In one of the first postings of this blog, I advanced my two rules of life. One: All process arguments are insincere, including this one. Two: Never eat in a Chinese restaurant next door to an animal shelter.
I asked readers if they had other rules. Here are some of the responses:
Regarding your third rule to live by, here is a candidate: Never, ever eat those little mints by the cash register in a restaurant (you don't want to know why).
I like your rules, but since I began teaching poli sci and pub admin, I've codified some I learned the hard way and give them to my students as "Dave's Rules about Rules."
They won't tell you all the rules. (Even if they wanted to, they can't, because any game big enough to be fun and/or useful has too many rules to be easily transmitted. Plus, knowing the rules gives one advantages over those who don't know all the rules. Thus, you're gonna have to learn many of the rules on your own.) a. They *will* tell you enough of the rules, usually, to let you play. Not all the important rules are formal. It is easier to transmit formal rules than informal rules. Thus, you'll have to learn a higher proportion of the informal rules the hard way. All rules have an exception. Knowing the exceptions may be more useful than knowing the rule. Informal rules are frequently the way we adapt to exceptions to the exceptions of the formal rules. You can tell leaders not by the fact that they know all the rules (they may or may not) but by the fact that they know when and how to break the rules and not get punished. a. Leaders take us new places. You can't do that by following the rules, especially the formal rules. Anyone who tries to teach leadership by asserting a set of rules for it is either: 1) ignorant of what leaders do; 2) blind to reality; 3) jerking you around; or 4) deluded. There are meta-rules (which are almost always informal) about making new rules. They almost always can't be codified and, hence, are very difficult to transmit. One of the big rules is that if you do figure out a way to change the rules by using the rules, they have to let you. All useful systems of rules have methods of changing the rules. See 5-7 above. Experience may be the best teacher, but the cost is high. Learning from someone else's experience also works and is much cheaper. Observe. There are more (I've been watching and breaking rules for a while), but I usually don't list them all. I'll be adding yours.
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3rd rule . . . winning a moral victory means you lost the real race . . .
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Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never play cards with a man named Doc, and Never, ever, go to bed with a woman who has more problems than you.
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Out here in SoCal, we have learned to generalize your Second Rule from "Chinese" to "Asian" (but limited it to veterinarians offices). There are many, many stripmalls here with both a vet's office and some flavor of Asian restaurant. If there are more than one restaurant, we usually just avoid the one closest to the vet's office. This then covers Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and smaller Japanese restaurants (the sushi is pretty safe from predations at shelters and next-door vets, since few fish get taken to either). My suggestion for the 3rd rule is "TANSTAAFL"(pronounced, I believe, as "tan-staff-el"). This is from one of Robert Heinlein's books, and it is an acronym for "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch". Which is always true. A corollary is "The only difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for free costs more." ;-) Cheers!
An oldie but a goodie: Never play poker with a man named Doc. Good luck in the blogosphere!