Monday, February 6, 2012
As I was running Saturday, I came up behind a man and two women who were walking abreast, blocking the sidewalk. "On your right! Excuse me!" I said -- probably louder than I had to, but it's hard to modulate your voice when you're gasping for air. As I passed them, the man reprimanded me with an added "Please!"
The British are definitely big on politeness. I thought afterwards about whether I'd been rude. I suppose I could have said "please," but I thought "excuse me" had me covered.
At least I didn't say, "Move the f*ck over, and don't block the sidewalk," which was my inner New Yorker's first thought.
(Photo: Notting Hill, on Jan. 23.)