social rules of the 1970s

Do not telephone another home before 10am.

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Do not knock on the door before 10am either. Their parents are still sleeping.

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If you see someone out playing in the street — or in their front yard — before 10am, you may go play (after you tell your parent that’s what you’re doing).

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A school-friend Facebook-messaged me last night about a possible social engagement. Delicate negotiations on my side ensued, which did not wrap up until my devices had been shut down for the night.

When I got up this morning… around 7:30am; we slept in… I thought about letting my friend know we’d join him. And then I winced, because what if he leaves his pings on and his device by his head?

Better to leave it ’till later. Like 10am later.

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I have this problem when I want to text my A as well, since I absolutely know she’s only conscious before 10am when she visits here-!

So I think the social code I learned as a little-y overlays well onto my social media: if the “I’m online!” bubble is lit up, then they’re fair game, but otherwise? Not until 10!

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