Social Mores, Then & Now

In the 19th Century west, rivals apparently would check their weapons at the door to show that they “weren’t packing.”

Without a gun, there was some semblance of trust, and with trust there was the potential for mutually profitable dealings.

The modern-day weapon of choice — at least in middle class, suburban circles — isn’t a Colt-45, it’s a Blackberry.

What’s the equivalent of “not carrying” today?

Turning off your Blackberry at a meeting — or leaving it behind altogether.

P.S.: just met an old friend who does real estate (mostly commercial) in Baltimore. An orthodox Jew, he promises to “work hard for clients 24/6” (the 7th day being Saturday).

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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