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Last night my guy friend dragged me (literally) to the premier of Transformers 3 at midnight. I was hesitant to go not only because I have no interest in fighting robots, but because of how packed the movies get on premier night. Of course we had to wait in a ridiculously long line for an hour. Waiting was not what bothered me though, it was what happened in the line that upset me.

While standing in the line with my friend, a group of girls I went to high school with came to say hello, well to everyone but me. They went around the circle hugging and kissing everyone on the cheek, and as I opened my mouth to say hello, I got skipped. Maybe it was because I hadn't seen them in a while, or they just didn't like me. I had to admit though, I felt kind of bad, but I didn't let it bother me. Well that is until it happened again with a different group of girls on the way out of the theatre. I didn't know them but they didn't even bother to introduce themselves. On the way home I realized this was not the first time this had happened to me. When I had came home from college for winter break, I went with this same friend to a party and I remember being "skipped over" by a couple of people.

I don't know why this bothers me so much. My mother always taught me to say hello to everyone, even if I didn't particularly like that person, it was just being polite. I guess many people have forgotten what manners are. The way we carry ourselves around others really says a lot about who we are. What kind of people are we if we can't even find it inside us to say hello to those around us? It's amazing how much power such a simple word holds.

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