November 19, 2003

*Ask Jen

Trey Givens wants to know, "Where does the dirt in my dining room come from?

In your post you don't indicate if it is a fine coating of dirt, a pile of dirt, random scattering of dirt, etc. So I'll just assume you meant dirty footprints. This means you have either a prowler or a ghost. You should move at once.

Victor asks, "Why is it considered rude to eat with your elbows on the table?"

It is not considered rude to have your elbows on the table if you're not actually eating, but the reason why you shouldn't have your elbows on table while eating has a historical meaning behind it. In the Middle Ages, people often ate in groups lined up at a long table. There wasn't a lot of room, and having your elbows on the table crowded your companions. The reason this piece of etiquette has endured may be because it doesn't seem very polite to sit hunched over your food.

Do you have a question for me? You can e-mail it. If I know the answer, I'll answer it. If I don't, I might make something up.

Posted by Jennifer at November 19, 2003 11:07 AM


It's little pieces of dirt.

I hope I don't have a ghost. It's a brand new house. Maybe they built it on an Indian Burial Ground, though!

If I may ask it of you an your readers, please watch my blog regularly to see if it becomes covered in slime.

Thank you!

Posted by: Trey Givens at November 19, 2003 01:13 PM

The white print is tougher to read than the black. I'm just sayin'....

Posted by: Susie at November 19, 2003 05:59 PM