Thanks to news media coverage of celebrity misbehavior, political scandal and criminal action, we spend a lot of time mired in vulgarity. This weekly highlight of all things classy is my attempt at a little balance. Here’s what happened January 22-28:
- A little treadmill support: I was running at the gym on Thursday and the gal on the treadmill next to me was moving along at the same pace. We were actually going pretty fast (I was running a speed exercise..she was probably just a really good runner) and we wrapped up the sprint about the same time. As I slowed to a walk, huffing and puffing, I saw her hand raise for a “fist bump”. Of course I reciprocated. We never even spoke (too winded!) but her encouragement was wonderful! Two thumbs up for classy gym encouragement
- Americans giving more to charity in 2011. Helping out those in need is always classy.
- Some extra polish: The Gentleman took his truck to be washed this week at one of those places where they partly wash with a machine and partly hand wash. We waited in the lobby while several young men set about waxing the vehicle (which is not a small job – it’s a huge truck), and then were called back outside when they were done. We distributed the customary tip and hopped in the truck and were about to pull away when one of the young men motioned for us to stop. He’d noticed a spot that wasn’t quite buffed enough and proceeded to get it shining before we left. Giving that little extra effort after a long day of hard physical work? That’s classy!
- If you can’t say something nice… Just wanted to give a sweeping kudos to all the political figures who chose NOT to respond to irrelevant criticism from opponents last week. What, you say? Did that actually happen? Well, yes, though not often. Still I’m a firm believer in positive reinforcement so thank you for each non-response!