One of the first things future visitors to France learn (if they read the guidebooks or listen to advice from seasoned travelers) is to be polite to French people, especially merchants.
Greet them with a pleasant "Bonjour!" and say "s'il vous plait" and "merci," advise the travel guides. They are correct. The notion that the French are rude is a myth. They just want you to be polite.
So do I. So do most of the nice people who visit this blog regularly.
Sadly, not everyone is polite. In just eight months in the blogworld, I've run into my share of rudeness. The most painful for me was when I sent a highly complimentary e-mail to the owner of a well-written and interesting blog. Oh, I got a polite enough response. I was so excited with the find that I posted a link here. Sadly, the blogger only deigned to visit my blog once and made a comment I found belittling. Frankly, I was hurt by it. I soon removed the link, but I doubt the blogger even noticed.
Adults should know better.
I know someone who is rude. She's not an evil person, just self serving and inconsiderate. As a result, no one really likes her very much. Too bad, because she has many fine points. But it's hard to see past the rudeness.
Same thing with rude bloggers. Snobby bloggers, too. (I should hasten to add that there are many kind people out there in the blogword, and many who posted comments here when I was starting out and really didn't understand what it was all about.)
Which brings me to the subject of Bisquit Baking Mix Day on March 15, a day that should call attention to the need to be polite and not snobbish and snarky.
If you agree this is important, your charge is to make something using this plain-Jane, rather ordinary ingredient that many bloggers snub.
You can use any version of this mix, Jiffy, Bisquick, homemade, generic. I'm using a Hodgson's Mill whole wheat product. I usually use the "Heart Smart" version of Bisquick.
E-mail me by Sunday, March 10, and I will post a link to your blog on that day. If you have aready contacted me, there's no need to do it again. Please let me know if your recipe is up-market or down-home.
And the photo above? It's a side street in Cahors, leading to the cathedral. We found exceedingly pleasant shopkeepers in downtown Cahors. Of course, we were polite.