I would like to compliment staff writer Nikki Finke on her witty article regarding good manners in the '90s.
I have a suggestion I believe covers the field most succinctly, and it has to do with--of all things--golf.
As presently codified, the rules and etiquette of golf are far more complicated than any book on manners ever written; however, I would refer you to the ancient rules of golf.
Play the course as you find it. Play the ball as it lies. Do what's fair.
It seems to me that those rules cover most any social situation I have come across in a long life.
DON PORTER, Los Angeles