|Catching up with friends from the USNA Alumni Association in La Jolla|
Etiquette is a funny thing – it seems very basic once you're taught it, but until that happens you seem rude. The first etiquette I was taught at Annapolis was to put my napkin on my lap and to always pass the pepper along with the salt. The most important etiquette tip I learned during plebe summer, that still serves me well, is to mail out thank you notes within 48 hours. In today's world of everything electronic, a hand written thank you note, sent through the mail, stands out.