There are disciplined people, and undisciplined people.  There are people who are highly structured and less structured.  I am not always sure which side of these camps I fall into but I realized the other day, I have a few rules I live by.  I am sure there are many others, but here are a few that come to mind:

  • I never run for subways.  I like to remain confident that another train will come shortly and running can only bring harm.  Related to this, I think all people who insist on holding subway doors so their friends can run into the car should be fined.  Holding the doors may not seem like a big deal, but it begins the domino effect of subway delays that we all bitch about.
  • I don’t wait in line for eggs.  New York brunches are a big Saturday and Sunday morning tradition.  There are several places that are always jam packed…for what reason, I do not know (a few names come to mind: EJ’s, Bubby’s…I think recently closed for health violations, and Sarabeth’s).  "Four for brunch?" "Of course, that will be 45 minutes."  Ummm, no thanks.  It’s EGGS people. 
  • I also rarely wait in line for cupcakes.  Magnolia cupcakes are great, but line-worthy?  Not so sure.
  • I obey the unstated rules of taxi hailing.  For example, if you see someone on the south corner a south moving NYC street waiting for a taxi, it is very bad play to step onto the north corner to try to grab a cab before they do.  It’s like butting in front of someone in line.  Rude rude rude!
  • If I won’t worry about something in a year, I try not to stress about it now. 
  • When packing for travel, biggest shoes go on feet.  This is a rule from a friend of mine and it makes a bag lighter and allows for more efficient packing.  Good rule.
  • No talking in movies!  I hate movie talkers.  This may be more of a pet peeve than a rule.
  • I don’t pay a lot for something, say a pair of shoes or a piece of furniture, that is easy, readily and well knocked off by Nine West, Banana or Crate and Barrel.
  • I try everything on a plate.  I may not like it, but at least I have tried it.
  • It’s OK to rest.  I know a lot of people who say they "cannot relax".  Pity them!  I like relaxing, am pretty good at it, and think I am all the better for it.
  • All excess in moderation.  I heard this from a bartender last night at the Union Square Cafe and want to make t-shirts that say this.  I think it’s brilliant.  All excess in moderation.  As Auntie Mame would say, "Live live live!"
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