As far-flung relatives fling themselves back to wherever they came from, the horror stories of bad manners, ungrateful behavior, and petty criticisms have begun to trickle in from weary hosts. Since apparently many of us are totally lacking in self-awareness, here are a few examples of how we drive our thankless hosts to the brink.
Even though curious and tempted, don’t snoop. Most obviously, it is rude and invasive. When you go where you aren’t supposed to, you may not like what you find. Even though I’m a big proponent of honesty, guests should compliment and not criticize. Not feeling flush with praise? Then just shut the fuck up. Don’t feel the need to fill the silence with negative picky noise. Arrive and depart in a timely fashion. When a person prepares an elaborate sit down meal, timing matters. Your tardiness fucks up the delicate order. On the flip side, hosts please plan your meal with room to spare. Nobody really enjoys waiting four hours to eat. A substantial wait guarantees that guests will get hungry, cranky and bitchy.