The parking garage where I leave my car on a daily basis has gotten busier and busier. I think it's one of the cheapest places to park in this area of downtown and the rest of the world has just discoverd that. I'm very focused when I park my car and head to the office. I jump on the elevator go out the door to the corner and wait to cross at the appropriate, law-abiding time. For more reasons than obeying the law, you don't want to cross too soon because the drivers of Louisville aren't the most pedestrian-friendly.
Most of the folks who park in this garage are in the age range of 25 - 50. There are very few older folks - most of the parkers are in the 20s and 30s range. This age demographic was noticed one day when a lovely older gentleman joined me on the elevator in the garage. My assumption is that he was over 65, retired, and probably consulting in the area - we have folks in this region of downtown that do just that sort of thing. He was a spritely man, complete with his briefcase (not backpack like us younger folks) and donning a chapeau that reminded me of the tam-like hat my granddaddy used to wear. As we waited for the elevator, he said, "Good morning, how are you?" Wow, communication with a fellow parker?! When the elevator arrived, a quite odd thing occured. He took a step back to allow me to get on the elevator first. Man, that's great - how soon we forget those little things. The same thing occured when we reached the bottom floor and he waited for me to exit the elevator. As he held the door open for me to walk to the corner he bidded me adieu with a "Have a nice day!" Gee, I was so impressed I wondered if this man was single!
It made me realize how little regard younger men have for women. Now, this is a generalization and I am friends with guys who do show courtesy and respect to us women, but on the whole it's not that way. Obviously since my experience interacting with younger men in the garage day in and day out and then experiencing Mr. Chivalry caused me to perk up. I think it's time we teach younger men to be gentlemanly, chivalrous, and give women the courtesy and respect they are due. For the record, I never voted for women's liberation - forget "I am woman, hear me roar" - I prefer "I am woman, get my door."