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Though it may be politically incorrect I still believe in being a gentleman. Yes, I will let a lady go first and will hold the door open for her. I will walk on the outside when strolling. I will refrain from cursing in mixed company and will blush if talking about sex in front of, or to, a female.

I say 'please' and 'thank you', write thank you notes, answer invitations and arrive on time. Though I am not eligible to be a boy scout leader (being gay) I still help 'little old ladies' when the occasion calls for it. I respect, and defer, to my elders (even though there are less people every day older than me) even senior citizens in Florida who can be the rudest people around.

I don't like drunk or foul mouth people, (especially women) and don't understand unkindness towards others.

Just for the record I am not perfect (the only time I made a mistake is when I thought I had made a mistake LOL) though I make the effort to be so. I do show respect to those who earn it and not just because they have a title. And I will always give a person the benefit of a doubt. I trust people and accept them on their word until proven otherwise.

I see myself as an expert in a few fields such as gay male life in the 20th century, aging, weight reduction, restaurant service and, to a certain degree, movies and theatre--not how they are made but having seen the most and the best--and living, but not being, alone. I believe my expertise has come from experience in all these subjects.

Basically I am even tempered, very seldom get angry and/or shout, BUT don't dare put a friend, or a group I belong to, down--I will/do get very defensive, throw reason and caution to the wind and very seldom forgive rudeness, hatred, bullying or disrespect of others.

I will admit, and apologize, if I am wrong about something but if I am right (and I usually am even if only in my own mind LOL) I will not back and/or stand down.

Oh, I am stubborn and controlling and I'll rationalize that it is for your own good BUT I will accept you for who you say you are and I expect the same from you.

One of my favorite quotes:

"I do my thing and you do your thing

I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,

and you are not in this world to live up to mine.

You are you and I am I

and if by chance we find each other, it's beautiful. "

Frederick S. Perls

As it says in a song from "Chicago", "Whatever happened to class"?

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