd been polite."
"Dat's a good point dare. Soins if dey want to come to the Greatest City on Earth to have dare Olympics... dare goint to get pushed around like everybody else. Here's to Ditka!"